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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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ldOkyh2G3Y&feature=youtu.be

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.

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.

Chiquito To Sponsor Tuesday Night Football League

We’re excited to announce that Chiquito will be sponsoring our Tuesday night football league from January 2020.

Chiquito is UK’s biggest and most loved Tex-Mex restaurant, their range of Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes have been making mouths water for over 25 years – from mild to wild, they’ve got every flavour! If you’re in the mood for sizzling fajitas, bursting burritos, or tender fall-off-the-bone ribs, you’ve found the right place. For those who fancy a lighter bite they have a brunch menu and a selection of desserts for your sweet tooth. They also offer a gluten free menu too so anyone can enjoy dining out with friends.

Teams participating in the ‘Arena Leagues’ Tuesday night 5-A-Side Men’s league, will now be competing for some brilliant prizes. Chiquito have confirmed they will be offering the Player of the month and Goalkeeper of the month a free voucher worth up to £17 to enjoy a night out.

The winning team will also receive the free voucher to enjoy a winning team night out.

Marcus Bailey-Brown the football manager commented “We are delighted to have another local restaurant supporting our Arena Leagues and delighted to have Chiquito sponsoring our Tuesday night 5-A-Side league”.

Chiquito is open 7 days a week from 9:00 – 23:00.

For further details on Arena Leagues, contact the Football Department on 01204 488106 or email football@boltonarena.com

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.

World’s Top Tennis Juniors Return To Bolton Arena

                                                 World’s top tennis juniors return to Bolton Arena in January

Some of the world’s best junior tennis players will converge on the Bolton Arena in 2020 for the LTA Junior International from 17 to 24 January.

The event, which is open to Juniors aged 14 and under is steeped in history and regularly attracts stars of the future.

Since it began as Teen Tennis in 1995, the event has attracted a strong field of rising stars from across the globe. A number of previous players have gone on to reach the world’s top 10 including Eugenie Bouchard, Caroline Wozniacki, Justine Henin, Jelena Ostapenko, Kim Clijsters, Sloane Stephens, Sir Andy Murray, Marcos Baghdatis, Lucas Pouille and Tomas Berdych.

Bianca Andreescu, the current US Open champion, competed in the 2014 event, reaching the quarter finals of the singles and winning the doubles title.

This year’s breakout star Cori Gauff beat compatriot Alexandra Yepifanova to capture the 2017 title aged just 12 and current world number 21, Amanda Anisimova, was runner up in 2015.

British number two Kyle Edmund reached the last 16 of the boy’s competition back in 2009, while Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime was a semi-finalist in both the  singles and doubles in 2014and current world number 18, Alex Di Minaur, reached the quarter finals in 2013.

Tennis legend Bjorn Borg was also a visitor to the Arena in 2017 to watch his son Leo progress to the consolation singles final.

Richard Joyner, LTA Tournament Director, commented: “This event provides a great opportunity to see the future stars of world tennis. The number of players who have played this tournament and gone on to reach the higher echelons of the professional game is seriously impressive. It’s also a great opportunity for players from the north-west, including some who train at the Bolton Arena, to compete against some of the world’s best players in their age group.”

Paul Bartle, Managing Director of Bolton Arena, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting this prestigious event at Bolton Arena again in 2020. The recent rapid progress of player’s such as Cori Gauff and Bianca Andreescu onto the major world stage reflects the high calibre of junior player’s from around the world who have played here with us at Bolton Arena in recent years. Once again we look forward to welcoming future stars of the professional game to Bolton and the north-west, with everyone welcome to come to watch to catch a glimpse of these stars of the future.”

Qualifying is Friday 17 and Saturday 18 January, with main draw Sunday 19 to Friday 24 January.

Entry for spectators is free of charge throughout the week.

As well as coming along to watch, the scores can be followed through live scoring on

www.tenniseurope.org

For more information please contact: Richard Joyner, LTA Tournament Director, on 07971 141329 or richard.joyner@lta.org.uk

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.

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.

New Fitness Timetable Starts!

Our new fitness timetable starts Monday 7th October!

We again have a fantastic mix of instructor led and virtual classes that make up a fitness timetable with over 100 classes running per week.

We’re delighted to welcome some new instructors to Stateside Foods Bolton Arena. Rick is returning to teach Body Pump and Body Attack on Friday evening, a perfect way to ‘start your weekend the right way with a blast of fun and energy.’

After rave reviews from our members, Bartosz will be teaching Zumba on Saturday morning on a permanent basis. So if you’re looking for a fun, party style, interval class then this is certainly for you, providing a smashing start to a Saturday.

Why not combine sport with staying fit? Cardio Tennis is again on the timetable, however it’ll now run at a slightly later time on Tuesday evening. Cardio Tennis is a fun, energetic class, played to up-tempo music. Don’t worry if you’ve never played before, Cardio Tennis is great for beginners.

We have a ‘club night’ theme running throughout the timetable on Thursday evening. This starts with Trim & Tone taught by Lisa A at 17:15 and finishes with Clubbercise taught by Nikita at 20:15. Thursday is the new Friday, so get yourself ready for a great weekend with our club night.

Several amendments have been made to the timetable with regards to class timings, which should benefit all our members and customers.

For more information or to take a look at videos of our virtual and instructor led classes click here. 

New timetables are now available to pick up from Reception. To book head over to our website or call reception on 01204 488100.

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