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 – JULY 2021

COVID-19 Up-date

Last up-dated:         20th August 2021

Roadmap out of Lockdown

Step 4 – From 19th July the following can resume:

  • All other areas can re-open
  • No legal limit on social distancing
  • Will be a risk assessment-based approach

Step 3 – From 17th May the following can resume:

  • Group exercise and fitness classes
  • ‘Organised’ sport for clubs affiliated with their governing body of sport
  • Informal sport with one other household of within the ‘rule of six’

 Step 2 – From 12th April the following can resume:

  • Gyms for individual use
  • One-to-One PT sessions can commence
  • Group exercise NOT allowed until Step 3 (no earlier than 17th May)
  • Climbing walls can re-open
  • Indoor sports same households or support bubble only – Badminton & Squash etc
  • Indoor sports are allowed for the under 18’s
  • All Covid-secure guidelines must be followed

Staff and customers are required to follow the guidance 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
  • From 19th July we ask that you still wear a face mask whilst moving around the Centre. Covid 19 has not gone away so please respect other users and our staff by continuing to follow the guidance.  Staff will continue to wear a face mask while moving around the centre
  • NHS QR code posters are still displayed so individuals have the option to check in
  • The track and trace book remains in place so individuals who do not have the NHS App have the option to check in, these details will only be kept for 21 days
  • Maintain social distancing – some banners, posters & signage remain in place to encourage caution. Staff are still maintaining social distancing where possible
  • 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
  • Ventilation system to remain turned up, the dampers left fully open, filters changed regularly, and doors propped open where necessary

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 remains in place to encourage caution
  • Sanitiser station located in the reception area
  • Please use card/contactless payment method if possible
  • 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 back open
  • Toilet area – Disinfectant spray bottles for customers to wipe down areas touched

Free Weights Gym

  • Disinfectant spray bottles for customers to wipe down equipment after use
  • Sanitiser station located within the gym
  • We will continue to monitor numbers and will reduce capacity if necessary. This will be reviewed along with case numbers

Outlooks Gym

  • Disinfectant spray bottles for customers to wipe down equipment after use
  • Sanitiser station located within the gym
  • Hot Tub & Sauna are back open
  • We will continue to monitor numbers and will reduce capacity if necessary. This will be reviewed along with case numbers

Fitness Classes

  • At present we are operating a reduced timetable
  • Classes have been moved back into the Studio and Fenners
  • 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
  • We will continue to monitor numbers and will reduce capacity if necessary. This will be reviewed along with case numbers

Climbing Wall

  • Climbers will no longer need to book
  • Disinfectant spray bottles for customers to wipe down the campus board and pull up bar after use
  • We will continue to monitor numbers and will reduce capacity if necessary. This will be reviewed along with case numbers

Main Hall / Sports / Bookings

  • All sports and activities can return with no restrictions
  • Bring your own rackets and bats if possible

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