Pedalling your way to peak fitness

31 July 2019 . United Kingdom

A new partnership between Bupa Health Clinics and Wattbike will give customers access to the world’s most advanced indoor training bike at more than 30 Bupa sites across the UK.

  • Bupa UK Health Clinics partner with world-renowned indoor cycling brand, Wattbike
  • Favoured by Anthony Joshua and Andy Murray, Wattbikes can now be accessed at over 30 high-street locations
  • Wattbike provides patients with a 12-week training plan to improve health and fitness
Wattbikes in Bupa’s Peak Health Assessment

Developed to meet the needs of the world’s most demanding athletes, including Anthony Joshua and Andy Murray, Wattbike is well established among the sporting elite. However, this new partnership means that the bikes are setting a new standard for training and testing tools for the consumer health and fitness industry.

The bikes will be used as part of Bupa UK’s Peak Health Assessment, which is designed to both identify current health concerns and potential future risks, with tailored lifestyle coaching to help customers improve their health. It also includes male or female health checks for the early detection of gender-specific cancers, with a doctor consultation of up to 60 minutes.

The Wattbikes are set up based on recommendations by British Cycling, meaning they can be adapted to specific body shapes in order to help maximise performance and prevent injury.

Their introduction means customers will now benefit from a fitness assessment without the need for an uncomfortable mask or mouthpiece. The Wattbike test will predict a V02 max score, maximum heart rate, Cardiorespiratory Fitness (CRF) score, maximum minute power, functional threshold heart rate and functional threshold power. 

These results provide patients with a measure of aerobic fitness and state of their respiratory, cardiovascular and skeletal muscle system which can be used to identify heart rate and power training zones.

Wattbike can also provide a structured 12-week training plan from beginner to advanced level, which complements the lifestyle coaching offered by Bupa’s team of qualified health and lifestyle advisors.

Richard Baker, Wattbike CEO, comments: “Testing to benchmark health and fitness is vital. It’s how we establish a starting point on which to improve. We are extremely proud to have partnered with Bupa on this. We’re providing them with an advanced, non-invasive fitness test to measure physiological responses to exercise which offers practical guidance towards improved levels of health, fitness and performance.

“By providing this style of personalised lifestyle coaching, the support tools help people set a benchmark that can be reviewed and improved upon, encouraging them to make necessary lifestyle changes to lead healthier lives.”

Sarah Melia, Director, Bupa UK Health Clinics, adds: “Health assessments are a fantastic way of getting a snapshot of your health and we are always looking for new ways to take them to the next level. Our partnership with Wattbike is really exciting as it gives our customers the chance to trial cutting edge technology which was previously the reserve of elite sportspeople. It’s an exciting addition to our offering and will help people take control of their health and lifestyle.”

For more information or to book your Peak Health Assessment visit https://www.bupa.co.uk/health/health-assessments/health-peak


Notes to editor

About Wattbike

The Wattbike is the indoor bike of choice for elite athletes, the health and fitness sector and the home fitness market. Endorsed England Rugby and chosen by the UCI World Cycling Centre as the testing and education bike for its base and satellite centres around the world, the Wattbike is the go-to training tool for athletes across the globe.

The Wattbike’s Performance Computer enables the accurate measurement of over 40 performance parameters. Combined with a fully customisable ride setup and the feel of riding a real bike, it provides the user with a highly effective and efficient power-based training solution.

Today, the Wattbike is used by the world’s top cycling federations including Great Britain, Australia, United States and France, in addition to professional teams and elite athletes in all cycling and triathlon disciplines. Other sports have also adopted the Wattbike as a cross-training tool and is used by many Premiership football clubs, Premiership Rugby, Rugby Football Union, Rugby Football League, Formula One drivers, England Hockey, GB Rowing, British Sailing, English Institute of Sport and UK Sport.

For more information, visit www.wattbike.com

About Bupa

Bupa's purpose is helping people live longer, healthier, happier lives.

With no shareholders, our customers are our focus. We reinvest profits into providing more and better healthcare for the benefit of current and future customers.

Health insurance accounts for the major part of our business with 16.7m customers and contributes around 75% of revenue. We operate clinics, dental centres and hospitals in some markets, with around 15m customers. We care for around 22,300 residents in our UK, Australia, New Zealand and Spain aged care businesses.

We directly employ around 80,000 people, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, Poland, Chile, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Turkey, the US, Brazil, the Middle East and Ireland. We also have associate businesses in Saudi Arabia and India.

For more information, visit www.bupa.com.

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