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 – July 2020

Finally after being closed since 20th March the Government has given gyms/leisure centres the green light to reopen from 25th July and we cannot wait to welcome you all back

The gym and fitness industry will have a vital role in ensuring the on-going health and wellbeing of the nation following the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.  The Government realises how important exercise is and as the Chief Medical Officer stated: ‘There is no situation, no age, no condition, where exercise is not a good thing”

We have been working hard behind the schemes to ensure our facilities are ready to open in the safest way possible.  We will be following a strict hygiene and safety regime and have put together a framework for re-opening to conform to COVID-19 guidelines.  The measures we have put in place have been developed in full partnership with major fitness and leisure operators, and have been reviewed by leading medical experts.

Whilst we will be ready to reopen, we will have to operate in a slightly different way.  Our customers are required to follow the guidelines and measures 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
  • For track & trace purposes Non-Members must sign in and their details kept for 21 days
  • 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 will 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

  • Classes return from 27th July
  • 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 24
    • Function room – Capacity 7

Climbing Wall

  • No Climbing Inductions – NO new customers at this time to reduce the contact between staff and customer
  • 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
    – Registered 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

  • Due to social distancing not all indoor sports are able to return.  At the moment only badminton, short tennis and table tennis can return.  We will continue to monitor the situation and update you once we know more
  • 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

We look  forward to seeing you all soon

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

Variations in effective strength training

The first of these is the decidedly intimidating sounding German Volume Training. This is a method of strength training that was devised in the 1970s for the German weightlifting team. Centred around intense, structured strength training sessions, the method was adopted in the 1990s  by the Canadian strength coach Charles Poliquin. It is widely acknowledged as one of the most demanding methods of training there is. Continue reading

Trail running gives new perspective

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although Kelsey Kerridge is a gym and sports centre, and we love to see people enjoying our facilities and classes, we recognise that sometimes it is just as important to get outside and exercise.

Trail running gives you space to breathe

The fresh air, the space, the sunlight (or rain), these are all elements that should be seen as complementary to your usual gym-based work out. It’s not a case of in or out, but a combination of both.

All of which is why we think trail running is a fantastic activity. It adds variety to your routine, it will exercise different muscles – more on that later – and it gives you a new perspective.

Ditch the stats

The first thing you need to do when setting out for a trail run is to forget statistics. Well, at least forget the statistics that normally bother you, such as time taken, fastest kilometre or number of steps. Instead, concentrate on the newly emerging crocuses, the leaves unfurling on the trees or the number of stationary cars you pass as you skoot past a traffic queue.

You will never be as fast with your trail running as you are on either the treadmill or the road. There are too many uneven bits. Mud patches, tyre ruts, large stones, fallen branches – these are all set to test you. They could even injure you of you don’t slow down a little and watch your step.

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Trail running finds those hidden muscles

However, while you might not be setting world-beating times, you will be giving your body a different workout. As you adjust to an incline or take a longer than usual stride, you will be working the little muscles around your hip, knee and ankle joint so much more than when simply repeating the same movement on a treadmill. In addition, the main muscles will also be asked to work a little harder. Quads will work harder on the uphill. Hamstrings are tested on the downhill.

The occasional hill or slope will also make your systems work harder, putting your heart and lungs under stress. You will also find your core comes into play as you struggle to keep your balance on an uneven piece of land.

Smell the roses

One running coach used to call trail running a ‘smell the roses’ experience. He meant that in two ways. Firstly, you were ravelling at a speed that actually allowed you to distinguish different smells along the route. Secondly, it is a state of mind. When you are trail running, you are unlikely to be in a competitive situation. This is a time to relax, unwind and actually enjoy the sensations.

From personal experience, trail running is also a great way to clear the mind or arrive at a solution. There is little science behind it, but many people will say that it is while enjoying the space of the outdoors, that they do their best thinking.

Trail running is also a great way to see parts of the local area that you don’t normally explore. You can run places that cars just can’t access. Paths along field edges, bridges that take you over babbling brooks. There are numerous great apps with routes that you can follow. Or you can just make up your own route.

Scaling the heights of fitness at the Climbing Centre

The Cambridge Climbing Centre at Kelsey Kerridge is a brilliant addition the local activity scene. It offers a huge variety of challenges for climbers of all abilities. Making it even more accessible, the wall is predominantly a bouldering wall, so there is no need for safety harnesses and ropes.  Continue reading

Short on time? A HIIT workout is the answer

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a very specific and particular form of exercise which can give you both a great work out and fast results.

In essence, HITT is a cardio session arranged as short bursts of very hard work. In order for an exercise to be classed as HITT, you must be working at your maximum for every set or repetition. For that reason, the sets are short – from 20-90 seconds. Continue reading