The Health Studio, launched by aged care provider ACH Group and located within the Glenelg Football Club, was officially opened late last week and boasts a fit-out of globally recognised HUR equipment, offering a lower-impact and safer workout for over 50s in the community.
As well as offering the HUR equipment, the Studio - in a South Australian first - also brings together a team of allied health professionals and wellness groups in a health hub specially geared towards people who are starting exercise for the first time or who are recovering from injury.
ACH Group Head of Health Services Kate Dobie says the specialist equipment tailors a program to each individual, offering a great opportunity for better health among the community, adding that ACH Group and Glenelg Football Club both “place an emphasis on community, healthy living and education to empower people to lead good lives”.
“We want this to be a hub of good health and wellness for the community,” Ms Dobie says.
“The services are provided with the aim of restoring and maintaining good health and good lives.”
The Studio’s equipment offers monitoring and tracking of users through a ‘smart card’ computer programming system, and uses air pressure instead of typical hydraulic systems to make exercise safer and easier for users.
ACH Group Exercise Physiologist Jack Carter commends the equipment’s technology saying the ‘smart card’ system supports each individual by saving their prescribed program.
“We tailor a program to each individual and save it to a card,” he says.
“When the card is scanned, the machines adjust to the correct weight and tell you how many exercises to do and when to stop and have a rest.
“It’s a program that can be followed independently by is constantly updated by allied health staff.”
He adds that another “major benefit” of the equipment is the dual function it offers for opposite muscle groups in one machine, meaning that each limb can be trained on its merit.
78 year old Health Studio member Nigel Woolmer has praised the health and wellbeing hub, equipment and services, already noting benefits to the HUR system and being given an exercise program to suit his needs following a consult with one of the Studio’s physiotherapists about his back pain.
“My program automatically changed to the exercises that I needed,” Mr Woolmer explains.
“It was so easy and helped speed up the recovery.”
Among the allied health services within the Studio are traditional clinical-based services such as physiotherapy, massage and podiatry, as well as exercise groups like yoga, fitness, rehabilitation and balance, with ACH Group also making plans to run free information sessions on health and wellness at the site.
To book sessions, consultations and to find out more, contact ACH Group on 1300 22 44 77.