Group exercise gets serious for autumn with launch of CXWORX
Gym goers across the UK now have the opportunity to combine the best of personal training with the motivation and confidence derived from group exercise in one no-nonsense, lunch-break-friendly workout - CXWORX. The latest offering from the inventor of much-loved classes like BODYPUMP and BODYBALANCE is proving so popular with gym goers that Nuffield Health, the UK largest healthcare charity, has already had to put on extra classes to meet demand at its Fitness and Wellbeing Centres.
Bucking the recent trend for dance-inspired classes such as Zumba and Bokwa, CXWORX is a quick, efficient but challenging 30-minute express workout from ex-Olympian Les Mills’ fitness group. It uses resistance tubes to tone and strengthen the core muscles in and around the torso meaning it can benefit anyone, whether they are working towards a fitness goal like running a marathon or seeking to slim down their waist measurement to reduce health risks. The use of resistance tubes enables the individual to perform at an intensity that suits their personal ability and building up the tube resistance as they progress.
The workout can also play an important role in injury prevention - particularly lower back injuries - as the improved muscle control that results from the training keeps the spine healthy and supported.
Sean McBurney, National Fitness & Wellbeing Manager - Group Exercise Lead, Nuffield Health, says: “We’ve spent a year putting CXWORX through its paces before introducing it, to ensure it’s right for our members. We will only add a group exercise workout to the huge variety already on offer at our Wellbeing Centres if the science behind it is sound and it has proven fitness and health benefits. Rigorous testing has shown that CXWORX ticks all these boxes.
“It has something for everyone no matter what your age, health status or size. Building up and maintaining core muscle strength is a great way to prevent injury, so whether you’re a die-hard athlete or an occasional jogger, a strong core will be a great advantage. We are proud to be the first chain to offer CXWORX across the UK. The reaction we’ve had so far has been overwhelming - once people try it they are well and truly hooked.”
The CXWORX launch comes at a time when research conducted by Nuffield Health has revealed both waist sizes and back pain to be significant health issues for the UK public. Analysis of data from 54,000 of the charity’s Health MOT tests showed that the majority of women assessed had waist sizes in the ‘high health risk’ category, putting them at increased risk of illnesses and health complications including infertility, breast cancer and heart disease. In addition, Nuffield Health’s recent survey of UK workers found that more than half (51%) had suffered from back pain in the last 12 months, with one in five needing time off work as a result.
For more information, visit nuffieldhealth.com.