Watch Jessica Ennis-Hill put Gabby Logan and Maggie Alphonsi through their paces


For International Women’s Day, Gabby and Maggie shine a spotlight on the importance of musculoskeletal health and how attitudes towards strength training are shifting

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Strength training has been tipped as one of the fitness trends to take 2024 by storm, favourably amongst women.

Now more than ever, women and girls are wising up to the health benefits that weight training has on their bodies, and in particular their musculoskeletal (MSK) health.

So, for International Women’s Day, Gabby Logan and Maggie Alphonsi took part in a workout put together by, to borrow Gabby’s words, “none other than Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill”.

Gabby and Maggie also touch on how social attitudes towards strength training have changed over time and how they fit exercise into their busy schedules. Watch below.

MSK issues impact the joints, bones and muscles, causing conditions such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and sarcopenia.

Today, more than 11 million women across the UK are living with an MSK ailment, along with nearly nine million men.

Strength training helps to improve bone density, joint strength and mobility, all of which prevent and lessen MSK issues.

But that doesn’t mean they need to start slogging it out in the gym every night.Weight training means ‘body weight’ too, it doesn’t have to mean endless reps of bicep curls and time on the squat rack.

You can also tune into Jessica’s strength training session via Vitality’s YouTube channel: Strength training workout with Jessica Ennis-Hill | Vitality UK (

Related: Jessica Ennis-Hill on beating hormone health taboos

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