Functional fitness training: not just for the everyday

For some people, exercise is a means to an end. It is the way that they stay fit and healthy to perform the day-to-day tasks that life throws at them. This is called functional fitness. It trains your muscles to help you do everyday activities safely, effectively and with little or no risk of injury. A good level of functional fitness means life’s challenges become easy to surmount. Continue reading

The rule of six and why climbing is so good for you

One activity that allows for social distancing is climbing. Under Covid restrictions, the number of participants on the wall at any one time is 14, which allows for a real sense of freedom and adventure. The routes up the bouldering wall range from straightforward to very challenging and, within the allowed two-hour slot, a climber can get a fantastic all-over workout as well as the mental stimulation of working out routes and techniques. Continue reading

Developing a positive relationship with exercise

One of our missions at Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre and Gym is to help people discover exercise that they can enjoy and benefit from. We believe that, no matter how much a person might have disliked sport at school, there will be some activity that really appeals and catches their imagination. Our staff are here to help people who are interested in developing a positive relationship with exercise. Continue reading

Pubs to reopen before gyms? It makes no sense

With cinemas, pubs and hairdressers all allowed to resume business on 4 July, those within the health and leisure sector fully expected to follow the same timeline.

Here at Kelsey Kerridge, we have been ready for re-opening for weeks, after following industry and government guidelines to the letter. Our workforce was ready to welcome people back, social distancing restrictions are carefully planned and the entire place is – and will always be – cleaned to the strictest standard of hygiene we can attain. Continue reading

COVID Update – OCTOBER 2020

Staff and customers are required to follow the guidelines and measures in place to make our facilities as safe as possible:

General

  • If you or anyone of your household have COVID-19 symptoms you must stay away from the Sports Centre and follow Government guidelines
  • Due to government guidelines please wear a mask on entry to the building and on your way to your activity. You do not need to wear your mask while you are exercising. Then once finished, put your mask on for when you leave
  • For track & trace purposes Non-Members must sign in and their details kept for 21 days
  • Please use the NHS App to check into the facilities – QR code posters displayed around the Centre
  • Maintain social distancing – banners, posters & signage is displayed throughout the facilities
  • Regular cleaning of hands – Cleanliness/hygiene protocol signage displayed throughout the facilities
  • Sanitiser stations are installed in appropriate locations
  • We have an enhanced cleaning regime

Reception

  • Protection screens are installed around the reception desk to protect both staff and customers
  • Queue management – 2m spacing markings on the floor from outside the entrance
  • Sanitiser station located in the reception area
  • Please use card/contactless payment method
  • Your membership card will NOT be swiped by the receptionist. Please have your membership number ready so they can type your number in manually

Changing Rooms / Toilets

  • Showers are CLOSED
  • To limit the numbers in the changing room area, please come ready if possible
  • limited amount of lockers are available
  • Signage limiting numbers allowed at the sink and urinal areas
  • Toilets are open. Disinfectant spray bottles for customers to wipe down areas touched

Free Weights Gym

  • Disinfectant spray bottles for customers to wipe down equipment after use
  • Customers must not workout face to face
  • NO spotting allowed
  • Some equipment not in use due to social distancing
  • Customers to bring their own water bottles, we will not be providing cone cups
  • NO sweat towels allowed, customers to use blue roll and discard
  • Sanitiser station located within the gym
  • To limit the numbers in the changing room area, please come ready if possible
  • Due to social distancing – Capacity 18

Outlooks Gym

  • Disinfectant spray bottles for customers to wipe down equipment after use
  • Customers must not workout face to face
  • NO spotting allowed
  • Some equipment has been moved into the studio, which has enabled us to space the rest of the equipment out in the gym area
  • Customers to bring their own water bottles, we will not be providing cone cups
  • NO sweat towels allowed, customers to use blue roll and discard
  • Sanitiser station located within the gym
  • Sauna and Hot Tub CLOSED
  • To limit the numbers in the changing room area, please come ready if possible
  • Due to social distancing – Capacity 48

Fitness Classes

  • The ‘Rule of Six’ does NOT apply to group exercise/fitness classes
  • Classes that are normally in the Studio have been moved into the Main Hall or Fenners Gallery
  • Classes will minimise the need to share equipment
  • Bring your own mat for Yoga & Pilates if possible
  • Equipment (including mats etc) will be cleaned in between use
  • Customers must not workout face to face
  • Customers to bring their own water bottles, we will not be providing cone cups
  • NO sweat towels allowed, customers to use blue roll and discard
  • To limit the numbers in the changing room area, please come ready if possible
  • Due to social distancing
    • Fenners Gallery – Capacity 21
    • Function room – Capacity 7

Climbing Wall

  • We are now taking NEW Climbing Inductions – NEW customers welcome
  • Climbers can now book to secure their slots. Sessions are limited to 2 hours and can be booked for the following:
    9am-11am, 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm, 3pm-5pm, 5pm-7pm, 7pm-9pm, 9pm-11pm
    – Members can book over the phone 01223 462226
    – Non-Members will need to pay in advance at reception
  • Disinfectant spray bottles for customers
  • To limit the numbers in the changing room area, please come ready if possible
  • Due to social distancing – Capacity 14

Main Hall / Sports / Bookings

  • ‘The Return of Indoor Sports’ – From 24 September, organised indoor sport and indoor exercise classes can continue to take place with larger numbers present, provided groups of more than six do not mix. If groups of six are likely to mix, these indoor activities must not go ahead. There is an exemption for organised indoor team sports for disabled people –
  • Bring your own rackets and bats if possible
  • Half Main Hall is being used for some fitness classes
  • All Direct Debits were frozen and no fees have been collected since we closed
  • We will be issuing credits for block bookings and courses while we were closed, that have already been invoiced/paid for

Membership Payments

  • All Direct Debits were frozen and no fees have been collected since we closed. An appropriate adjustment to your first payment back will be made for the days lost in March
  • Short term membership of 3, 6 or 12 months that were paid in advance, we will add the number of days that we were closed to the end of your current expiry date

Exercising through the Corona Virus lock down

many people, particularly those with underlying health conditions or the over 70s, will not be able to come to the gym. For those people, and for anyone who feels safer exercising in their own homes, the following work out ideas are for you.

The simplest way to workout at home is to use your own body with a range of bodyweight exercises.
These exercises, particularly when completed as part of a non-stop circuit, will help build strength, increase endurance, tone muscles and burn calories. Continue reading

Virtual reality fitness gets real

As physical fitness experts continue to explore ways to entice people to add more activity into their lives, so they are increasingly turning to technology.

The advent of virtual reality (VR) exercise has provided a tool that could well encourage a whole new generation of people to take up activities – albeit in a completely new way.

Whether it takes the form of VR headsets, VR screens or virtual reality games, creating an imaginary and interactive world is a new and effective way of getting people to expend energy and move.  Continue reading