Shifting weight is the aim of the game at Newcastle Falcons’ Move Like a Pro sessions, and programme leader Gavin Beasley insists they have a trick up their sleeve that helps inspire participants.
Move Like A Pro is a scheme delivered by Premiership Rugby clubs and supported by the Movember Foundation to help inactive men aged 30-55 to get fitter, healthier and improve their wellbeing. Our aim is to inspire a legacy of long-term lifestyle change across the rugby fan community.
Move Like A Pro is directly linked to Movember’s vision of having an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. A world where men live happier, healthier and longer lives, starts with simply moving.
And Gavin, the senior development officer at Newcastle Rugby Foundation, and has seen a variety of participants benefit from the facilities on offer at the Falcons – where they walk in the players’ footsteps.
“I think one of the main plus points is it being here at Kingston Park where they have access to the artificial pitch,” he said.
“We get a lot of access for the rugby sessions, they can run here and we can use the team room.
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“We have rugby sessions and the gym which means they can go at their own pace.
“We have some partners coming in too, nutrition people, strength and conditioning coaches chatting to the group with the serious rugby side, which makes it relevant to the guys.
“They keep coming back which is good.
“We have a few weeks before the next weigh in but it’s up to them if they keep track of that, if they want to do it weekly they can.”
Designed for men aged between 30 and 55 who aren’t currently active, Premiership Rugby’s Move Like A Pro offers both classroom and activity based health sessions, including physical activity, diet changes, social connectedness and mental wellbeing.
Some of those on the pilot scheme have gone on to play contact rugby, participate in 10k runs and Tough Mudder events.
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Others are using the drills to go and coach junior teams and one part of the programme is to make it as flexible as possible, to suit all participants with differing goals and physical abilities.
Gavin added: “They just want to get active. One guy said ‘I just want to get off the sofa’, but another has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and he’s quite focused on what he does.
“It’s a different form of active for him, he has some goals with his life coach but he’s fully involved and this is helping him mentally as well.
“We have a guy who have just signed up post knee op so we have to adapt the sessions for him too. We say for them to go at their own pace and if they find it hard we adapt it.
“The common theme is rugby so people come back for that. We want to keep them being active so we back it up with the theory, talking to them and giving them little tasks so they can go away work toward it the next week.”
If you’re a man aged 30-55 who isn’t currently physically active, it’s not too late to join Move Like a Pro at your nearest Premiership Rugby club and kick-start your journey towards feeling fitter, healthier and happier. Find out more about your local programme at www.premiershiprugby.com/movelikeapro