Update on exercise options for Worthing people of all ages

People of all ages in Worthing have a range of exercise options as coronavirus restrictions begin to be lifted.

South Downs Leisure has opened the tennis courts at Field Place and made them available free of charge.

The charitable trust, which is responsible for Worthing Borough Council’s leisure centres, has also just launched free online fitness classes, live streamed from the instructors’ homes.

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For children, fitness superstar Jump Start Jonny has a weekly class available free of charge, and for all the family, Ultimate U Fitness has been running free online training for both members and non-members.

Jump Start Jonny is a favourite with Worthing schoolchildren. Photo by Derek Martin DM1513052a

The South Downs Leisure fitness programme has a range of classes each day, from early morning to evening. The aim is to continue this live stream once the gyms at Splashpoint, Davison Leisure Centre and Worthing Leisure Centre begin to open, with social distancing in place.

A spokesman said: “As part of our ongoing promise to keep our members and the community active through the prolonged closure of our centres, we are absolutely delighted to be able to offer a free live streamed exercise class timetable directly from our app, and are one of the first in the country to do so.”

Four of the six tennis courts at Field Place Manor House are available for use and 45-minute sessions can be booked via www.southdownsleisure.co.uk.

The rest of the venue will remain closed, in accordance with government guidelines, so there will be no parking or toilet facilities for visitors.

Fitness intructor Jonny Stewart, known as Jump Start Jonny, is a favourite with schoolchildren across West Sussex and he specialises in making fitness videos for children.

He said: “To help children, mums, dads, grannies and granddads stay healthy and happy at home, I’ll be posting new workouts on my website every Monday morning.

“But that’s not all. As well as my famous Energizers, which will keep your Jumpsters active, there will also be Chillouts to help them relax, Challenges to zap their excess energy, Downloads to keep them well occupied and Mindfulness Activities to help everyone stay calm during the corona chaos.”

Visit www.jumpstartjonny.co.uk/free-stuff for more information.

Dan Aguilera, who owns Ultimate U Fitness, has been working hard to provide members with online training and is now offering a free version for everyone.

He said: “During challenging times, it’s even more important to stay on top of your health and fitness, not just for your body but your mind, too.

“Very quickly, I saw panic and anxiety arise when the government announced plans for social distancing and I knew that I had to act quickly to make sure I supported my members through this period.

“Extending this to the local community was an important move for us as during this period, exercise, eating healthy and maintaining good mental health is more important than ever.”

Visit mysevendaychallenge.me/uuf-free for more information.

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