A host of famous faces are teaming up to lead the nation in a series of workouts while raising funds for the NHS.
While people are unable to attend gyms and fitness classes under the third national lockdown, Dancing on Ice winner Jake Quickenden, Hollyoaks actresses Sarah Jane Dunn, Gemma Merna and Jazmine Franks, Emmerdale hunk Anthony Quinlan and Love Island star Connagh Howard will host virtual classes to inspire people to get moving at home.
Dancing On Ice pro skaters Mark Henretty and Vanessa Bauer, TV doctors Tom Naylor and Emeka Okorocha, professional footballer David Cotterill, TV presenter Laura Hamilton, Paralympic gold medallist Richard Whitehead MBE and Olympic athletes Claudia Fragapane and Desirée Henry are also onboard.
The live streamed event on Saturday, February 6, will feature classes ranging from 20 to 45 minutes, starting at 7am and running until 8pm.
Hosted by Manchester-based fitness and workout recover brand Pulseroll, proceeds from the fitness day will go to the health service’s charitable wing NHS Charities Together.
Anyone taking part in the event is asked to make a donation to NHS Charities Together via a donations page.
Jake, who shot to fame on the X Factor in 2012 and 2014 before he went on to win hearts as a finalist on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! and as the winner of Dancing On Ice in 2018, will perform a HIIT workout while Hollyoaks actress Sarah Jayne Dunn, who plays Mandy Richardson in the Channel Four soap, will host a weighted legs, bums and core class.
Love Island 2020 star Connagh, a professional personal trainer, will put viewers through their paces with his Major Fitness Challenge while Hollyoaks actress turned yoga teacher Gemma Merna will teach guests about stretching and flexibility.
Emmerdale’s Anthony, who played Pete Barton in the ITV soap, will set pulses racing with his Full Bodyweight Workout and TV doctor turned Dancing on Ice professional skater Dr Tom Naylor will host a strength training regime that he regularly uses as part of his off-ice training.
Mental health advocate and Welsh football star David will dish out a High Intensity Challenge while Olympic gymnast and world, european and commonwealth medallist Claudia Fragapane will host a Whole Body Core and Active Stretch class.
Former Hollyoaks favourite and competitive weightlifter Jazmine will focus on building muscle and Olympic bronze and world championship silver medallist Desirée will showcase a cardio masterclass.
Emeka, from the BBC’s Junior Doctors: Blood, Sweat and Tears, plans on putting guests through their paces with an extreme body pump and gold medallist paralympian Richard Whitehead MBE is providing an athletic session.
A Place in the Sun’s Laura will turn up the heat with an Ultimate Holiday HIIT and curve model Sophia Brad will cool things down with a step-by-step demo and educational session on Easily Achievable Home Exercises for all fitness levels.
Barry’s Bootcamp’s Joe Davies will lead Barry’s Bodyweight HIIT while Dr Sara Otung will provide an Ultimate Home Workout routine.
Pulseroll, CEO, Paul McCabe said: “Whether you’re one of the millions of people stuck at home really struggling with the closure of gyms and fitness facilities, or this is your first time doing a workout in quite a while – the aim of Pulseroll’s Virtual Fitness Day is to get the nation moving, while also raising as much money as possible for what I feel is an extremely important cause.
“For nearly the past 12 months our NHS has been under constant strain – and without it, many of us would be a lot worse off than we are right now.
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“While all charities are worthwhile, we’re proud to have been supporting NHS Charities Together for the past six months and we are so excited to continue our relationship by announce our online fitness day.
“A lot of hard work and effort has gone into curating a live stream of varying talent and content to really give people at home everything they need to get up and start moving.
“Whether you’re a complete beginner or an expert athlete, please join us and don’t forget to donate whatever you can.”
NHS Charities Together CEO Ellie Orton added:“We’re so grateful to Pulseroll and all the celebrities involved for taking in this Fitness Day in aid of NHS Charities Together.
“Donations mean we’re able to help NHS charities to support NHS staff, volunteers and patients at the centre of this crisis; and what better way to support them than by being active and staying at home.”
Anyone wanting to take part in Pulseroll’s Virtual Fitness Day can register their interest at pulseroll.com/fitnessday.
The fitness day will be streamed via this link.