We all know that exercising is an essential aspect of everyone's health, but sometimes it can cause us injuries that result in us being unable to workout or move as much as we did. Of course, this is more likely for those who participate in sports, such as footballers and rugby players, but exercising always comes with some risk for us all. So as part of our partnership with Harrogate Town AFC, we provided the team with some exercise equipment, including the Inspire IC1.5 Indoor Cycle. This is to help the team with injury rehabilitation and training on-site, as they didn't have an accessible gym which often meant they had to go off-site without their Physio Rachel Davis.

So we interviewed Rachel to find out how much the equipment had benefitted the team and how this type of equipment could benefit you at home.


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Interview

Types of Injuries

Harrogate town footballer on the Inspire IC1.5 after an injury

With the equipment provided to Harrogate Town AFC, Physio Rachel Davis was able to use this on-site to rehabilitate a number of the team's players after they sustained injuries. This was important to her as it meant that she could be present when they trained to ensure they were trained safely and correctly, whether they are warming up before training or regaining fitness after an injury.

Footballer Rory McArdle had to recover from surgery on a groin injury and could not play for 12 weeks. However, he was able to visit Physio on-site to complete his rehabilitation programme, which was made up of cardio and strength training which is vital after a muscle injury.

Connor Kirby also benefitted from the equipment after he sustained a fracture in his leg during an away game. The equipment meant that he could have variety in his recovery programme. This is vitally important for injury rehabilitation, especially for an injury which left Kirby unable to play. It prevents repetitiveness and tediousness in a recovery programme, which can have a massively beneficial psychological effect. Kirby could do all of his cardio and strength in one place with Physo present, which is vital after a leg break, especially if the player wants to return to the pitch.

Why Are Indoor Cycles Effective?

Harrogate town footballer Will Smith on the Inspire IC1.5 beside the pitch

Indoor Cycles, such as the Inspire IC1.5, are massively effective for several fitness goals, such as weight loss and gaining fitness, and they can be used every day. An indoor cycle for your home can mean you can exercise, however, whenever and wherever in your home you want. They fit into most homes with amazing health benefits whilst not putting stress on the joints.

An exercise bike can be perfect for any rehab as it is quick and easy to use; you can start your recovery with no resistance and work your way up as you progress and improve. With the Inspire IC1.5, you have the added benefit of the free 1-Year subscription to the Inspire app, meaning you have access to hundreds of workouts and live classes to suit your needs, whether it's building endurance or sprint work or just rebuilding fitness.

Recommended Indoor Cycles

Alternative Options

Indoor cycles aren't the only pieces of equipment Rachel recommends for exercising, fitness and general recovery. Fitness mats are vital for workouts as they provide a supporting layer between your body and the floor or carpet. Resistance bands are also a great way to train as they come in a variety of strengths to provide space for progress, and there are tonnes of exercises you can do with them. Resistance bands are also perfect for anyone without the space for bigger equipment like a bike, and they just pack away. Dumbbells and small weights are also great for space and strength or toning. Because they are so versatile, you can add them to most workouts, and there are loads of exercises you can do with them.

Recommended Alternatives


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If you experience dizziness, nausea, chest pain, or any other abnormal symptoms, stop the workout at once and consult a physician or doctor immediately.