Three-hour gym spinathon raises money for Macmillan

Staff and gym members at Fit4Less completed a three-hour charity spinathon to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Research. 

Picture: Allan Hutchings (160412-223)
Staff and gym members at Fit4Less completed a three-hour charity spinathon to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Research. Picture: Allan Hutchings (160412-223)
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GYM members and other exercise enthusiasts took part in a spinathon to raise money for charity.

The Fit4Less gym in Stanhope Road, Portsmouth held a three-hour long charity spin in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Assistant manager Jodi Clark, 24, helped to organise the event.

She said: ‘All of the instructors here at Fit4Less are spinning instructors and spinning is one of the most popular classes here at the gym, so that’s why we chose it for the event.

‘In the end it worked out at about 16 people per class, but some people did all three classes, so it was about 30 to 40 people who took part in total.’

The gym has raised £500 for Macmillan Cancer Support, but intends to increase that amount.

Jodi said: ‘On Friday, April 29 we’re also hosting a Zumbathon. We’re working with Liquid & Envy nightclub and we will actually be using their dancefloor – it’s something we’ve done before so we know it works.

‘With donations, we’re aiming to reach the £1,000 mark for Macmillan, but we would like to do some work for some of the local charities in the near future.’

The Fit4Less gym opened in January, and it plans to fundraise for two charities per year, six months each.

Jodi said: ‘We’re working with Macmillan for the first six months, as it’s the charity that almost all of our staff nominated.’

Charlotte Jefferson, 27, was one of the instructors in charge of running the event.

She said: ‘I did a six-hour danceathon last year, but it isn’t quite as intense as spinning for three hours, because at least with dancing you can slow it down.

‘I’ve been teaching for two months but the event was the most people I have ever taught at one time. The biggest group I’ve taught before is four, so this was a completely new experience.’

She said the health benefits of spinning dwarfed most other forms of cardio exercise.

‘It’s amazing, Over the course of three hours I burned more than 1,000 calories.’