Brighton & Sussex Take Heart Group – Providing Cardiac Rehab Exercise in Sussex for 25 years!

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Coronavirus - update - 18th March 2020

Suspension of Classes

Dear Members,

In view of the current Coronavirus crisis we, as a committee, have taken the decision that we have no option but to suspend the classes. We have been meeting regularly to consider what action we should take and have taken advice from the Hospital. After careful consideration it was decided that, in the best interests of our members and safety, to suspend all the classes for the time being. The Hospital has also suspended its Phase 3 Rehabilitation classes.

We are looking at ways to help members to continue to exercise albeit not at the formal classes we normally attend. We have a number of exercise videos which demonstrate the routines that you can follow to exercise well and safely and if you would like one of these please let us know. In addition, we will try and provide some online supervision for those that are internet savvy. If feasible we will try and do some outdoor exercise classes which should be relatively safer than exercising indoors.

Needless to say, it is incredibly disappointing to have to take this action, we recognize the importance of physical activity to maintain heart health and hope to resume classes at the earliest opportunity. Please check the website, we will keep you updated as the situation changes.

In the meantime, do keep exercising and we hope that we can all get back to normality as soon as possible.

Yours faithfully
Take Heart Committee

Home Exercise Guidance PDFs
The FITT Principle (PDF)
Home Exercise Cardiac Rehabilitation (PDF)

Cardiac Exercise Classes


Classes by Location

Brighton - Stanley DeasonStanley Deason Centre, BrightonMonday 5.15pm *Tuesday 4.15pm *Wednesday 5.30pmThursday 5.15pm *Friday 4.30pm
Brighton - WithdeanWithdean Sports Complex, BrightonTuesday 4.15pmThursday 4pm
HoveSt Georges Church Hall, Court Farm Road, HoveMonday 8.30amWednesday 9.30amFriday 9.30am
NewhavenShakespeare Hall, Fort Road, NewhavenTuesday 10amThursday 11am
PeacehavenPeacehaven Leisure Centre, Greenwich WayTuesday 11.15amThursday 9.45amFriday 11.15am
PortsladePortslade Sports Centre, Chalky RoadTuesday 10am Friday 10.45am
ShorehamShoreham Free Church Hall , Buckingham RoadWednesday 11amFriday 11am

* Classes run by Tamsin & Louise.

All classes are approx. 50 mins.

Classes by Day

MondayHove, 8.30amBrighton - Stanley Deason, 5.15pm
TuesdayNewhaven, 10amPortslade, 10amPeacehaven, 11.15amBrighton - Stanley Deason, 4.15pmBrighton - Withdean, 4.15pm
WednesdayHove, 9.30amShoreham, 11amBrighton - Stanley Deason, 5.30pm
ThursdayPeacehaven, 9.45amNewhaven, 11amBrighton - Withdean, 4.15pmBrighton - Stanley Deason, 5.15pm
FridayHove, 9.30amShoreham, 11amPortslade, 10.45amPeacehaven, 11.15amBrighton - Stanley Deason, 4.30pm

Class prices

Annual Group Membership £15, then:
£5 per class (couples £8)
or £36 per month (unlimited)

Note: It's more cost effective to pay monthly as opposed to PAYG if you attend twice a week or more.


Interested? Need more information?...
Call Richard on: 07786 001771
Or email

“I joined Richard’s cardiac rehabilitation class in 2006 after an angioplasty at the age of 64. I had always been quite healthy and physically active so the sudden and unexpected need for heart surgery quite shattered my confidence. Richard’s guidance through structured classes in aerobic exercise restored my exercise capacity and encouraged me to maintain my level fitness. I’ve been coming to Richard’s classes three times a week ever since. Richard’s professional approach and careful monitoring of each individual gives members the confidence to regain their potential. Working in a class is so much more fun than struggling solo.”
Neil Stevenson – retired GP

Cardiac Exercise Classes

BSTHG provides community-based Phase IV exercise classes for cardiac patients designed to improve and maintain their physical, psychological and social wellbeing. These services include group exercise classes and personal training delivered by BACPR (British Association of Cardiac Prevention & Rehabilitation) qualified instructors

Patients attending these programmes present with chronic or post-acute cardiovascular disease but are able to preserve or resume optimal functioning through practice of improved health behaviours. As a result they can slow down or reverse the progression of coronary heart disease and this may include a reduction in medication. Patients are referred on to the programme by their GP, cardiologist or local NHS Phase III team (Royal Sussex County Hospital and Princess Royal Hospital).

About our Cardiac Excerice Classes

All classes last approximately 50 mins. Please give yourself plenty of time to change clothing before the session starts so as to not disrupt the class.

If you experience pain at any time during exercise, STOP whatever you are doing and tell one of the members of staff immediately.

What to bring with you:

  • Your GTN tables/spray (if you are prescribed them)
  • Your blood glucose monitor (if you are diabetic)
  • Your bronchodilator (if you are asthmatic)
  • A bottle of water.
  • Note: Please let the instructor know if you have forgotten to take your medication or your medication has changed. Also oif you have been unwell (stomach aches, taking antibiotics, recent chest pains / short of breath, coughs, colds)

What to wear for the classes:

  • Soft-soled trainers or shoes, (no sandals or slip-on footwear).
  • T shirt and sweat shirt.
  • Shorts, track suit bottoms, jogging bottoms.
  • Sweat bands and towels(optional)

What happens in the classes:

  • Check-in.
  • Warm-up exercises with the instructor.
  • Main exercise comprising of rotating with 1 minute of exercise on each piece of equipment.
  • Cooling down and stretching exercises with the instructor.

During the sessions you must remember to keep your feet moving whenever possible (no standing and chatting), please do not stand around waiting for a particular piece of equipment, keep your feet moving and look for an alternative piece of equipment.

Richard J Stantiford MSc., ACSM C-EP, BACPR cert


Richard is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with almost 30 years’ experience in the health & fitness industry. During his career Richard’s passion for knowledge in the field of Exercise Medicine has resulted in the acquisition of various Academic and Vocational Qualifications … Read more about Richard


Can I Drop-in?
Yes, anyone can drop in for a trial class providing they have either been referred by the NHS Cardiac Rehab Team or their GP.

What are the benefits of the membership?

  • As we are affilliated to the British Heart Foundation we are also covered by their Insurance policy for accidents within classes.
  • We have a very interesting newsletter which is quarterly and contains factual information from exercise professionals, cardiologists, dieticians and pharmacists.
  • We have several organised social events throughout the year at discounted prices
  • As part of a non profit patient led group you will benefit from the friendly close community it provides.
  • Our highly qualified and experienced Exercise Physiologist is always available for any questions or concerns you may have about ongoing exercise or something about your cardiac condition that needed to be explained in laymens terms.

Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitors exclusively available to Take Heart Members at the hugely discounted price of only £45 each (RRP £80)

Ask Richard for more info!