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Heart Research UK’s Beat it Battle

15 January, 2019

Heart Research UK and Firehouse Fitness are challenging businesses in Leeds to take on our Beat It Battle and prove they’re the fittest business in the city.

Teams of four will battle it out at Firehouse Fitness Leeds to be in with a chance of winning free gym membership FOR LIFE – all whilst raising money to help us take on heart disease.

Participant’s heart rates will be tracked using state-of-the-art MyZone technology whilst working up a sweat in the classes and this, combined with the amount of visits to the gym, gives an effort score.



Partnering with Heart Research UK is of particular significance for Firehouse Fitness co-owner Rob McGuigan.

On 24 November 2016, his mother, Margaret McGuigan, 64, was admitted to the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, following a frightening episode brought about by a rare condition known as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, a temporary condition most commonly associated with post-menopausal women where the heart muscle becomes suddenly weakened or ‘stunned.’

At the time Mrs McGuigan was submitted to hospital, she was just the second recorded case in the previous five years at the Freeman Hospital.

Rob wants his team and the public to raise as much money as possible for Heart Research UK so that they can continue their pioneering medical research into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease.

“Heart Research UK is a charity that is obviously very close to me. Advancements in medical research are a large part of the reason that my mother is still with us today. The Beat it Battle is a fantastic opportunity to not only raise funds for Heart Research UK and their vital research, but to help the people of Leeds get fit and improve their heart health. It really is a win-win all round!” said Rob.

To learn more about the Beat It Battle, click here.