Hornchurch woman launches ‘online gym’

PUBLISHED: 07:45 31 March 2015 | UPDATED: 07:45 31 March 2015

Sarah Bigwood

Sarah Bigwood


A fitness fanatic is bringing the gym to the living room as a way to help those unable to make the trip.

After more than 20 years in the industry teaching and selling health club memberships, Sarah Bigwood, 43, knows a thing or two about the problems preventing people from joining a health club.

So she has decided to film and publish workout videos from top Havering instructors on a new website to give everyone the chance to get fit.

“I realise there are many reasons people have for not joining a health club. The price, the time, the intimidation and the lack of confidence,” said Sarah, of Ingleglen, Hornchurch.

“Some people get over these obstacles but for those that don’t they go home and stay unfit.”

Having worked at Virgin Active, David Lloyd and Esporta in Romford, Sarah has enlisted the help of some top instructors for the new website.

“It’s for all the people that can not for whatever reason get to the gym,” she explained. “It offers fitness classes – the same classes you would do in top health club with the same top instructors.”

At the moment, the website contains free videos of a range of classes, including yoga, pilates and high-intensity training. There is also a resistance chair workout for wheelchair-users looking to exercise.

“Everyone deserves the chance to improve their wellbeing and fitness has numerous benefits, not only the obvious ones,” said Sarah.

“It’s not just losing weight and toning up, there’s also many preventatives to illness and injuries. We need not only to help ourselves but the huge pressure on NHS.”

The classes, filmed by professionals, are free to view at the moment, giving people the chance to trial the new idea. There will be a £9.99 monthly fee introduced shortly.

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