Home workouts proving a hit for Body Barre fitness club
A daily fitness workout offered free of charge by a Bishop's Stortford business owner is helping to provide essential items for hospital staff.
Vix Stamm, who runs The Body Barre in Rye Street, has followed in the trainer footsteps of popular YouTuber Joe Wicks by running virtual morning exercise classes via conferencing app Zoom and Insta Live.
And instead of taking any profits from it, she is asking people to buy items from the Amazon wish list set up for Bishop's Stortford's nearest hospital, Princess Alexandra in Harlow.
At 9.30am every morning, including weekends, an average of around 50-60 people are logging in for the live session from all over the town and some other parts of the country. Vix does the workouts from her home in Stansted and said the idea was also "to try and keep everyone physically and mentally engaged".
"You also get a running chat of the non-interesting things that happen in my home life (it kind of takes your mind of the exercises!!)" she said. "Workouts can be done with little or no equipment, and are suitable for all ages (currently 18-60s) and fitness levels as alternative options are given.
"Seeing everyone’s faces is such a boost, and the feedback has been amazing. And instead of payment at a time of such financial hardship, I’ve asked if anything can be spared can people please buy something from the Amazon wish list set up for staff at PAH Harlow. If there is anything else set up for other local NHS / Carers charities then we’ve welcomed info for these too so that we can share the love."
The mum of two boys, who launched her fitness business in 2018, also emphasised the importance of the workouts for people's mental health.
"The other important reason for me doing the classes has been to keep people going mentally as well as physically. So many people need the virtual contact that is provided through the classes, as they are home on their own during the isolation when they would normally be really sociable. We’ve had lots join to see their siblings & work colleagues."