Ways to stay fit and active for all the family
Like never before, we are being bombarded with online fitness content. This is for good reason of course, as it is so important that whilst we are at home staying safe, we remain active! However, making sense of all this content and deciding what exercise to do can be quite a challenge.
We thought it would be helpful, therefore, if we put together a list of our recommendations to make it as easy as possible to find the activities that suit you. We have a variety of different content for you and your family to enjoy. Some of this comes directly from our wonderful team of Personal Trainers, Instructors and Coaches, some of it from our fitness partners Technogym and Les Mills and some it is just content on the web that we think you may like.
We hope there is something for everyone in the list and that it will keep you going until we can get back into the Club and see each other again. Some of the below items are free, others chargeable and as ever do be careful (especially if you have any existing injuries) and make sure you warm up, warm down and stay hydrated.
Club Towers Personal Trainers
We’ll start with our PTs, who have put together some short workouts these can be found on our YouTube Channel
If you are missing our team’s Gym Floor Workouts, then head to Alex’s offering for a good old fashioned HIIT workout. If you are after improving your flexibility and suppleness, then Claire has the video for you. Jan has looked at Boxercise, Billy circuits, Mark, mobility and Katy has an upper and lower body circuit workout.
We aim to add more content over the next few days and weeks so please do subscribe (free of charge) to the channel to be notified of any new videos that we add.
Group Exercise Workouts
We know many of you will be missing our instructors as much as we are. Fortunately, a number of them are offering online classes – here’s a list (in no particular order) with links to their sites for more information (please do get in touch directly with the instructor if you have any questions).
Join Jason Martindale on Zoom, for an indoor turbo ride on your spin bike, turbo trainer or Watt Bike. He will be running three classes a week, 6.45pm Tuesdays, 7pm Thursdays and 8am Saturdays.
Details of how to book can be found here.
As many of you will know, Katie Rowland also runs Poletics Bedford and is running daily virtual classes. The first class is free, and then it’s £5 per class after that or £25 for an unlimited pass. More information can be found on her website
Natalie Dent offers Pilates classes – currently Monday to Thursday – and the first class is free. More information can be found on her Facebook page.
Alison Wetherill is running a Pilates class every Wednesday at 6.15pm via Zoom, please contact her directly to book on, on [email protected] or 07983 703342.
Rachel Leontyne -has added some Yoga classes along with some meditation (even more important at the moment) to her YouTube channel which can be found here.
Victoria Young has created a YouTube channel with some helpful videos that can be found here. She is also doing live online classes through Zoom and you can get details and contact Victoria through her Facebook page.
Julia Krajnakova is offering her classes throughout the week and details can be found on her website.
Nitasha Buldeo is offering her classes online and details can be found on her Facebook page here.
Caroline Alexander is offering online classes, and the first one is free, you can request to join her Facebook group here or message Caroline for further details.
Adele Hartshorn is offering online classes, to find out more please join her Facebook group, which can be found here. She also has some great yoga and mediation vidoes on her Youtube channel that you can do at your convenience.
Viv Clarke has created a 30 minute stretch and flow session which can be found on our Youtube playlist.
Yoga & Pilates
Jane Butcher is offering Daily Online classes £5 via zoom and pre-recorded private videos £5 via YouTube. Please email Jane directly on [email protected] to access the link for these sessions.
Yoga & Barre
Charlie Bullard is running live classes and more information can be found on her website
Caroline Alexander is running Dance Fit classes on Mondays at 5.30pm via Zoom along with the other classes she is running across the week, Body Conditioning, Yoga and LBT. To find our more you can request to join her Facebook group here or message Caroline for further details.
Alison Wetherill is running Body Pump classes on Mondays 6.30pm, Thursdays 10.00am and Saturday’s 9am via Zoom, please contact her directly to book on, on [email protected] or 07983 703342. Ali is asking for donations depending on people’s current circumstances.
Cornelia will be hosting online Zumba parties and classes more details can be found on Cornelia’s page.
Jayden is running Body Attack every Sunday at 10am, the same time as he would in the Club each week! To join him, please ask to join his Facebook group here.
Alison Wetherill is running a weighted LBT on Mondays 9.45am via Zoom, LBT on Wednesdays at 9.30am, and Saturdays at 10am, please contact her directly to book on, on [email protected] or 07983 703342. Ali is asking for donations depending on people’s current circumstances.
Caroline Alexander is offering online LBT classes on Tuesdays 9.45am, Fridays, 5.45pm and Saturdays 9.45am, to find out more and book on, you can request to join her Facebook group here or message Caroline for further details.
Alison Wetherill is running Body Balance classes on Tuesdays 6.15pm, Thursdays 11.00am and Saturdays 11am via Zoom, please contact her directly to book on, on [email protected] or 07983 703342. Ali is asking for donations depending on people’s current circumstances.
Instructor Lauren St Hilaire is posting workout videos on her Facebook page including LBT, and HIIT Workouts.
Nick and his coaching team will be providing some tips and exercises to help keep you in shape for the new tennis season when we reopen. These will be uploaded onto our YouTube channel throughout the week, so please do subscribe (free of charge) to be alerted to new content.
Our very own Louise Penny has some great tips and practice activities for our junior tennis players available already that can be found here.
The LTA also have a number of fun games you can play with the kids whilst they can’t get on the courts. Their content can be found here.
No squash courts? No problem! You can still work on your technique, footwork and fitness from home and Steve Barlow has produced his first video showing us how. This can be found on our YouTube channel There will be further videos to follow focusing on footwork, movement and fitness.
Steve will also be offering the opportunity to sign up and pay for some virtual coaching. You can get in touch with Steve if you are interested by emailing him at: [email protected]
There are also plenty of activities that our younger players can do in the garden to keep working on their racquet skills. Do keep an eye on our Facebook Page and YouTube channel for the videos on this.
Club Towers Fitness Partners
Technogym – My Wellness
Many of you will already be familiar with My Wellness and will have been using it for your gym programmes and to track your activity. TWellness Coaching is their new digital solution for home training and can be found on the App store or you can access it here:
They add daily workouts, offer a months’ worth of training programmes and offer the ability to track activities. If you have not used MyWellness before this is the perfect time to start!
For those missing their Les Mills classes you can access a free 14-day trial of Les Mills on Demand here:
There are hundreds of classes for you to choose from and plenty to keep you going at home over the next couple of weeks.
Other Content on the Internet we think you may like:
- Cosmic Kids Yoga – https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga lots of fun free content.
- NHS Workouts- https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/gym-free-workouts/
- NHS 10 Minute Shake Ups (Kids) – https://www.nhs.uk/10-minute-shake-up/shake-ups
- Sport England have started a new campaign Join the Movement and #StayInWorkOut and have lots of ideas on their website – https://www.sportengland.org/stayinworkout
- Calm – meditation – ten minute daily meditation from Calm, every day at 4pm and other advice and guidance. https://www.calm.com/blog/take-a-deep-breath
- Joe Wicks free workouts for all ages and abilities – https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1
- 20 Fun Family Games for kids of all ages from Today’s Parent – https://www.todaysparent.com/family/activities/the-top-family-games/
- Team Beds & Luton have collated ways to stay active at home for both adults and kids – https://www.teambedsandluton.co.uk/getting-active-at-home
We hope this helps you to stay fit and active in some way and we would love to hear from you about what you are doing, so please do stay in touch through Facebook or by email ([email protected]).BACK TO BLOG