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Bolton Arena Gym Refurbishment Commences

This week Bolton Arena gym commenced a project to make several upgrades and amendments within the gym free-weights area.

Although, the current climate is extremely challenging for all businesses and individuals, we took this opportunity to improve the gym to benefit members without any disruption. Therefore, following the guidance provided by the government this week, work began to expand and develop the free-weights area.

The project began with the removal of all equipment within the area ready for the installation of state of the gym flooring from Orgin Fitness. The 40mm thick flooring is suitable for free-wights, Olympic lifting and strength and conditioning workouts, which reduces the impact of noise and vibration. The flooring is also easy to clean and maintain.

The area is being repainted which will work in synergy with the Bolton Arena gym brand. Once completed we’ll then be adding additional pieces of equipment into the area including adjustable benches and dumbbell racks.

The work undertaken, will improve and enhance the gym, allowing us to accommodate more customers wanting to train free-weights, give members with more space and flexibility to complete their functional workouts and provides with us to opportunity to provide a better overall customer experience.

These improvements will enable us to use the gym space more effectively which in turn will ensure that is easier for us to implement the required social distancing processes and measures once we’re in a position to re-open.

Please visit Bolton Arena Gym social media channels for regular visual updates as this project develops. Everyone at Bolton Arena is looking forward to returning to work and welcoming members and customers form the local community back into the improved venue.

As a charitable trust, surplus profits are re-invested back into the facilities. It is therefore, down to the loyalty and support from arena customers that we’re in a position to complete this work. Bolton Arena is committed to providing the best facilities possible for all customers and in building an active healthy community.

Please continue to follow government advice, stay safe, take care and hopefully we’ll see you all soon.

Customer Update: Les Mills On Demand

It’s great to see and hear that many of customers and members have been using workouts from our instructors and Les Mills to stay active and healthy during lockdown.
As many of you will have seen, Les Mills are taking the temporary site down on Thursday 30th April. However, we have partnered with Les Mills to give you access to further free online workouts, through the use of their On Demand site. We want to give customers all the necessary tools to continue with Les Mills workouts.
Les Mills On Demand offers over 800 workouts across 13 categories. You can work out with classic programs such as BODYPUMP™ and BODYCOMBAT™, do mindfulness exercises and even get the kids active with BORN TO MOVE™. The workouts range from 15 to 55 minutes and there are options for all fitness levels.
Stateside Foods Bolton Arena customers can now enjoy free access to Les Mills On Demand through the use of a 60 day free trial. 
To access this just use the link below:
If you would like to continue past the 60 day free trial, you’ll get On Demand at the discounted price of £7.95 + VAT.
During the sign-up process it will ask you to register an account and ask you to register card details, this is exactly the same as if you signed up for Netflix or Amazon Prime etc. So, don’t be alarmed.
For any questions or queries, please email
Stay safe & take care.

Gym & Tennis Membership Information

In line with national guidance advising the UK public to avoid unnecessary social contact, we have taken the decision to close Bolton Arena to the public from 10.30pm on Friday March 20th.

We understand that this decision will come as a disappointment to many but ultimately, the health and wellbeing of our customers, staff and the community we serve is our highest priority.

Given the day-by-day evolution of the pandemic and its impact on society as a whole, we are unable to give any indication of the closure period though we will provide updates as and when we have them. During this time we will continue to follow the advice provided by Government, Public Health England and the NHS.

All gym and tennis memberships will be frozen from 1st April until we re-open to the public. All direct debit collections will be stopped and all ‘Paid In Full memberships’ will have time added on at the end of their membership.

Support during the closure

We’ll be offering support to members through home workouts. Below are two links from Les Mills, which have a number of home workout content available. Plus our instructors will providing daily workout videos via or social media channels.

Les Mills home workouts

Les Mills additional content

Once it is safe to re-open our doors (subject to guidance) we look forward to welcoming you back to enjoy our services and activities. We know how valued Bolton Arena’s facilities are to our local community and will be more important than ever once the current pandemic is over. We wish to thank all of our customers for their continued support. Please bear with us during this challenging period and remember that Bolton Middlebrook Leisure Trust (Bolton Arena) is a charitable, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to ‘Building an active healthy community’.

These are uncertain times for all of us but with mutual support we will pull through so please, take and give care.

For further information please can we advise all customers to visit our website or call and to follow us on Twitter @boltonarena and Facebook @boltonarena for further updates.

Updated Member Information – Including Temporary Fitness Timetable

Further to our update on Monday regarding COVID-19, we have now taken further measures in the gym to reduce the spread of the virus to our customers and staff.

We’re monitoring the situation on a daily basis through government information and advice from Public Health England.

Please see updated measures below:

Our update from Monday can be found here –

This includes several measures that are already in place, along with how members can help.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused. However, the health & safety of our customers is our top priority.

If you’re looking to workout at home, please follow the link provided for a number of fantastic Les Mills home workouts –

If you need personal health advice specifically in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19), you should call the NHS 111 service or your GP. Please do not attend your GP or emergency department without phoning in advance.

For further information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) click here.

Further updates will be provided in due course.

Bolton’s Newest Community Run Group Off To A Running Start

The Bolton Arena Community Run Group, which launched in January to get more people out running together, is off to a great start.

The group, led by Horwich RMI Harriers Coach in Running Fitness, Michelle Mortimer, meets every Wednesday at 6pm and Friday at midday, at Bolton Arena. It is free to attend, and is for all abilities.

Community Run Group was set up as a project between Bolton Arena, and long established athletics club Horwich RMI Harriers, to encourage newer runners to be part of a group and to have fun exercising together. Since it launched in January, the group already has around 20 regular members, who are enjoying the social aspect of running with others, and the variety of sessions, which include steady runs around Horwich and Lostock, hill sessions and interval training.

Community Run Group leader, Michelle, said: “We wanted to attract those people who don’t necessarily have the desire or the confidence to join a running club, and give them the opportunity to run with others. Many of the people who have been attending the group so far have been returning from injury, or are relatively new to running, and they’re all realising that running as part of a group enables them to enjoy running more, and achieve more than they thought they were capable of.

“It’s fantastic that we already have so many regular faces attending, who really make an effort to make newer members feel welcome. We have been doing a mixture of social runs – around 3-4 miles – and on some sessions we do a shorter run around Middlebrook and incorporate some hill reps or some faster running to help people improve their fitness, as well as have fun. We keep the sessions as varied as possible, and never do the same thing two weeks running.”

Carol, who has been attending since the very first session, said: “Having lost my fitness and confidence following injury, I’m really enjoying running again. Everyone is so friendly and supportive.”

Fiona used to find running boring, until she started attending the group sessions. She said: I’ve tried running before and never enjoyed it. My thoughts towards it now have definitely changed.”

Fran has been attending the Friday daytime sessions on a regular basis. She said: “Working shifts, it’s hard to find groups to go running with regularly, especially during the daytimeHaving the Friday lunchtime group has definitely given me more of an incentive to come out for a daytime run – rain or shine! The sessions are always varied and by the end of it, and with Michelle’s encouragement, you realise that you’ve gone further and/or faster than you thought you could.”

Alicia agrees: “I can already see the improvements in my running.”

Myles is new to running, and when he found out about the group through an Instagram contact, he got in touch with Michelle before attending. He said: “I was very unsure about going to the first meet up. Why was I worried? From the moment I arrived to the moment I left, I was made to feel like one of a small family. Michelle and the others always look after each other, adding to the fun and friendship found in this group.

“I cannot believe that over a short period of time, Michelle has managed to help me complete my fasted 5k. With her support, enthusiasm and her knowledge of how to train efficiently, I am improving day by day. Michelle and the rest of the group are not only running buddies, but now friends.”

Nicola also felt a little nervous about attending her first session: ““I felt really apprehensive when I first came,” she said, “but everyone is so friendly. I really look forward to Wednesday evenings. All different abilities, no pressure and really enjoyable, varied sessions.”

Dan, also a Coach at Horwich RMI Harriers, attends the group as part of his own training, and said: “I love how this group has developed over a short period of time. There is a really good feel that genuinely all abilities are catered for. A mixture of sessions makes it interesting, and why folks come back.”

If you’re interested in attending a session, the group meets every Wednesday at 18:00 and Friday at midday in the foyer at Bolton Arena. It’s completely free, simply book on here.

For more information on Community Run Group, contact Bolton Arena memberships department on 01204 488104 or email

Images: Michelle Mortimer

Bolton Arena – Coronavirus Information

Customer Notice:

Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus we’ll be taking several further measures to help maintain customer hygiene.

We’re asking all customers and staff to adhere to current UK Government guidelines regarding the virus which are provided below:

Risk level

Based on the World Health Organization’s declaration that this is a public health emergency of international concern, the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the UK from low to moderate.

Returning travellers

Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people immediately if you’ve travelled to the UK from:

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Lockdown areas in northern Italy:

Special care zones in South Korea:

See maps of the specified areas.

This guidance is based on the recommendations of the UK Chief Medical officers. These areas have been identified because of the volume of air travel from affected areas, understanding of other travel routes and number of reported cases. This list will be kept under review.

For areas with direct flights to the UK we are carrying out enhanced monitoring. Passengers will be told how to report any symptoms they develop during the flight, at the time of arrival, or after leaving the airport.

Read more about what you should do if you’re asked to self-isolate.

Information about the virus

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.

For further UK Government information click here.

Walk Group – Upcoming Walk Friday 20th March

Bolton Arena Walk Group in partnership with Bolton Ramblers

After completing walks around Entwistle Reservoir and Borsdane Wood, Aspull. The next walk planned for our very popular walk group will take place on Friday 20th March.

 Friday 20th March 2020

Length: 8.3 miles

Walk: Irwell Vale, Helmshore,

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.

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

Have You Tried Virtual Grit Yet? – Bolton Arena Gym

At the start of 2020, we introduced virtual Les Mills Grit into our fitness timetable. Over the last month, we’ve received extremely positive feedback from new members to frequent class users. As such, we’ve now trebled the number of Les Mills Grit classes across our weekly fitness timetable.

What is Les Mills Grit? 

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

What have our gym members said?

”GRIT is the ideal way to get maximum results in minimal time which is perfect for me or anyone else trying to schedule their fitness regime around an already hectic daily schedule. GRIT pushes me to my limits constantly and I never walk out of a class feeling I haven’t worked to my maximum and got the most out of my workout. We all know cardio training can become mundane for both our body and mind and GRIT shakes this up completely. It makes your body train in a completely new way and I have seen my body respond to this really well both in increased fitness levels and the shape my body has taken.  The periods of work are short which allow you put maximum effort in through most of the class and personally, knowing I can work at maximum for 30 seconds then recover allows me to give much more to my workout than a steady moderate pace for 30 minutes.

These classes are high intensity and will push anyone’s limits regardless of their current fitness levels but they can be taken at your own pace and you will soon notice improvements in your performance with each class you do.

Its new to the Arena, it’s a bit different from everything else we offer and it is definitely worth a try!”

Helen, frequent class user.

”I would recommend Les Mills Grit to anyone. The combination of weights and cardio makes the workout fun but with a high intensity. For those that have done classes before, i would say it’s a mixture of Body Pump and Body Attack. It’s challenging at the start, which pushes you on, but once i got to round 3, and had adapted the class i was flying. I would urge everyone to give it a go”

Andrea, long term gym member. 

“I tried Grit for the first time and wow – I’ve never done anything like it! High intensity and fast paced, but can still be good for beginners like me. Will definitely give it another go!”

Jenny, new member. 

”Tried Grit for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed the class, so much so, I’ve done the class twice a week since! Can’t wait for the class to be on the timetable more.”

Louise, long term gym member. 

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 view our fitness timetable click here. To book call reception on 01204 488100 or log in to your online account.

Be Inspired Latest Edition – Steve Leng

In the latest edition of our Be Inspired campaign, we speak to Steve Leng.

Steve has been a member at Bolton Arena for the past 5 years. An avid sportsman in his day, after playing Rugby to a high level, Steve joined after recovering from a stroke whilst on holiday in Thailand, which left him in a serious condition in hospital for a number of weeks. After suffering the stroke he was looking for a way to get fit again.

Steve said that he felt Bolton Arena was a comfortable place to train with the major benefit being the one-to-one sessions. These sessions had everything he needed in order to regain his fitness after his stroke.

After initially losing 2.5 stone, the one-to-one sessions with a fitness instructor helped him keep his weight off in the form of a variety of different exercises in order to ensure that the programme never got boring and repetitive.

When asked what advice he would give to people who may be apprehensive about returning to the gym after an illness, Steve said he uses his own journey to inspire others. The fact that he can regain his fitness, lose weight and keep it off is evidence that others can get themselves back on track too.

Keep a look out for our next Be Inspired story.

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

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