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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

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.

USN Bolton Arena And Avocado Health Bar Become Commercial Partners

USN Bolton Arena are pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with Avocado Health Bar.

Avocado Health Bar, based in Horwich are experts at providing healthy living food for the local community. Real chefs working with real nutritionists to produce tailor made meals to suit specific goals.

As education in nutrition develops, Arena customers are becoming more conscious of the relationship with health/performance and correct nutrition. The new partnership will benefit the thousands of gym members, athletes and business customers that come through the doors every day.

Avocado Health Bar will provide nutritional grab and go meals which will be in stocked in the Arena’s Refresh Cafe, whilst also introducing their bespoke meal prep service which is available to order and collect directly from USN Bolton Arena.

Avocado have become a Commercial Partner at USN Bolton Arena promoting their brand on the new fully integrated digital advertising platform around the venue. They will advertise their products and services alongside new and existing commercial partners on screens in high footfall areas of USN Bolton Arena.

Michael Walker Managing Director, Avocado Health Bar provided this statement “Avocado Health Bar are delighted to become a partner of USN Bolton Arena. Working together we will able to provide a service that will set the USN Bolton Arena and ourselves apart. We aim to provide a service tailored to all the Arena’s customers. Whether it be a gym member, academy tennis player or fitness professional.

Howard Green Head of Strength and Conditioning, USN Bolton Arena added “By introducing this nutrition service in the Arena, we are increasing the opportunities for our gym members and athletes to meet their requirements. The grab and go options will help fill the gaps during their training day.

We hope to work more closely with Avocado and our nutrition consultant to make the service individualised to the tennis players needs and goals.” We see this is key opportunity to further enhance our mission to provide a healthy lifestyle for all.

Avocado Grab and Go boxes available now at Refresh Cafe

Healthy meals hot or cold at your convenience to eat in or take away for only £4.50. There’s a wide variety of meals for everyone to enjoy.

Packed in every box:

– High in protein

– High nutrient content including a whole load of micro-nutrients

– High in fibre

– Under 500kcal per box

– Low in saturated fats

– Low in simple carbohydrates and sugars

– No preservatives

SIMPLE, HONEST, GREAT TASTING HEALTHY FOOD IN NO TIME AT ALL.

Meet The Staff: Marc Kay

NAME Marc Kay

AGE: 31

WORK TITLE: Health and Fitness Instructor

WHAT DOES YOUR WORK INVOLVE: The role involves creating tailored workouts that are unique for our members. Helping them to achieve their goals and ultimately improve their lifestyle.

HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR CAREER SO FAR: Seeing the positive effect that exercise and fitness has on an individual’s overall well-being. It is not just the obvious physical change that occurs but also the self confidence gained that can be used in other aspects of a persons life.

SPECIAL WORK CHALLENGES: Helping people to not be afraid of the gym environment and to realise the overwhelming majority do not live on social media and come out of men’s health magazine. Everybody is different and has different capabilities and it’s important to not compare yourself to others but to focus on you and your own goals.

FUTURE PLANS: I am keen to further my knowledge within the fitness industry. I have a degree in sports science but would like to study nutrition as a higher qualification.

BEST THING ABOUT THE ARENA: I enjoy the team of staff that I work with at the arena.

Meet The Staff: Helen Halliwell

NAME: Helen Halliwell

Age: 36

WORK TITLE:  Health and Fitness Instructor

WHAT DOES YOUR WORK INVOLVE: Providing people with individual plans to achieve their own specific goals and offering help and support along the way to make sure this is achieved. Offering energetic and enthusiastic classes for all abilities to allow people to enjoy group exercise and get the most out of their class.

HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR CAREER SO FAR: Seeing how exercise and fitness can not only change a person physically but mentally. Being able to be proud of so many people for what they have achieved in their life after starting their fitness journey.

SPECIAL WORK CHALLENGES: Trying to get people to realise that this is an individual journey as social media has made this industry and what it represents an impossible task.  People’s goals can be unrealistic which leads to a lack of motivation and quitting.  Don’t compare yourself to anyone but who you were yesterday.

FUTURE PLANS: To develop my knowledge on nutrition and mental health through exercise.

BEST THING ABOUT THE ARENA: Without a doubt the people I have the pleasure to work with and the members who always make me smile.

New Activities: Coming Soon

Are you a current member of the gym here at the Arena? Or have been in the past? Or are you a member of a different gym?

If you’re any of the above, you’ll know that there are times when your training can become boring. That’s why we introduced a range of different activities into our membership such as walking group, Couch to 5k, Bootcamp and more. All of which can be seen here.

Not content with just our current activities, we’ve decided to give you more! Over the coming weeks we’ll be introducing:

Cardio Blast – This will be a 15 minute high intensity session that will definitely get your heart racing. There will be no need to book, all you will need to do is turn up and get put through your paces by one of our instructors. The exercises will change each session to keep it interesting, so one session could be bike work and the next shuttle runs!

Advice Sessions – These sessions will take place on Saturdays and will involve an instructor being present in the free weights area throughout the morning to give out advice. So if you need some pointers on your technique or need some new exercises, come and speak to us!

Bleep Test –  You might not have enjoyed it at school, but the bleep test is a great way to test yourself and set yourself some goals. We’ll be putting it on once a month in the studio.

Body Fat Testing – If you’re looking to lose weight (fat), stepping on the scales isn’t always the best way to measure your progress. This is because of the fact that a set of scales won’t account for your muscle mass. Taking a Body Fat Test will let you know what percentage of your weight is fat, from this you can accurately see how much you’re losing.

Along with the new activities we’ve also added in some new stretch sessions to go along with our 15 minute ab workouts.

We are still keeping on some of your favourite activities, but with the colder winter weather coming into play the last sessions of the year will be taking place shortly. Last dates are

For more information on any of the new or existing activities speak to a member of the gym team. Alternatively look out for posters around the gym and keep an eye on our social media pages.

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