Delight as spin classes return to Black Country leisure centres

A Black Country fitness instructor says she is delighted to be teaching once again – as indoor fitness group sessions resumed in line with Government guidance.

Helen Hill teaching a 9.15am spin class for the first time in six months at Haden Hill Leisure Centre
Helen Hill teaching a 9.15am spin class for the first time in six months at Haden Hill Leisure Centre

Helen Hill, 54, took her first class for six months on Monday morning at Haden Hill Leisure Centre, in Cradley Heath.

Ms Hill, who is from Rowley Regis, held a spin class followed by low impact aerobics for her 50+ group.

She has worked at the Sandwell Leisure Trust facility for the last 30 years – and says it was important for her to be back exercising and interacting with her customers again.

Ms Hill said: “I’ve not done a lot of fitness work myself staying safe at home and you definitely feel isolated and miss your colleagues, friends and regulars.

"Regular exercise and social interaction is crucial for our physical and mental well-being and we are all absolutely thrilled to be back.

“It’s been extra tough for our older customers, with some shielding, because you stiffen up and can gain weight, when out of routine, plus we are like one big happy family here at Haden Hill, so the beaming smiles this morning we’re so uplifting and fantastic to see.

“SLT are really hot on all their activities being delivered in a Covid-secure manner too – social distancing measures in place, face masks on until you take your class position, hand gels plus cleaning agents and disposable cloths for wiping down equipment – and that’s reassuring and lets both staff and customers get on an enjoy the classes.”

Two of Helen’s spin regulars were equally excited to be back exercising again and catching up with old friends.

Clare Moseley, 47 from Cradley, said: “I have been dying to get back to fitness classes. I have really missed the motivation from the amazing team of instructors and fellow members.”

Andy Pountney, 54 from Halesowen, added: “It is great to be getting back to Haden Hill, to begin a journey of a thousand miles, taking that first step.”

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