Lycra, techno and strange equipment can make gyms seem reserved for a young, fit clientele, but RPT Health Group is excluding these elements to help make exercise accessible to all.
Twice weekly at their studio on Woodward Street, owners Jeremy Wallace and Paul Ringland run training sessions for seniors.
“Following hospital procedures the elderly often receive a high level of care as inpatients, but then once they’re back in their homes they are not receiving the follow up,” Mr Wallace said.
“We saw a gap in the care they were receiving once back in the real world so we’re providing individually tailored group sessions rather than group classes.”
Mr Wallace has been working with Suzanne Cashmere twice a week for more than 12 months.
“I’ve seen my balance improve and increased muscle tone which is making it easier to get in and out of the car and get up from my chair,” said Ms Cashmere.
“I’ve been able to start gardening again too – which is good for the soul.”
Ms Cashmere said her motivation for going out has increased with her increasing mobility.
“It’s nice not to worry about whether there’ll be a chair I can get out of,” she said.
“It’s cute working with a group too, it’s less painful when we have a laugh.”