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LEAP Exercise Referral Scheme

Exercise programmes via Health Professional or Self 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 HERE 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)

Health Professionals

Health Professionals can refer patients to the LEAP scheme with any of the self referral conditions, as well as any of the following:

  • Heart problems
  • Stroke
  • COPD

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

Diabetes Support Programme

A 12-week programme aimed at those who have been diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetic health conditions

Develop knowledge of Diabetes and its treatment Build awareness and motivation to exercise

Next programme starts Thursday 13 September 2.00 pm – Open to members and non-members

£3.50 a session or £35.00 for 12 weeks – limited to 16 people per programme

To register your interest or to receive more information please fill out the enquiry form and our staff will be in contact to discuss further and to book your place


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.



Colin had been suffering from Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. With GBS he suffered major loss of muscle capacity, including the ability to bear his own body weight.

Colin has been attending LEAP’s Osteoarthritis Class for twenty months and has achieved gains in his functional capacity and bodily strength as a direct result of following a structured exercise programme. Below are some of the improvements Colin has achieved through specific activities:


  • Sit to Stand – this exercise has made standing up from seated position on sofa, chair or bed possible, without the use of arms and with ease.
  • Step Up and Over – this exercise has allowed Colin to be able to increase his leg strength and travel up and down stairs with ease.
  • Shuttle walks have also contributed to Colin’s improved walking, with increasingly less support.
  • Astride Step Ups – this exercise has allowed Colin to get in and out of his car with ease. Whereas previously he found this task extremely difficult


Overall increased bodily strength helped Colin to pass his driving test last year, making life “better to get out and about”.

Colin has seen a very significant overall improvement in his functional capacity, and he is looking forward to further re-strengthening his body at LEAP circuit classes and in the gym.

LEAP has contributed to a regaining of his independence and actively socialising with the many new friends at the OA Class. With this improved quality of life has come a widened support network beyond his family and medical practitioners.


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