New Class Launched at BS7 Gym Due to Success of Pioneering Project to Support MS Patients

The ‘Batting for BrAMS’ MS physiotherapy scheme, which launched at BS7 Gym in Bristol last September, has made such an impact on many of those that have attended the course it has enabled patients to have the ability to return to work, seek further employment and have the confidence to undertake regular high level exercise which they previously did not think possible.

The course – which lasts just 6 weeks – is the first of its kind in Bristol to be introduced to high ability people with MS.  It teaches patients skills such as complex balance and movement in an environment where their individual needs are understood and cared for.  Some have then felt comfortable enough to join BS7 Gym at a special discounted rate so exercise becomes part of their daily lives.

Nathan Walsh, Del  McIntosh, Tania Burge (1)


From left to right Nathan Walsh, Del McIntosh, Tania Burge

And it’s not just the active part of the classes that have proved such a success.  Nathan Walsh, Personal Trainer at BS7 Gym says: “I’ve decided to set up a second class on Fridays where, after a 40 minute workout, the group has an opportunity to socialise and enjoy the facilities in the new Bristol Pavilion.  It’s a fantastic opportunity for the ‘Batting for BrAMS’ group to continue to build on their progress which has been inspiring to watch develop over the first few months the project has been going.”

Course participant Del McIntosh added: “I was so pleased to be able to join the programme and meet other patients like myself.  The classes have enabled me to take control of my life and have given me the confidence to manage my MS symptoms effectively.  My husband has commented that he now has his wife back and friends have said I have regained my sparkle.”

The classes are led by MS Specialist Physiotherapist Tania Burge with the help of nurses from BrAMS and personal trainers from BS7 Gym.  “It is wonderful to see how much patients have progressed enabling them to reach their own personal goals,” Tania explained.  “For example, one of the patients has started training for a half marathon after starting to run again following a relapse.”

For further information about BrAMS, Bristol and Avon Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Centre based at Frenchay Hospital contact the organisation on 0117 340 2992 or for information about the ‘Batting for BrAMS’ scheme contact BS7 Gym on 0117 910 8000.

If you would like to arrange further interviews contact:

BrAMS           Del McIntosh                                                               07796 190794

BrAMS           Tania Burge, MS Specialist Physiotherapist                     0117 340 2992

BS7 Gym        Nathan Walsh, Personal Trainer                                   0117 9108 016

About MS

MS is the commonest disabling neurological disease of young adults.  Over 100,000 people in the UK have MS and it affects over two million more through their friends, family and carers.

About BrAMS

Back in 2008 BrAMS was opened at Frenchay Hospital and is the first centre of its kind in the UK providing pioneering research, treatment and therapy for people with MS in the South West and beyond.  The multi-disciplinary care and research team based at BrAMS has established the unit as a centre of excellence and is now recognised worldwide for its expertise and the development of new techniques.

To find out more information about the work of the BrAMS centre, visit www.brams.org.uk or contact the unit on 0117 340 2992. 

About BS7 Gym

BS7 Gym provides a high quality exercise facility for members of the community alongside Gloucestershire cricket professionals.  Based at Gloucestershire Cricket the facility is set in a secure environment with plenty of free car parking available.  The gym has recently been refurbished and is equipped with state of the art equipment.  As well as training in the gym, members can also use the squash court, or take part in the variety of classes that are included in membership.  All of the gym’s personal trainers are highly qualified to ensure you receive the best support and are able to make the most from your training.

For more information about BS7 Gym, visit www.bs7gym.co.uk

About Gloucestershire County Cricket Club
Gloucestershire Cricket is one of the 18 First Class County Cricket Clubs in the UK.  The Club was established in 1870, with WG Grace a founding member, one of the most famous and influential cricketers in history.

GCCC is based in the heart of Bristol, in the Bishopston area, just off Gloucester Road.  The home and main ground, The Bristol County Ground, is currently undergoing a complete redevelopment which is designed to secure International Cricket at Bristol and transform our facilities for match days and for events on non-match days.  A key part of this development is the new Bristol Pavilion which opened in August 2013.  It has state of the art media and hospitality facilities and superb views of the ground from behind the bowler’s arm.

For more information about Gloucestershire Cricket, visit www.gloscricket.co.uk

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