New research shows gyms in England are successfully controlling COVID-19

New research from industry body, ukactive, has found gyms are almost risk-free environments for COVID-19, with an estimated 0.020 positive cases per 10,000 gym visits – results that are statistically insignificant.

ukactive collated data from more than 1,300 gyms, health clubs and leisure centres to analyse the prevalence of the virus within the sector’s facilities.

Charting the three weeks from reopening (from 25 July to 16 August), the data reveals that there were more than eight million visits to fitness facilities by members of the public.

Only 17 people visiting gyms in England went on to test positive for COVID-19, giving the figure of 0.020 cases for every 10,000 visits, with only nine reported cases of COVID-19 among members of staff across all 1,300 facilities.

ukactive says gym and leisure centre operators are well positioned to capture real-time data and are able to carefully record reported cases based on membership details held within their databases, as well as recording details for non-members, to allow for contact tracing – helping to inform authorities and other visitors quickly.

According to ukactive, the findings – released today (25 August) – support a “growing evidence base from across the globe” which shows that gym operating procedures are proving very effective at protecting people from COVID-19.

“This sample shows an extremely low prevalence of COVID-19 among people who visit gyms and leisure facilities,” said Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive.

“Our sector has worked tirelessly to demonstrate its safety to the public and this new evidence helps us prove that these efforts are paying dividends, allowing us to get back to our work of keeping the nation happy and healthy.

We will continue to monitor closely – with our members – the number of COVID-19 cases, to show that the sector is being responsible in limiting its spread,” he said.

The sector worked closely with the UK government to develop the guidance for reopening safely, including organising site visits for the deputy chief medical officer and SAGE representatives to a range of facilities.

Regular exercise has been shown to improve a person’s ability to regulate the immune system, which is essential for avoiding the severe symptoms of COVID-19.

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Weekend workouts are as beneficial as daily exercise, says study

If you struggle to find the time to work out during the working week, this news should be reassuring. According to a recent study, cramming in exercise sessions at the weekends is enough to provide significant health benefits.

Researchers from Loughborough University and the University of Sydney found that “weekend warriors” reduced their risk of an early death by a similar amount to those who spread the same amount of exercise over seven days, the BBC reports.

The results, which were based on a survey of around 64,000 adults aged over 40 in England and Scotland, compared those who exercise with people who remain inactive. They showed that those who worked out on one or two days of the week were found to lower their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by 41 percent and cancer by 18 percent. There was little contrast with those who exercised regularly on three or more days per week, who reduced their risks by 41 percent and 21 percent.

For study author Dr Gary O’Donovan, the findings highlight the importance of ensuring fitness is “purposeful,” which should be welcome news for those with busy lifestyles.

NHS guidelines state that in order to stay healthy, adults aged 19-64 should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week, such as weight training or fast walking, or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, such cardio work.

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Keeping active is crucial for staying healthy, and considering the recent revelation that 41 per cent of Britons aged 40-60 fail to walk for even ten minutes a month, you might be inclined to up your activity levels.

But it’s hard to know just how much exercise you should be doing to reach your fitness goals, be that weight loss or bulking up.

The type of workout you do ultimately depends on your ability, goals, likes and dislikes, equipment available, what injuries you have, and how much time you have available.

Whilst there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach, there are principles and guidelines that you can follow and apply to your training to ensure you have a balanced, effective, safe and enjoyable workout regime.

How many days a week should you train?
This depends on your goal…If you are looking to increase your fitness level to stay healthy – twice a week for 45 mins a session and a plan to follow is a great start. If you are a fitness enthusiast looking to gain speed, strength or muscle. 4 times a week with a plan to follow will get you on your way.

How long should your workouts be?
Some people argue that you can get an effective and efficient workout in half an hour if you use the time wisely, but we believe that if you want to make real progress, you should be working out for 45 minutes to an hour.

we recommend spending 10 minutes warming up and mobilising your body, 30-40 minutes weight training, and five-10 minutes cooling down and stretching,

That said, half hour workouts can be useful for conditioning sessions or interval training.

At Everybodys gym we offer FREE programmes every 18 visits to give you direction and a plan to follow

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project reboot

At Everybodys Gym We wanted to give you the opportunity to reboot your fitness with as many options as possible.

PT Joe Higgins might have the answer –


With the gym reopen there’s no better time to get your fitness journey up and running again.

Maybe you’re looking to get your fitness journey going and not sure where to start. This programme is designed to be tailored to suit any individual, no matter what level of fitness you are at. Project reboot not only focuses on improving physical fitness but mental wellbeing as well, the weekly challenges throughout the programme encourage small actions that have big positive impacts. With diet advice, pt sessions and round the clock support, project reboot really is value for money. During lockdown I have had plenty of time to make sure everything about project reboot is perfect and I’m excited to begin working with all of you. Sign up today by simply messaging me or by clicking on the link.


Welcome back


We are ready to welcome you back from Saturday the 25th of July 🙌

Please take a look at the whole video as we have some important information at the end 🙂

What can you expect?

We’ve re-defined our cleaning and safety standards and can’t wait to welcome you back to the gym.

The gym has been re arranged and clearly marked out for you to use safely, so it is easy for everyone to follow. We have created the space you need to work out whilst maintaining social distance. Numbers are also controlled so the gym never gets too busy.

Extensive and frequent cleaning: the gym will be deep cleaned every night with high grade anti viral disinfectant. The team will also clean frequent touch points every hour, alongside the standard cleaning of equipment. Allowing you to train with confidence.

We’ve installed new self-cleaning stations so you can clean your kit before and after use, for added peace of mind. Cleaning stations are located in all key areas of the gym to make it as easy as possible.

Frequently asked questions:

How long can I stay in the gym?
We know how much you’ve been looking forward to getting back into the gym! We want all members to get a chance for a safe and a great workout so we are encouraging members to limit their visit to an hour at busier times.

Do I have to wear a mask to the gym?
The government have confirmed that it is not compulsory to wear a face mask when you visit the gym, as there are many other measures already in place in the gym for safety and hygiene.
If you want to do so, you can, but please ensure that all used masks are disposed of safely in one of the bins provided.

Can I use the showers?
Yes, it is safe to shower but distancing is once again paramount as toweling down, etc., can spread contaminants. The important factor is maintaining safe distancing. For the time being, we are encouraging members to arrive and leave in gym kit wherever possible.

What support is available for vulnerable members?
We want to ensure that everybody has the opportunity to get back to the gym. We have made a number of changes in the gym to ensure the safety of our members, if you think you’ll need some support in finding your way around the new layout in the gym and getting to know the new one way system just get in touch.

We cant wait to see you on Saturday the 25th!

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Have you seen – Fitness professionals turn government NHS posters to promote exercise – creates viral sensation

We all know exercise is an important component of staying healthy and reducing the risk of illness. Some Professionals in the fitness industry have taken to linked in to portray this message in a style we have got used to seeing in the last few months.

The article below was taken from

A set of posters created by a fitness Professionals, mimicking the government’s COVID-19 NHS messaging, have gone viral on LinkedIn.

The posters, carrying the message of “Exercise – Protect the NHS” were created by Daniel Ward, a qualified PT who works as a studio manager at an F45 franchise in Milton Keynes.

Ward had been using the lockdown to hone his Photoshop skills and, once it became clear to him that the government’s attitude towards the gym sector had “left something to be desired”, he decided to put his newly-acquired skills to use.

“I first realised that we might have a problem when the government published its very first list of sectors, alongside a schedule of when they might return – and fitness and gyms weren’t even on it,”

“While gyms were added to subsequent tables, I was further frustrated by the ‘pubs before gyms’ debacle around the 4 July reopenings.

“It was disappointing to witness pubs and restaurants being given the green light before fitness – especially as research from the US-based CDC shows that people suffering from obesity, heart conditions and diabetes are at a higher risk from COVID-19, all are conditions which exercise can reduce.

“So I decided to do my bit and to come up with some alternative messaging which would highlight the merits of physical activity.”

Ward began searching the NHS website and official government sites for figures and facts around the benefits of exercise.

After choosing some headline numbers, he created the posters to look like the ones used at the government’s daily briefings.

“I agree with the government that the NHS needs protecting,” Ward says. “And exercise can help do that by keeping people fit and healthy. During my 16-year career in fitness I’ve seen it with my own eyes.

“And it’s not just physical health that the sector can help with either. I know plenty of people who use exercise to improve their mental health – and there are studies that back up that.

“One of the numbers I found was that physical activity and exercise can cut NHS spending on mental health by 30 per cent. When you consider that mental health spending by the NHS in England alone accounted for £12.2bn in 2018-19, it’s not a small amount.”

Ward adds that it is clear that the industry agrees with the sentiment in his posters.

“It only took a few days for my posters to receive 6,000+ views, more than a hundred shares and countless likes,” he says – and adds that he would be happy for any gym or operator to use his artwork.

“I’d be 100 per cent happy for any gym or club to use the posters.

“I think now, during the pandemic, people are psychologically ready to commit to healthier lifestyles – and that includes physical activity. So it could be a way to highlight some of the advantages of keeping fit.”

The posters are as follows:







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➡️Membership update❕⬅️

Following a few questions we’ve received we hope this update helps!

✅ We will be open with our usual hours (7am – 9pm Weekdays, 8am-2pm on Saturday and 8am till 1pm on Sundays) however there are a few additional things you need to know:

✅ The booking system is OPEN for appointments to be made on the 25th of July and beyond. You can make an appointment online or call us 1 hour to 30mins before you plan to come in.


✅ We generously froze all memberships back in march and all memberships will restart once the main gym is reopen from the 25th of July. The time where memberships were frozen will be added on once we re start.

✅ If you have cancelled and want to rejoin please use this link: or call us to run through options

✅ Whilst the government guidelines allow us to have a maximum of 30 people in the gym at one time, the safety and well being of our members and staff is the most important. Following a thorough risk assessment and working time study we will initially be limiting the maximum amount of members in at any one time to 20 people. This will be under constant review.

✅ Please bring your own water bottle, the water fountain will only be available for refills.

✅ A one way system has been implemented which we encourage all members to follow.

✅ Member numbers will be limited to the changing rooms and there is signage up around the gym encouraging members to clean equipment before and after use.

➡️ Keep an eye on our social media and website for our re opening video coming soon detailing all of the updates and new ways of working.

🎉🎉We cant wait to welcome you all back!🎉🎉

The Re-opening on 25th July


We’re excited to announce the reopening of Everybodys Gym, and we can’t wait to welcome you back soon! 🙂🎉
The Government has just given gyms in England the green light to reopen and we are happy to announce that we will welcome our members back Saturday the 25th July.
Research shows that gyms play a vital role in helping people stay physically and mentally fit, so we’re thrilled to be able to reopen again and help get the community back to fitness.

Keep an eye on the page and website for re opening details. 🙌

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What a great day of training 🎉🎉

The aim of the outside gym is to offer our normal service of great equipment and knowledgeable advice👍

Good luck to all the local businesses opening back up this weekend.
It’s a very anxious time for small businesses so make sure you are patient and understanding.



Is being Fit and Healthy the best medicine?

In the current condition of the world we contemplate this question…..Is being Fit and healthy the best medicine?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has made a statement that physical inactivity is now the major cause of non-communicable diseases in the world, and we have to do something about it. One of the biggest challenges we have in our society is being able to sustain our healthcare system with an ageing population and a population that, with the industrial age and now the technological age, has become less and less physically active. The only chance we have of reversing this trend towards not being able to cover the costs of healthcare is by addressing some of the underlying causes of our current problems.

Such as physical inactivity – what health problems are we talking about?
Cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, obesity, type 2 diabetes, some cancers. There is now sufficient research to show that physical inactivity can lead to these conditions, but also that the onset of them can be managed and even reversed with physical exercise. And also, even after people have been diagnosed and they’ve, for example, started taking diabetic medication or had surgery and chemotherapy for cancer, exercise can help them manage their condition and/or recover from it.

The recuperative power of exercise – how strong is the evidence?
For cancer, studies are showing that physical exercise, performed before or after the diagnosis, is related to an astonishing reduction in mortality risk of 40-50 per cent for breast and colorectal cancer survivors. Research is also now suggesting similar effects for prostate cancer. Aerobic exercise for stroke patients has been shown to improve their mobility, but also their cardiovascular fitness. Which is significant, as it used to be thought that the latter couldn’t be achieved because of the disability caused by the stroke. But stroke is often the result of cardiovascular disease, and improving fitness can address some of the risk factors associated with having another stroke. Exercise has also been shown to improve the mobility of people with osteoarthritis, and reduce pain. The list goes on.

is exercise as a form of medicine?
Medicine has always been based on the idea that if you have a problem, you go see a doctor, and the doctor will give you something to take or do, and that’s that. One of the major mindsets that society has to overcome, when it comes to conditions caused by physical inactivity, is that the traditional health model doesn’t work anymore.

Haven’t we always known that exercise is good for us?
Although when we first recognized this is hard to say; some have referred to Plato. But we’re now starting to better understand the science, such as the cognitive benefits of exercise, and how exercise can balance some of the inflammation processes that go on in our body, which helps us manage pain and autoimmune diseases. We’re starting to understand how exercise is affecting some of the metabolic components like cholesterol, high blood pressure and so on. But we’ve not yet arrived at the point when the community as a whole realize how serious a problem physical inactivity can be.

Do i need a personal trainer?
It’s about prescribing exercise to help people manage a range of health conditions, but it’s very individualized. For example, we might take a person and assess their cardiorespiratory fitness, their other abilities and disabilities, and prescribe a program of safe exercise designed to lift that person’s cardiorespiratory fitness to a level that is appropriate for someone at their age. A doctor might tell you to go to your local gym, but if you have a medical condition that really needs a specific and individualized exercise prescription, you should go to an expert which can be found in the gym via personal training or trainers with specific qualifications.

We have national guidelines on what we need to do, say, walk for half an hour five times/week, perhaps add in a couple of gym sessions. What does a personal trainer offer above that?
The people that do that level of exercise are probably well on their way to doing the best they can for themselves, but the problem is that they’re following some kind of standard guideline. It doesn’t tell you anything about yourself. I could walk for 150 minutes a week, but it might have little positive effect on my cholesterol or type 2 diabetes, because I might need twice that amount of exercise. If you want to get the optimal benefit from exercise, it has to be prescribed for you and your condition, and it needs to be monitored. That’s where the skill of the PT comes in; it’s about taking the individual, and making sure the dose and type of exercise is optimal.