This gym is trialling 45-minute nap classes to reinvigorate the mind

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If the very thought of working out leaves you slumped on your desk in an mire of exhaustion, we have just the solution.

An enterprising gym has launched a new brand of nap class for its less active clientele.

The 45-minute “napercise” sessions are being trialled by David Lloyd clubs this weekend.

They consist of nothing more vigorous than climbing into bed, stretching out… and promptly falling asleep.

The usual pumped-up gym atmosphere of weight machines and frenetic club tunes isn’t exactly conductive to slumber, but David Lloyd says all this will change for their sleep training classes.

“Upon arrival in the studio guests will find the spin-bikes swapped for single beds, and upbeat workout tunes ditched in favour of atmospheric sounds, to create the perfect environment for the soporific sessions to take place,” a statement from the club reads.

“The studio temperature will also be dropped to a level that promotes calorie burning during sleep. Napercisers will be invited to curl up in one of the beds and indulge in some restorative mid-afternoon shuteye, before continuing on with their day.”

News of the class brings all sorts of intriguing questions to mind.

Are the sheets changed between sessions? What happens if you don’t want to wake up come finish time – or inadvertently dribble in your sleep?

Nevertheless, we have to applaud the genius irony of the scheme.

Gyms are nerve centres of activity and pace, the mere sight of which can send more relaxed souls into a hyper state of adrenaline-fuelled anticipation. 

Of course, we may grab a little shut-eye while “recovering” in the spa area, but otherwise the opportunities for actual kip are limited.

David Lloyd said they were drawn to the idea after discovering the health benefits of daytime napping, which include increased alertness, the alleviation of anxiety or stress and improved mood level. 

A recent study even found a positive relationship between short daytime naps and happiness, that ever-elusive quality of the modern age.

“Filling an exercise studio with beds might look unusual, but if it proves to be a success, we’re definitely excited at the possibility of rolling out the programme to more of our clubs down the line,” a spokesperson for the club said.

Photos: David Lloyd and iStock

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Anna Brech

Anna Brech is a freelance journalist and former editor for Her six-year stint on the site saw her develop a vociferous appetite for live Analytics, feminist opinion and good-quality gin in roughly equal measure. She enjoys writing across all areas of women’s lifestyle content but has a soft spot for books and escapist travel content.