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Free fitness assessments and exercise programme design, with optional free 6-week supervised exercise instruction


Monday 13 February 2023 - Thursday 11 May 2023




Sport and Physical Activity

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This free service is aimed at people aged 18 or over, with one or more long-term health conditions, or people without long term health conditions whose main goal is to improve physical and/or mental health. The service includes fitness assessments and exercise programme design undertaken by students enrolled on the BSc Sport and Exercise degree programme at Edge Hill University, under the close guidance and supervision of members of staff. The fitness assessments and the exercise programme will be approved by a qualified member of staff to help ensure they are appropriate for your abilities, needs, and any health conditions you have.

There also is an optional extra involving receiving exercise instruction for 6 weeks in the gym in the Sports Centre at Edge Hill University. You do not need to be a member of the Sport Centre and there is no cost involved, however, the offer is only during second semester, and available times are restricted to:

  • 12-2pm Mondays
  • 9-11am Tuesdays
  • 9-10am Wednesdays
  • 11-1pm Thursdays

Expectations of participants

If you enrol for this service, there is a minimum expectation that you will:

  • Undertake pre-exercise health screening, such as the assessment of resting heart rate and blood pressure, height, and weight, and completion of a preparticipation health screening questionnaire
  • Answer questions about your health, any medications, lifestyle, and health and fitness goals
  • Undertake fitness assessments that will be chosen according to your current abilities, any health conditions, and personal goals
  • Receive instruction on how to do the exercises in your exercise programme correctly

People with certain health conditions will be required to obtain written approval from their GP.


We try to be as inclusive as possible, but unfortunately this service is not available to certain people, as follows:

  • Over 65 years and frail and have low bone density (osteoporosis)
  • Unstable or uncontrolled cardiac disease, including uncontrolled hypertension
  • Less than 6 months since having an acute cardiac event
  • Claudication with cardiac dysfunction
  • Orthostatic hypotension
  • Stroke or transient ischemic attack within the past year
  • Severe osteoarthritis or severe rheumatoid arthritis
  • Type 1 or 2 diabetes with accompanying autonomic neuropathy or advanced retinopathy
  • Moderate-to-severe asthma where breathing restrains submaximal exercise
  • Severe COPD
  • Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) with accompanying neuromuscular complications, severe depletion of CD4 cells, malignancy, or opportunist infection
  • Abbreviated Mental Test score < 8
  • Signs and symptoms of cardiovascular, metabolic, or kidney disease but remain undiagnosed

Get in touch

For more information, including enquires about eligibility, please contact Adrian Midgley:

sports equipment in the gym

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