max temp: 16°C

min temp: 15°C


Ipswich: Getting fitter is more than a walk in the park

12:12 19 January 2014

Bootcamp in Christchurch Park, Ipswich.. The Fitness Unit

Bootcamp in Christchurch Park, Ipswich.. The Fitness Unit

Living Spirit Photography

What better way to start a crisp, winter’s morning than a walk, run or even some exercises in the park?


What better way to start a crisp, winter’s morning than a walk, run or even some exercises in the park?

Every Sunday at Christchurch Park you can find a small group of men and women exercising before breakfast.

I even spotted a group dressed as Santas over Christmas.

My fitness routine often includes a walk or run in the park.

Some people prefer something a bit more organised.

That is where The Fitness Unit comes in, organising Bootcamp style training sessions - in the fresh air - in parks in Ipswich, Felixstowe and Woodbridge.

It is a medical fact that keeping fit helps you avoid certain types of ilness.

And, of course, it is great for your self confidence,

The Fitness Unit, started by Anita Bond seven years ago, has grown in and developed over the years.

“I think it is important to keep yourself healthy and fit.

“We started with Bootcamps,” she said, “Then opened the gym for classes, fitness sessions and personal training.”

Anita has always looked after her own health and fitness, so it was a natural fit to combine her hobby with business when she wanted a change of direction.

“I have alwlays kept fit and it is something I have passed on to my children. Rachel works here and son Dan also helps out here when we need him.

“Even when I was at Murrayfield Junior School I used to love going to the gym at lunchtime.

“I had helped set up other businesses before and thought I would like to do something for myself.

“I had qualifed as a trainer a few years ago.

“We have come through the recession and are still doing well.

“We all love what we are doing in the training here.

“The emphasis is on personal service. You can join classes, exercising with others is fun.

“And if you have a personal training programme there is always somebody to help you with it.”

Many people join gyms, with the best intentions, each January only to let their memberships lapse, or simply not find the time for it, she said.

The key to continuing was a good level of personal support and guidance, which they offered. she added.

Bootcamps, including residential camps, have grown in popularity over the years.

They also offered pre and post-natal sessions, she said.
“Mums can make friends in the pre-natal classes. Some are still friends long after their babies are born.

“It is all about designing the right programme for them.”

Gym members included deaf people, she said, “and we even had one lady who exercised despite a broken arm.”

And one new type of class proved a surpise to me was the buggy workout groups, started three years ago by Rachel and now in Ipswich and Kesgrave.

It is a long time since I pushed a buggy on a daily basis, but I’m sure it is great for fitness.

“We were the first people to start these locally,” added Anita. “Mums, and dads can take part.

“We have a wide age of customers, from an 11 year-old girl to people in their 70s.”

Clients from the Fitness Unit regularly take part in competitive events, like the muddy obstacle race, The Whole Hog Race, at Wantisden in Suffolk.

They also support fundraising events, for charities such as the Wooverstone Wish for cancer day care treatment at Ipswich Hospital.

The Fitness Unit, 243 Felixstowe Road, Ipswich

Teleopon 01473 715243




Bea the cat is recovering well

A cat has been found collapsed on an Ipswich doorstep 10 days after suffering serious neck injuries caused by its own collar.

Crown Pools in Ipswich, where a man reportedly exposed himself on Saturday.

A man has reportedly twice exposed himself to girls in the changing rooms of an Ipswich swimming pool.

Heart FM DJ Dave Taylor during the charity busking session on the Cornhill in Ipswich where he was accompanied by his producer Nick mellamphy and students from Ipswich High School for Girls.

Heart FM breakfast DJ Dave Taylor took on a charity challenge with a difference this afternoon – learning to busk classic songs with the help of high school students.

Police have cordoned off an alleyway between Blanche Street and Christchurch Street in Ipswich after a man was stabbed.

Police are hunting for three men after a man was stabbed in the chest in Ipswich last night.

Abellio Greater Anglia

Trains running between Essex and Suffolk and the capital face delays, alterations and cancellations due to a defective piece of track at Harold Wood.

Dan Poulter with employees at B&Q

A Suffolk MP has said he will do what he can to try and prevent a B&Q store closing down with the potential loss of around 100 jobs.

Julian King and Ian Lea talk about custom bikes at the Copdock Motorcycle Show.

There was something for all motorcycle enthusiasts at Trinity Park over the weekend as a popular event returned for its 24th year.

Urban caterer chef, Simon Daniels cooking the goumet burger at K Bar and Grill, St Nicholas Street, Ipswich.

We all love a good burger, so we’ve picked out some of our favourites from across Suffolk.

Lord Nelson

You might wonder why the Lord Nelson in Fore Street has a glazed brick elevation to the ground floor when it is clearly a timber framed building of some considerable age, writes John Norman, of the Ipswich Society.

Olly Rofix drove a tractor the length of the country to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust 10 years after he was diagnosed with leukaemia

A Suffolk adventurer has returned from his latest expedition – from Lands End to John O’Groats on the back of a 1952 tractor.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages