And finally… CIOB sets up virtual fitness club

A new virtual fitness club has been set up by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) for its members and staff to maintain their fitness, actively improve their mental health and stay connected to others while social distancing. 

Using Strava, the social fitness network which tracks walking, running, cycling and other fitness activity, the CIOB has set up a club called ‘The Chartered Institute of Building’ which can be accessed for free through the Strava website or mobile application.  

Speaking about the initiative, Caroline Gumble, chief executive at the CIOB, said: “We want to find ways to support members and staff during these unprecedented times. We’ve set up this online club so that members across the world can connect with each other, and us, maintain their fitness and take some time out of their day for themselves.

“But it’s important to stay safe - we urge those who do take part to do so responsibly and in line with the public health guidance of the country they live in. There is great strength in our community, and this is one way we can support, adapt and connect with each other.”

The US-based Strava service utilises GPS and other forms of data to track the fitness activities of its users. There are more than 50 million users across 195 countries worldwide, with 20 million activities recorded each week. The free service is available on both IOS and Android platforms with no advertising on its mobile application. 

So, whether you are taking advantage of a walk, run, or cycle once a day or taking fitness lessons indoors the CIOB is encouraging members to join in and connect with each other. To access the CIOB club online go to or search for The Chartered Institute of Building in the club section of the mobile application.

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