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press release: Innerva

Meeting room transformed into innovative studio offering inclusive fitness

06 Mar 2024
Users like the cosiness of the studio which encourages social interaction / Innerva / Sandwell Leisure Trust
Sandwell Leisure Trust has created an exercise haven tailored for those who struggle to access traditional gym settings due to their age, health or mobility.

The trust has transformed a former meeting room into the Live Well Studio, which is attracting a diverse group of new users including stroke victims and wheelchair users.

Located at Portway Lifestyle Centre in Oldbury, West Midlands, the studio opened in September 2023 with six pieces of Innerva’s power-assisted exercise equipment inherited from Langley Swimming Centre, which closed in 2022.

Since its launch, the studio has recorded an impressive 1,500 visits from the local community, with many users booking in for four to five sessions a week. The inclusive and inviting environment provides a safe and gentle 30-minute workout suitable for people over the age of 16 and all levels of fitness, including older adults, those new to exercise and people with health conditions.

“The studio has attracted people you wouldn’t find in your everyday gym, including wheelchair users, those with visual impairment and stroke victims. People tell us the equipment is really improving their quality of life,” says Liz Griffin, Site Fitness Coordinator for Portway Lifestyle Centre.

One of the features of the Live Well Studio is its relaxed and friendly setting, which appeals to people who are uncomfortable in traditional gyms, she says.

“Users like the cosiness of the studio which encourages social interaction and allows people to have a good natter with each other. The social aspect is just as important for some of our users as the physical benefits they get from the equipment.”

John Harling, Leisure Manager at Portway Lifestyle Centre, says: “We are really pleased with the performance of the Live Well Studio and the power assisted exercise equipment. We have seen a steady increase in usage and interest, with 30 new members signing up since the New Year and over 1,500 visits since it launched.”

Sandwell Leisure Trust has partnered with a variety of organisations to provide access to the studio and enhance its role as a community hub. These include Sandwell Adult Social Care Services and the Albion Foundation, which works with adults with learning difficulties.

“We work daily with individuals who have various disabilities and the Live Well Studio has become a firm favourite with them. We have individuals who have lost weight, gained confidence and increased mobility since using the studio equipment,” says Lynn and Donna from Sandwell Adult Social Care Services.

In addition to free studio inductions, the trust offers flexible pay-as-you-go options, concessions for those on low incomes and discounted membership for the over 50s to reduce barriers to entry and make the Live Well Studio accessible to a broad range of community members.

Live Well Studio user, Elaine, aged 68, says: “I have been using the Live Well studio since October and I have noticed a great difference in my mobility. I struggle with arthritis and poor circulation and find the machines very comfortable to use. I have met some lovely people since using this little gym and the staff are very friendly.”

Liz Wright, Sales Manager at Innerva, said: “I was quite emotional when Liz took me on a tour of Portway Lifestyle Centre. As someone with both a physical and hidden disability, I was moved to see how inclusion is at the heart of everything they do. It’s excellent to hear how well the studio is performing, which is testament to the team’s approach and key partnerships.”
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Hildegarde Naughton T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for Public Health and Wellbeing, has officially opened Ireland’s first power-assisted exercise studio.
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Innerva’s new access range, comprising the power-assisted Rotary Torso and Torso Dip, addresses the issues caused by prolonged wheelchair use. Innerva’s head of product development, Matt Holland, developed the range for gyms and leisure centres. It is a creation that recently won him the Future Leaders Award from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.
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Address: 3 Queen's Square Business Park, Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, HD9 6QZ, United Kingdom
Jon Hymus, managing director
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press release: Innerva

Meeting room transformed into innovative studio offering inclusive fitness

06 Mar 2024
Users like the cosiness of the studio which encourages social interaction / Innerva / Sandwell Leisure Trust
Sandwell Leisure Trust has created an exercise haven tailored for those who struggle to access traditional gym settings due to their age, health or mobility.

The trust has transformed a former meeting room into the Live Well Studio, which is attracting a diverse group of new users including stroke victims and wheelchair users.

Located at Portway Lifestyle Centre in Oldbury, West Midlands, the studio opened in September 2023 with six pieces of Innerva’s power-assisted exercise equipment inherited from Langley Swimming Centre, which closed in 2022.

Since its launch, the studio has recorded an impressive 1,500 visits from the local community, with many users booking in for four to five sessions a week. The inclusive and inviting environment provides a safe and gentle 30-minute workout suitable for people over the age of 16 and all levels of fitness, including older adults, those new to exercise and people with health conditions.

“The studio has attracted people you wouldn’t find in your everyday gym, including wheelchair users, those with visual impairment and stroke victims. People tell us the equipment is really improving their quality of life,” says Liz Griffin, Site Fitness Coordinator for Portway Lifestyle Centre.

One of the features of the Live Well Studio is its relaxed and friendly setting, which appeals to people who are uncomfortable in traditional gyms, she says.

“Users like the cosiness of the studio which encourages social interaction and allows people to have a good natter with each other. The social aspect is just as important for some of our users as the physical benefits they get from the equipment.”

John Harling, Leisure Manager at Portway Lifestyle Centre, says: “We are really pleased with the performance of the Live Well Studio and the power assisted exercise equipment. We have seen a steady increase in usage and interest, with 30 new members signing up since the New Year and over 1,500 visits since it launched.”

Sandwell Leisure Trust has partnered with a variety of organisations to provide access to the studio and enhance its role as a community hub. These include Sandwell Adult Social Care Services and the Albion Foundation, which works with adults with learning difficulties.

“We work daily with individuals who have various disabilities and the Live Well Studio has become a firm favourite with them. We have individuals who have lost weight, gained confidence and increased mobility since using the studio equipment,” says Lynn and Donna from Sandwell Adult Social Care Services.

In addition to free studio inductions, the trust offers flexible pay-as-you-go options, concessions for those on low incomes and discounted membership for the over 50s to reduce barriers to entry and make the Live Well Studio accessible to a broad range of community members.

Live Well Studio user, Elaine, aged 68, says: “I have been using the Live Well studio since October and I have noticed a great difference in my mobility. I struggle with arthritis and poor circulation and find the machines very comfortable to use. I have met some lovely people since using this little gym and the staff are very friendly.”

Liz Wright, Sales Manager at Innerva, said: “I was quite emotional when Liz took me on a tour of Portway Lifestyle Centre. As someone with both a physical and hidden disability, I was moved to see how inclusion is at the heart of everything they do. It’s excellent to hear how well the studio is performing, which is testament to the team’s approach and key partnerships.”
More press releases and updates from Innerva:
A charity dedicated to narrowing the gender and ethnic diversity gap in physical activity has launched a community wellbeing space aimed at extending the lives of people with some of the UK’s poorest health outcomes.
The Wellness Hub is tackling health inequalities among those who don’t typically engage with conventional fitness facilities, including older adults, those on low incomes and people with long term health conditions.
Innerva is helping one lucky pensioner to keep active after he started exercising for the first time at the age of 65.
Hildegarde Naughton T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for Public Health and Wellbeing, has officially opened Ireland’s first power-assisted exercise studio.
The first studio in Benelux to adopt Innerva’s power-assisted exercise solution has launched in the Netherlands.
Innerva: news from HCMmag.com and FitTechGlobal.com
HCM editor, Liz Terry, has called on the sector to step up to assist the NHS with stroke rehabilitation to avoid millions being left with life-changing disabilities.
Power-assisted exercise specialist Innerva has teamed up with academics and technology providers to launch Planet Wellbeing, a virtual reality solution designed to alleviate loneliness and mental health issues in older adults.
Innerva has launched an off-the-shelf solution to help operators deliver successful power- assisted exercise studios and unlock the potential of the UK’s ageing population.
Innerva’s new access range, comprising the power-assisted Rotary Torso and Torso Dip, addresses the issues caused by prolonged wheelchair use. Innerva’s head of product development, Matt Holland, developed the range for gyms and leisure centres. It is a creation that recently won him the Future Leaders Award from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.
Innerva: featured in HCM and Fit Tech magazines
Everyone's talking about: Stroke rehab
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Innerva
Tel: 01484 667474
Address: 3 Queen's Square Business Park, Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, HD9 6QZ, United Kingdom
Jon Hymus, managing director
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Jon Hymus, managing director
Key customers
Our key customers span leisure (leisure trusts, council, independent and private operators), rehabilitation and therapy centres and care.
Plans for the next 12 months
We will further develop our solution to support active and healthy ageing, working with our health, academic and operator partners to meet the needs of those with long-term health conditions and bridge the gap between fitness and health.

The next year includes the launch of our new digital solution and the results of a pioneering pilot to improve outcomes for stroke victims at University Hospital in Wishaw.

Our continued international expansion will give the world’s ageing population an accessible exercise solution to improve physical and mental health.
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“After 10 years of running its flagship Innerva suite in the UK, Lincs Inspire invested in an additional circuit of power assisted exercise machines to create a Wellness Hub within Grimsby Health & Wellbeing Centre, which now has 22 Innerva machines across three rooms, with over 600 members visiting regularly to improve their health, activity levels and wellbeing.”

– Ben Frary, sports and health improvement manager, Lincs. Inspire
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