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Mixed opinions over virtual classes

The introduction of virtual yoga and pilates classes in UK gyms, where participants follow the lead of an on-screen instructor, has divided opinion among fitness industry experts.

John Treharne, CEO of The Gym Group, and Wexer programme director Birgitte Nymann were among those who shared their views with Health Club Management magazine.

The Gym Group has been trialling the concept at a number of sites and Treharne expects to roll-out the provision of virtual yoga and pilates classes at more sites throughout 2012.

"Virtual classes make good use of floor space and are relatively cost-effective to set up, with a fixed low fee and no ongoing staff costs," said Treharne.

However, APPI Healthgroup physiotherapist and director Glenn Withers believes virtual classes are "the worst form of teaching possible in a gym environment".

Withers added: "When people go to an exercise facility, they are looking for inspiration - and that comes from the personal interaction with the teacher."

To read opinions on the arrival of virtual yoga and pilates classes in the UK from more industry experts, see Health Club Management 2012 Issue 3, p43

Image: Merrithew Corporation

The introduction of virtual yoga and pilates classes in UK gyms, where participants follow the lead of an on-screen instructor, has divided opinion among fitness industry experts.
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To read opinions on the arrival of virtual yoga and pilates classes in the UK from more industry experts, see Health Club Management 2012 Issue 3, p43

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