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World’s Top Juniors On The Way To USN Bolton Arena

The Junior International Bolton, held here at USN Bolton Arena will take place from Friday 11th – Friday 18th January,  the tournament will see junior’s aged 14 & under converging on the north-west from all over the world.

The event, which is steeped in history, regularly attracts stars of the future. 2017 saw tennis legend Bjorn Borg in Bolton, overseeing his son Leo progress to the consolation singles finals. 2017 also saw a 12 year old Cori Gauff, capture the title, before remarkably going on to reach the final of the US Open Junior event 8 months later. Whilst Whitney Osuigwe,  who played Bolton in 2015 became world junior number 1, 2 years later.

On the boy’s side the 13 year old 2012 finalists, Francis Tiafoe and Michael Mmoh, are now ranked 44 and 102 in the ATP men’s pro ranking’s, whilst top seed in 2015 was Britain’s Jack Draper, who reached the Junior Wimbledon Boy’s Singles final this year, and is already inside the world’s top 500 at pro level aged only 16

Since the inaugural event as Teen Tennis in 1995, it has attracted a very strong field of rising stars from across the globe. A number of previous players having gone on to reach the world’s top 10 including Eugenie Bouchard, Caroline Wozniacki, Justine Henin, Kim Clijsters, Sir Andy Murray, Marcos Baghdatis, and Tomas Berdych.  In addition, Bolton runner up in 2011 Jelena Ostapenko, sensationally won the French Open in 2017, to become the world number 7.

Richard Joyner, Tournament Director, commented ‘This event really is where history and the future meet. The number of players who have gone on to reach the higher echelons of the pro game is seriously impressive. As well as the wealth of players from across the globe, it’s a great opportunity for player’s from the north-west, including some who train at the USN Bolton Arena, to compete against some of the world’s best 14&under players’.

Qualifying is Friday 11th and Saturday 12th January, with main draw Sunday 13th to Friday 18th January.

Entry for spectators is free of charge throughout the week.

As well as coming along to watch, the scores can be followed through:

www.lta.org.uk

www.tenniseurope.org

USN Bolton Arena Hits The Mark

This January we will be launching a brand new primary school programme, with the aim to deliver sessions to primary school children across the borough, as part of being a Regional Player Development Centre.

To launch this new programme, we have been working together with Bolton Council to attain the Bolton Mark.

The Bolton Mark, is an accreditation to show that an organisation working within the Bolton area is safe, friendly and effective. It sits alongside governing body accreditations and can be used to complete the National Governing Body club mark, through County Sports Partnership or Ofsted.

It is a minimum standard any organisation working with children or vulnerable adults, would be expected to have in Bolton.

Communities & Partnerships Activator, Jennie Swarbrick commented “We are proud to expand our services and put ourselves in an extremely strong position, to be able to support and develop children in and around the Bolton Area. We pride ourselves on high standards of delivery, and the Bolton Mark has helped us to shape our primary school programme so, that we meet the necessary requirements, to be able to deliver safe and fun sessions.”

The new programme also falls alongside one of main beliefs of the Arena, which is to promote a healthy and active lifestyle across the community.

For more information on the Bolton Mark or to find out more about our new primary school programme please contact jennieswarbrick@boltonarena.com

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.

Gym Upgrade: Latest Equipment Coming Soon

USN Bolton Arena are pleased to announce our plans to upgrade the resistance equipment in the gym this September.

In our recent customer survey, it was highlighted that some of the resistance equipment required an upgrade. We’ve listened to our members and are looking forward to the installation in the coming weeks. The £40,000 investment of new equipment keeps USN Bolton Arena at the cutting edge of the fast-moving gym industry.

Born from the experience of 6 Olympic Games, the new Selection Pro strength equipment brings you:

Discover how it will change the way you train forever.

 

 

Twelve new pieces of TechnoGym Selection Pro resistance training equipment will be installed into the gym next month. See the full list of new equipment below

For more information about the new equipment or for any other queries please contact the memberships team on 01204 488104 or email memberships@boltonarena.com

Alternatively, speak to a member of the gym team, they will be able to give a further insight into the new equipment including the technology behind it and arrange a 1 to 1 session with you.

Look out for more new additions to the gym in October, information will be released soon.

 

ALERT: New Social Media Launch

Ready for it? We’re introducing NEW gym social media platforms.

As social media continues to grow it’s our intention to become more interactive with our customers, clients, members and the local community.

USN Bolton Arena already has social media platforms? 

Although, we currently have strong, active and growing social media platforms, the new channel will cover a range of topics regarding all things gym. You’ll find engaging class videos, daily studio timetables, information on our latest gym challenges, top-tips from our instructors plus much much more!

Platform for everyone! 

It could be an informative Facebook post, a short and sharp tweet or a motivational Instagram snap that get’s you ready to workout on those cold mornings. We’ve got a platform for you all to enjoy!

Over to you guys 

Together Fitter is our headline and that’s our ultimate aim, to become healthier and fitter, whilst creating a vibrant gym community. Whether your a current member a current customer or you’d just like to keep up to date on our latest health & fitness news. We’re inviting you to like, follow, share, and even tag us in your workouts.

Here’s the tags you’ll need

Instagram – @boltonarenagym

Twitter – @boltonarenagym

Facebook – @boltonarenagym

We hope you enjoy all our new content, and don’t forget to message us via any of the platforms with any questions you may have.

Thanks USN Bolton Arena

#TogetherFitter

Arena Run Together

Arena Run Together starts Wednesday 18th July, 12pm – 1pm on the running track.

Whether you’re a complete beginner, an occasional jogger, or an experienced runner looking to challenge yourself, Arena Run Together has something for everyone.

This new activity takes place on Wednesday lunch times, the session will last between 30 and 45 minutes offering lunch time trainers time to get back to work.

You’ll find a friendly, supportive environment where you can have fun and work towards your own personal goals with other people at a similar stage on their running journey.

There is no pressure to compete or run a specific pace, distance, or time, it really is about lacing up your trainers and taking part.

Sessions are free to USN Bolton Arena Gym members and a priced £2.50 per session for non-members.

For further information email memberships@boltonarena.com to book contact reception on 01204 488100.

Arena Player Profile – Jamie Lee

Arena Football Player Profiles

Player name:  Jamie Lee

Team/s: Team Dave

Position: Captain/Defence

How long have you played football at USN Bolton Arena?

About 10 years

What are your top 3 sports to watch and participate in?

Football, Cycling & UFC.

Which football team do you support?

Bolton Wanderers

From the wider world of sport, what’s your favourite sporting memory?

Gazza’s goal vs Scotland in Euro 96. Non-football related would have to be the London Olympics

Who are your sporting heroes/favourite players (3 names max)?

Tony Yeboah, Cristiano Ronaldo & Conor McGregor

If you could choose to have scored any goal in the history of football, which one would it be? E.G. Beckham vs Greece.

Sergio Aguero’s 2012 league winning goal vs QPR.

Answering honestly, what are the strongest & weakest parts of your game (football)?

Strongest: Passing – Surging runs from the rear – Peace Keeper.

Weakest: Finishing – pace – Showboating.

Arena Football Player Profiles

Player name: Lewis Shaw

Team/s: Lostock FC 11s, Sevilla Constipation, AFC Badgers & player pool.

Position (GK, DEF, ATT): Attacker

How long have you played football at USN Bolton Arena?

Best part of 8 years in every league possible.

What are your top 3 sports to watch and participate in?

Football, Boxing, Tennis

Which football team do you support?

Bolton Wanderers

From the wider world of sport, what’s your favourite sporting memory?

Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao

Who are your sporting heroes/favourite players (3 names max)?

Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Jay Jay Okocha & Anthony Joshua

If you could choose to have scored any goal in the history of football, which one would it be? E.G. Beckham vs Greece.

Jay Jay Okocha scoring his free kick double vs Aston Villa in the Carling Cup Semi-Final.

Answering honestly, what are the strongest & weakest parts of your game (football)?

Strongest: Going forward and attacking

Weakest: Man-marking

 

 

 

 

 

Activity Update

At the start of November we launched a range of new activities to help members get the most out of their membership and they certainly seem to have had an impact!

The first activity to take place was our Couch to 5K running group, which started on Wednesday 26th October. The group had a slow start, but now in its fourth week, numbers have risen and a healthy group regularly attend. If you want to hit the ground running in 2017, this group is definitely for you.

15 Minute Abs has proven to be a success. Throughout the day staff put on a grueling core workout in the stretch zone. There’s no need to book so next time you’re in the gym, join in!

The biggest hit of the new activities seems to be Boogie Bounce. This brand new studio class sees participants bouncing and dancing on a trampoline! It’s so popular we have a waiting list for our next class. Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect from a class.

We also put on a coffee morning, which proved to be a great way for members to get together and make new friends.

There’s still a couple of activities yet to start. On Saturday 19th November, at 8am, we will be hosting our very first Bootcamp. If you’re looking for something more intense, this is definitely for you. This can be booked online.

The first of our walking groups will debut on Friday 25th November leaving at 10.30am. The group will be meeting in the car park on Lever Park Avenue Horwich (situated almost opposite Rivington and Blackrod High School BL6 7SE). Members MUST speak with a member of the gym team to book a place and fill in the necessary paperwork before hand.

Suitable clothes must be worn as irrespective of the weather (unless snow or ice!). Level of fitness must be suitable to walk at a brisk pace for up to 3.5 hours.

We’ve also had a Technogym challenge happening in the gym. Two teams compete against each other to see who can collect the most moves. So if you’re feeling competitive, ask a member of staff and join in. The challenge finishes on the 25th November. As a club we’ve reached over 250,000 moves!

If you’d like anymore information on any of the activities speak to a member of the gym team or call 01204 488118.

 

 

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