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LTA’s New World Tennis Tour Tournament At Bolton Arena

North West duo among strong British field competing in LTA’s new World Tennis Tour tournament at Bolton Arena.

Free entry to watch world-class tennis from 1-7 April

Liam & Naomi Broady hoping for success in home region

Laura Robson, Harriet Dart and Jack Draper also among Brits competing

New tournament being staged by LTA to provide more opportunities for British players to compete at home, and to open up tennis to fans around the country

Stockport’s Liam and Naomi Broady will be hoping for success on home soil next week as the LTA stages a new men’s and women’s World Tennis Tour event in the North West.

The Broadys are part of a strong British contingent taking on players from around the world on the indoor courts at the USN Bolton Arena, with the likes of Laura Robson, Harriet Dart and up-and-coming Jack Draper also competing from 1-7 April.

Both the men’s and the women’s events have a total prize money pot of $25,000, and are a part of the new ITF World Tennis Tour.  The Bolton indoor event is part of an expanded international calendar of tournaments being staged by the LTA in Britain this year, providing a showcase for tennis outside of the traditional summer grass court season and opening up the sport to more fans around the country.  The move also aligns with the LTA’s new long-term Performance Strategy with the aim being to provide more opportunities for British players to compete, earn ranking points and win prize money in this country.

British Davis Cup player Liam Broady will be among the favourites to take the Bolton men’s title, with the 25-year-old going into the tournament as the highest ranked player at 296 in the world.

Speaking ahead of the tournament, GB No.8 Broady said: “I’m really excited to be playing the new LTA tournament in Bolton. I’m thrilled to be playing a tournament on my doorstep and it would be great to have some local friends and fans come down and support myself and the other Brits over the course of the week. We’re keen to open up our sport to new fans throughout the year and this new tournament provides an opportunity to do just that.”

 There will also be huge interest around 17-year-old Draper.  The left-hander from Surrey sprung to prominence at Wimbledon last year in reaching the Boy’s Singles Final.  Since then, Draper has been solely competing on the men’s professional circuit, and last year became the first 16 year old to break into the world’s top 1,000.

The entry list for the women’s event is particularly strong, with five current top 200 players including Great Britain’s Harriet Dart.  Fresh from her involvement in Great Britain’s successful Fed Cup team back in February, the 22 year old reached a new career-high of 121 in the world earlier this year and will be looking to climb the rankings once again next week as she takes to the court.

Dart is joined in the draw by former British No.1 Laura Robson, who is competing in Bolton as part of her road to recovery from injury and will certainly be looking to use the event as a springboard to move back up the rankings.  North West hopes in the women’s event lie with GB No.6 Naomi Broady and Cheshire’s Samantha Murray.

The USN Bolton Arena has successfully staged an annual international professional wheelchair tennis event in recent years, and also regularly hosts junior competitions – Jack Draper competed there in 2015 at a 14&U Tennis Europe event.  However, next week will be the first time the venue’s world-class facilities have staged a professional men’s or women’s tournament since 2004, when a 17-year-old Andy Murray competed and future Grand Slam finalist Marcos Baghdatis won the title.

Richard Joyner, the LTA’s Tournament Director for the event, commented:

We are delighted to be bringing international tennis to Bolton as part of our work to open up tennis to more people.  While Wimbledon naturally always gets a lot of attention, tennis is played all year round and staging a new tournament such as this, is a great way of showcasing that.  With free entry throughout the week we’d encourage any local sports fans to come and take the opportunity to back the Brits and witness some great tennis on their doorstep. We have a really strong line-up in both the women’s and the men’s fields and it’s a great opportunity to see some future stars in the making!”

Qualifying is scheduled for Monday 1 April, with main draw starting on Tuesday 2 April. Both singles finals are scheduled for Sunday 7 April, with the doubles finals scheduled for Saturday.

Entry for spectators is free of charge throughout the week. Play will commence from 10am – 7pm from Tuesday 2nd April onwards. Live scoring will be available on the LTA website at www.lta.org.uk/gbps and the tournament will be live streamed from 1st April on http://live.itftennis.com/en/live-streams/.

The full updated entry list & order of play can be found at:

 

Bolton Arena & Horwich Harriers Become Partners

Bolton Arena Gym|& Horwich Harriers – New Runners Group 

 USN Bolton Arena in partnership with Horwich Harriers are delighted to introduce a new runners group every Monday, sessions are perfect for adults either just starting out or getting back into running.

The FREE 12 week programme begins on Mon 28th January, 6pm at Bolton Arena. Running sessions will be delivered by fully qualified coaches.

 Setting off from the Arena main reception you will head out in to the local area as a group building your fitness and confidence each week. Group runners will work towards achieving the 5KM distance.

For further information please call 01204 488100 or email memberships@boltonarena.com

 Arena Run Together – Begins on 5th February

Tuesdays

12pm – 1pm

Suitable For All Abilities

Sessions to take place on the running track

Speak to a member of the gym team for more information

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

Shoulder Impingement 2

 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

Want A Beach Body But Can’t Do It Alone?

We all want to achieve that beach body for our summer holidays, but sadly not everyone reaches that goal.

That’s why Bolton Arena have introduced the new 3 month body makeover membership, designed to get you in shape for summer.

As well as all the usual membership benefits, members will get weekly mentoring from their designated instructors, 4-weekly measurements and nutritional advice to keep them on track.

“Most of us want to achieve that beach body for our summer holidays, but many of us don’t achieve it. That’s where the Body Makeover Membership comes in, with all the extra advice, support and motivation it offers.”

The membership is priced £49.99 per month over 3 months. Existing members looking to improve their results can also join the programme by upgrading their existing membership.

For more information, email memberships@boltonarena.com or speak to a member of our memberships team on 01204 488104.

Or visit our fitness page to JOIN NOW.

 

Body Makeover Membership Open Evening

Monday night saw IFBB PRO, 4th place Olympian, Arnold Classic men’s physique overall champion, British champion, National champion, IFBB Pittsburgh pro champion and USN Ambassador, Ryan Terry visit the Arena.

This wasn’t an off the cuff visit. Ryan was here to promote our new Body Makeover Membership and USN’s Body Makeover Challenge as a whole. Many got to sample USN products, take pictures, along with getting training and nutritional advice.

After picking a lucky winner from the current Body Makeover members, it was Simon Duckworth who was picked to train with Ryan.

Keep your eyes peeled for more USN ambassadors visiting the Arena. If you would like more information on the Body Makeover Membership click here or call 01204 488104.

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