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The Gym Group opens landmark 100th gym with double Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock

To celebrate the opening of The Gym Group’s 100th gym, in Feltham, Double Paralympic, World & European Champion, Jonnie Peacock, took part in a specially-designed HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout alongside a selection of specially selected Gym Group guests.

The Gym Group, founded in 2007, opened its first gym in Hounslow a year later and has now opened its 100th location, just four miles away from the original site. Special-guests in Feltham included the first ever Feltham member, Nanditha Jayaweera.

John Treharne, CEO of The Gym Group, said: “It’s a pleasure to have a legend of British sport in Jonnie Peacock here to help us celebrate this fantastic milestone. It’s testament to the hard work of all the employees at The Gym Group that we’re celebrating it in such a short space of time. A hundred gyms in ten years is high-octane growth that we’re all proud of and looking to continue.

“We’re ten years on from the first gym in Hounslow but we are just as dedicated to providing high-quality gym environments at low cost as we were on day one. We firmly believe that fitness should be accessible to everybody, regardless of shape, size, fitness level, background or attitude and that has clearly resonated with the British public.”

Peacock helped develop the specially devised ‘HIIT the Floor 100’ workout to help get everyone fit for the rigours of the gym, track and dance floor alike.

Peacock said: “I’m delighted to have been in Feltham to celebrate the opening of their 100th gym. It was great to see that everyone enjoyed the workout and I was very impressed by how quickly they picked up the moves.

“This ‘HIIT the Floor 100’ workout is designed to re-train my body and give me a significant boost in my aerobic ability. I’ve swapped the 100 metres on the track, where short sprints are key for core strength and endurance in the dance studio.”

The ‘HIIT the Floor 100’ workout consists of three main quick-fire sections in twenty minutes: Cardio, strength and conditioning and core strength sees everyone gain significant benefits from each, ensuring they are at their best when stepping foot on the dance floor.

Emma Kelly, The Gym Group’s Feltham general manager said: “Performing Cardio exercises are an essential element of any dancer’s training regime; they allow the dancer to increase their stamina so that they don’t tire quickly, while this also helps reduce the chances of injury.

“Strength and conditioning is crucial for dancers to be able to control their own body and to be able to work alongside their partner. Resistance bands are used to work the biceps (bicep curls), triceps (tricep extensions) and lats (front raise); all important when lifting a partner, keeping their upper body upright and maintaining the correct posture.

“Core strength is particularly important for dancer’s to promote better balance, alignment and stability. In Jonnie’s case the core exercises will particularly help him with ballroom and Latin dances where most movements are going to come from the core.”

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