Are you a current member of the gym here at the Arena? Or have been in the past? Or are you a member of a different gym?
If you’re any of the above, you’ll know that there are times when your training can become boring. That’s why we introduced a range of different activities into our membership such as walking group, Couch to 5k, Bootcamp and more. All of which can be seen here.
Not content with just our current activities, we’ve decided to give you more! Over the coming weeks we’ll be introducing:
Cardio Blast – This will be a 15 minute high intensity session that will definitely get your heart racing. There will be no need to book, all you will need to do is turn up and get put through your paces by one of our instructors. The exercises will change each session to keep it interesting, so one session could be bike work and the next shuttle runs!
Advice Sessions – These sessions will take place on Saturdays and will involve an instructor being present in the free weights area throughout the morning to give out advice. So if you need some pointers on your technique or need some new exercises, come and speak to us!
Bleep Test – You might not have enjoyed it at school, but the bleep test is a great way to test yourself and set yourself some goals. We’ll be putting it on once a month in the studio.
Body Fat Testing – If you’re looking to lose weight (fat), stepping on the scales isn’t always the best way to measure your progress. This is because of the fact that a set of scales won’t account for your muscle mass. Taking a Body Fat Test will let you know what percentage of your weight is fat, from this you can accurately see how much you’re losing.
Along with the new activities we’ve also added in some new stretch sessions to go along with our 15 minute ab workouts.
We are still keeping on some of your favourite activities, but with the colder winter weather coming into play the last sessions of the year will be taking place shortly. Last dates are
For more information on any of the new or existing activities speak to a member of the gym team. Alternatively look out for posters around the gym and keep an eye on our social media pages.
It’s back! Technogym’s popular gym challenge, Let’s Move For A Better World, returns to the Arena 13th – 31st March.
The challenge works by recording members MOVES (measurements of physical activity, collected by training on Technogym cardio and strength equipment connected to the MyWellness cloud) collectively as a club. Our MOVES are then tallied against other clubs around the UK, with the winning club receiving the grand prize of Technogym equipment. It’s a challenge that all members can get involved with, just jump on a piece of cardio equipment and get MOVing.
As a club we won the challenge back in 2014. We were then able to donate thousands of pounds worth of Technogym gym equipment to Rivington and Blackrod High School.
We are also offering individual prizes. Everyone who enters the challenge will be in with a chance of winning some amazing prizes! Last year we gave away free gym memberships, gift vouchers and daily spot prizes, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for what’s on offer this time around.
So come along and join us at the USN Bolton Arena gym and get moving in 2017.
Call 01204 488118 or speak to a member of the gym team to get signed up.
Over the coming months Arena based business Summit Physio will be going over a number of common injuries and how to avoid them. This month they highlight shoulder impingement’s…
A recent study investigated whether a specific exercise strategy improved levels of shoulder function and experienced pain more than unspecific exercises in a population of patients derived from the waiting list for surgery that had been presenting subacromial impingement syndrome (SIS) for six months or more. Moreover, it was investigated if this specific exercise strategy was subsequently able to reduce the need for arthroscopic subacromial decompression.
The specific exercise group was treated according to a protocol based on recent literature, consisting of eccentric rotator cuff training and training of the scapula stabilizing muscles. The control group received unspecific exercises that had only a very limited effect.
The specific exercise group improved significantly more than the control group. A significantly lower proportion of patients receiving specific exercises (20%, vs. 63% receiving unspecific exercises) still chose surgery after completing the rehabilitation protocol.
Information from: Holmgren et al., British Medical Journal 344 (2012)
Article by: Summit Physio
Are you looking for a physio to help you with that sore back or sporting injury? Well look no further, Summit Physio are here to help. Based on the west side of the Arena on the first floor, Summit are one of the best practices in the North-West.
As it’s Christmas, they’ve decided to make a trip to the physio more convenient for you and your loved ones.
Are you still looking to get presents for your loved ones? Why not give them the gift of a pain free Christmas. Summit have Christmas vouchers available. For more information speak to a member of the Summit Physiotherapy Team or contact them on 0800 731 2738 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAME: Oliver Waugh-Swain
WORK TITLE: Fitness Instructor
WHAT DOES YOUR WORK INVOLVE: The role I have at the gym involves leading classes, taking individual sessions, planning a structured programme specific to the gym public’s needs/ goals. Other roles within the centre involve making sure to keep a high standard in the gym, from a cleaning aspect and maintenance level.
HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR CAREER SO FAR: It would have to be the other role I work alongside being a Fitness Instructor, which is Head of Mini Tennis for Strength & Conditioning for Bolton Arena, a role which I feel extremely proud to be a part of in such a great facility. From a personal highlight, it would be completing the London Marathon at 20 years old, raising over £1400 for charity, and being part of such an inspiring event.
SPECIAL WORK CHALLENGES: The most common challenge I come across, is the understanding reality of how much hard work and dedication goes towards achieving a set goal. For example there is more to think about when setting a target of training for yourself. Key factors relating are, nutrition, sleep and lifestyle choices which play a big part in how quickly the goal soon becomes. But with managing this effectively and having a supportive network, there is opportunity to enjoy the journey, not just the finish line.
FUTURE PLANS: I am currently working towards my UKSCA Accreditation within Strength & Conditioning. My plans within the fitness sector are to improve my experience in a variety of areas, which can help towards assisting the general public in their chosen specific goals. I feel by attending CPD courses, and immersing myself in the ever evolving industry, it is vital to keep up to date with exercise prescription & improving coaching skills.
BEST THING ABOUT WORKING AT THE ARENA: The facilities and upkeep play a big part in my involvement at the centre, the environment of staff throughout different departments also make it a friendly/ enjoyable workplace to be part of. I’m career driven, and the arena is no different, constantly evolving, finding ways to keep its high standard of facility.
USN UK presents the “Olympian Tour”.
Learn from the best in the business as they exclusively reveal their secret to becoming a pro athlete in the fitness industry. You will be given the chance to ask questions relating to training and nutrition and what they have found paramount to their success on the Mr Olympia stage.
You’ll get a FREE B4-Bomb with every ticket purchase – RRP £37.99
You can get your tickets here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/olympia-tour-seminar-tickets-29072943958
USN Bolton Arena is encouraging its members to get more from their membership with a host of new trial activities over November and December.
Within the gym we will be offering regular 15 minute abs/core workouts on most days. The sessions take place in the stretch area and are designed to strengthen the core through a high intensity workout. There’s no need to book. Just join in!
We are also taking members into the great outdoors with a brand new Boot Camp with Rob and Ryan. Classes run 8am Saturday mornings on 19th and 26th November and on 3rd and 10th December.
There’s also a new running group which offers to take members from Couch to 5K over 8 weeks, culminating in a park run on 17th December. The group started on 26th October, but late arrivals are most welcome.
Boogie Bounce has been described as “The new sensational way to get fit, have fun and lose the fat”, and we have 4 classes for you to try. Classes start on 4th November and can be booked online or at reception. See Boogie Bounce in action.
For those who want to mix friendship and fitness, the first of our monthly coffee mornings takes place on 9th November at 11am, where you can enjoy a cuppa and a cake with fellow members and instructors.
And there’s more to come, with details of a brand new walking group due to be announced shortly.
Commercial Manager Gwyn Hughes says: “We are always looking to introduce more quality new activities and choices for our members. Hopefully these trial activities will prove popular and we can make them a regular part of our membership from the New Year.”
All the above activities are free to members and available to non-members at our ‘pay as you go’ rates. Ask the gym team or reception for more details.
And finally… Go Head to Head with our latest Gym Challenge. If you are looking for a challenge, then why not join us in the latest nationwide Technogym Challenge where two Arena teams will go head to head. The team that accumulates the most moves will be the winner, with individual prizes up for grabs. As always, the challenge is free to enter. Ask instructors for details.
A popular showcase of strength returns to the Bolton Arena on October 1 and 2.
Strongman Bolton first began in Bolton town centre six years ago but moved to the Arena last year as the XL Expo.
Now it’s back to its original title, back at the Arena, and bigger and better than ever.
Expect 100 men and women from around the country to compete in the two-day extravaganza of strength and iron will which includes pressing car axles, pulling vehicles and deadlifting up to 250 kilos.
Ten times World’s Strongest Man title holder Mark Felix will be attending along with Commonwealth wrestling medal winner and MMA champion Mike Grundy.
And, as well as those compelling competitions to watch, there will also be a host of family activities, demonstrations, displays and interactive attractions for all ages.
There will also be traditional stalls, a sweet shop, slides and a bouncy castle, martial arts and wrestling sessions, sports taster sessions, challenges, buskers ad brass bands.
Tickets and event information are available at https://www.facebook.com/Strongmanbolton. Pay on the door is limited; under fives go free.
NAME: Matt Potts
JOB: Senior Fitness Instructor
CAREER SO FAR: I went to Rivington and Blackrod High School and loved sports there. I played football for the school and carried on playing for different local teams when I left. I always wanted to be a gym instructor and went to work at Lostock Leisure Centre where I got my qualifications. I then went to De Vere Whites Hotel’s fitness centre as a gym instructor before coming to the Arena in September, 2005.
FITNESS AND SPORTS ROUTINE: I don’t play football any more but started playing team tennis and now play three times a week for Lostock Tennis Club. I train about three times a week in the gym and particularly like the spin bike; I also go mountain biking each week. When I work out in the gym, I suppose my favourite piece of equipment is the leg extensions machine.
BEST THING ABOUT WORKING AT THE ARENA: I like the people I work with. I also like working in the gym – it’s got a real buzz.
AMBITION: I’d like to further my managerial career.
BEST PIECE OF ADVICE I GIVE: Concentrate on your food and go to the gym two or three times each week. There’s no point in working out in the gym and then eating what you like – 80% of your results come from what you eat.
WE are delighted to announce that international sports’ nutrition company USN has renewed its title sponsorship of the Bolton Arena for another three years.
Commented Hannah Mooney, the Arena’s B2B and Events Manager: “It’s brilliant news and so exciting to work with USN again as they bring so much expertise and knowledge to the Arena.”
USN sponsored the prestigious XL Expo last year and in April this year also sponsored the Great Northern Wedding Show, providing goodie bags for the first 500 brides.
More recently, they took their roadshow the “USN Games” onto Middlebrook, where Emerson is an Arena sponsor, and onto the car park of another sponsor, AO.com. The Arena was the first venue to have this event.
Added Hannah: “We want to promote the Games and, hopefully, get it visiting more venues. There are fitness challenges for people to take part in – and receive free t-shirts and protein bars – and the Games itself is also an excellent event for employee engagement.
“The activities tested balance, strength, power, flexibility, agility, endurance and co-ordination and were very well-received.”
USN has also brought some of its top athletes to the Arena’s gym, including Ryan Terry who has one of the most admired physiques in the world. They have helped to advise members on diet and exercise and to provide genuine inspiration.