While the college is closed due to current coronavirus restrictions, the staff have made every effort to keep their students active and improve their wellbeing.

When they heard about an 11-minute full-body workout that has taken the US by storm after an appearance in the New York Times, the team came together to produce a video that shows everyone how it’s done.

It offers one-minute sessions of things like squats, burpees, and running in place, as well as periods of low activity and rest, and since no equipment is required, it can be easily done at home.

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“/>Thornton's Ross Powell demonstrates moves from Blackpool and The Fylde College's 11-minute fitness workout video.  The routine was featured in the New York Times for its effectivenessThornton’s Ross Powell demonstrates moves from Blackpool and The Fylde College’s 11-minute fitness workout video. The routine was featured in the New York Times for its effectiveness

24-year-old Thornton-born Ross Powell, a fitness trainer at the college sports center, was filmed by college cameraman Andy Robinson.

Ross said, “The workout is based on research done in the US to find out how effective routines can be. It is based on the principle of high intensity periods followed by low intensity or rest, and is a faster way to to maintain your heart-breathing exercises. ” .

“People might do about a 40-minute run to get a decent training rate, but that does the same thing but in less time.”

He said while some of the exercises may not be advisable for someone just starting out on the fitness trail, many are less challenging in the session to get people fitter and prepare for the entire routine.

“/> The video was enjoyed by college staff and students

He added, “Right now in lockdown, it can be difficult to get motivated, especially if you’re stuck at home with no fitness equipment. This is also a full body exercise routine.

“A lot of college staff and students really enjoyed it. Some found it difficult and are now preparing for the full session. We don’t want people to be put off, any exercise is better than none.”

Dave Thackeray, Blackpool and the Fylde College Digital and Communications Manager said the college is running many different initiatives during this difficult time to help its students and others on the Fylde coast, such as the Student Union which is currently running a campaign by Nourish to Flourish.

He said, “Staying active is critical to our well-being – especially during lockdown.

“/> While some of the exercises are rigorous, people can choose to match their fitness level and prepare for the full routine

“The Mental Health Foundation talks about how young people experience the boredom and frustration associated with losing familiar activities.

“Physical activity is of tremendous importance in all of our lives – any type of exercise makes us feel better – and I knew we had the opportunity to create something special based on an 11-minute scientifically researched workout that was recently published by the New York Times.

“Following the guidelines on social distancing, our video expert Andrew Robinson and fitness trainer Ross Powell brought this workout to life. We’ve appreciated the feedback from students and staff that it was fun and uplifting, a fitness routine with a friendly and familiar one Face to enjoy. “

The training is available on YouTube and in the college’s virtual learning environment, Canvas.

“/> The training in the New York Times, but without video. Blackpool and Andy Robinson from Fylde College

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