Strengthening The Community

Chatter Chairs offers friendly chair-based exercise sessions using weights and equipment to improve strength, flexibility and coordination. The benefits of engaging in regular group exercise go far beyond improving just our physical health.  Regular social engagement with others improves our cognitive and mental wellbeing giving us a sense of belonging and offsets feelings of loneliness. 

Exercise is good for you regardless of your age – adaptations can be offered to cater for any limited mobility factors and varying weights means we can cater for newcomers to the class as well as offer progression for those who have been attending for some time.

Come & enjoy meeting new people – a warm welcome awaits.

About

In 2017, Emma Fisher decided to make a change from teaching and retrain as a personal trainer out of her own home-based training studio.

After noticing there weren’t any fitness groups focusing on strength training for the over 50s, Emma decided to design a class format to serve this much needed type of activity for Chester residents. Finding initial funds to purchase the necessary equipment was difficult, until she discovered an opportunity with Brightlife who were keen to support projects which help reduce isolation in the community. After a successful application, and advancing her training as a Senior Fitness Specialist, Chatter Chairs was launched in 2018 in two venues. The sessions offer a pioneering form of chair-based exercises using free weights and resistance bands to boost muscle strength, flexibility and balance.

“Age related muscle loss, weakened joints and poor balance are the most common risk factors for falls – which can lead to injuries such as hip fractures or shoulder injuries meaning people are more likely to end up in hospital or needing social care,” said Emma. “My classes can help mitigate these risks and it really helps them to regain their confidence – both physically, mentally and socially.”

The classes have been a huge hit with the local community. Recently she was delighted to have been awarded a further grant to expand and open a third venue in Handbridge. Her passion and determination to deliver fun and engaging sessions has led to a loyal following at each of her sessions. This was recognised recently by Active Cheshire in 2019 where she was short-listed for a Health & Social Care Superhero Award.  

About

In 2017, Emma Fisher decided to make a change from teaching and retrain as a personal trainer out of her own home-based training studio.

After noticing there weren’t any fitness groups focusing on strength training for the over 50s, Emma decided to design a class format to serve this much needed type of activity for Chester residents. Finding initial funds to purchase the necessary equipment was difficult, until she discovered an opportunity with Brightlife who were keen to support projects which help reduce isolation in the community. After a successful application, and advancing her training as a Senior Fitness Specialist, Chatter Chairs was launched in 2018 in two venues. The sessions offer a pioneering form of chair-based exercises using free weights and resistance bands to boost muscle strength, flexibility and balance.

“Age related muscle loss, weakened joints and poor balance are the most common risk factors for falls – which can lead to injuries such as hip fractures or shoulder injuries meaning people are more likely to end up in hospital or needing social care,” said Emma. “My classes can help mitigate these risks and it really helps them to regain their confidence – both physically, mentally and socially.”

The classes have been a huge hit with the local community. Recently she was delighted to have been awarded a further grant to expand and open a third venue in Handbridge. Her passion and determination to deliver fun and engaging sessions has led to a loyal following at each of her sessions. This was recognised recently by Active Cheshire in 2019 where she was short-listed for a Health & Social Care Superhero Award.  

Locations

St Mary’s Without the Walls
Overleigh Road, Handbridge CH4 7HL

Fridays 11am – 12pm

Places are limited to comply with social distancing regulations and must be booked in advance at www.bookwhen.com/divafitness

Cost £5

Parking available – Easy access – Free tea/coffee

£5 entry

“Very friendly, full of ideas and makes the class easy to join in with.”
Jane

“Good gentle exercise and
would highly recommend
it to others.”
Jean

“A most enjoyable hour.”
Christine

“I can move better and
feel more supple.
I enjoy chatting with other
people and the instructor
is friendly and gives clear
instruction.”
Mary

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