The class, from the retired New Zealand Olympian Les Mills’ ‘Bodyattack’ programme, kicked off the post-Covid schedule for Fusion Lifestyle, which runs the Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre, Putlands Sports & Leisure Centre and The Weald Sports Centre for the Council.
The move of classes indoors is the latest change in lockdown exercise restrictions since group outdoor exercise was authorised on March 8.
Anthony Cawley, Director of Operations at Fusion, said: “It’s a really positive step to be able to restart indoor group exercise classes. We know how popular group exercise is and we’re excited to offer this one-off early class to celebrate the full return of our classes.
“Our instructors can’t wait to get back to offering the full timetable of classes. We are really pleased that we will be able to continue to offer some outdoor classes, too, making sure we’re giving our members as much choice as possible.”
Councillor Jane March, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Leisure and Economic Development on Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, said: “Bringing indoor group exercise back is a really positive step for the leisure industry and for the wellbeing of our local community, and we’re looking forward to hearing music pumping from centres again as indoor fitness studios burst back to life. We are delighted that we can play our part in supporting health and fitness in our area.”
In England before Covid restrictions came into place, 4.86 million people took part in group exercise each week as a way to keep fit, boost their mental health and to socialise.
Classes include the rest of the Les Mills programmes, Zumba, yoga, Pilates, indoor cycle, and many others.
Fusion Lifestyle and Tunbridge Wells Borough Councils’ sports and leisure centres are continuing to operate in line with government safety guidelines, and those planning to visit are asked to book and pay online and allow the NHS Test and Trace process to be implemented.
People joining the gym classes are asked to arrive ready to work out and swimmers are asked to wear their swimming gear under their clothes.
The gyms are also subject to meticulous cleaning regimes to ensure Covid safety and customer confidence in the facilities.
For opening hours and bookings, visit fusion-lifestyle.com