This October, Manchester has seen the first-ever health and wellbeing club open in the UK which not only runs exercise and physical activity classes but mental and emotional health classes too. 

It is believed that 3.8 million people in the UK are living with diabetes and it is estimated that approximately 90% of these cases are Type 2, which means it is largely preventable or manageable by lifestyle changes such as regular physical activity and following a healthy eating plan.

Add to this the fact that almost two-thirds of the population have reported that they have experienced mental ill-health and we are faced with quite a troubling landscape of overall health and wellbeing.

Joe Gaunt, CEO of Hero said, “We all have high-stress moments in life regardless of whether you are running a multi-million-pound business, studying for a degree or working in a coffee shop. We face so many external pressures, which can have a negative impact on our mental wellbeing and in turn our overall health.  We want hero Training Clubs to be renowned for supporting individuals to thrive, reflect, recover and achieve. We fully understand the very fine lines between emotional and physical health and happiness and our club will deliver an all-encompassing solution to support individuals to take back control and help them by building resilience and self- confidence so they feel ready to take on whatever life throws their way.”

Joe added, “Many health clubs in the UK and indeed globally, talk about the positive impact exercise has on our mental health and rightly so, but we recognise that it takes a certain person, with a certain mindset to feel strong and able enough to come to the gym in the first place for help and support.  The hero Training Club will offer guests and members the choice of how they improve their health.”

“They might initially visit us first for one to one counselling or a sleep seminar and then head over to our compelling and results-driven exercise classes. We recognise everyone’s health and fitness journey is personal and very unique; some people will need more physical, mental or social support, whereas others might want more specific help and advice around sleep or nutrition, and another person might just want to enjoy our awesome fitness classes.”

“We purposely don’t want to offer a very narrow and short-sighted health offer. The word “health” is more than what we see on the scales or how far we can run.  It’s made up of emotional, social and physical health and we believe it’s time to give people truly holistic support, with very real and achievable solutions to tackle the health issues we as a nation face.”

The entire hero Training Club team has received mental health awareness training and have the most up to date knowledge and education to appropriately support and assist anyone coming into the club with mental and emotional health worries and issues.  The coaches and trainers will also have the ability to refer members to different health zones and different experts all working within the club.


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