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Getting pumped up at Parklands virtual gym

By Alan Beresford

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RESIDENTS at a Buckie care home are punching above their weight when it comes to home workouts.

Pumped up residents at Parklands care home have signed up for virtual gym sessions with Glasgow-based Burns Gym, run by brothers Joe and Tony Burns. The duo were recently named Scotland’s personal trainers of the year 2021.

Proving that lockdown is no excuse not to exercise, residents gather every week in the lounge for sit-down workouts with Joe and Tony via Zoom as part of a link up with care homes across the UK.

The residents at Parklands are no strangers to exercise. Last summer they held a week long series of fitness activities, including a 10,000 step challenge and an indoor bike ride that saw residents and staff cycle over 47 miles.

Parklands’ activities coordinator Lisa Toogood said: “The residents are buzzing and really look forward to their weekly workouts with Joe and Tony.

"Lockdown restrictions mean we still can’t take residents for a walk into town, so this really helps them to stay fit and positive. They have given us all a boost after a really tough year.”

Tony Burns added: “We have been working with Parklands care home for the last couple of weeks now and they have been absolutely fantastic.

"The residents are a joy to work with and it is great to see them all working out. We must thank the activities staff who also do a great job.

"We had to really work hard and think outside the box to enable us to deliver virtual sessions to care home residents. We are ecstatic that this has paid off and we have been able to deliver these sessions to the wonderful residents of Parklands.

"As much as this pandemic has been extremely tough, especially for care home residents, we have been fortunate enough to put a smile on some resident's faces which is priceless for us.”


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