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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

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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.

Job Opportunity: Casual Fitness Instructor

Job title: Health & Fitness Instructor

Contract: Casual

Hours: Casual hours, applicants must be available to work evenings and weekends and have a flexible approach to working hours. Over time will be available on a regular basis.

Salary: £8.29 per hour

Bolton Arena are recruiting a casual fitness instructor to join our well-established reputable gym in Horwich, Bolton.

The successful applicant will become part of a hardworking, sociable gym team. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who will go above and beyond to deliver an excellent level of service to our members. As a fitness instructor you will:

– Assist the Gym Team in delivering the highest possible standards to members.

– Carry out new member inductions, programme reviews and one to one training sessions.

– Focus on assisting our members in achieving their goals and getting the most out of their membership.

– Work as part of a team to ensure the gym floor and studio cleanliness standards remain impeccable.

– Love sports, fitness and the leisure industry, and be able to build relationships with members quickly.

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 have/be working towards a Level 3 Health & Fitness qualification. Other course requirements will be looked into on an individual basis and training provided to complete the job role.


Free gym membership, discounts on Arena facilities and courses, pension scheme, uniform provided, free parking.

For an application pack please email:

Kathryn Platt, Human Resources Manager


Closing date: 31st  January 2020

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

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.

Craftprint Continue Commercial Partnership

Bolton Arena are excited to announce their continued partnership with local printing company Craftprint.

Craftprint have been partners with Bolton Arena for the past 6 years and will continue the partnership until 2021. You will see their work throughout the Arena from tennis leaflets to event brochures.

With over 30 years of printing industry experience and inside knowledge, Craftprint give you access to digital print and promotional solutions tailored to your needs.

From personalised digital print and promotional business gifts to marketing and creative support services like design and artwork, we can guide you through the best options for your organisation and take care of all the production.

Stateside Foods Bolton Arena, Sales and Marketing Executive, Jack Haydock-Sale commented “Craftprint have been a great supporter and partner of Bolton Arena over the past 6 years and I’m looking forward to working with them to keep delivering our high quality promotional literature”

Could they help your business? Feel free to contact them directly on 01204 694 993, email or head over to

Interested in becoming a commercial partner? Contact our commercial team on 01204 488 112 or email

Christmas & New Year Opening Times

Please see our opening times over the festive period

Sunday 22nd December – Normal opening times

Monday 23rd December – Normal opening times

Tuesday 24th December – 08:00 – 18:00

Wednesday 25th December – Closed

Thursday 26th December – Closed

Friday 27th  December – 08:00 – 20:00

Saturday 28th  December  – 08:00 – 20:00

Sunday 29th December – 08:00 – 20:00

Monday 30th December – 08:00 – 20:00

Tuesday 31st December – 08:00 – 20:00

Wednesday 1st January  Closed

Thursday 2nd  January – Normal opening times

Wagamama Become Football League Sponsor

We’re excited to announce Wagamama as the new Wednesday night football league sponsor from January 2020.

Teams participating in the ‘Arena Leagues’ Wednesday 5-A-Side Men’s league, will now be competing for some brilliant prizes, as we reveal new league sponsors Wagamama.

The British restaurant chain, which serves Asian style food, based on Japanese culture, has recently opened on Middlebrook Retail Park, proving very popular with visitors of the retail park. League winning teams will receive a free meal for each team member along with additional prizes for “Player of the Month and “Goalkeeper of the Month”

Football Manager, Marcus Brown, commented ”We’re delighted to have Wagamama as our Wednesday Night 5-A-Side League sponsor. It will add an extra incentive to come and play in an Arena League, whilst creating a partnership with a fantastic restaurant”.

Wagamama is open 7 days a week from 11.30 till 23.00.

For further details on Arena Leagues, contact the Football Department on 01204 488106 or email

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.

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