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BMICandoit: Learning the ropes can help create a better you

Anyone who has visited Ferry Meadows in the past couple of months may have been intrigued by a team of fitness fans who are pulling together to feel great.
The 360 Battle Fit team are put through their paces. Photo: John Baker

The 360 Battle Fit sessions, which take place at 10am on Saturday mornings near the main car park, will help build strength in the whole body while improving balance and cardio fitness.

On the day PM visited, a full circuit of 12 were using the ropes under the guidance of  Peterborough/Cambridgeshire-based personal trainer and fitness coach Mark Thompson, whose company is Fit Forever Training. 

The 30-minute sessions comprise energetic and rhythmic movements to music while incorporating everything from squats to v-sits, maintaining two main grips on the ropes.

Mark said: "Battle Ropes are reasonably heavy in the first instance but once you set yourself in the correct position it then becomes about keeping your core tight, doing the arm and shoulder movements - it's a total body workout.

"It's not for the faint hearted but it's easier than it looks. Now that we're coming out of Covid-19 there's a lot of people that want to be out, doing a bit of exercise, and as a social event this is great."

The sessions started in October last year and built up from small beginnings to the current full circuits.

Mark, who has previously worked as a chef and for golf publications, contacted PM when he learned about BMICandoit - the new campaign started by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group aiming to help people eat better, and exercise and sleep more.

Four years ago he was four-and-a-half stones heavier, before deciding to set up his new business and help others make themselves feel better in life.

He said: "Everybody should try and get their BMI to a level that's achievable and sustainable. If you don't look after yourself no-one else will do it for you.

"Even if you just bring it down a little bit things such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes type 2, which can affect people throughout their life, can be stemmed or stopped."

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A note from John

As chief reporter at PM I decided to set myself a challenge as well.

I'm starting my running mission on Tuesday, September 1 - as a reminder, I'm going to run down every street in Peterborough in the next few months, from Werrington to Hampton to Stanground to the Ortons. No cars, no Parkways (I don't really want to get hit), and photos along the way.

I have no idea how long this will take, and how far this is! All I know is that I need to sit down and work it out, but I do know that a run to the northern tip of Werrington and back is a half marathon in itself, which gives some idea as to the journey. 

There will be more details to come in the next couple of weeks, as to how I'm going to plan it out and which charity I'll be supporting. Fitting it around this job and a six-year-old's requirements won't be easy.

Need some inspiration?  

Set yourself a healthy living challenge today and share your progress far and wide using the hashtag #BMICanDoIt on social media. You can also use this hashtag to see other inspiring posts from people just like you who are taking on a challenge themselves. You can take on a challenge on your own or as part of a team – why not get your friends, family or co-workers involved? 

Whether it is running, cycling, swimming or walking your virtual way along Route 66 or switching off screens an hour before bed every day for a month, we’ve got you covered. Why not follow the campaign on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter – search BMI Can Do It – to see inspiration tips and fun challenges, or contact us via to get a copy of your challenge pack. 


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