Exercise Group

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Our Exercise Group is run by Joanne and Gareth who are qualified trainers, you can find out a little more about them on this page.  We aim to help anyone who has been in ICU rebuild their strength and get moving again.  

The sessions are FREE for anyone who has been a patient in any ICU, or their loved ones, - they are funded by ICUsteps Chester.

Prior to Covid-19 we ran classes in the usual face to face manner.  Since last Spring we have moved the classes to Zoom and find that it works really well and even has some advantages!

We have a really friendly group and whilst we are on Zoom there is still plenty of opportunity to chat and members are keen to encourage each other. 

Zoom is an app that is free to download and easy to use - we are happy to help you set it up if necessary.

Please get in touch via our Contact Us page if you would like to join the Group.

All new members are invited to an Induction session to allow our trainers to learn about your particular issues and also to allow you to ask any questions and discuss any concerns you may have.

We now have 3 types of classes:

  • A shorter Starter class for those more recently discharged from hospital or new to exercising.

  • An Improvers Class which suits the majority of our members as they progress and rebuild strength.

  • An Advanced class for those who have been with us a while and are getting ready to return to work or normal life.

Joanne and Gareth have each recorded a video of their

classes - please watch them to find out if you think they would benefit you but remember they are always happy to tell you how to adjust any exercise so that it suits your particular  needs and limitations.  You can also use these videos to exercise at home but we would always encourage you to attend at least one session first so Joanne or Gareth can advise you.


As a Therapist, I feel the ICUsteps Chester Group is a much needed and valuable resource to continue to support patients and their families in their emotional and physical recovery.  The group atmosphere provides peer support and helps to motivate patients with their rehabilitation.


“I really enjoyed being part of a group - it helped to motivate me”

                   Joanne Ruffell

Full Time Mum, Full Time Student, Part time Trainer.


I have worked within the health and fitness industry for 20 years including training people privately and through group exercise, centre management and management consultancy.

I am experienced in all aspects of coaching:

Level 3 Trainer -

Strength & Conditioning, Weight-loss,

Martial arts, Flexibility,

Postural assessment.

Also swim coach.

Currently (and for around 7 years) focused more on the rehabilitation and functionality of fitness, specialising in postural training and biomechanics. Promoting healthy living and helping people get back to fitness after time out, injury, illness or brand new to training. 

Jo is studying for a Degree in Physiotherapy.

Click on the button below to watch the video of Jo's workout.

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                       Gareth Tattum


I’ve been in the fitness industry for 16 years. My passion has always been around fitness since the age of 15 when I bought my first set of weights whilst still living at home with my parents.


I loved bodybuilding as a young man but took up boxing at the age of 21 which was a huge game changer for me.  I qualified as a personal trainer and much more.

OCR 2 in teaching exercise and fitness 

OCR 2 in Gym instruction 

OCR 2 In teaching circuit training 

NVQ Level 2 Fitness instructor 

LEVEL 3 Advanced Personal Training 

Boxercise instructor 

Mat Pilates instructor 

Level 3 sports massage 

Weight management and nutrition consultant 


I’m now putting all my focus into 1-1 online coaching for people of all fitness levels and ability. I do still offer 1-1 and group fitness classes in person. 


I love challenges, I love fitness, and most of all I love working with people of all backgrounds fit or unfit and watching them progress and reach their fitness goals. 

Fitness is my life I love it.

Click on the button below to watch the video of Gareth's workout.

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