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- Rob BirdMsc (PG Cert, BACPR, ACSM)Rob BirdMsc (PG Cert, BACPR, ACSM)
My name is Rob Bird and I have been lucky enough to be involved with this group for over 20 years. During this time it has been my absolute pleasure to see so many of our group engage in full and active lives after their cardiac event.
How could a group like this help me? you may ask. Well, we have lots of scientific evidence to suggest the clinical benefits of Phase 4 rehabilitation, it will improve the function of your heart and strengthen your body, but one of the major things that we see is how being part of a group like this can help rebuild a person’s confidence in their own ability. In many cases our members report a feeling of wellbeing that they could only have dreamed of before their cardiac event,
Our classes offer a varied and functional approach to exercise, are adapted to accommodate any level of ability and we always try and make sure you are having fun along the way.
Come and see for yourself, I look forward to meeting you
Rob Bird MSc (ACSM, BACPR)
Clinical Exercise Specialist, Lifestyle Medicine practitioner
- Mark HuggardMark Huggard
Instead of me writing about the physical and psychological health benefits of taking part in our Cardiac Exercise Rehab classes. I am going to comment about why people exercise at our classes on a regular basis.
Initially, the most important thing is getting the patients from Phase III to Phase IV. This can be a very daunting experience for most people especially if they don’t know anyone at the class and they are not quite sure what is involved or how similar the class is to the hospitals phase III exercise session.
What I have learned from my many years of taking Cardiac Rehab phase IV exercise classes is why our patients keep coming back. I know it’s partly due to the likability of the instructor but what I have also found from my experience is that it is mainly down to the participants in the class, especially classes with older clientele and the many different characters in the group. It is the fun atmosphere that makes the class, the friendly banter and the laughter I hear and the friends the participants have made.
To back my thoughts up I have asked exercise participants at my classes to take part in a simple survey with three questions:
What are the most important reasons to you for taking part in this class: Please rate 1 – 3, with 1 being the most important.
The options were:
- Friends / Social / Friendly banter
From a recent survey I asked the members of the class to complete, the feedback I received is that all the women rate the exercise and the friendship equally, 60% of the men rate the exercise as the most important and 40% rate the exercise and friendly banter as the most important.
From my findings the exercise is the most important but what keeps people attending is the friendliness of the group, the way the groups bond and the fun people are having whilst exercising.
This applies to all the Cardiac Rehab classes I teach and is also an enjoyable experience for me as I see the great health improvements people have made and the new friends I have made in many of the Cardiac groups.
- Daria PrekenicieneDaria Prekeniciene
Either you have recently had a traumatic experience or you are at high risk the number one reason why we are here for you is because we CARE.
I know it might be difficult to make the transition to self-motivated community-based long-term exercise programs but cardiac rehabilitation at Heart Throbs is so much more than just attending exercise class. You will become part of the family. In fact, your overall well-being is taken into account. Physically, psychologically and socially you will improve your health. This is where you slow or reverse progression of the disease. This is where you are reborn.
At Heart Throbs you will receive all the support you need. If you are lost now you will be found here with us! Join for the warmest welcome! Your heart will thank you for that.
- Pete DaveyPete Davey
Hi I am Pete Davey I am a Gym Instructor, Personal Trainer, Fitness and Nordic Walking Instructor and Sports Therapist and I act as cover for the other instructors at Heart Throbs during their holidays and absences when I can.
Cardiac Rehabilitation is very important after any cardiac event, it cannot change your past but it can certainly help in improving your future and lifestyle. Exercise and fitness should be essential for us all but especially so for those who have experienced any cardiac event, the experience you will get from the Heart Throbs Fitness and Rehabilitation sessions is a great thing you can do for your whole body but certainly for your heart as the sessions are designed with this specifically in mind.
Evidence has shown that cardiac rehabilitation greatly reduces mortality, reduces unplanned hospital admissions, improves the quality of life not only for oneself but for those close to you and your family. Keeping fit and moderate regular exercise is a natural mood booster, improves physiological, psychosocial wellbeing and here at Heart Throbs you will find it is very social at all the sessions, so if you haven’t yet been to a session you should go along, stay active, stay fit and live a long life.
- Hara Markos (MSc)Hara Markos (MSc)
Hi, my name is Hara and I'm honoured to be part of this great team of instructors, who deliver safe and effective fitness classes to our cardiac rehabilitation community.
Having spent 23 years delivering fitness classes, I have progressed into delivering fitness to special populations, which has been immensely rewarding.
For those of you who are considering joining our classes, but may feel apprehensive, I'd like to reassure you that you will be surrounded by friends! We are all here to support and motivate you on your journey, so please do pop by and say hello!