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Gym Challenge: The Ultimate Member

Do you come to the gym often? Take part in a variety of different activities? Consider yourself  to be a gym hero? Well June could very well be your month.

Next month we will be running an “Ultimate Member” gym challenge where you’ll get the chance to accrue points taking part in a number of different gym activities.

Not only will you get the title of USN Bolton Arena’s Ultimate Member, but we’ve also put up some great prizes. We have a 1st place prize of £50 worth of shopping vouchers for the member with the most points and a raffle prize for everyone that completes four out of six activities.

The different activities include a studio class, an active session, an outdoor session, a programme review, attending the gym and liking us on Facebook. Once you have completed four, you’ll go into the prize draw for the chance to win £30 worth of shopping vouchers.

If you want to win it though, you’ll have to rack up the points by attending lots of activities. Here’s the break down of the points on offer:

Activity Points
Programme Review 2
Active Gym Session 2
Gym Visits 1
Boot Camp 15
Run Club 15
Tennis Court Booking 20
Walk Group 15
Zumba 5
Body Pump 4
Adrenaride 5
Body Combat 3
Yoga 8
Yoga/Pilates mix 6
Step/Body Step 4
Insanity 7
Circuits 7
Trim & Tone 4
Boogie Bounce 15
Clubbercise 9
Ab Blast 4
15 Minute Abs 3
Body Attack 3
Boxfit 5


Does it sound like a challenge that you would like to take on? If so all you need to do is speak to a member of the gym team to register. Don’t leave it too late though, as entry for the challenge closes on 31st May.

For more information call 01204 488118.

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Meet The Team: AC Milads

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 This month it’s the turn of…

League – Currently Thursday 7s Premier League.
Team Name – AC Milads
Manager – Nick Holt and ‘AJ’ Murray
Appearances – 10+ years. Nick & Co started with us as teenagers, some of this group even played in our Friday junior section. Pound for pound one of our top 5 sides. Between them they’ve won all their is to win at Arenaland at 5-a-side, 6-a-side and 7-a-side.

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Meet The Staff: Jack Southern

NAME: Jack Southern

AGE:  25

WORK TITLE: Health and Fitness Instructor

WHAT DOES YOUR WORK INVOLVE: Helping people reach their goals, gain more confidence in the gym and help customers gain more knowledge of Health and Fitness.

HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR CAREER SO FAR: Passing my level 3 personal training qualification, and developing my career by increasing my time on the gym floor. Also passing my qualification in applied nutrition to further my knowledge in this industry.

SPECIAL WORK CHALLENGES: Showing my diversity by working with people who have different training needs than myself, which has helped me enhance my knowledge.

FUTURE PLANS: To progress in the fitness industry, and to develop myself as a fitness instructor to ensure I am giving clients the knowledge and motivation to succeed.

BEST THING ABOUT WORKING AT THE ARENA: The staff and the customers! Makes coming to the gym to work fun and fulfilling!

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A Sports Venue For All

Looking for a pitch for your sports club to train on? Whether it just be a one off booking or a block booking, we can accommodate you across our two sites, Bolton Arena and St Joseph’s High School.

The pitches aren’t just for football use, we welcome a variety of sports clubs. Rugby clubs, hockey clubs and more.

USN Bolton Arena (Outdoor)

At USN Bolton Arena we provide the best playing surfaces around. Not only do we have an 11-a-side football pitch, we also have 5, 6 and 7-a-side football pitches along with a MUGA (Multi Use Games Area).

If you would like to hire a pitch as a one off or make a block booking please email or call us on 01204 488106.

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Book Pitch

St Joseph’s High School – AstroTurf Dome (Indoor)

We also have an indoor AstroTurf Dome at St Joseph’s High School, which can be seen here. We have a couple of block booking spaces available. If you would like to hire this space for your sports team please email or call 01204 488109.

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Book Pitch


Find Your Fitness In 2017

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.

Boogie Bounce

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.




Meet The Team: McMugs

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 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).

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Meet The Staff: Laura Tobin

NAME: Laura Tobin

AGE: 22

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.



Summit Office

Discussion: Shoulder Impingement

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.

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 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


Fitness For Christmas And New Year

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 We may well give it a try!

From all at USN Bolton Arena have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Meet The Staff: Oliver Waugh-Swain

NAME: Oliver Waugh-Swain

AGE: 24

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 CHALLENGESThe 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.

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