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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.

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.

Be Inspired – Ann Slavin

After a successful start to our Be Inspired campaign, it’s now time for the second instalment as we find out more about Ann Slavin.

We caught up with Ann, to discuss a range of different topics from her favourite exercises and equipment to what advice she would give to beginners.

Ann has been a member at Bolton Arena Gym for over 13 years after moving into the area and opting for the Arena out of a number of gyms due to the facilities being the best for her. As well as the gym being comfortable and clean with a friendly atmosphere, another plus point for Ann is having the 1 to 1 sessions with our gym instructors, in particular Matt. Ann’s weight has often changed over the years and Matt has helped Ann lose weight in a safe and healthy manner. A lot of poor techniques have been amended in these sessions as well as now having a consistent diet and exercise plan. Ann provided us with some before and after pictures of her weight loss after 12 weeks of being on a specific programme with Matt.

When asked what advice she would give to new gym embers, Ann recommended the one-to-one sessions with our fitness instructors in order to gain experience of how to use our equipment. She also added that working with an instructor improves your motivation and increases confidence.

Ann’s goals when coming into the gym were to lose weight and get strong, through her hard work and determination to push herself Ann now feels as though she has accomplished this. One exercise that has helped this is barbell squats, Ann’s favourite exercise as it makes her feel strong.

Thank you for sharing your journey with us, Ann.

We’ll have another Be Inspired story for you next month.

Be Inspired – Andrea Lewis-Coker

Over the coming months we’ll be learning more about some of our gym members. We’ll be discussing training patterns, looking at current regimes, finding out about their why and highlighting any special achievements.

First up is long standing member, Andrea Lewis-Coker.

Andrea, has been a member at Bolton arena for nearly 9 years. She trains almost every day, using the gym, instructor led and virtual classes, whilst also having 1 to 1 sessions with our gym instructors.

Andrea’s main intention when first joining the gym was to keep fit and get some down time for herself after work. However, over the last 12 months she has seen a real change in weight loss and her overall fitness has improved.

We asked Andrea what advice would she given to any of our members ” I’d advise members to complete a programme with one of the instructors. This helps you learn about your strengths & weaknesses, develop your individual goals and keep you focused.  The 1:1 sessions with the instructors are also extremely beneficial, as they push you further than you would whilst training on your own. The flexibility and wide range of classes are also a fantastic plus point. With so many classes per week, it’s so easy to fit in a class, if you fancy something different to the gym.”

We recently introduced a number of challenges into the gym. Andrea excelled at one in particular, our rowing challenge last year. Not only did she win, Andrea discovered a new love. Winning our challenge, inspired her to compete further, joining an online team and coming second in her category over 2000m at the English Indoor Rowing Championships at the Manchester Velodrome in February. That’s not all Andrea has won, she has also won a number of USN products provided by us, for winning our Member Of The Month!

Thank you, Andrea for sharing your story and for being a fantastic gym member.

Job Opportunity: Health & Fitness Instructor

Job title: Health & Fitness Instructor

Contract: Permanent, part time.

Hours: 24 hours per week. 5-week shift pattern, 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 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.

– Complete H&S checks and report any defects in equipment, damage or general wear and tear.

– 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.

Benefits:

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

For an application pack please email:

Cath Laing, PA to Managing Director

Email: cathlaing@boltonarena.com

Closing date: 28th June 2019, 12 noon

New Fitness Timetable Starts 3rd June

Our summer fitness timetable will be starting from Monday 3rd June.

We’ve re-introduced the very popular Bootcamp for the summer months. Bootcamp, will be taken by one of our gym instructors and will run on Monday evening from 19:00 – 19:45.  We have also made several amendments with regards to class timings, which should benefit all our members and customers.

With regards to Virtual we have some very exciting news. After a very successful trial session, we’re pleased to announce that we’ll be introducing Virtual Sprint into the timetable. Sprint is a 30 minute workout of high intensity designed using an indoor bike to achieve fast results. Les Mills sprint is built on the science of high intensity interval training (HIIT).

Sprint will be replacing the previously timetabled Sh’bam.

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.

Job Opportunity: Health & Fitness Instructor

Job title: Health & Fitness Instructor

Contract: Permanent, part time.

Hours: 24 hours per week. 5-week shift pattern, 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 Health & 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 an enthusiastic individual 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.

– Complete H&S checks and report any defects in equipment, damage or general wear and tear.

– 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.

Benefits:

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

Email: kathrynplatt@boltonarena.com

Closing date:  20th May 2019, 12 noon

Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament Returns For 2019

Former Champions Among World Class Entry For Sixth Bolton Indoor wheelchair Tennis Tournament

Five former champions, including leading Brit Jordanne Whiley and world No. 3 Aniek van Koot of the Netherlands are among more than 80 players from 22 countries in a star-studded field for the LTA’s 2019 Bolton Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, which takes place this week at USN Bolton Arena from Tuesday 29th to Saturday 23rd February.

Ten-time Grand Slam champion Whiley, the winner of the women’s singles in Bolton in 2015 and 2016, is attempting to make it back-to-back titles on home soil this week after being victorious over the weekend at the ITF 3 Series Wrexham Indoor.

The Wrexham event was Whiley’s first international tournament since winning a fourth Wimbledon doubles title in July 2017 and subsequently becoming a mum for the first time in January 2018.

Whiley said: “For my first international tournament since 2017 I certainly exceeded my expectations last week. Now I’m really excited for Bolton as there are more Top 10 players than last week and it’s a whole new challenge.

 “Compared to training I made some big improvements in certain aspects of my game last week, but I’ve also played better in training than some of the tennis I played in Wrexham and there’s still plenty to work on so it’s going to be an interesting week.”

 With Whiley set to regain a place on the International Tennis Federation’s world rankings next week, since she needs to have earned ranking points from a minimum of two tournaments, the former world No.3 will meet current world No.3 and 2014 and 2018 Bolton Indoor champion van Koot in Wednesday’s women’s singles second round this week.

 Whiley beat Germany’s world No.9 Katharina Kruger in Sunday’s final in Wrexham. Kruger and   van Koot are just two of four Top 10 players among the women’s singles entry in Bolton, which also includes current world No.8 Marjolein Buis, the 2017 Bolton Indoor champion and runner-up in last year’s all-Dutch final.

European players fill the bulk of the eight seeded positions for the men’s singles, which features seven of the world’s Top 20 and another strong Dutch entry headed by world No.10 Maikel Scheffers and world No.11 Tom Egberink.

Domestic interest in the men’s singles is led by British No.3 Dermot Bailey, a semi-finalist in singles and finalist in doubles in Wrexham last week. Bailey plays second seed Egberink for a place in the men’s quarter-finals.

Two former champions are among the entries for the quad singles, including another Dutch world No.10-ranked player, Sam Schroder. Schroder won the Bolton Indoor title in 2017 and lines up alongside Sweden’s 2015 champion Anders hard and leading Brits James Shaw, Antony Cotterill and Richard Green.

In addition to the world-class play, this year’s event sees the return of Bolton’s Junior Wheelchair Tournament taking place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th February, with entries including six members of the GB Wheelchair Junior Futures Potential Programme.

Tournament Director Claire McCulloch commented: “This is the start of a vitally important season for international wheelchair tennis as players begin to think about qualification for the Tokyo Paralympics and that is reflected in the world class entry we have in Bolton. We are very excited to build on the success of last year’s inaugural Bolton Junior Wheelchair Tennis Tournament with many of the country’s top younger players joining us at the weekend. To have our world-class athletes play alongside stars of the future really helps to inspire upcoming talent and we would encourage all members of the public to come down to the arena and watch some world-class sport for free this week!”

The Bolton Indoor ITF 2 forms part of the International Tennis Federation’s UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour and is the second of seven world ranking wheelchair tennis tournaments to be held in Great Britain in 2019.

Entry for spectators is free throughout the duration of the tournament.

Urban Revolution Provides New Challenges

GM Active and Obstacle Course Racing specialists Urban Attack have come together to create something special – Greater Manchester’s very own fully inclusive obstacle races.

Urban Revolution OCR Series – exciting venues, mega obstacles and fun packed events in the very heart of Greater Manchester.

5 km is perfect for the novice / first timer and 10 km for those that want to challenge themselves more.

Whatever route you take you’ll have a fantastic day out tackling amazing obstacles, fighting through our Mud Zones and wading through water to the finish line and a well deserved drink in our fun packed event villages.

First timers to competitive runners, no matter – there is something for all, including Kid’s and Teen Races, Family Entertainment and in case you missed it – big obstacles!

Who’s behind it all?

GM Active is a collaboration between the 13 Greater Manchester leisure and cultural community organisations.  GM Active is dedicated to transforming communities in the region, collectively managing 87 leisure and sports facilities, including one in your neighbourhood! To find out more about your local facilities, activities and events click here.

Urban Revolution corporate event Friday 11th October

Outstanding opportunity for having fun with colleagues and team building.

All abilities course choose 5km or 10km (just decide what you feel like on the day)

We are taking you an an action packed tour of this stunning park…

Award Winning Giant Water Slide – Take Off, Tarzan Swing, Tsunami, Ninja Wall, Goliath Steps and much much more…

Unbeatable Value For Money Includes:

– 30 + Obstacles   – A Free Beer Each  – New for 2019 Action Packed Course Route

– Special Finisher Medal  – Hot Showers  – Free Race Photos

– Entertainment with DJ, Live Music & Bar – Amazing Event Village With Full Amenities

Limited spaces available. Launch offer first 200 places £39 per person.

What do you need to do?

1. Just create team name and pre-book how many places you want (can add extras later).

2. We only ask you for your final team member details in September.

3. Flexible start time – start anytime between 12:00 – 14:30 on the day.

To book head over to http://www.urbanrevolutionocrseries.co.uk/

Urban Revolution public event Saturday 12th October

Adult 5km or 10km all abilities course (same price you decide how you feel on the day)

We are taking you an an action packed tour of this stunning park…

Fun challenge for all the family taking on our obstacles.  Award Winning Giant Water Slide – Take Off, Tarzan Swing, Tsunami, Ninja Wall, Goliath Steps and much much more…

Unbeatable Value For Money Includes:

– Adults (12 yrs +) 5 km or 10 km course

– Kid’s (4-11 yrs ) 1 km course.

– 30 + Obstacles   – Action Packed Course Route

– Special Finisher Medal (For All)

– Hot Showers

– Free Race Photos

– Family Entertainment with DJ, Live Music & Bar

– Amazing Event Village With Full Amenities

Special launch offer prices:

Adults (16 yrs +) £25

Teens (12-15 yrs) £15

Child (4- 11 yrs) £7

To book head over to http://www.urbanrevolutionocrseries.co.uk/

 

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