Lichfield personal trainer links up with Central England Co-op to keep people fit and healthy at home during the Coronavirus lockdown

Central England Co-op has teamed up with a Lichfield personal trainer to help people keep fit at home during the Coronavirus lockdown.

The retailer, which has two stores and its head office in the city, today launches a specially created online tutorial with Raul Romero as part of a new campaign called Take 5 in the Community.

The online video campaign is all about giving Members and local businesses a platform to share their expertise and help their communities during this uncertain time.

Raul has offered up his expertise in an effort to show people some quick and easy ways to keep fit while isolating at home.

He said he decided to join forces with Central England Co-op as it was really important to stay as active as possible during the lockdown period.

He has been running free online classes through the Zoom app almost every day for the past three weeks, and said he has noticed an increase especially in the last few days of people wanting to find extra support in such difficult times.

He said: “I think now more than ever it’s important to have some daily movement and exercise goals, as it is very easy to have one day blend into another and not have structure.

“It can be hard though to motivate yourself, which is why doing an online class with others can be so important.

“No one is here to judge and it is also a good way of keeping in touch with people outside your four walls, and raise your endorphin levels.”

People can take part in Raul’s workout by viewing his film at

People can keep up to date with the other ways Central England Co-op is responding to the Coronavirus by visiting


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Picture caption: Raul Romero.


About Central England Co-operative


Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK with interests in food, funeral, floral, travel and property investment.


Co-operatives have always been there for their communities; they were formed to protect them and help them flourish. 


Our 7,900 colleagues who serve Members and customers work hard to ensure that co-operative values, principles and spirit flow through everything we do to help support and improve our local communities.


Owned by hundreds of thousands of Members, we have over 430 trading outlets across 16 counties including West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. 


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We invest a percentage of our trading profit into local communities through our Community Dividend Fund scheme, have donated over £1.3 million to our corporate charity partner Dementia UK and also operate a pioneering food redistribution partnership with FareShare Midlands so unsold food goes to those in need.


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