James Haskell has urged people of all shapes and sizes to get involved in Premiership Rugby’s Move Like a Pro programme this year.
In partnership with the Movember Foundation, the Move Like a Pro programme is back up and running in 2018.
The partnership, which was successfully launched for the first time in 2016, between Premiership Rugby and the Movember Foundation aims to help men who want to take the first steps towards getting in shape, both physically and mentally.
Wasps and England star Haskell was on hand to help launch Move Like a Pro 2018 at the Ricoh Arena last week and spoke about how the programme can aid men that want to take the first steps towards a healthier lifestyle.
“That’s what a lot of people have, is a fear when they want to get exercise,” said Haskell.
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“They haven’t done it for a long time, they’re worried what they look like, they’re worried about self-confidence – everybody is.
“But you come into this environment and nobody’s judged. Everybody’s having a good time.”
After Premiership Rugby, its clubs, players and fans helped raise more than £26,000 through its Movember drive in November last year, the Move Like a Pro programme has returned, with all 12 clubs participating.
Seven new clubs joining Bath Rugby, Newcastle Falcons, Northampton Saints, Saracens and Wasps, who took part in the 2016 pilot.
Move like a Pro is a free-to-join 12-week programme designed for men aged 30-55 who aren’t currently particularly active.
It offers both classroom and activity-based health interventions, including those related to levels of physical activity, diet changes, social connectedness and mental wellbeing.
For the inaugural programme 95 per cent of participants lost weight, with a combined 563cm lost from their waists.
To get involved, sign up at https://www.premiershiprugby.com/movelikeapro/ and your nearest Premiership Rugby club will be in touch with details about the sessions.