Ben Mackenzie visited the BGL Group to put on a session for employees.

12 employees at the BGL Group took part in a ‘train like an athlete’ gym session earlier this month, as Peterborough United’s Head of Sports Science Ben Mackenzie replicated a typical day in the life of a footballer for workers at one of the city’s biggest organisations at its on-site gym facilities.

Mackenzie was joined for the gym-based session by defender Andrew Hughes and winger Gwion Edwards, who gave plenty of support to the volunteers who put themselves forward to be subjected to a tough afternoon workout. From the treadmill to planking and from squats to weight work, Mackenzie put BGL’s keen gym goers through their paces and Hughes, who joined the club in the summer from Newport County, was impressed with their efforts.

“It was hard work, but they all seemed to enjoy themselves. They were asking questions and advice about sessions while they were working and I think they got a lot out of the day. We do a lot of gym work during the week and have different programmes to stick to and I think they understood the benefits of the different sessions we do,” Hughes said.

BGL is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of its employees, and supports this by offering free fruit to all employees, at desk massages, annual health checks, smoothies, sports massage and osteopathy, as well as the subsidised on-site gym.

Justin Bentley, one of the BGL’ers who took part in the session, and a lifelong Peterborough United fan himself, said: ‘We have a wide range of sessions put on by our very own Fitness Coaches each week, but it was a real treat to have Peterborough United come down and run this special ‘train like an athlete’ session with us. For me, it was a bit of a dream come true.’

You can watch a video of some of the session that Ben put on for the BGL employees here.