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David Lloyd straps TV’s to backs of trainers so you can watch and run

By on Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Gym Company David Lloyd has created a unique concept of equipping coaches with TV screens which clients can watch whilst running; combining exercise and watching TV as a reaction to widespread binge watching. No longer can we claim the excuse of needing to catch up on our favourite programs as a reason for bailing on that daily run!

At the beginning of a session the client picks a TV show which is then played on the screen strapped to the personal trainer’s back, with access provided to a range of platforms, from BBC iPlayer to Netflix. Once they start running, the client will need to keep up with their trainer to continuously watch the TV show.

“We are always looking at ways we can introduce exciting new types of classes and services that can really benefit our members” general manager at David Lloyd Chigwell, Jorge Fernandes, explains.

“We appreciate that the hectic nature of modern life means people often struggle to find time to exercise each week. Our new PTV classes aim to counter this trend, giving time-poor parents and young professionals the perfect means to stay up to date with their favourite shows while ensuring they stay active and healthy at the same time.”

The running distance and route are calculated based on the length of the show; so if the client is watching an 30 minute sitcom episode, the distance covered will be around 3k to 5k. For more ambitious runners, longer episodes of, for example, Westworld or Stranger Things will challenge you to 8 or even 10K runs.

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