Virtual programme used by Coventry Sports Foundation to improve health and wellbeing

A Coventry sports and leisure provider is embracing new revolutionary technology to help people to improve their health and wellbeing.

Coventry Sports Foundation is launching a brand-new programme of virtual cycling classes from today (June 19).

The foundation’s Alan Higgs Centre will be one of the first sites in Coventry and Warwickshire to hold the LesMills.

LesMills are moderate to high intensity classes which use traditional training techniques, positive drive and new-age technology to present a virtual-led session at the Allard Way-based centre.

A virtual instructor leads a group indoor cycling workout where participants control the intensity on a journey of hill climbs, sprints and flat riding.

Chris Panter from Coventry Sports Foundation said that everyone was excited to start the new programme of classes.

“The Alan Higgs Centre is one of the first sites in the Coventry and Warwickshire area to launch LesMills Virtual RPM,” said Chris. “We can see a huge opportunity to open these virtual sessions to those who may be time bound when trying to attend other classes within the city.

“This is a chance to show how we are investing in the region’s fitness and wellbeing by using the latest technology in the industry.

“The class is a great way to build-up your sense of personal achievement by drawing on the group’s energy and improving your fitness level over time.

“We are keen to keep the development of this project open for the future, and will still continue to deliver our traditional instructor based sessions as we understand there will always be the requirement for some people to have a person present to assist.”

There will be an extensive timetable for the LesMills sessions at the centre, running regularly throughout the day, spanning seven days a week.

The 45-minute sessions typically achieve an average calorie burn of 675 calories, as well as improving cardio and aerobic fitness.

It is recommended people do RPM two to three times per week to maximise results and the class can be done in normal workout clothes and shoes so no specialised cycling gear is required.

The new sessions will be used to complement the packed programme already available for people to access at all of the Foundation’s sites.

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