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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.

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.

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.

Bolton Arena & Horwich Harriers Become Partners

Bolton Arena Gym|& Horwich Harriers – New Runners Group 

 USN Bolton Arena in partnership with Horwich Harriers are delighted to introduce a new runners group every Monday, sessions are perfect for adults either just starting out or getting back into running.

The FREE 12 week programme begins on Mon 28th January, 6pm at Bolton Arena. Running sessions will be delivered by fully qualified coaches.

 Setting off from the Arena main reception you will head out in to the local area as a group building your fitness and confidence each week. Group runners will work towards achieving the 5KM distance.

For further information please call 01204 488100 or email memberships@boltonarena.com

 Arena Run Together – Begins on 5th February

Tuesdays

12pm – 1pm

Suitable For All Abilities

Sessions to take place on the running track

Speak to a member of the gym team for more information

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.

 

Gym Challenge: The Ultimate Member

Do you come to the gym often? Take part in a variety of different activities? Consider yourself  to be a gym hero? Well June could very well be your month.

Next month we will be running an “Ultimate Member” gym challenge where you’ll get the chance to accrue points taking part in a number of different gym activities.

Not only will you get the title of USN Bolton Arena’s Ultimate Member, but we’ve also put up some great prizes. We have a 1st place prize of £50 worth of shopping vouchers for the member with the most points and a raffle prize for everyone that completes four out of six activities.

The different activities include a studio class, an active session, an outdoor session, a programme review, attending the gym and liking us on Facebook. Once you have completed four, you’ll go into the prize draw for the chance to win £30 worth of shopping vouchers.

If you want to win it though, you’ll have to rack up the points by attending lots of activities. Here’s the break down of the points on offer:

Activity Points
Programme Review 2
Active Gym Session 2
Gym Visits 1
Boot Camp 15
Run Club 15
Tennis Court Booking 20
Walk Group 15
Zumba 5
Body Pump 4
Adrenaride 5
Body Combat 3
Yoga 8
Yoga/Pilates mix 6
Step/Body Step 4
Insanity 7
Circuits 7
Trim & Tone 4
Boogie Bounce 15
Clubbercise 9
Ab Blast 4
15 Minute Abs 3
Body Attack 3
Boxfit 5

 

Does it sound like a challenge that you would like to take on? If so all you need to do is speak to a member of the gym team to register. Don’t leave it too late though, as entry for the challenge closes on 31st May.

For more information call 01204 488118.

Let’s Move For A Better World Challenge 2017

It’s back! Technogym’s popular gym challenge, Let’s Move For A Better World, returns to the Arena 13th – 31st March.

The challenge works by recording members MOVES (measurements of physical activity, collected by training on Technogym cardio and strength equipment connected to the MyWellness cloud) collectively as a club. Our MOVES are then tallied against other clubs around the UK, with the winning club receiving the grand prize of Technogym equipment. It’s a challenge that all members can get involved with, just jump on a piece of cardio equipment and get MOVing.

As a club we won the challenge back in 2014. We were then able to donate thousands of pounds worth of Technogym gym equipment to Rivington and Blackrod High School.

We are also offering individual prizes. Everyone who enters the challenge will be in with a chance of winning some amazing prizes! Last year we gave away free gym memberships, gift vouchers and daily spot prizes, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for what’s on offer this time around.

So come along and join us at the USN Bolton Arena gym and get moving in 2017.

Call 01204 488118 or speak to a member of the gym team to get signed up.

Find Your Fitness In 2017

If 2016 wasn’t your year, let us help you achieve all your fitness goals in 2017.

We’ve incorporated a whole host of brand new activities to make sure that there’s something for everyone. You will truly be able to find your fitness in 2017.

We’ve always aimed to give members more for their money. Market leading studio classes, Boxfit sessions, 1:1 sessions, personalised programmes and sauna and steam are just some of the activities available in your membership. Not content with that we’ve added more!

One of the first activities to launch last November was our “Couch To 5K” running group. The idea behind the group was to support members that had never run before or struggled with running, to get them to a standard where they could complete a 5K run. This culminated in members taking part in the Bolton park run on 17th December. Due to the current wintry conditions the group has now been postponed until early March.

The same will happen with Bootcamp. Although there was great demand for something a bit tougher, the ice cold temperatures seemed to put people off during the trial phase.  Because of this Bootcamp will also return in March 2017.

The walking group also proved very popular. Over 10 members took part in the last walk of 2016. Monthly walks are planned going forward with the first taking place on 19th January 2017.

Boogie Bounce is back as a permanent fixture on our studio timetable. The brand new class has taken the fitness industry by storm over the last few month’s. The class has proved very popular so if you’d like to try it make sure you get yourself booked on in advance.

Boogie Bounce

If getting that six pack you’ve always wanted is at the top of the list for 2017, we have a session just for you…15 Minute Abs! No booking required just make sure that you’re by the stretch zone at 7:45am, 10:45am, 1:15pm or 4:15pm (Mon – Fri) and get ready for a tough core workout.

If you’re struggling with motivation to train by yourself, get down to one of our coffee mornings and you could meet your training partner. Training with someone else helps to keep you on track.

As you can see there are plenty of activities for all. You can see a full list of what’s available as part of your membership here.

If you’d like anymore information on any of our new activities, get in touch by calling 01204 488104. You can also leave us a suggestion about a new activity you would like to see at the Arena via the enquiry form here.

 

 

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