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A TRAILBLAZING fitness concept which gives participants a full body workout is now offering the opportunity for people to train in their own homes.

And the team behind Newcastle-based Speedflex revealed that it was having to close their training studios during lockdown which inspired them to come up with another fitness option.

Speedflex has been one of the UK’s fastest growing HIIT training trends, because of its suitability for people of all ages and all fitness levels.

The company opened studios across the region and beyond, becoming extremely popular because it offered low impact but highly effective exercise.

But like so many other gyms and sports centres, Speedflex studios were forced to shut their doors during the long periods of lockdown, meaning that people weren’t able to keep up their fitness regime.

Paul Ferris, CEO of Speedflex, said it was a very frustrating time – but one which gave the company the opportunity to come up with a new aspect of the business.

“Before lockdown the company was going from strength to strength,” said Paul, who is based at the company HQ at Fleming Business Centre, Jesmond.

“We have done a deal with Everyone Active to have Speedflex in a number of their gyms, with plans to roll them out to even more locations.

“And then Covid 19 hit and everything was put on hold.”

Rather than just wait for everything to open again, Paul and the team decided to work on a version of the Speedflex machine that could be used at home- and so the  Speedflex Blade was born.

“We have worked really hard on creating a version that is perfect for anyone who wants to exercise at home,” said Paul.

“The Speedflex Blade has all the same features plus a screen which is linked to wifi and gives the user access to a number of workout options with our top trainers, so it is like having someone helping you at home.

“The beauty of it is it also folds up very neatly so won’t take up too much space.”

The Speedflex machine – loved by celebrities including Ben Shephard and Alan Shearer – offers both cardiovascular and resistance workouts but with no next day muscle ache or soreness.

It is based on a machine originally created by an American orthopaedic surgeon to help those in need of improving their fitness achieve that but without any of the pain or strain that often goes with exercise.

The at home version costs £2700 which includes delivery and with finance options available, plus a £24 monthly subscription fee to access the constantly updated video workouts.

“We are just rolling this out in the North East at first,” said Paul.

“This is where Speedflex started so we are going to let people in this region have the first opportunity to buy the Speedflex Blade.”

Speedflex studios are now open as usual, with the company now back on course with plans for the machine to be offered at  Everyone Active sites across the UK.

They can also be found in a number of Bannatynes Gyms and in other outlets across the UK and Ireland.

For further details about the Speedflex Blade or to book a private viewing of the Speedflex Blade please call Speedflex Jesmond on  0191 281 5348.’

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