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.
NAME: Ryan Cadman
WORK TITLE: Health and Fitness Instructor
WHAT DOES YOUR WORK INVOLVE: Helping people find specific health and fitness goals, then helping them obtain them within the gym environment. Giving people plans that they can follow which are suited to their individual needs and goals.
HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR CAREER SO FAR: Helping and seeing a close friend lose up to 6 stone and getting them much fitter. Also winning my Pro card in Bodybuilding by coming first as a Junior Bodybuilder.
SPECIAL WORK CHALLENGES: Trying to make people see that the gym isn’t that big and scary but how it can be a fun place to be. Also there’s no point in doing a workout in which you don’t enjoy, if you enjoy it you give it 100%.
FUTURE PLANS: To learn more about the fitness industry as it is forever changing, you can never know enough! Branch out my knowledge to more cardio based exercises rather than strength and conditioning.
BEST THING ABOUT WORKING AT THE ARENA: Since I joined the team I was made very welcome and comfortable from the start. People are more than happy to help each other.
We are seeking a motivated, reliable and hardworking individual to join our Health & Fitness team. Responsible for delivering excellent customer service you will provide coaching, motivation and advice to members, helping them to identify and achieve personal goals.
You will work well as part of a team, be an effective communicator with colleagues and customers alike and have a ‘can do’ attitude as well as a personal passion for Health & Fitness.
In return we offer free gym membership, uniform, free parking and a great place to work.
Hours: To provide shift cover as and when required
Shift times: Hours of work will include weekdays, evenings and weekends and examples of shift times include: –
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 hold other relevant qualifications in areas such as studio cycling, boxing/padwork and kettle bells, etc.
For further details and application form please contact:
Kathryn Platt, Human Resources Officer
Closing date: 30th April 2017, 12 noon
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.
If 2016 wasn’t your year, let us help you achieve all your fitness goals in 2017.
We’ve incorporated a whole host of brand new activities to make sure that there’s something for everyone. You will truly be able to find your fitness in 2017.
We’ve always aimed to give members more for their money. Market leading studio classes, Boxfit sessions, 1:1 sessions, personalised programmes and sauna and steam are just some of the activities available in your membership. Not content with that we’ve added more!
One of the first activities to launch last November was our “Couch To 5K” running group. The idea behind the group was to support members that had never run before or struggled with running, to get them to a standard where they could complete a 5K run. This culminated in members taking part in the Bolton park run on 17th December. Due to the current wintry conditions the group has now been postponed until early March.
The same will happen with Bootcamp. Although there was great demand for something a bit tougher, the ice cold temperatures seemed to put people off during the trial phase. Because of this Bootcamp will also return in March 2017.
The walking group also proved very popular. Over 10 members took part in the last walk of 2016. Monthly walks are planned going forward with the first taking place on 19th January 2017.
Boogie Bounce is back as a permanent fixture on our studio timetable. The brand new class has taken the fitness industry by storm over the last few month’s. The class has proved very popular so if you’d like to try it make sure you get yourself booked on in advance.
If getting that six pack you’ve always wanted is at the top of the list for 2017, we have a session just for you…15 Minute Abs! No booking required just make sure that you’re by the stretch zone at 7:45am, 10:45am, 1:15pm or 4:15pm (Mon – Fri) and get ready for a tough core workout.
If you’re struggling with motivation to train by yourself, get down to one of our coffee mornings and you could meet your training partner. Training with someone else helps to keep you on track.
As you can see there are plenty of activities for all. You can see a full list of what’s available as part of your membership here.
If you’d like anymore information on any of our new activities, get in touch by calling 01204 488104. You can also leave us a suggestion about a new activity you would like to see at the Arena via the enquiry form here.
This year we have started to highlight the teams playing in our football leagues. If you would like your team to be featured, get in touch by emailing us on email@example.com. This month it’s the turn of…
League – Monday 5s Premier League
Team Name – McMugs
Manager – Daniel Walmsley
Appearances – Two years. Very reliable team in terms of matches played but aren’t always the best at being on time (running joke).
NAME: Laura Tobin
WORK TITLE: Health and Fitness Instructor
WHAT DOES YOUR WORK INVOLVE: Helping members of the gym reach their fitness goals, whether it be losing weight or learning new exercise techniques. Using exercise to bring happiness to people’s lives.
HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR CAREER SO FAR: Qualifying as a level 3 exercise referral instructor and a level 4 Obesity and Diabetes Specialist.
SPECIAL WORK CHALLENGES: Get people involved and trying new exercise techniques, such as; resistance training, running mechanics and speed, agility, quickness (SAQ) training.
FUTURE PLANS: Gain more qualifications to ensure I can give clients as much useful information as possible. Build on my knowledge and develop into a career in the health and fitness industry.
BEST THING ABOUT WORKING AT THE ARENA: Individuals that I will train with that can share their knowledge with me and vice versa. Using the gym to develop myself as a trainer.
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
2016 has been a terrific year and was finished off with a number of trial activities taking place, along with a Technogym Challenge. Two teams competed against each other to see who could collect the most moves using our top-of-the-range specialised gym equipment.
As a club, we reached more than 250,000 moves and our individual winners for this latest challenge have done a fantastic job. Staff member Nicola Seymour topped the table with 31,066 moves but our overall winner was member Carol Wroe on an amazing 28,653 – well done, Carol!
Our other top achievers were: Graham Bateson 20,075, Gary Cuthbertson 17,949, Stuart Van Cuylenburg 17,830, Robin Billins 15,960, Catherine Mangnall 15,094, Michael Farnworth 14,421, Champak Fakira 11,645, Michelle Warburton, 11,485, Martin Houghton 11,369, John Hodgkinson 10,990, Gwyn McGrath10,865, Brian Wroe, 10,848, Jon Preece 10,430, James Pullen 9,237, Anand Ahuja 8,871, Gareth Mann 7,218, Jan Taylor 6,822 and Tracey Lowe 6,755.
Congratulations to everyone who took part and did so well.
CHRISTMAS and New Year are almost here and they’re great times for ensuring you keep your fitness going by coming into the USN Bolton Arena.
Our helpful staff are always on hand to ensure you get the most from your gym membership and to answer any questions about training and diet.
Over the coming weeks our opening times are:
Friday, December 23rd – Normal opening
Saturday, December 24th – 8am – 6pm
Sunday, December 25th – Closed
Monday, December 26th – Closed
Tuesday, December 27th – 8am – 6pm
Wednesday, December 28th – 8am – 6pm
Thursday, December 29th – 8am – 6pm
Friday, December 30th – 8am – 6pm
Saturday, December 31st – 8am – 6pm
Sunday, January 1st – Closed
Monday, January 2nd – 8am – 6pm
Tuesday, January 3rd – Normal opening
Looking ahead to 2017, we’ve got plenty of fantastic activities planned. Having trialed a number of new activities over November and December, which have proven very popular, we’ll be looking to add some of these to our permanent timetables.
As always, if you have any suggestions about what activities you’d like to see at the Arena in 2017, get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We may well give it a try!
From all at USN Bolton Arena have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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.