Essex Sport

Keeping active at home

Stay safe. Stay active.

It has never been more important to look after your physical and mental wellbeing, and we want to help.

We’ll be bringing you a variety of exercises and activities to help keep you active and motivated.

We’re in this together!

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BRIT 2021 Challenge

The University, Essex Sport, and the SU are joining forces to take on the BRIT 2021 Challenge - uniting to support young adult mental health.

The University, Essex Sport, and the SU joined forces in March and April to take on the BRIT 2021 Challenge – aimed at supporting young adult mental health by raising awareness completing miles through various fitness activities and fundraising. Throughout the challenge we had 326 amazing participants, from all across the University, who formed 27 teams and submitted 23,913 total miles. Those teams also managed to raise £1,662.91, with all funds going to the selected BRIT 2021 challenge charities: Papyrus, Student Minds, Charlie Waller Trust and Nightline Association.

Thank you to all those who participated and donated! Whilst the challenge is officially closed, we are going to leave our donations page open until the end of May. If you would like any information on the charities supported by the BRIT challenge, please get in contact or see more information below.


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BRIT 2021 charities

The funds raised through the BRIT 2021 UK-wide campaigns will provide vital support to students & young adults through existing and proactive health, wellbeing and mental fitness programmes and services. All funds raised will be shared equally between the following charities;

BRIT 2021 Challenge - register now!

Register your team and take part in the BRIT 2021 challenge

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Facebook live fitness classes

While the Sports Centre is temporarily closed, we’re bringing back a range of workouts you can take part in, LIVE on our Facebook page. You won't need any equipment, and they're suitable to do in your living room, bedroom, kitchen, University accommodation... wherever you have a bit of space around you.

Download the timetable (.pdf), or view it and read more about the types of classes, below.


Class Time
 Monday Motivation  8am
 FLEX  12pm
 Mind and Body  5pm


Class Time
 Cardio and Stretch  8am
 Core and Stability  12pm


Class Time
 Ab Attack  8am
 Legs, Bums and Tums  1pm
 FLEX  5pm


Class Time
 Workout Challenge  8am
 Total Tone  12.30pm


Class Time
 Friday Fitness  12pm
 Cardio Abs  5pm


Class Time
 Yoga  9.30am


How to take part

Essex Sport Live Home Workouts

Our fitness instructors are running LIVE workouts on our Facebook page, with no equipment needed!

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Ab Attack

A challenging abdominal workout led by the Essex Sport Gym Team.

Cardio and Abs

A high energy workout that will develop all round fitness.

Core and Stability

Strengthen up that core with this high intensity class focusing on abdominal core strength and stability exercises.


A strength based session combining using body weight exercises to tone, sculpt and strengthen muscles in this whole body workout.

Friday Fitness

A fun and varied workout from the Essex Sport team, there will be a different type of workout each week.


With a range of interval and tabata training, these workouts are moderate-to-high intensity.

Legs, bums and tums

A traditional conditioning class focusing on the larger muscle groups – for those who want to tone and shape up, a gentle and low-impact workout.

Mind and Body

Mind and Body classes will have a different focus each week, including;


Reduce stress and anxiety, relieve muscle tension, and improve sleep. Take some time out to calm both the body and mind, combining gentle movement and meditation.


A mind and body workout, incorporating strength and stretching. There will be a combination of standing and floor based exercises that aim to improve posture, develop mobility, tone and flexibility, and to strengthen core muscles.

Slow Flow Yoga

Through flowing sequences, this class builds on strength and balance whilst being relaxing and meditative. Suitable for all levels.

Total Tone

A body-weight exercise class providing a whole body workout, and finishing with a focus on the abs. Suitable for all levels.


Through flowing sequences, this class builds on strength and balance whilst being relaxing and meditative. Suitable for all levels.

Online activities

Throughout the Spring Term, our Sport staff will be sharing fitness challenges, competitions, podcasts, cycling and running training videos, and much more on the Essex Sport social media pages – follow us and get involved!

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mywellness STREAM

Essex Sport Gold and Silver members can access hundreds of live and on-demand workouts through the mywellness app, FREE until 28 February 2021.

As well as hundreds of pre-recorded workouts and exercises from Technogym, you'll see a few familiar faces with a series of fitness classes from the Essex Sport fitness team.

How does it work?

Already using mywellness?

  • Ensure you're logged in and have selected 'University of Essex Sports Centre' as your facility.
  • Select the 'On demand classes' tile on the homepage, and you're ready to go! 

New to mywellness?

  • You will have received an email from '', when you first became an Essex Sport member, asking you to activate your mywellness account. If you cannot find the email, please contact who will assist you.

Not a member?

You can sign up for just £4.99 a month!


It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

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Being active around the home

It can be difficult to fit a run, walk, or full workout into a busy day, but there are ways you can incorporate physical activity into your home routine!

Try a few of our examples below, and keep it fun by mixing them up as often as you like:

  • bodyweight squats while the kettle boils
  • stretch your arms and shoulders at your desk for a few minutes every hour
  • hold a wall sit while watching TV
  • alternate standing on each leg while brushing your teeth
  • put on the radio and dance!