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A series of sit-down exercise classes could provide more people with a gateway into the fitness world.

Yvonne Kohter runs a variety of programmes in Baston, with her chair-based classes proving to be particularly popular.

Participants just need comfy clothes for the hour-long sessions. Resistance bands are used as an alternative to weights, while marching on the spot is used to improve cardio.

Yvonne Kohter runs a number of chair fitness exercise classes
Yvonne Kohter runs a number of chair fitness exercise classes

Yvonne sees the session as an alternative to Zumba or Pilates, which wont suit those who struggle to get up from the floor.

Former business analyst Yvonne first ventured into the fitness world last August, and she is delighted with the feedback on her chair exercise sessions so far.

“It took off quite quickly, which is great because I do those classes after the school drop-off,” she said.

“It’s great because, like in my other classes, everyone works to their own ability and their own strength. They can stop when they want to, I can give alternatives to those unable to do certain exercises.

“I enjoy all my classes, but this is a different level. I find it really rewarding just because of the people I’ve met - able-bodied, disabled, just the stories they’ve got.

“With these guys, it’s always a bit of a laugh. I walk away feeling quite warm - a feeling that I’ve not really had in previous jobs because it’s been quite corporate.”

People from all walks of life take part at Yvonne’s chair-based classes. At the moment, her youngest member is 26 - while the oldest is 91.

The former was worried about being the youngest in attendance, but Yvonne says age or fitness level doesn’t matter to her.

She added: “It’s such a mix of people that obviously want to get active, want to tick that box and say ‘yes, I’m doing 30 minutes a day of proper exercise.”

Another big factor for those taking part is the chance to meet new people while getting fit.

At her other classes, Yvonne says it’s difficult to talk to anybody until the end because of how out of breath everybody gets.

With the chair sessions, however, exercise can be coupled with chatter.

“There’s a social element too. I don’t know if that’s just because you’re seated, but there’s a lot of chat that goes on,” Yvonne said.

“Everyone’s got quite friendly - it’s been really nice, I really enjoy doing them.

“If they’re chatting, getting to know each other and got out of the house for an hour, that ticks a box for me.”

With her youngest child heading off to school for the first time in the coming weeks, Yvonne now hopes to expand and bring seated exercise to a whole new range of people.

She believes chair-based exercise can be perfect for anybody who currently doesn’t do enough exercise and says her sessions can be excellent for those looking for a way into the fitness world.

The classes are at the Mayfield Clubhouse, Baston, Thursdays from 9.45am-10.45am.



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