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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.

The Bolton Marathon Is Back!

The first Bolton Marathon in 33 years takes place on Sunday 17th May 2020.

The Bolton Marathon was once one of the most popular and iconic marathons in the UK and now it’s back.

With a single lap, closed roads course, this is a true test of any runner’s ability. Whether you’re an experienced runner looking for that new challenge or looking for that amazing, once in a lifetime marathon – this is it!

With a full weekend of activities at the Athlete Village including a Family Fun Run and 10k, there is something for the whole family. Come and enjoy the atmosphere and be part of an amazing race!

Bolton Arena is supporting the Bolton Marathon as the ‘Official fitness facilities partner’ by offering registered athletes the opportunity to utilise the gym and running track facilities for winter training through a discounted membership offer.

The arena’s gym is equipped with fifteen Technogym Artis treadmills which offer high quality running experience giving athletes the most natural feeling. Artis Run elevates your indoor running experience. The arena also boasts a 400-metre running track free to use for gym members, giving athletes the perfect variation to their training programme.

Bolton Marathon Director Richard Smith added “We proud to be partnering with Bolton Arena as the Official Facilities Partner of the Bolton Marathon. Bolton Arena offers a great one stop shop for all Bolton Marathon runners to train and get prepared for the challenge of a lifetime!”

Event details and schedule

Bolton Marathon will have a full weekend of activities for everyone to enjoy. Race registration opens on Friday 15th May 17:00 – 20:00 and Saturday 16th May 08:00 – 16:00. You will need to collect your race number, or get someone to do it on your behalf, between these times. No race numbers will be given out on race day.

Athletes Village is in Queens Park, Bolton. Bag drop will close approx. 30 minutes prior to race start. The marathon starts at 09:00. The 10k starts at 10:00.

A detailed race briefing will be sent out to athletes on the email provided at least 2 weeks prior to race day.

By taking part in the Bolton Marathon, 10k or Family Fun Run, as well as inspiring others you are also making a positive impact on the lives of many other people by taking part in a fantastic sport!

Entries are now open! To register or further information, head over to https://www.boltonmarathon.com/

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.

Bolton Arena Walk Group In Partnership With Bolton Ramblers

Bolton Arena Walk Group in partnership with Bolton Ramblers

Bolton Arena gym are launching a walk group starting this Autumn, it’s free of charge to gym members. The walk group has been setup in partnership with Bolton Ramblers who have been organising and leading country walks successfully for over 50 years.

Walks will take place Bi-Monthly on Friday mornings beginning at 11am. Bolton Ramblers will be accompanied by a member of the gym team to lead the group on a walk between 8 and 10 miles.

Friday 22nd November 2019

Length: 8.2 miles

Walk: Borsdane Wood, Aspull.

Friday 17th January 2020

Length: 8.8 miles

Walk: Entwistle and Wayoh Reservoirs, Edgworth, Chapeltown.

 Friday 20th March 2020

Length: 8.3 miles

Walk: Irwell Vale, Helmshore,

To book your free place on any of the above walks speak to a member of the gym team call 01204 488104 or email memberships@boltonarena.com

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 – 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.

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.

FitPRO Become A Commercial Partner

USN Bolton Arena are delighted to welcome local fitness training provider FitPRO, as a new commercial partner.

FitPRO Training Academy was set up by British soldier and army physical training instructor, Lee Hill from Westhoughton, Bolton.

Dedicated to delivering high quality health & fitness industry qualifications, such as personal training and sports massage courses. The FitPRO Training Academy ethos is highly quality teaching with continued coaching and mentoring delivered by our highly dedicated and experienced tutors, to help people successfully step into a career within the fitness industry.

Managing Director, Lee Hill commented ”We decided to partner with USN Bolton Arena due to its outstanding reputation throughout the North West. This will only serve to enhance the learning experience of our students, through being in a fantastic training environment with world class facilities and excellent local amenities and transport links. The partnership is an exciting prospect for FitPRO Training Academy and we look forward to working together and delivering more high quality courses from this fantastic venue.”

Head Of Commercial, John Ashley explained ”We’re pleased to be working with another local business and we’re excited to help FitPRO grow within the fitness industry. The background and ethos of FitPro, makes them a perfect partner for USN Bolton Arena, the partnership will also enhance our proposition in building an active healthy community”.

For further information about FitPro training academy or to take a look at the courses available head over to https://fitprotrainingacademy.com/

Interested in becoming a commercial partner? click here. 

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