FLexercise Classes

FLexercise‘ (also known as the Bagot Stack) is a UK-wide organisation delivering “community-based exercise classes for people of all ages, shapes and sizes”. Classes are specifically aimed at the over 50s and combine a mixture of movement, dance, having fun – and making new friends. Classes are non-competitive and each client is encouraged to work to their own ability. [Classes at Physio on the River never have more than six attendees, which ensures plenty of personal attention from the instructor.]

The FLexercise system is low-impact and blends the principles of correct body alignment for improved posture, joint mobilisation, muscle strengthening and lengthening, balance and coordinated movement. Classes are delivered to music, but there is no pre-prescribed choreography and this allows Lidia to adapt exercise and movement for each participant, whilst enabling them to enjoy the benefits of a group exercise environment.

The FLexercise (or Bagot Stack) system was designed in the 1930’s by Mary Bagot Stack, who was a pioneer in realising that women needed to exercise too (at a time when “getting fit” was mainly aimed at men). She set up the first group classes for women in the UK. She was influenced by the principles of Pilates (which evolved in the 1920’s) and Yoga. The FLexercise body alignment work is very similar to that of the Pilates core stability. Lidia says “in some ways, our classes are Pilates & movement set to music”.

Class participants are always providing feedback on how much better they feel after attending classes. “Aches and pains are reduced, balance improves, mental health issues are less acute,” says Lidia, and “they become more body aware while having fun”.

Who benefits?
* Anyone over 50 who is looking for increased strength, balance, flexibility and co-ordination
* Anyone requiring pre-and post- operation strengthening for hip and knee replacements are particularly helped
* The FLexercise system is also beneficial for those suffering with Parkinson’s Disease, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and general back pain

FLexercise is a Founder partner of EMD UK, the National Governing Body for Group Exercise. Qualified teachers have a REPS level 3 Group Exercise to Music equivalent qualification.

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