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LEAP Exercise Referral Scheme

Exercise programmes via Health Professional referral

The Life Enhancing Activity Programme – LEAP – is a scheme for Health Professionals to refer patients to Leisure World Colchester for an activity programme designed specifically for people with health issues.

Patients are also able to self-refer to the scheme for certain conditions

The programme is designed to help people lead a healthier life through exercise. Our qualified instructors will help to find an exercise programme that is suitable for all abilities.

Click on the attached document for LEAP prices and timetable.

See below for further information, speak to your GP or contact the LEAP team on 01206 282045.


Individuals can self-refer to the LEAP scheme with the following conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Muscle and joint problems
  • Back problems
  • Asthma
  • Depression
  • High Blood Pressure (borderline or medically controlled)
  • Diabetes (stable/controlled)

Medical Practitioners

Medical Practitioners can refer patients to the LEAP scheme with any of the above conditions, as well as any of the following conditions:

  • Heart problems
  • Stroke
  • COPD

If you are unsure whether you can refer someone to us please contact us on 01206 282045

Activities / Exercise Programmes

The gym – under the LEAP scheme you can have an individualised gym exercise programme written, based on your individual condition, to follow when it suits you. You will have ongoing support and regular compulsory reviews to ensure you are getting the best out of your exercise plan.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Circuit Classes – moderate intensity exercise classes aimed at those who have had heart problems. Whether that is angina or you have had a heart attack or other heart related problems. The classes are aimed at improving your cardiovascular fitness and reducing your risk of having any further heart problems. The instructors are qualified British Association of Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation (BACPR) Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialists.

Osteoarthritis Classes – For those with Knee and hip pain problems including pre and post joint replacement surgery. This is a low intensity exercise class with emphasis on correct joint alignment and posture. Emphasis is on educating you to move in ways that reduce the stress on your joints. This class has had significant benefits for many of its participants.

Lower Back Pain Class – suitable for people with long-term or chronic back problems particularly where muscular and postural imbalances are the significant factor. The class is low intensity and focuses on improving your mobility and posture through a series of simple exercises and stretches. You will benefit from the continuous supervision of a Level 4 Exercise Referral Specialist who will correct your alignment and technique to ensure improved range of movement and posture with minimal risk of pain.

Water Mobility Class – gentle water based exercise class aimed at those people with back and joint problems that find it difficult to exercise on land. It provides a full body workout aimed at improving movement in painful joints without the stresses of weight bearing exercise.

Vascular Rehabilitation Class – primarily aimed at people with circulation problems or breathing difficulties (i.e. C.O.P.D.), although people with other conditions may be suited to the relatively low intensity of the class.


Don (Cardiac Rehabilitation Class): Since my heart attack it has literally kept me alive. exercising with people who have experienced a similar life changing problem provides a more positive platform for my personal rehabilitation.

Sally (Osteo Arthritis Circuit Class): Keeping me motivated to exercise and experience less pain as a result.

Ian (Cardiac Rehabilitation Class): I genuinely believe that the general exercise routine is more beneficial health-wise than a lot of the medication I take.

Fergus (Cardiac Rehabilitation Class): The LEAP class has kept me fit enough to win a national sailing championship! The instructors and class members are great people

Steven (Cardiac Rehabilitation Class): A very well thought out exercise programme. Two dilligent and professional instructors. A very comfortable and social atmosphere.

Sheila (Osteo Arthritis Circuit Class): I suffer with hyper mobility and it keeps my muscles firmer. I have also had two hip replacements and it has helped me a lot.

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