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Community Run Group – Starting Wednesday 15th January

We’re excited to announce that we’ll soon introducing two community run groups with the help and guidance of experienced runner and Horwich Harriers coach Michelle Mortimer.

Michelle will be leading the two groups which will run on Wednesday evenings from 18:00 – 19:00 and Friday afternoons from 12:00 – 13:00. Setting off from the Arena main reception participants will head out in to the local area as a group building your fitness and confidence each week. Group runners will work towards achieving further distances as they progress each week.

There’s no membership or pay and play fee, Community run group is free and open to everybody.  All abilities are welcome and no previous running experience is required.

What are the benefits of running?

1. Running Improves Your Health
Believe it or not, running is actually a great way to increase your overall level of health. Research shows that running can raise your levels of good cholesterol while also helping you increase lung function and use. In addition, running can also boost your immune system.

2. Weight Loss
Running is one of the best forms of exercise for losing or maintaining a consistent weight. You will find that it is a leading way to burn off extra calories and that it is the second most effective exercise in terms of calories burned per minute, following only after cross country skiing.

3. It Prevents Disease
Running can help reduce the risk of having a stroke. It is also proven to help reduce the risk of having a heart attack. By helping the arteries retain their elasticity and strengthening the heart, your chances of suffering a heart attack can be significantly reduced.

4. Running Boosts Your Confidence
Not all of the benefits of running are physical. Running can provide an noticeable boost to your confidence and self-esteem. By setting and achieving goals, you can help give yourself a greater sense of empowerment that will leave you feeling much happier.

5. It Relieves Stress
Stress can actually cause a number of health and mood problems. It can also diminish appetite and sleep quality. When you run, you force your body to exert excess energy and hormones. Running also helps to reduce your chances of developing tension headaches.

6. Running has the Power to Eliminate Depression
When you are depressed, the last thing you likely want to do is to get up and go for a run. Yet you will find that after only a few minutes of running, your brain will start to secrete hormones that naturally improve your mood. In fact, there are few things in the world that can better or more rapidly treat depression than exercise such as running. It is also a fantastic sociable activity.

Running is incredibly beneficial to the body, mind and spirit. You will find that even short runs can leave you feeling more energized, more focused and better able to enjoy all that life has to offer.

For more information please call 01204 488104 or email memberships@boltonarena.com.

For further information on Horwich Harriers, head over to https://horwichrmiharriers.co.uk/

 

Be Inspired – Phil Lyon

In our first ‘Be Inspired’ feature of 2020, we speak to Phil Lyon, a fairly new member to the gym, but a member who has achieved a lot in in less than a year.

Phil had been looking to join a gym since 2015. However, much of his time was spent looking after his sick wife, limiting his exercise time, which led to an increase in weight. Tragically, his wife died in early 2019.

Phil’s decision to change his lifestyle came midway through 2019 when he got tickets to an event and upon walking up steps to the event, realised he was more out of breath than he should have been. This led to a change of diet in May and joining Bolton Arena Gym in June, after a recommendation from a close friend.

Through joining our gym, having one-to-one sessions with our instructors and changing his diet, Phil said that the gym has helped him “tremendously”, going on to say that he feels mentally fitter as well as physically fitter, with the increase in exercise helping reduce a pain in one of his knees.

Phil described his gym journey as a “life changer”, as this has helped him to lead a more active lifestyle. One aspect of his outside life that it has changed is that he now walks to more places instead of driving and feels the benefits of doing so.

We asked Phil if he had any advice to people who may be apprehensive about joining a gym. Phil admitted to being apprehensive himself about joining as he had never been in a gym before. However, the friendly staff, who are always on hand to give advice as well as the fellow gym members really helped him settle in.

Thank you for sharing your story with us, Phil. We look forward to you continuing your journey with us.

Keep a look out for our next Be Inspired feature.

New Virtual Class – Les Mills Grit – Starting Monday 6th Jan

As of Monday 6th January 2020, Bolton Arena Gym are introducing a new Les Mills virtual class to our fitness timetable.

GRIT will come in to replace our virtual Body Combat classes and will run at the following times:

Grit is a 30-minute high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout, designed to improve strength, cardiovascular fitness and build lean muscle. This workout uses barbell, weight plate and bodyweight exercises to blast all major muscle groups. Les Mills Grit takes cutting-edge HIIT and combines it with powerful music and inspirational coaches who will be down on the floor with you, motivating you to go harder to get fit, fast. Click the link to see the GRIT video clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ldOkyh2G3Y&feature=youtu.be

Grit joins our existing Les Mills virtual classes, BodyPump, BodyBalance, CXWorx, RPM and Sprint. The introduction of virtual classes enables us to 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.

To book your spot call our reception team on 01204 488100 or book online here.

Christmas Timetable – 2019

Please see below our amended studio timetable over the festive period. We have a mix of virtual and instructor led classes within the timetable.

Tuesday December 24th

8.15 – 8.45  Sprint  Virtual

8.50 – 9.20  CX Worx  Virtual

9.30 – 10.15  Body Pump Blitz  Lisa A

10.20 – 11.05  Body Combat Blitz  Lisa A

11.15 -12.15  Body Balance  Virtual

12.30 – 13.00  Circuit  Gym Team

13.15 – 13.45  Body Pump  Virtual

16.00 – 16.30  Body Combat  Virtual

16.40 – 17.30  RPM  Virtual

Wednesday December 25th and Thursday 26th Facility Closed

Friday December 27th

8.15 – 8.45  Sprint  Virtual

8.50 – 9.20  CX Worx  Virtual

9.30 – 10.15  Body Pump Blitz  Nicola

10.30 – 11.30  Pilates  Lisa A

11.45 – 12.15  Sprint  Virtual

12.30 – 13.00  Circuit  Gym Staff

13.15 – 14.00  Body Pump  Virtual

16.00 – 16.50  RPM  Virtual

17.30 – 18.15  Trim & Tone  Matt J

18.20 – 19.05  Body Combat Blitz  Matt J

Saturday December 28th

8.25 – 9.15  RPM Virtual   

9.30 – 10.15  Zumba  Bartosz

10.20 – 11.05  Body Pump Blitz  Carolyn

11.10 – 11.55  Body Combat Blitz  Carolyn

12.00 – 12.30  Sprint  Virtual

12.40 – 13.10  CX Worx  Virtual

15.00 – 15.45  Body Pump Blitz  Virtual

16.00 – 16.50  RPM  Virtual

Sunday December 29th

8.25 – 9.15  RPM  Virtual

9.30 – 10.15  Boogie Bounce  Lynette

10.20 – 11.05  Body Attack  Lynette

11.10 – 12.10  Body Pump  Virtual

12.15 – 13.05  RPM  Virtual

13.15 – 13.45  CX Worx  Virtual

15.00 – 15.45 Body Pump  Virtual

16.00 – 16.30  Sprint  Virtual

Monday December 30th

8.15 – 8.45  CX Worx  Virtual

8.50 – 9.20  Sprint  Virtual

9.30 – 10.15  Trim & Tone  Matt J

10.20 – 11.05  Body Combat Blitz  Matt J

11.15 – 12.15  Body Balance  Virtual

12.30 – 13.10  Revolution  Gym Team

13.15 – 14.00  Body Pump Virtual

14.10 – 14.40  Body Combat  Virtual

14.45 – 15.15  CX Worx  Virtual

16.45 – 17.15  Sprint  Virtual

17.30 – 18.15  Trim & Tone  Vicky

18.20 – 19.00  Revolution  Vicky

Tuesday December 31st

8.15 – 8.45  Sprint  Virtual

8.50 – 9.20  Body Combat  Virtual

9.30 – 10.15  Body Pump Blitz  Lynette

10.20 – 11.05  Body Attack  Lynette

11.15 – 12.15  Body Balance  Virtual

12.30 – 13.00  Sprint  Virtual

13.10 – 13.40  CX Worx

16.00 – 16.50  RPM  Virtual

Wednesday January 1st Facility Closed

 

Classes return to normal from Thursday January 2nd 2020.

Be Inspired – Gareth Mann

In our latest edition of ‘Be Inspired’, we talked to Gareth Mann, a member of Bolton Arena Gym since 2013.

Gareth talked us through a range of topics from his weight loss journey to his achievements as a result of his increased level of fitness after training at Bolton Arena Gym.

Over the past 4 and a half years, Gareth has lost over 5 stone and credited our fitness instructors for helping him achieve this. A change of diet and training guidance from our instructors are the 2 major factors in Gareth’s weight loss.

As Gareth has been a member of other gyms, we asked him what makes Bolton Arena Gym stand out. The vast range of equipment and the fact you don’t have to wait to get on anything, with particular reference to our free weights area were the standout points from his response.

When asked what advice he would give to other people who were looking to lose weight, Gareth said to “stick with it and don’t give up. The best results always take time to achieve”.

After starting his weight loss journey with us, this has led Gareth to go on to make several achievements outside of the gym. He runs the Greater Manchester 10k every year whilst also raising money for charities such as Christie’s and Parkinson’s in the form of other 10ks. Next year Gareth is raising his bar even higher as he is currently training for the 2020 Manchester Marathon.

Gareth’s weight loss has also benefitted his personal life, he has become more confident, which has enabled him to focus more. Stress reduction and an increase in a balance in his life were also benefits that he has reaped since training at Bolton Arena Gym.

Thank you for sharing your story with us, Gareth, and best of luck next year for the marathon.

Body Composition Analysis – New to Bolton Arena Gym

See what you’re made of…. Get real evidence to see if your training plan is working for you.

Bolton Arena Gym are introducing Body Composition Analysis as part of the new programme offering for gym members.

Using the world leading Tanita body composition monitors which bring you fast, accurate body composition results using the latest advanced bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) technology. The body analysis scales give you a true indicator of your inner health &, when monitored over time, can show the impact of any fitness regime or weight loss programme.

Tanita is fully integrated into the Technogym My Wellness connected technology which enables Bolton Arena members to measure their true performance & track their progress wherever they are, whilst helping gym instructors improve members health & fitness results.

Devise a precise plan for muscle gain and fat loss in specific areas. By directly assessing your ratio of body fat and muscle, a BCA can help you customize your training/diet to suit your needs.

These are just some of the many measurements taken from the BCA.

Get your first analysis FREE by speaking to a gym instructor next time you’re in.

Following the first reading it’s only £5 per analysis or purchase 8 for £35.

For more information contact memberships on 01204 488104.

Events Planned For Our Chosen Charities

At the start of the year Bolton Arena staff were asked to nominate two charities to support throughout the year. Children In Need and Bolton Breast Unit were confirmed as our two nominated charities for the forthcoming year.

On Friday 18th October, Stateside Foods Bolton Arena are holding a ‘Wear It Pink’ Day in order to support Breast Cancer Awareness. Our employees will be wearing pink whilst also making a minimum of a £1 donation to Bolton Breast Unit. A cake sale will also be taking place in the café area between 11-1pm with all proceeds going towards Bolton Breast Unit. We are encouraging anyone else who comes into the Arena to partake in our ‘Wear It Pink’ Day and to kindly make a donation to Bolton Breast Unit.

On Friday 15th November we will be raising money for both Children In Need and Bolton Breast Unit in the form of a Dress Down Day, where a cake sale, staff competition and a raffle will all be taking place. All money donated will be evenly split and sent to both of our chosen charities.

Thank you to all staff members for their effort into organising the fundraisers. Be sure to keep an eye out in the future as the time has almost come to pick our chosen charities for 2020/21.”

Be Inspired – Gym Member Craig Smart

In this month’s edition of Be Inspired, we speak to Craig Smart, a long-term member of Bolton Arena Gym.

Craig first joined Bolton Arena Gym in 2011, two years after having his second open heart surgery due to a condition he has had from birth named Tetralogy of Fallot, a combination of four congenital heart abnormalities.

Aiming to get fit and improve his strength and flexibility, Craig chose to come to Bolton Arena Gym as it is local to his workplace. In 2018, after a brief time away trying out other gyms, Craig returned to the Arena, citing the friendly staff as one of his reasons for doing so. He is now settled into a routine on coming in early around 6:30am and seeing familiar faces each day.

Craig went on to say that “the gym is also a great motivational and release tool. It allows me to have time to myself, to manage my thoughts and gives me something to look forward to. I can take myself away from the stresses of daily life and focus on my fitness. 

A recommendation from Craig was to get information from our instructors if you are ever unsure of anything. Craig seeked assurance from our instructors in regards to how hard he should be pushing himself after having a heart operation.

Training at Bolton Arena Gym has helped Craig’s mental toughness, which has led him onto several achievements including dropping his weight from 80kg to 65kg and also participating and succeeding in events such as the Wigan 10k and Manchester Marathon Relay.

In terms of inspiration, Craig is a new father and uses his daughter as inspiration to stay active and healthy as he wants to set a good example to his family, whilst also being able to participate in sport-based activities with her. Another form of inspiration comes from Craig’s wife, former Olympic GB Swimmer, Helen Don-Duncan, who competed at the Sydney 2000 Olympics in backstroke and with her vigorous training schedule e.g. waking up in the early hours of the morning to train, this inspired Craig to follow her lead and do the same. Craig now supports others and introduced a weight loss challenge to his work colleagues.  Approximately 20 staff members took part in the challenge and they collectively lost over 150Ibs over an 8 week period.

Thank you for sharing your story and recovery journey, with us Craig.

Bolton Arena Walk Group In Partnership With Bolton Ramblers

Bolton Arena Walk Group in partnership with Bolton Ramblers

Bolton Arena gym are launching a walk group starting this Autumn, it’s free of charge to gym members. The walk group has been setup in partnership with Bolton Ramblers who have been organising and leading country walks successfully for over 50 years.

Walks will take place Bi-Monthly on Friday mornings beginning at 11am. Bolton Ramblers will be accompanied by a member of the gym team to lead the group on a walk between 8 and 10 miles.

Friday 22nd November 2019

Length: 8.2 miles

Walk: Borsdane Wood, Aspull.

Friday 17th January 2020

Length: 8.8 miles

Walk: Entwistle and Wayoh Reservoirs, Edgworth, Chapeltown.

 Friday 20th March 2020

Length: 8.3 miles

Walk: Irwell Vale, Helmshore,

To book your free place on any of the above walks speak to a member of the gym team call 01204 488104 or email memberships@boltonarena.com

Cryotherapy Unit To Open In November

Stateside Foods Bolton Arena’s Cryotherapy unit will be available for public bookings from Monday 4th November.

Cryotherapy, sometimes known as cold therapy, is the local or general use of low temperatures in medical therapy.

Whole Body Cryotherapy can be used to improve heart rate variability & increase an athletes ability to adapt to the high physical demands of physical activity. When the body is exposed to very low temperatures of -135ºC for 2-3 minutes, there is an increase in tissue oxygenation.

It can also be used during an athletes recovery cycle, allowing a quicker return to training or performing, as well as helping to reduce inflammatory response during rehabilitation.

Book an individual cryotherapy session for £30.  All appointments must be made prior to booking, and are subject to availability.

Full price list:

Call 01204 488100 to book your appointment.

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