People put through their paces by army reservists from Hilsea

From left, Gunners Adam Blackwell and Germaine Murray, Gemma Gatward from Portsmouth and Lisa Haines from Hayling Island, and Gunners Antony Rumming and Brad Todd. 

Picture: Sarah Standing (160729-9565)
From left, Gunners Adam Blackwell and Germaine Murray, Gemma Gatward from Portsmouth and Lisa Haines from Hayling Island, and Gunners Antony Rumming and Brad Todd. Picture: Sarah Standing (160729-9565)

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WITH sit-ups, press-ups and short sprints, members of the public were given a look at the fitness regime of the army reserves.

The 295 Battery Royal Artillery, from Hilsea, invited people along to try one of its fitness sessions.

It was a different sort of exercise and fitness and I found it enjoyable.

Pete Clarke

Two classes were held yesterday evening on Southsea Common with more taking place once a month.

The aim of the sessions is to make people more aware of the reservists and what they do.

Pete Clarke, from Southsea, said the session was fun and something he was looking forward to trying again in the future.

‘It was really enjoyable,’ he said.

‘I am captain of the Southsea Rowing Club so I am used to doing fitness four to five times a week but this was different.

‘It was a different sort of exercise and fitness and I found it enjoyable.’

The 27-year-old got involved in the class after he met members of the army reserves.

They have been invited to try rowing while the rowers are trying the exercise classes.

Pete added: ‘It is something I would recommend to the younger rowers of the group.’

Gemma Gatward went along with her friend Lisa Haines. She also said it was something she would suggest to family and friends.

She added: ‘This is the first time I have tried a fitness class like this.

‘It was fun and although it was tough, it wasn’t intimidating. The guys were really lovely.

‘I think this is a good way to learn about the army reserves because it isn’t something I would normally try.

‘But meeting the guys and seeing what they do was interesting.’

Recruiting officer for the 295 Battery Jay Kerrison organised the classes. He said he wanted to meet people and tell them more about the army reserves.

‘With these classes, people can come down and join in the personal training side of things,’ he said.

‘The classes include a range of exercises that really work all your muscles.

‘People seemed to enjoy themselves and we hope more people turn up with every one we hold.’

The next class is on June 15 at 6.30pm. A later session is on at 7.45pm. They last 45 minutes. Visit their Facebook page by searching Portsmouth Army Reserves – Royal Artillery.