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What can you learn from your DNA?

Precision fitness: how unlocking your DNA can change the way to train and your diet

We’ve all been embarrassed by a relative as they’ve told us that we look  “just like your father when he was your age” or that we’ve “got your mothers eyes”. Statements like these are hardly surprising when you understand how DNA works. DNA is the molecule of hereditary – it is the biological information that we inherit from our parents that influences how we look, grow and develop.

Since the 13-year long project of mapping the human genome was completed in 2003, our understanding how can harness our DNA’s influence has grown exponentially. DNA analysis can be used to solve crimes, reconnect long lost relatives, or identify an individual’s risk of certain health issues. And now the same technology can be used to utilise exercise and nutrition.

Relating DNA and fitness

The primary function of DNA is to regulate for the production of proteins. You don’t just consume proteins through your diet, your body also creates them as they are required for a number of biological processes. Genes are specific regions of the DNA that hold the instructions for creating these proteins.

Whilst we all have the same number of genes, approximately 24,000, there are different versions of these genes that behave quite differently regards to their individual protein production. Through DNA analysis, you can get an insight into your own personal protein profile to understand what workout, nutrition and lifestyle strategies you should follow to maximise the effects of these proteins.

Traits influenced by DNA 

There are a number of exercise, nutrition and lifestyle traits that can provide insight into how to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of your workouts and diet:

Muscle fibre profile

Are you a speed or endurance athletes, and how should your workouts reflect this?

Workout volume

Do you respond best to high volume, low intensity workouts or low-volume, high intensity workouts?

Tempo

How quickly should you perform each rep to elicit the desired and metabolic damage and growth?

Fibre requirements

How many grams of fibre do you need to consume per day to maintain a proper digestive health and insulin function?

Saturated fat

Do you have an increased sensitivity to saturated fat and need to limit your intake?

Protein timing

When should you consume proteins throughout the day to help control appetite and avoid overeating?

Sleep

How does your circadian rhythm affect the quality of your sleep?

Caffeine

Are you a fast or slow metaboliser of caffeine?

Craving sweet snacks

Is your sweet tooth a genetic trait that you’ve inherited?

Unlocking your personal DNA

All these questions, can be answered by further knowledge of your DNA. This will soon be available at the USN Bolton Arena. Keep a look out for further information soon.

 

Virtual One Month On……

Bolton Arena Gym

Virtual Classes …. one month on…

Bolton Arena, recently launched Les Mills Virtual classes to offer an alternative to the very popular instructor led classes.

Virtual classes offer flexibility for our members, whilst also widening the studio class options available. It allows members to attend a class almost whenever it suits them.

The class timetable doubled with the introduction of virtual Body Combat, Body Pump, Body Balance, CX Worx, SH’Bam and RPM.

Since the introduction in October Virtual Classes have been attended over 500 times.

The most popular programmes have been RPM & CX Worx both recording 150 attendances followed by Body Pump with 105 visits in the first four weeks.

Studio Coordinator Nic Seymour, commented on the success of The Les Mills Virtual system “Virtual has been widely accepted by the majority of class users, proving to be extremely successful through its launch in mid – October which is a recognised quiet time in the fitness calendar.

It has enabled us to introduce new programmes, maximise off peak studio usage and offer choice to new and existing members, vital for those people who struggle to fit exercise around their working day. It’s a very welcome addition to the Instructor led timetable”.

Take a look at what our members are saying about the Les Mills Virtual

Sam K – “I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoy the Virtual Classes. After attending many instructor classes in the past, I was concerned about being motivated enough by someone on screen, but I needn’t have worried, the classes are upbeat, exciting and consistently provide teaching points for you to ensure you get the most out of your workout”.

Julie J – “Loving the Virtual Spin. It works you really hard and great that I can do a class now really early over the weekend if I want”.

Andrea L C – “Really great, enjoyable and gives me more of a choice with the timetable”

Andy – “Brill! The classes are really good – loads better than I expected them to be”

Sam B – “Loving Virtual RPM”

Mark – “Really good classes and enables me to attend more sessions overall”

Carolyn S – “Love them”

Richard – “Loving Virtual! Sets the Arena above other local gyms”

Karen S – “Virtual RPM is great”

So, if you’ve not yet taken part in a Les Mills Virtual class, check out the below timetable and give it a try.

Studio Timetable 

RRG Toyota Announced As Tennis Tournament Sponsor

RRG Toyota, Bolton announced as the ITF Seniors indoor tennis tournament sponsor.
RRG Toyota, Bolton have been confirmed as the title sponsor of the ITF Seniors indoor tennis tournament this October at USN Bolton Arena.
The prestigious event that takes place between 20th to 24th October inclusive, continues to attract over one hundred high level senior players from the UK and Europe.
As well as being title sponsor for the first time, RRG Toyota will showcasing some of their new vehicles inside and outside of USN Bolton Arena for the duration of the tournament.
USN Bolton Arena Head of Sport Stuart Kay said: “We’re genuinely thrilled to have RRG Toyota, Bolton as our title sponsor and look forward to working with them during the tournament.”
 
For more information on RRG Toyota Bolton, click here.

Les Mills Virtual Classes – On The Way

USN Bolton Arena are delighted to announce that plans have been finalised to introduce Les Mills Virtual classes into our timetable.

In today’s ‘on the go’ economy, it’s down to us to provide customers with a choice of what they want and when they want it. Virtual helps to create this by increasing flexibility for our members, whilst also widening the options available. It allows members to do a workout almost whenever it suits them.

We’ll be doubling our class timetable with the introduction of virtual BodyCombat, BodyPump, BodyBalance, CXWorx, SH’Bam and RPM. Not only are we offering a number of extra classes, we’re implementing new classes to keep up with the rapidly changing health & fitness industry.

New classes are added every 3 months, ensuring they are fresh and the music is current. There is always a diverse range of categories with more programs being added to the catalogue over time.

Will the Les Mills virtual replace live instructors? 

No way. Nothing beats the energy of a live Les Mills workout experience and nothing ever will. A live workout is where Instructors and exercisers can experience a very real connection, building relationships that lead to exercise adherence for participants and membership retention for clubs. Live workouts will always be the premium experience with the latest music and choreography. Virtual workouts are a great complement to live workouts, but they are never going to replace the life-changing fitness experiences that a real Instructor can.

Want to see virtual in action? Click here.

Want to find out more? Speak to a member of our gym team and they’ll be able to provide you with further information regarding our new classes. Alternatively, Our memberships team are also available on 01204 488104 to answer any of your questions.

Look out for our new timetable, with the new virtual additions to start in October.

Gym Upgrade: Latest Equipment Coming Soon

USN Bolton Arena are pleased to announce our plans to upgrade the resistance equipment in the gym this September.

In our recent customer survey, it was highlighted that some of the resistance equipment required an upgrade. We’ve listened to our members and are looking forward to the installation in the coming weeks. The £40,000 investment of new equipment keeps USN Bolton Arena at the cutting edge of the fast-moving gym industry.

Born from the experience of 6 Olympic Games, the new Selection Pro strength equipment brings you:

Discover how it will change the way you train forever.

 

 

Twelve new pieces of TechnoGym Selection Pro resistance training equipment will be installed into the gym next month. See the full list of new equipment below

For more information about the new equipment or for any other queries please contact the memberships team on 01204 488104 or email memberships@boltonarena.com

Alternatively, speak to a member of the gym team, they will be able to give a further insight into the new equipment including the technology behind it and arrange a 1 to 1 session with you.

Look out for more new additions to the gym in October, information will be released soon.

 

ALERT: New Social Media Launch

Ready for it? We’re introducing NEW gym social media platforms.

As social media continues to grow it’s our intention to become more interactive with our customers, clients, members and the local community.

USN Bolton Arena already has social media platforms? 

Although, we currently have strong, active and growing social media platforms, the new channel will cover a range of topics regarding all things gym. You’ll find engaging class videos, daily studio timetables, information on our latest gym challenges, top-tips from our instructors plus much much more!

Platform for everyone! 

It could be an informative Facebook post, a short and sharp tweet or a motivational Instagram snap that get’s you ready to workout on those cold mornings. We’ve got a platform for you all to enjoy!

Over to you guys 

Together Fitter is our headline and that’s our ultimate aim, to become healthier and fitter, whilst creating a vibrant gym community. Whether your a current member a current customer or you’d just like to keep up to date on our latest health & fitness news. We’re inviting you to like, follow, share, and even tag us in your workouts.

Here’s the tags you’ll need

Instagram – @boltonarenagym

Twitter – @boltonarenagym

Facebook – @boltonarenagym

We hope you enjoy all our new content, and don’t forget to message us via any of the platforms with any questions you may have.

Thanks USN Bolton Arena

#TogetherFitter

Job Opportunity: Casual Health & Fitness Instructor

Job title:  Casual Health & Fitness Instructor  

Contract: Casual work on an ‘as required’ basis to cover holidays, etc.  

Hours: Hours will be organised monthly in advance. Applicants must be available to work evenings and weekends. 

Salary: £8.29 per hour 

Applicants must hold a minimum Level 2 qualification in Health & Fitness Instructing and ideally have recent demonstrable experience of working in a Health & Fitness Suite. Desirable applicants will also be working towards a Level 3 Health & Fitness qualification and hold other relevant qualifications in areas such as studio cycling and kettle bells, etc. 

Benefits include free gym membership, discounts on Arena facilities and courses, pension scheme, uniform provided, free parking.

To request an application pack, please email Kathryn Platt, Human Resources Manager kathrynplatt@boltonarena.com, or telephone 01204 488115

CV’s are accepted in support of applications but must be accompanied by a completed application form.

Closing date: 31st July 2018, 12 noon

Arena Run Together

Arena Run Together starts Wednesday 18th July, 12pm – 1pm on the running track.

Whether you’re a complete beginner, an occasional jogger, or an experienced runner looking to challenge yourself, Arena Run Together has something for everyone.

This new activity takes place on Wednesday lunch times, the session will last between 30 and 45 minutes offering lunch time trainers time to get back to work.

You’ll find a friendly, supportive environment where you can have fun and work towards your own personal goals with other people at a similar stage on their running journey.

There is no pressure to compete or run a specific pace, distance, or time, it really is about lacing up your trainers and taking part.

Sessions are free to USN Bolton Arena Gym members and a priced £2.50 per session for non-members.

For further information email memberships@boltonarena.com to book contact reception on 01204 488100.

Job Opportunity: Leisure Attendants – Part-Time

Leisure Attendants – part-time, permanent
USN Bolton Arena is looking for suitably qualified and experienced individuals with excellent customer service skills to be part of the Operations team.
Ideally, we are seeking individuals with first-hand experience of working in the Leisure Industry, who enjoy working as part of a team and have excellent communication skills and a good understanding of service delivery.
Duties will include general cleaning and housekeeping tasks, equipment set up and working on our large events program. Full training will be given and each of these tasks requires a high level of interaction and communication with colleagues and customers.
You will be required to work shifts including evenings, early mornings and weekends with a commitment to working flexibly to meet the needs of the service.

Salary: Meets national minimum wage,

Hours: 3 part-time vacancies

Overtime may also be available as and when business demands arise, to cover sickness, holidays, etc

Benefits include holiday entitlements, free gym membership, uniform provided, café and retail discounts, free/discounted use of Arena facilities (pitches, courts, etc)

Vacancy 1 Week 1 Week 2
Thursday 1800-2245 1800-2245
Saturday 1400-2000
Sunday 1400-2000

 

Vacancy 2 Week 1 Week 2
Wednesday 1800-2245
Friday 1800-2200
Saturday 1400-2000
Sunday 1400-2000

 

Vacancy 3 Week 1 Week 2
Wednesday 1700-2100
Thursday 1700-2100
Saturday 0900-1400
Sunday 0900-1400

To request an application pack, please email Kathryn Platt, Human Resources Manager kathrynplatt@boltonarena.com, or telephone 01204 488115

CV’s are accepted in support of applications but must be accompanied by a completed application form.
Closing date:  27th July 2018, 12 noon.

Olympic Weightlifting Programme Introduced

Here at USN Bolton Arena, we’re always looking to enhance and develop workouts for our members. We understand that all members train differently, and that this is something we need to cater for.

Starting from the 4th July, we’ll be running specialist weightlifting programmes in an area designed specifically for this type of training. All sessions will be delivered by current member, Chris Halsall. Chris competed in a number of national and international competitions for England and Great Britain. He has developed his coaching career over a number of years, and will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge which is crucial in such a discipline.

What will the weightlifting course cover?

Key course details

For more information on the course, email memberships@boltonarena.com. To book please contact reception on 01204 488100.

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