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Former student helps local community stay active

Former West Herts College student Jake McCarthy is using his personal training qualification to help people stay active as the UK continues to practise social distancing.

Jake, who studied his Active IQ qualification at our Watford campus, is broadcasting live from his home in Hemel Hempstead every Wednesday and Saturday at 9:30am via his Instagram account.

Inspired by Joe Wicks’ PE lesson live streams, lots of people in the fitness industry have taken their services online. Jake wanted to provide local people with an ‘grown up’ version, that is easy to access and follow along with.

He explains: “I wanted everyone to be able to take part and understand how important it is to stay active. Just because we’re inside it doesn’t mean that we can’t still exercise and have fun while we do it.

“Exercise keeps morale up in this hard time. I have people messaging me from Yorkshire and even Croatia. Saying they are all loving it. I’m just pleased I can help in this tiny way.

“Most people rely on gyms and leisure centres to get in their regular exercise, but now these are shut people are turning to the internet to find something to fill that space.”

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