Your Health Club Update - June

Monday 20th June 2022

We’ve seen some busy and exciting weeks at the club recently, most notably with The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! With the summer holidays around the corner, why not try our 28-day Feel-Good Summer Challenge to get you looking and feeling great? Find out more below.

Members’ Evening

We held a very successful Members’ Evening on Monday 13th June - what a night! Much cheese eaten, wine drunk and chatting had. It was lovely to see so many of you there!

Les Mills new class release launch

New music and new moves! There were lots of happy, smiling faces for the new Les Mills releases; Body Pump, Body Balance, Body Attack, Body Combat and Sh'bam. It's a great time to join the classes as everyone is currently learning the new routines, so don't be shy!

Pool filters

Thank you so much for your understanding while we were required to close the pool, jacuzzi and sauna for a short period of time. We are very proud of our new filters and how effectively they are working. It is a shame you will never get to see them, so I thought a little photo would help put into perspective the size of the job that has just been undertaken!

28-Day Summer Challenge

Are you ready to take on the challenge? In just 28 days, we’ll prove how just a few tweaks to your lifestyle can make a big change to your overall wellbeing. We are challenging you to make a commitment to replace some food types and review your usual exercise regime. We’ll be there to support you every step of the way, so just speak to a member of the Wellness Team to set your personal challenge.

Date for your diary

Fish & Chip Friday returns on 24th June from 7-9pm! This has always been a favourite and will no doubt be popular again, so please make sure you book in advance.

You Asked, We Acted

  • You asked us when the TVs on the cross trainers are likely to be fixed. We are pleased to say that we are halfway there with this task now. One has been repaired, however at the time of writing the second has got the better of the engineer from Technogym. It is still in hand and should be resolved shortly.
  • You also asked us why there has been a reduction in the class timetable. As you may well have experienced, the club is a little quieter during the summer months, so the classes become less viable. However, we know this is a seasonal trend and will change again when people return from their holidays and the beach.
  • You asked us for an update on the shrubbery in the car park. We will shortly be clearing the undergrowth and saplings from around the car park and fence. This will cause a little disruption but we will keep you informed as to when it is likely to happen.

Tips to become a better runner

Whether it’s a quick sprint on the treadmill or a leisurely long-distance trail run, running is one of the most popular forms of cardio - and it’s easy to see why.

Why we love to run

Requiring no equipment or special skills, running is one of the easiest and most convenient forms of exercise accessible to a wide variety of people, demonstrated by training plans such as the NHS’ Couch to 5k.

It’s no wonder there are so many advocates for running – it’s a fantastic way to burn calories, improve your cardiovascular health, lower your blood pressure and reduce your body mass percentage.

However, as a high impact exercise overtraining can lead to injury and burnout, which is why a balanced approach can be the answer to faster, more efficient and pain-free running.

For best results, mix it up

If you want to see the best results from your running, build a fitness regime that encompasses other forms of exercise to complement your progress on the pavements.

So many different muscle groups are at work when you run that it’s important to strengthen them to make you more efficient when you do take to the treadmill.

Muscles to target

Legs

Continue to strengthen the muscles in your legs even when you’re not running by focusing on bodyweight exercises such as squats, lunges, calf raises and knee curls.

Glutes

Strength training can be a great way to complement your running, as the focus on squats, deadlifts and other powerful moves will activate your glutes and make you a more effective runner over time. Bodyweight exercises such as clam shells, glute bridges and donkey kicks will also help to achieve this.

Abs

A strong core will elevate your running progress, as it allows the pelvis, hips and lower back to work together more smoothly and expend less energy. All forms of plank exercises can help with this, as well as ab crunches, ab bicycles and press ups. Incorporating Pilates into your fitness regimen can be a great way to strengthen your core with a low impact workout.

Shoulders & Arms

Strong shoulder muscles can reduce your risk of injury and make you a more efficient runner. Free weights such as dumb bells are a great way to build shoulder muscle with moves that target the back, shoulders, biceps and triceps.

How to support your running in the gym

Here’s a quick regime you can try in the gym focusing on building strong muscles for running. If in doubt, always consult a member of the Wellness Team before embarking on a new workout.