50+ Club

Over 50s fitness class for cardiac rehab and chronic conditions.

This over 50s fitness class runs on a Thursday afternoon 12:30-13:30 and costs just £5 per person. The venue is St Barts Church, Frinton road, Holland-on-Sea (next door to the Co op). You don’t need to book this in advance, however if you have multiple conditions or are unsure whether you should try this class, please contact me first and speak with your GP before you come along.

This class is for people with medical conditions who may have been recommended by their GP to come and exercise with me to improve their symptoms and/or quality of life. I also receive referrals straight from Anglian Community Enterprise cardiac rehabilitation services (Phase III) as soon as they have recovered and completed their course of rehabilitation.

As well as being a personal trainer I am, also qualified and specialise in exercise for GP referral conditions and a level 4 BACPR qualified cardiac rehabilitation instructor (Phase IV). 

Conditions include:

  • Hypertension
  • CHD
  • Intermittent claudication
  • Heart attack
  • Angina (stable)
  • Heart failure (stable)
  • Valve replacement
  • Stent
  • Bypass
  • Diabetes Type 1 and 2 (stable)
  • Asthma/COPD
  • Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis
  • Total hip or knee replacement
  • MS
  • Chronic fatigue/ME
  • Osteoporosis
  • Obesity
  • Stroke/TIA
  • Depression
  • Stress and anxiety

Why exercise?

Exercising can help maintain range of movement and in some cases, increase range of movement. It can enable the individual to become stronger and have a better sense of balance and coordination. Exercising regularly can delay the muscle loss we all experience as we grow older, especially if a medical condition inhibits our activity. This in turn can keep other issues at bay such as balance problems and osteoporosis. Keeping your heart healthy can prevent the development or worsening of heart disease and is a highly recommended form of secondary prevention for those who have suffered a cardiac event or have an ongoing chronic cardiac condition.

What will we do?

This over 50s fitness class is a very simple circuit based class. There are cards placed around the outside of the room each with one exercise written on. We work our way around the circle and end up back at the beginning. Each exercise is fully modifiable and you will not be asked to do something you’re incapable of, causes you pain or you simple just don’t want to do.

We warm up together going through some very gentle mobility exercises. Not only does this help warm the joints and muscles up ready to work, it allows time for your cardiorespiratory system to “open up” and allow for the easy flow of blood and oxygen to assist the working muscles. This process takes a little longer for people on medication such as betablockers (Bisoprolol, Atenolol;  for example).

We will also thoroughly cool down so that your body has returned back to it’s usual state before you leave. This ensures you don’t cool down too quickly which can leave you feeling giddy or nauseous.


Please pop along to watch and see if this is something you would like to try.