1 July 2015

Every week a group of good friends meet up for some exercise and a delicious, healthy meal at YMCA Wimbledon. They come from all over Merton and have one thing in common: they love to be active. 

Stuart, in his late thirties, lives in Tooting Bec and travels to YMCA Wimbledon every Thursday to use the exercise bikes in the gym and take part in the Multisports class, which is a class especially designed for adults with disabilities.

The highlight, however, is eating lunch in the café and meeting up with his best friend Louis, 35, from Streatham.

He is getting married next summer and is already hitting the gym hard to look his best on the big day. “I use the bikes, and I do boxing,” Louis says. “I also lift weights”.

Using the gym and going to the Multisports class is only one of many things on Louis’ busy schedule. “I do different activities every day of the week”, he says. “But there’s one thing I do every day, and that’s spending time with my fiancée Carol”.

Fitness class

Following an hour or so in the gym, the group consisting of six adults with disabilities meet in the café for a healthy lunch. Then, at 1pm, they gather in the fitness studioMultisports-at-Wimbledon-1 for an hour of Multisports, a class consisting of different sports and activities, ranging from badminton and indoor hockey to football.

Today however, there is not a ball in sight as circuits are on the agenda. The group clearly knows the drill and confidently take turn leading the warm up whilst fitness instructor Matt gives useful advice.

Matt is a really good guy,” Louis says. “He is funny and always makes jokes. We like working out with him”.

Multisports is a great class for anyone looking for a fun and good company to join”, says Matt. “Everything we do here can be adapted to suit all abilities, and no pre-knowledge is necessary. Everyone is welcome, and you can come as an individual or as a part of a group. The session costs £2.50 per person”.

Exercise sessions for adults with disabilities

Multisports is not the only exercise class available to people with disabilities at YMCA Wimbledon, which is an IFI accredited centre. The YMCA also offers DanceAbility on Mondays, where you can learn a variety of dances with instructor Annie, and on Thursdays, Line Dancing offers a great way to keep fit  – old west style.

If dance isn’t your thing, the gym is open to people of all abilities and you can either work out alone or come with a group.

Carers also welcome

In all our gym sessions and exercise classes for people with disabilities, carers are welcome to come along free of charge.

Also, if a carer wishes to attend the gym or a class session when not supporting their individual, they can do so for the concessionary rate of £2.50 per session. Evidence of being a carer must be provided.

How to get started

If you would like to know more about Inclusive Fitness activities at YMCA Wimbledon please call in, or contact Reception on 020 8542 9055 or email info.wimbledon@ymcalsw.org