Former England football star Alan Shearer calls on Leeds to get fit with new centre’s help

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England legend Alan Shearer has urged Leeds to get fit by taking advantage of free health and fitness checks.

The retired footballer-turned-TV-pundit, who is the Premier League’s all-time leading goalscorer, kicked off the fitness drive at new health centre Speedflex, in Wellington Street, yesterday.

Alan Shearer with Elissa Birnie, a receptionist and trainer, at Speedflex, in Wellington Street, Leeds. Picture by Graham Lindley.

Alan Shearer with Elissa Birnie, a receptionist and trainer, at Speedflex, in Wellington Street, Leeds. Picture by Graham Lindley.

Free first-come first-served 15-minute health assessments at the centre, which opened on September 1, are being offered to calculate everything from weight and muscle mass to percentage body fat and fat around vital organs. It is hoped the results will prove a starting point for people looking to improve their health.

Shearer, who scored more goals against Leeds United than he did against any other club in his career, hopes the offer encourages residents to try out the high-intensity, low impact training offered at Speedflex.

The 44-year-old said: “We believe this is the first time any health company has made such an offer available and we are hoping that many people will take up this opportunity as a starting point to getting fitter and shedding some excess pounds.”

He added: “Speedflex is something we believe in very, very strongly. We know it works and it can work for anyone, no matter how fit or unfit you are.”

Speedflex involves high intensity, personal trainer-led 45-minute workouts for all ages and abilities, where participants wear heart rate monitors while taking part in circuit training using unique exercise machines.

The Leeds centre is the third to open in the UK, with sister sites in London, Newcastle and abroad in Dubai and Dallas, Texas.

Speedflex chairman Graham Wylie said: “A number of Government and recent health reports are showing worrying levels of obesity and diabetes throughout the UK population and we believe doing nothing is not an option.

“Sitting down for long periods of time is officially the new smoking, so we really need to get moving and start exercising if we are to have a fitter Leeds public.”

Call 0844 5433632 to book a free health assessment.

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