Hereford Army Reserves put through their paces by RNC Sport and Recreation students

Group shot of the 15 army reserves standing against the wall in the gym, as Paddy, David and Connah proudly kneel at the front

Last night 15 members of the Hereford Army Reserves were given a ‘beasting’ in the gym that they really weren’t expecting from two visually impaired Sport and Recreation students at thePoint4 student gym at The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC).


David takes the army reserves through a cool down as they all lay on matsDavid is studying NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training and has just been selected to represent GB Mens Goalball at an international tournament in Madrid this December. Training sessions are part of David’s weekly routine at the College where he delivers both one to one personal training sessions as well as taking his turn at the free student-led exercise classes available at thePoint4.


David says “I’m used to planning and delivering sessions for people at all levels and tonight’s class was awesome as I got to really shout at the army guys and make them work hard until they were sweating, that’s when you know you’re doing a good job!”


Connah stands in the gym, instructing the army reserves as they perform jumping exercisesConnah is in his first year at RNC, studying NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Instructing Exercise and Fitness and is a keen gym-user training seven days a week. “When I was offered the chance to plan and deliver a training session for the Army I was so excited, I tried to make the exercises really challenging and different from what they were used to.”


The session comprised of cardiovascular circuits (treadmill, bike, rower etc.) followed by three minutes of core and plyometric exercises which included a variety of planks, ab crunches, burpees , squat jumps and many more weird and wonderful exercises many of us have never heard of!


After the session an exhausted Phil Mayne from the Hereford Army Reserves said “The students were excellent, really inspirational. I was amazed at how they managed to turn such a basic session into something so demanding; I have to admit that I really struggled with some of the floor exercises!”


Sport and Recreation teacher Paddy McGinty shows the army reserves how it’s done as he demonstrates a squat jump Teacher in Charge of Sport and Recreation at RNC Paddy McGinty said “It’s not easy to teach a class of 15 people you’ve never met but Connah and David managed it so well and with such great confidence. There was a great atmosphere in the gym with a great competitive spirit.”


Phil Mayne was so impressed by the session he has promised that the Hereford Army Reserves Personal Training Instructor will now put on a training session for the RNC students later in the year “I’m ready for the rematch (although I need to make sure  that I put in extra practice in the gym so I can keep up with the students)!”


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Article written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC


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