Posted: Sun 7th Aug 2022

Wrexham Glyndwr students to benefit from brand-new new gym partnership for people living in or visiting the wrexham area
This article is old - Published: Sunday, Aug 7th, 2022

A partnership with a brand-new gym is opening up a world of opportunities for Wrexham Glyndwr University’s Applied Sport and Exercise students. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The university has joined-up with the new Fervid Fitness gym in Flint which opened earlier this year. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Students will be able to put their theory into practice in a real gym setting, while gym users will also benefit from the knowledge applied by students and gained through the course of their studies. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Speaking about the partnership agreement, Lecturer Dr Chelsea Batty said: “The students are currently undertaking their Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Exercise Referral qualifications which are embedded in the course with the option of doing the level 3 Personal Trainer qualification if they want to. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We needed a real working gym environment, and as I started training here myself I got speaking to Shaun, the owner, and asked if it would be possible to develop a partnership where we could bring students here to do their qualifications. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Shaun was on board with the idea and it will enable students to experience a real working gym and have the opportunity to do their placement here. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“They can observe personal training taking place, and take part in instructing too. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Chelsea added: “As students are doing their exercise referral qualification which is mainly aimed at helping people with underlying conditions to exercise, people who have high blood pressure or might be overweight, working together with Fervid Fitness to offer free health MOT’s gives students the opportunity to put their qualification into practice. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Reaching out to that community of people who are less likely to engage by offering them a free health MOT is about getting them into a gym environment where they can realise it is not a scary place to be and everybody’s really welcoming and exercise is good. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“It’s important to focus on the exercise aspect of the course as there are more opportunities in the exercise sector than elite sport, in the NHS for example, which look at how exercise is beneficial for health.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The outreach aspect of the partnership with Wrexham Glyndwr is something that will help with one of the key aims of Fervid Fitness, reaching people who might not be comfortable in a normal gym environment. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Shaun Thomas, who owns and runs Fervid Fitness, said: “For us the partnership is about understanding what Chelsea is trying to deliver and aligning ourselves with a united objective in creating awareness of underlying health conditions, the benefits of exercise on both physical and mental wellbeing whilst also offering the students opportunity to gain experience within the health and fitness industry. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“I believe we complement the course well and we think a little differently here. Rather than just being a gym with equipment, where people train. We’re aiming to deliver support and guidance to all abilities, offering medical health checks and guaranteed results for our members with the key objective to introduce and engage more local people into exercise therefore living a heathier and more balanced lifestyle. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We’re focusing our efforts on delivering what GP surgeries and the NHS perhaps don’t have the time to deliver or the facilities, so we’re aiming to easing the burden on the NHS ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“In this particular project our objective is to deliver health screening to our aging demographic – looking at tests such as cholesterol readings, health MOTs, so partnering with Glyndwr University feels like a perfect fit.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We’re excited about the partnership and the benefits it will bring to both the gym users and the students.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

People can book in for a health MOT on Mondays and Saturdays by contacting the gym: 01352 379022, Instagram: @fervidfitness_flint, Facebook: @Fervid Fitness UK ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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