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Fitness app keeps track

Creswell Leisure Centre is only the second in the country to pilot a new Wellbeing system which allows gym users the chance to log their fitness and  workouts and monitor their health.  Pictured is exercise and fitness referral officer Arron Johnson with the new console (w121129-2a)

Creswell Leisure Centre is only the second in the country to pilot a new Wellbeing system which allows gym users the chance to log their fitness and workouts and monitor their health. Pictured is exercise and fitness referral officer Arron Johnson with the new console (w121129-2a)

Gone are the days when you slogged it out at the gym and then tried to guess how many calories you had burned off by some major maths calculation involving your height, weight and fat ratio.

These days everything is digital, with computers to work out every minor detail of your workout for you.

Now the small council-run Creswell Leisure Centre has gone one better.

It’s only the second place in the country - the other is the Olympic Village in London - to be piloting the mywellness cloud application.

It allows users to create their own training progamme in seconds without needing supervision, and tracks all the details of every workout.

All the data is automatically sent to a server where it can be accessed at anytime from the mywellness.com website or mywellness mobile app.

Facilities manager Wayne Carter said: “There are 122 different workouts but when you first go on it you create a profile where you put in information like your height, weight and gender and why you want to exercise, such as to lose weight or for a personal challenge.”

“You also say how many times you want to exercise a week, then the app will automatically narrow it down to any suitable programmes, so you don’t have to look through all 122.”

Programmes are downloaded onto a plastic key which is then inserted into a kiosk in the gym, which reads it and tells the user which piece of equipment to use first.

Instructions are given on each machine about how long to use it and then the user is directed to the next piece of equipment.

The leisure centre is run by Bolsover District Council and leader Eion Watts said he was delighted that Creswell had been chosen as a pilot centre.

He said: “It can offer everything from programmes to lose weight and build strength to programmes that improve muscle tone and fitness.”

“And after speaking to a few of the gym members it is clear that this is what they want and they can’t wait to get started and using this new facility.”

Exercise and fitness referral officer Arron Johnson said having the Wellness key was like having a virtual personal trainer, creating your own profile as you went along.

The centre’s gym is small but well-used and has been kitted out with £48,000 of Technogym equipment.

So-called kenesis stations allow several different exercises on the same machine.

“The app knows how many times you visit the gym and what you do when you’re there, so it can track your progress,” said Arron.

“When people have been referred to us for help with their fitness then we can track it too, whereas before we were relying on people telling us what they were doing.”

“It will record what people are doing outside of the gym as well, so they could add on time spent swimming or doing other activities.”

While the mywellness cloud is being piloted, Arron has being making notes of any snags, so that they can be ironed out before it is made available nationwide.

For more information contact the leisure centre on 01909 721371.

 

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