Get Moving

We’re so happy to be back delivering this programme again.  Like everyone, we’ve had to adapt for COVID-19. Things might be a little different and not all our courses will be starting immediately but our friendly team of coaches are here to welcome you back and help you stay active with us in a safe, but most of all enjoyable way.  We are currently delivering in-venue courses and virtual group sessions.

Our team are contacting participants to let them know about this support. You can also get in touch with us by emailing or calling 0131 458 2260. 

"Get Moving with Counterweight" is a free 12 month group programme which supports you to make small changes to your diet and lifestyle to help you to manage your weight and become more active. It is a healthy lifestyle programme funded by NHS Lothian in partnership with local authorities.

What do we offer?

Our Get Moving programme starts with an initial 1-1 with one of our instructors and is followed by 10 group sessions which provide dietary and behaviour change information and tips to support you to make the small changes required to lose 5-10% of your body weight. We run weekly classes across the city during the day, in the evenings and at weekends. Each session lasts up to an hour and groups are small. You will receive ongoing support from our team to review progress and to help keep you on track for a healthier lifestyle. These follow up meetings are arranged after three, six and nine months and will either be done in person, over the phone or virtually. 

What can I expect at the Get Moving with Counterweight Sessions?

Your weight will be monitored at each group sessions. It is treated confidentially and will not be shared with the group. At each group session you will be taken through a series of interactive topics including: 

  • Weight loss goals and energy requirements 
  • Healthy eating and active living 
  • Understanding food labels 
  • Healthy shopping, cooking and eating out 
  • Eating habits and emotions 
  • How to prevent lapsing and relapsing 
  • Maintaining your weight loss

By the end of the programme you will have the skills to manage your weight for life.

What about Physical Activity?

Alongside dietary and behaviour change information and tips we will support you to be physically active during the group sessions as well as providing subsidised access to Edinburgh Leisure gyms, pools, fitness classes and court bookings.

How can I access Get Moving?

You can be referred by your GP or you can request a self-referral form by emailing

Get Moving with Counterweight is suitable for individuals with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of more than 25kg/m2 and a weight  less than 160kg ( 25 stone 3 pounds). You can figure this out here

We deliver Get Moving at the following venues (number dependent): Craiglockhart Leisure and Tennis Centre, Meadowbank Sports Centre (reopening 2021), Drumbrae Leisure Centre, Leith Victoria Swim Centre and the Royal Commonwealth Pool.

You may also be interested in Get Going, our family healthy lifestyle programme funded by NHS Lothian
. It offers support to help children (aged 5-11) and young people (12-17) to get active, eat well and achieve a healthier weight.

If you would like further information on the Get Moving with Counterweight Group Programme you can call our NHS partners directly on 0131 537 9169 or you can contact our Active Communities team by emailing or calling 0131 458 2260. 

Please don’t visit if you or anyone in your household, are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19. Click here to see the symptoms to look out for. 

We ask that you arrive no earlier than 5 minutes prior to your booked session. If there is a moving queue outside the venue, please join the queue and keep a safe physical distance whilst entering the building. 

Face coverings have been made mandatory and must be worn when in indoor communal areas (e.g. when you enter a venue). Customers do not have to wear them when taking part in their activity. 

How you can help us during your class: 

  • Please be aware of any floor markings, which have been measured out and follow the guidance of one customer in each floor space. 
  • Please sanitise/wash your hands before, during, and after your class. 
  • Please maintain a physical distance between yourself and others at all times. 
  • When your class is over, please leave the room promptly to allow us to clean and prepare for the next class/customers. Please keep to physical distancing guidance as you leave the room.