QUEEN’S famous song We Are The Champions boomed out from the CD player as gym members in Bognor Regis completed their own Olympic challenge.
The ten gym members at the Laburnum Centre spent 45 minutes undertaking a Road to Rio training circuit.
Their exercises echoed some of the Olympic sports with a basketball reach, an upright row, a golf swing, a football dribble and a dumbbell swing.
Gym co-ordinator Sarah Smith put the participants through their paces at last Friday’s event.
She said it was a good idea to link the session with the Olympics where Britain’s athletes have achieved their best medal tally from any overseas games.
“This gives the gym users some idea of what the Olympic athletes have to do.
“No-one taking part in this is going to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger but it’s all about improving mobility and the level of fitness.
“Everybody gets something different out of the sessions in the gym. Some people want to lose weight, some want to keep fit and others want to keep up their muscles ready for hip and knee replacements.
“The stronger the muscles, the easier it is to have those operations.”
Among those exerting themselves in the session in the centre’s hall was Hilary Jackson, 74, of North Bersted.
She said: “I have always done exercise and gone to the gym and swum.
“But, when my husband died, I did nothing for five years. I couldn’t even walk up the stairs in my house because my knees hurt so much.
“So, I got two dogs and joined this centre. I walk my dogs each morning and afternoon.
“I also come to aerobics and circuit training for 45 minutes a time twice a week here. I feel so much better than I used to.”
West Meads resident June Chitty, 70, said it had been interesting to do the exercises after she had watched some of the Olympics on television.
“It’s good to do exercise and there’s a good camaraderie here.
“I’ve been coming to the centre for just under a year and I’m much fitter now. I’ve got Type 2 diabetes and it helps that,” she said.