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Exercise in the 1990s and into the 21st Century
Tens of thousands of women used Toning Tables in the early 90’s. Most were overweight. Almost all were deconditioned. Even without the benefit of weight loss and aerobic fitness, the original, basic Toning Tables at least offered a modicum of muscle toning and joint mobility. Despite their limitations, the early Toning Tables got many deconditioned people back into exercise.
Sadly, most users soon became bored with the limitations of the early Toning Tables, with no cardiovascular effect and very limited range of movement, they quickly returned to their sedentary lifestyles. Something more was needed and assisted exercise was just around the corner.
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Exercise in the 1980s
So once exercise became fashionable, the deconditioned and overweight Clients simply stopped attending. By the early 80’s most Health Clubs were catering almost exclusively for super fit bodies, aerobic classes really came in to there own with all manner of new innovations such at step classes etc producing a whole new type of clientele.
During the mid 70’s and early 80’s, Leisure & Sports Centres were opened in many towns by local authority leisure services. It might be thought that these would naturally provide the sedentary population at large with a facility to take the place of the private health clubs. Sadly this was not to be. Leisure Centres merely competed with the Health Clubs to provide even more facilities for the exercise conscious minority. Most of them focused on swimming and sports halls, neither of which was ever likely to motivate the seriously deconditioned population to exercise regularly.
Those early Leisure Centres that did provide Gyms, filled them with heavy equipment that was of interest only to body builders and fitness enthusiasts. Once again, the sedentary population felt excluded. Even when the Leisure Centres finally recognised a need to update their Gymnasiums by removing heavy weight training equipment and moving ‘upmarket’, they again saw their role as competing with private clubs for the fitness enthusiasts.
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Exercise in the 1970s
Despite their spartan equipment, Health Clubs were still able to attract non-exercisers in large numbers during the 60’s and 70’s. As long as the Clubs were prepared to cater exclusively for the deconditioned population, Clients were prepared to put up with the equipment, however unsophisticated it happened to be. As Universal Health Clubs ran out of steam in the mid 60’s, a British company, Olympic Health Studios, stepped up the pace and behind them came many other private clubs. As more and more opened, it became quite fashionable to be a member of a Health Club.
Because of the growing public and media interest in gymnasiums ITV sent a camera with a reporter who's name was Chris Tarrant to report on the activities availble, photos below show Chris Tarrant having his heart rate checked by Pete Landon, Chris Tarrant went on to become famous for the childrens show Tizwas, O.T.T., Capital Radio and later Who wants to be a millionaire. After his report Chris Tarrant, Lenny Henry, Bob Carolgees, Sally James, John Gorman and the whole tizwas team became enthusiastic members of the Corinthian Health Club in Birmingham.
Within five years, Kenneth Cooper had published his book ‘Aerobics’ based on research as Director of Fitness for NASA’s space programme. His book spawned the jogging and marathon running phenomenon and ultimately, the ‘Aerobic dance exercise’ craze. Now it seemed, you were no body unless you exercised. When the leading Hollywood star of the day (Jane Fonda) gave her badge of approval for a daily exercise regime, it was no longer considered acceptable to be unfit or overweight.
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Exercise in the 1960s
Into this cauldron of inactivity, the arrival of the first commercial Health Clubs passed almost unnoticed. The year was 1961. Universal Health Clubs were an American company, based on the famous Vic Tanny Gyms that had been operating coast to coast in the U.S.A. Universal opened their first British club in Portsmouth and expanded rapidly into twenty-nine Cities in the U.K. over the next few years.
Health clubs were aimed directly at the sedentary market. ‘Guaranteed weight loss’ and a ‘perfect body’ was their claim and the public grabbed this opportunity like ducks to water. These clubs differed from most of today’s Gyms in that the ‘beautiful people’ were noticeable by their absence. The perfect bodies that the deconditioned public find so intimidating today were not exercising in the early 60’s, although that was soon to change. For a few years however, these exciting new exercise emporiums caught the imagination of the population at large and did a great job of introducing non-exercisers into a more active lifestyle. No one felt excluded, regardless of age, physical condition or weight. Everyone was welcome.
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Exercise in the 1950s
Life was to change for most people in the 50’s however, as manual work was gradually replaced by mechanisation and automation. For women, washing machines and vacuum cleaners, dishwashers and supermarkets, meant that life became a lot easier. With the arrival of television, there was no need to step outside the door for entertainment and the motorcar meant that walking soon became a minority ‘sport’.
Within a single decade, a once active population became a nation of ‘couch potatoes’ with only a small percentage of adults taking regular exercise or participating in sport. As a suddenly sedentary population collided with a world of convenience foods, burger bars and take away restaurants, the incidence of obesity and heart disease escalated into a serious national problem.
It was to be a long time however before the medical profession were to turn their minds towards preventive medicine and jump on the fitness bandwagon. Throughout the 50’s and 60’s most Doctors had little or nothing to say about exercise and fitness. Most G.P’s dismissed exercise for the overweight as an irrelevance, while they themselves were among the least healthy of population groups, tending to smoke more and exercise less than almost any other profession. The doctor’s advice for someone suffering from a heart condition or had survived a heart attack would probably be to take life easy with plenty of rest.
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Exercise in the 1940s
If most people are convinced that exercise is important, why are so few actually doing it? By tracing the evolution of exercise in the U.K. throughout the second half of the 20th Century. It is possible to see where things went wrong during and just after the second world war, the UK populations diet was controlled by strict rationing which not surprisingly had a positive effect on the health of the nation.
For the first part of the Twentieth Century most people still led a physically active lifestyle. Hard manual labour was the order of the day, with most people walking or cycling daily to their work place, as famously portrayed in LS Lawrys paintings of Matchstick Men. Therefore few people would have seen the need to attend a Gym. Indeed, they would have been hard pressed to find one. There were no private Health Clubs and no Leisure or Sports Centres. Bodybuilding and Boxing Gyms existed in most large towns and Cities, but these were minority sports and failed to cater for the rest of the population.
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The evolution of exercise
Undoubtedly, there has been a significant change in attitude towards exercise. Until the 1960’s, most people in the U.K. were apathetic towards the idea of exercising regularly and few were aware of the health benefits. Most people led a physically active lifestyle and would have seen little reason to exercise for exercise sake.
Exercise was something most people thought of as part of the School curriculum, something to be left behind once adulthood arrived, to ‘grow old gracefully’. The general attitude was that exercise was fine if you were a sports person or an athlete, but for the man in the street (women and exercise were considered even less compatible), exercise was seen as an irrelevance.
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Q: When is a gym not a gym?... A: When it's a Friendly Gym
This overview is not merely an introduction to the exciting new exercise science of assisted exercise. It is far more than that. A defence, if any were needed, of the need to exercise. A celebration of the glorious, life improving benefits of being and feeling fit and in great shape.
The no pain, no gain myth
As with most things in life, there is always more than one way to achieve one’s goals, whether they are social, economic, psychological or physiological. To achieve physical goals of fitness and good health requires an active lifestyle, but this can take many forms. For those that like to participate in sport, or enjoy the ‘pain’ of strenuous exercise, traditional exercise serves them well, but traditional ways of exercising can be off putting. Not everyone finds jogging or aerobics appealing and for most people, gymnasiums are particularly unattractive. It’s not just the ‘super bodies’ that are intimidating, part of the problem is that most gyms are equipped with resistance machines designed for Olympic weight lifters and have little in common with the overweight, the de-conditioned, the beginner or the older generation. For the more mature and older generation however, assisted exercise points the way to a better life. Here is a totally new way to exercise, containing all the remarkable benefits of an effective body-conditioning programme, but omitting the pain, the stress, the time commitment, and the boredom. Assisted exercise takes the ‘work’ out of the workout, puts ‘fun’ into exercise and lets everyone join in regardless of age or condition.
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Just what the doctor ordered
Exercise is the best medicine money can buy
The Friendly Gym 30-minute sessions can change your life and the way you look
When you get active, you boost your ability to stay healthy and attractive. And that's a fact!.
Your heart, your lungs, your bones - they all work better when they get active. The easy 30 minute exercise programmes can radically transform your life, and maybe your life expectancy.
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7 Health Tips for Women Over 60
By Claire Weinfeld
Health is the one thing that needs continuous attention especially when one is growing old. A woman needs to pay more attention to her health especially in the current scenario. A woman's health plays a vital role in the development of a family since she handles everything in the house. She needs to follow certain health tips in order to keep herself healthy. This would help her in maintaining a healthy family. Some of the tips go as follows:
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Some interesting facts about Friendly Gym...
Now heading into the 9th year in Northwich the ladies only Friendly Gym celebrates it's recent move to the historic Winnington Park Recreation Club, all the facilities at (WPRC) are also available for Friendly members.
The reaction from members is delight with the new improved and upgraded centre, all agree and praise the welcoming atmosphere and new decor.
New facilities include...
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Friendly Gym Owner Pete Landon has a boyhood dream come true!
To ride a speedway bike was a boyhood dream, my parents used to take me every week to Hanley Speedway from 1947 onwards and through the 1950s.
It was an exciting time I could hardly wait for the next weekly meeting at the Sun Street track. I still remember the riders names from that time, they were like gods to me, Les Jenkins, Ray Harris, Gil Blake, Bill Harris, Ken Adams, Stan Bradbury, Brian Pritchett are the ones I remember.
Little did I realise when reminiscing about those days, I quoted the one regret I had in life was that I had never fulfilled my dream of riding a speedway bike round a proper dirt track. You can’t imagine how thrilled I was when I received a surprise 73rd birthday present from his son Parrish of a Ride’n’Slide day giving me the chance to live my dream. Even better Parrish joined me on the day at the famous Coventry Bees Speedway Track.
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Friendly Gym Brings Life Saving Equipment to Lytham and Northwich
Friendly Gym Lytham recently hosted a full day of training for staff from the Lytham and Northwich centres.
They were trained in Emergency First Aid and Defibrillator Useage and was delivered by local training company First Aid Uk Ltd.
Defibrillators in the workplace have now become vitally important as numbers if people suffering Sudden Cardiac Arrest have increased over the past few years.
First Aid Uk Ltd director Trevor Remnant said "The more people who become involved in learning how to administer treatment the greater the number of lives can potentially saved".
Twelve staff were trained by Trevor and underwent practical and written assessments including treatment of an unconscious casualty, resuscitation, shock, choking and seizures.
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EVERY Friendly Gym member will have their own reasons for joining.
EVERY Friendly Gym member will have their own reasons for joining. It could be to feel healthier and happier, to tone up and lose weight and inches, to improve flexibility and joint mobility, or maybe to reduce the risk of health conditions such as high blood pressure, type two diabetes and cardiovascular disease. One group of ladies has found out that another positive ‘side-effect’ of joining is making new friends!
Gill Haigh says: “I love coming to Friendly Gym, not only does it keep me fit, but I have made lots of new friends. “We enjoy each other’s company so much we meet for lunch regularly!” The centre has a definite club-like atmosphere, organising regular coffee mornings and days out, but without being cliquey, as every person is made to feel very welcome. Beryl Matthews explains: “I was a little hesitant about joining as I had previously been a member of other gyms, but always felt intimidated. “The staff here are very friendly and knowledgeable and nothing is too much trouble.”
Obviously as well as the social side of the centre, the benefits to health are immense. In addition to losing a stone in weight and 24 inches, Gill Haigh adds: “The half hour workout has also improved my asthma so much that I rarely need to use my inhalers as the exercise helps me breathe properly.” Beryl Matthews continues: “Joining Friendly Gym has been so successful for me. “I am much more flexible in my joints and my back and I have lost 20 inches in total!”
If you need to make positive lifestyle changes, the most difficult decision is to decide to do something about it. So do it NOW - don’t put it off until tomorrow, as tomorrow never comes! Book in for your no-obligation free trial and seeexactly what everyone is raving about!
There’s no stopping Dorothy
YOU might think that exercise and arthritis don’t go hand in hand, but that’s just not thecase. It was thought for many years that if you had arthritis exercising could damage the joints. Now, however, research has shown that exercise is an essential tool in arthritis management. Certainly, Dorothy Williams from Cleveleys has found that visiting the Friednly Gym in Lytham three to four times a week has helped her mobility no end.
Dorothy initially found the stairs to the centre were a real struggle, due to osteoarthritis in her spine and hips. Dorothy says: “After only a few weeks using the Motor Motion exercise system I started to feel the benefits. “My muscles grew stronger, helping to support my aching joints, resulting in less pain and much more flexibility.” The unique system is safe for all ages and abilities, but is particularly beneficial for those with joint problems as muscles and joints are safely exercised without stress or impact.
Friendly Gym machine is specially designed to exercise more than one body part at the same time, halving the time it takes to see the results. Just two to three 30- minute sessions per week is all it takes to see great results. Dorothy adds: “I joined the centre to help with my mobility, but as an added bonus since I’ve been coming I have lost 12 and a half inches in a very short time and my blood pressure is now within a healthy range. “After only four weeks I felt able to drive again, something my arthritis had prevented for quite some time – I feel great!” Why not see what they can do for you at Friendly Gym?
Book in for your noobligation free trial on (01253) 738880. Visitors are welcome to call in for a look round
Margaret’s turning heads thanks to The Friendly Gym
MARGARET Parkinson from Kirkham has certainly noticed an improvement in neck and spinal mobility. It is all since she started attending three 30-minute sessions a week at The Friendly Gym in Lytham. She says:“After years of not being able to turn my head properly, after just a couple of weeks, I noticed a major improvement. “And now it’s as if I have never had a problem in the first place.”
Conditions affecting mobility are very common and can be lifechanging. These conditions affect a person’s ‘functional fitness’, that is the ability to perform everyday movements. Many of the ladies who attend The Friendly Gym have health problems. These can include arthritis, spondylitis, spondylosis, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease and cardiovascular conditions such as atherosclerosis and angina. Regular use of the motor-assisted machines improves joint mobility and strength, in a safe environment supervised by trained staff.
Margaret has also noticed other benefits. “I have so much more energy since coming to the Friendly Gym and can fit twice as much into my day!” she adds. Why not see what the Friendly Gym can do for you? For a no-obligation
free trial please ring (01253) 738880.
Friendly Gym’s ladies sing their way to fitness
MEMBERS of the Friendly Gym are looking forward to the switching on of the Christmas lights in Lytham, this Saturday. There are at least 14 ladies at the gym who belong to the Lytham Community Choir, and they are very excited to be appearing on the same bill as opera star Russell Watson.
In fact there are so many, they are thinking of having their own practice session at the gym! In addition to toning up, strengthening joints and muscles and losing weight and inches, these ladies enjoy the added advantages to their health and wellbeing of being in a choir and taking part in community singing.
Many studies have shown just how many benefits there are to community singing. These include physical relaxation and release of physical tension; a sense of happiness, positive mood, joy, elation and feeling high; an increased sense of self confidence and self esteem and a sense of contributing to the wider community through public performance. Friendly Gym member Susan Jones says: “ love being in the choir - the people, the music, choir practice and the sense of community that it brings. “Being a member of the gym has certainly helped with singing - my lung capacity and breathing has vastly improved.” Liz Thomas agrees with Susan regarding her comments on the sense of community. Liz explains: “I am a member of three different choirs, and love the relaxed feeling in the Lytham Community Choir. “In the same way as coming to the Friendly Gym, I have made a lot of new friends and certainly feel healthier all round as a result.”
Thinking of toning up for the festive season? Why not come along to the Friendly Gym for a no-obligation, free trial and see what they can do for you - they won’t makeyou sing! For an appointment please ring the Friendly Gym on (01253) 738880.
Ladies can work out and weigh less with new machines at the Friendly Gym
The Friendly Gym in South Westby Street, Lytham, has 10 new Motor Motion assisted exercise machines. The new, updated version is still extremely comfortable to use, suitable for all ages, sizes and fitness levels, and has received a great reaction from members. Maud Rubner said: “I really feel like I’ve had a great workout. I think I’d got a bit too used to the old machines!” Joan Faulkner adds: “They’re so much easier. You don’t have to decide which programme to use, and I do feel that they’re more supportive for my back.”
In addition to the new machines, the Friendly Gym is celebrating the success of its first 10-week Wellness and Nutrition Course. Some members wanted to lose weight, some wanted to learn more about nutrition and some to generally wanted to feel a bit healthier about themselves. The emphasis wasn’t so much on losing weight but on changing overall body composition – reducing body fat percentage and increasing lean muscle mass, thereby changing shape and losing inches.
Over the course the ladies lost an amazing 14 stone 10lbs between them, and nearly 18 feet of inch loss! Member Diane said: “I’ve lost one stone two and a half pounds and my hernia is much more manageable. I’ve learned about eating in a different way to manage hunger, and have received so much support from the rest of the group! I’m so proud of myself and very motivated to keep up these good habits!” Brid explains: “All the information given has been positive and informative. I’ve benefited by losing weight slowly and have adopted a much more discerning approach to what I eat.” Melanie added: “I’ve lost more weight than I hoped so I’m pleased to know I look and feel better! I’m very happy!” Due to the success of this course the Friendly Gym is running a Countdown to Christmas 10-week Weight Loss Challenge, starting Monday, October 8 (venue to be announced, but in Lytham). The cost is £39 and includes a free 45-minute one-to-one Wellness consultation (worth £50), confidential weekly weigh-ins and nutrition session.
It’s open to members and non-members. For further information and to book your free 45-minute Wellness Consultation (preferably before the course starts, but it could be afterwards if not convenient for you) please ring the
Friendly Gym on (01253) 738880.
Birdie community art project flying high
MEMBERS of Fylde Decorative and Fine Arts Society have been holding workshops for their current It’s A Birdie community art project.
The project will see art works feature at a host of local venues as the Open Golf Championship is held at Royal Lytham and St Annes – and the next workshop is at the Bedford Hotel, St Annes on Friday, June 29.
Ladies who lunch at the Friendly Gym
EVERY Friendly Gym member will have their own reasons for joining. It could be to feel healthier and happier, to tone up and lose weight and inches, to improve flexibility and joint mobility, or maybe to reduce the risk of health conditions such as high blood pressure, type two diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
One group of ladies has found out that another positive ‘side-effect’ of joining is making new friends! Gill Haigh says: “I love coming to Easy Exercise, not only does it keep me fit, but I have made lots of new friends. “We enjoy each other’s company so much we meet for lunch regularly!” The centre has a definite club-like atmosphere, organising regular coffee mornings and days out, but without being cliquey, as every person is made to feel very welcome.
Beryl Matthews explains: “I was a little hesitant about joining as I had previously been a member of other gyms, but always felt intimidated “The staff here are very friendly and knowledgeable and nothing is too
Obviously as well as the social side of the centre, the benefits to health are immense. In addition to losing a stone in weight and 24 inches, Gill Haigh adds: “The half hour workout has also improved my asthma so much that I rarely need to use my inhalers as the exercise helps me breathe properly.” Beryl Matthews continues: “Joining Friendly Gym has been so successful for me. “I am much more flexible in my joints and my back and I have lost 20
inches in total!” If you need to make positive lifestyle changes, the most difficult decision is to decide to do something about it.
So do it NOW - don’t put it off until tomorrow, as tomorrow never comes! Book in for your no-obligation free trial and see exactly what everyone is raving about!
I lost my bulges – it was so easy!
VERA Baldwin from Freckleton is now a shadow of her former self, having lost an amazing one stone eight and a half pounds, PLUS an overall inch loss of 22 inches! Having had a hip replaced in 2007, Vera found that her excess weight was affecting her mobility, to such an extent that everything was becoming an effort. She had heard about the Friendly Gym and decided to tackle the problem head on.
Vera joined in April 2009 with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 27.7 and Body Fat percentage of 42.4. Sixteen months later, having followed a healthy eating plan and attended the Friendly Gym three times a week her BMI is 24.1 and her fat percentage is 33.2, both of which are well within the healthy range.
“Friendly Gym says it all, as you work at your own level,” says Vera.
“Everyone is so helpful and friendly, and I have made many new friends since joining.”
The Friendly Gym has been created to provide the ideal ladies only environment and is ideal for those who find conventional gyms intimidating. The unique Motormotion figure-shaping equipment is suitable for all ages and fitness levels and each session takes 30 minutes.
As an appointment system is used there’s no waiting around.
“I really enjoy coming to the Friendly Gym, it never feels like a chore,” adds Vera.
“It’s something I really enjoy and not something I do because I think I should.
“It has made such a difference to my hip – everyone should try it!”
Why not see for yourself?
Story from the Lytham St. Anns Express
Is this what the Government means by helping small business
Big Corporate Bully easygroup pushes small business to the brink
Ladies of a certain age have a strength of character formed in the maturity and dignity of passing years. Women who have been at the forefront of guiding, caring and feeding our nation for generations, the Mums and Nanas of Britain. They are not the push-overs that some would believe, and if you have any doubt of that, cast your mind back to the excruciating slow hand-clap given to Tony Blair by the Women’s Institute back in 2000. Well, another person who deserves a slow-hand clap and be sent packing with a flea in his ear by the ladies of Northwich and Lytham is so called “Man of the People” Stelios Haji-Ioannou of easyjet fame.
With his rotund physique, multi-billions and vast legal team, was attempting to bully and intimidate “The Pink Ladies” who are members of Easy Exercise - Exclusively for Ladies exercise centres. And their crime? Well, that’s EASY to explain. Stelios wants his new gyms to be the only ones associated with the word easy.
Easy Exercise for Ladies has two small centres in the North, all run by ladies and only for ladies. They are aimed at those over fifty who would like to retain a spring in their step and gently engage in “assisted exercise”. The environment is one of welcoming Pink and Lilac and is an ideal place for feminine companionship where friends can meet, exercise, socialise and have coffee. They are also absolutely nothing like Stelios’ new easygym fitness centres blazing with orange and full of treadmills and fearsome weight machines. Easy Exercise for Ladies branded it’s image six years before Stelios made any use of his easygym mark, until he decided to proceed, no mention or complaint was made while Easy Exercise quietly went about it’s business. Easy.com had demanded it cease and desist from using the word easy in relation to any form of exercise it may offer, and claims the company is piggybacking it’s success and confusing customers in to thinking it is part of the easygroup wanting “to paint the world orange”.
It would be a colour blind person indeed who confused the two, it’s a strange approach for such a recognised and rewarded entrepreneur as Stelios. While very few entrepreneurs begin with a £30 million gift from their father, all have to start somewhere. Easy Exercise came from far more humble beginnings. The company was founded by Pete Landon, creator of the famous toning tables beloved of ladies in the eighties and nineties. The centres’ utilise his unique “Motor Motion” exercise machines, which ease pressure on joints and muscles making them ideal for any age group and any ability. The new assisted exercise machines are an easier to use and more effective version of those early toning tables. Their benefits are ideal for those of limited mobility, the elderly the over-weight or very unfit.
Without Pete’s centres the vast majority of the users would not be participating in regular exercise and would certainly not be seen in any sort of glossy state of the art “easygym”. Pete saw the huge void in the fitness market and just how undervalued and un-provided for these customers were. He went on to pioneer the idea of creating comfortable and welcoming exercise businesses that women themselves could own and run.
In an era when 1 in 8 women in Britain will succumb to breast cancer and other conditions such as joint mobility, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high cholesterol levels, obesity, hypertension, osteoporosis are all often as a result of inactivity, it seems an unnecessarily heavy handed approach by Stelios to threaten a tiny number of female run businesses seeking to address this very problem. It certainly gives the impression his new venture is not really about the health of our nation, but simply another moneymaking enterprise with an aggressive brand behind it. Pete came up with the name Easy Exercise as it clearly defined the type of exercise that is produced by his unique motorised machine’s. Stelios may be under the mistaken impression that he owns the word “Easy” in every context. Pete feels the Intellectual Property Office are at fault. The easygroup should never have been granted the exclusive use of “Easy” and allowed to monopolise a generic word that is commonly in daily use as part of the English language.
It a good job that Pete Landon has pulled out of the David and Goliath battle, with the easygroup and their bullying ruthless legal action. The costs of litigation and re-branding, would have crippled the company. To protect his company Pete reluctantly agreed to re-brand, purely to save the extortionate costs of the High Court action, threatened by the Easy Group.
Story by the Northwich Guardian
Friendly centre comes to terms with unfriendly legal challenge
EVERY Friendly Gym member will have their own reasons for joining, be it to feel healthier and happier, tone up and lose weight and inches, improve flexibility and joint mobility, or maybe to reduce the risk of health conditions such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
One group of ladies have found out that another positive ‘side-effect’ of joining is making new friends! Gill Haigh said: “I love coming to the Friendly Gym, not only does it keep me fit, but I have made lots of new friends. We enjoy each other’s company so much we meet for lunch regularly!” The centre has a definite ‘club-like’ atmosphere, organising regular coffee mornings and days out, but without being cliquey – every person is made to feel very welcome.
What the members aren’t very happy with is the news that due to recent objections from easygroup, who currently operate two easygyms in Slough and Wood Green in London, the company is having to re-brand, at considerable expense, changing from the Easy Exercise Centre to Friendly Gym.
Gill said: “I don’t agree with corporate bullying, which is what this situation is. There is no relationship whatsoever between easygym and the Easy Exercise Centre. In the three years I have been a member here it has never occurred to me that there was any similarity at all.” Merryl Cookson agreed “I can’t quite take this in,” she said, “This is a case of the big fish coming along and eating the little fish up, who is no threat at all”.
Whatever the name, the members will continue to reap the benefits of attending. Tessa Hindle said: “I didn’t realise how useful the gym was until I unfortunately developed a serious illness. The staff at my pre-op examination remarked on how fit I am for a lady of my age, and that has definitely helped with my recovery! Coming here has done me good on so many levels, not just physically, but also emotionally and socially.” If you need to make positive
lifestyle changes the most difficult decision is to decide to do something about it, so do it NOW – don’t put it off until tomorrow!
Book in for your no-obligation free trial and see exactly what the members are raving about!
Story by the Lytham St. Anns Express
70 year olds prompt action saves Farmhouse
The 70-year-old Pete Lanon, who owns Friendly Gym in Lytham, was driving past a farmhouse with a colleague when he saw the fire. He said: “By the time I got to the end of the road, I knew I had to do something".
“The window had already blown out in the downstairs of the property and we could see it was well alight. We noticed the garden hose so grabbed it and started dousing the flames through the window. I was worried there would be an explosion and we took it in turns to hold the hose until fire crews arrived.”
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Deep breathing - it's EASY when you try!
CAROL Abbotts says life is like a breath of fresh air since joining the Friendly Gym
Carol has suffered lung damage in the past to the extent that breathing was becoming much more difficult, and she was relying on inhalers to get her through the day. Her doctor had advised exercise, but this was a struggle.
Carol started visiting the centre twice a week until she felt stronger, and now enjoys three 30-minute sessions a week, reducing the frequency of the inhalers.
Carol says: “The Friendly Gym has been a great help as other forms of exercise left me unable to breathe. “The exercise circuit gives a full body workout without the stress which helps my joints stay flexible. “I've also lost weight and inches, and my cholesterol level has reduced!”
Another member, Gill Haigh, agrees. “The half hour workout has improved my asthma so much I rarely need to use my inhalers as the exercise helps me breathe properly,” says Gill, who has lost a stone in weight and 24 inches.
Every Friendly Gym member has their own reasons for joining, be it to feel healthier and happier, tone up and lose weight and inches, improve flexibility and joint mobility, or maybe to reduce the risk of health conditions such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Many ladies enjoy the social side of the centre, going to the theatre, day trips and coffee mornings.
If you need to make positive lifestyle changes the most difficult part is doing something about it, so do it NOW – don't put it off until tomorrow, tomorrow never comes!
Lose some weight and inches BEFORE Christmas! It's not what you do between Christmas and New Year that counts, but between New Year and Christmas!
Book in for your no obligation free trial and see exactly what everyone is raving about!
Visit www.easyexercise.co.uk and call: (01606) 723009 to make your appointment.
Chronicle Christmas Card Chosen
Children at Eaton Primary School in West Bromwich this year designed Christmas cards in the Sandwell Chronicle competition for the best festive card, with each card sponsored by local businesses.
Readers then voted for their favourite card and the winner was designed by Eaton Valley pupil Katie Gibbard, aged 10.
Winner Katie recieved the winning card in a frame and also a box of her cards to send out to her family and friends.
Eaton Valley also received a cheque for £50 from The Chonicle/Express and Star for designing this years entries.
The presentation took place during the last assembly before Christmas at the school but unfortunately Katie was unable to attend.
Presenting £50 cheque from The Chronicle, Express and Star to the school was manager from competition sponsors Easy Exercise Centre in West Bromwich, Tina Abbiss. Receiving the cheque is head teacher Mrs Sue Ramsay and Adrian Hunt form the Chronicle, Express and Star holds the winning card design.
My whole life has changed!
My Name is Joanne Bowen and I have been a member of Friendly Gym for the last 3 months.
I have spoken to you briefly in the past about how Friendly Gym has completely changed my life.
I have Fibromyalgia and was on morphine for pain and was unable to walk more than 100 yards without being in severe pain all over my body. I could only work 10 hours per week as anymore was just too much for me.
Within a couple of weeks of joining Friendly Gym my whole life has changed, I have now stopped taking morphine, I am able to walk a lot further and I have more energy. I can't believe how a simple half hour workout has dramatically improved my condition.
chair assisted exercise
Chair assisted exercise could be a nice addition to your friendly gym visits
Chair Assisted Exercise (55 Plus) - Chair Assisted Exercise (55 Plus) Gail Spencer Lamm teaches chair assisted exercise at the South Interlake 55 Plus Club in Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada. Stress relief, feel better. Chair Assisted Exercise. Related posts: ...
A bit of common sense
The Best is Yet to Come: How to Live Stronger, Longer, and Happier with an Over 50 Exercise Program
It is very normal to take your body for granted, most men and women do. In your youth, you probably neglected and mistreated your body and it never failed you.
A couple of decades ago, you could probably work for 12 hours straight, devour a pizza, and spend the evening in front of the TV and know that your body would be in great condition for a game of tennis that weekend.
However, it was only a matter of time before the mistakes of your past began to take their toll.
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Great Bunch of Girls
From when the leaflet fell out of the newspaper, I have not looked back, Friendly Gym has been one of the best things I have done in a long time.
The Easy equipment is great, gentle on my joints and has helped with the stiffness and pain you get with arthritis plus two knee replacements.
Since I started over two months ago, Easy has helped me mentally and I feel more positive, thou my body has a long way to go, I do feel less flabby. I have lost thirty two and a quarter inches all over so far and I have lost my first pound in weight which is absolutely fabulous.
The staff, Gail, Tina, Rose, Lauren and Carla are wonderful, they have given me so much encouragement and are genuinely pleased for me when I do well in my assessments.
They are a great bunch of girls, there is never a dull moment.
When I leave the Friendly Gym, I leave in good spirits and look forward to my next visit.
So thank you all very much xxx
PS: My doctor said he was very pleased with me and whatever I am doing, keep it up