Happy New Year!
We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and fantastic New Year celebrations.
A new year is upon us and we hope you are ready to tackle the gym and pool with fresh motivation and a fresh set of goals… Roll on 2018!
A big thank-you to those who gave us cards and presents over the Christmas period, we are very grateful for this, and of course your continued loyalty to Spirit Health Club. Here’s to a fantastic year!
Spirit Championships Results
Well done to everyone who took part in our club challenge back in November. The 51+ category was particularly well competed with some great scores racked up over the 2 weeks.
The winners of each category are as follows: Jo Beer (51+), Rachel Wynn (31-50) & Darrel Follett (16-30).
The winners of each piece of kit inside the age groups were as follows:
(51+) Treadmill = Rob Cooke, Bike = Joan Lewis, Cross-Trainer = Joan Ramsay, Rower = Pete Golding & Swimming = Jo Beer.
(31-50) Treadmill = Marcus Honiecombe, Bike = Nadine Renville/Rob Mellows, Swimming = Rachel Wynn.
(16-30) Treadmill = Darrel Follett.
Any feedback on how we could improve this challenge or ideas for future challenges would be greatly appreciated! Keep an eye out for our 2018 club challenges…
We are pleased to announce that the gym will be undergoing a “facelift” early this year with a few items of cardio vascular equipment arriving on 8th January, see below:
A further 8 machines will be arriving towards the end of February/early March as well as a new floor for the gym! Please bear with us as there will be some disruption but we are sure you will like the finished results!
Later in the year, there will be work done on the changing rooms. Watch this space for details!
Another thank-you goes out to those who attended our Christmas lunch on 15th December. It was a fantastic event which seemed to be enjoyed by all! Our charity raffle in aid of Greenfingers managed to raise £151, a great effort from everyone involved. We are always looking to improve these social events, and your feedback on how we can do this is welcomed and encouraged. These socials are all about you, the members, after all!
Under 16s Spa and Sauna Policy
Following recommendations from our Health and Safety advisors we are having to change our policy regarding access to spa baths, saunas and steam rooms for children.
As from January, any children under the age of 16 will not be permitted to use the spa and sauna. The main reason for this is that children are unable to thermoregulate in hot temperatures as efficiently as adults, increasing the likelihood of dehydration and consequent ill health.
This policy was not a local decision and affects all Kew Green owned health clubs and brings us into line with the majority of public and private sector leisure clubs who already adhere to this policy.
We know that some members will be disappointed by this change, but we have no choice but to implement it and would kindly ask for your support with this.
We have a few staff birthdays coming up over the course of January and February; don’t forget to wish them a Happy Birthday!
Annouska - 20th January
Anthony - 27th January
Dave - 3rd February
In 2018 we will continue fundraising for the Greenfingers charity. In 2017 as a hotel, we raised in excess of £3.5k for the charity with various activities, many of which took place in the club. We thank you for your generosity in supporting these events and hope that you will continue to support them this year.
Greenfingers is a small national charity dedicated to creating magical gardens for children in hospices around the UK. The ‘a million moments’ appeal aims to raise £1million, which will enable Greenfingers to bring the precious gift of a garden to at least 5,000 children and families in hospices.
By supporting the ‘a million moments’ appeal we will be enabling Greenfingers to…
Provide more garden spaces enabling parents to take a break from the rigour of 24-hour care.
Create all-weather areas to enable children to enjoy the outside safely through the seasons.
Enable hospice carers to provide children therapies, education and special family time outdoors.
Create beautifully lit areas for children to enjoy the garden throughout darker months.
Ensure children and their families are able to spend time outside in a safe protective environment.
Thank-you in advance for your contributions! For more information on this charity visit: www.greenfingerscharity.org.uk
Fitness Trends To Look Out For In 2018
The American College of Sports Medicine’s 12th annual survey took place recently with input from over 4,000 fitness professionals. Here are some of the fitness trends they are predicting for 2018;
Functional fitness – programs designed to complement an individuals’ everyday lifestyle as opposed to just focusing on appearance.
Strength training – this has been a consistent fitness trend for years but still remains relevant for all ages, activity levels and genders. Although aerobic training and flexibility also remain important aspects of training regimes.
Bodyweight training – what’s old is new again. You always have your bodyweight on you and bodyweight exercises are a brilliant way to strengthen yourself whilst also improving balance and flexibility.
Wearable technology – they can’t do the work for you, but wearable technology can assist your fitness with heart-rate monitors, GPS tracking devices and other fitness tracking services.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) – This form of training has been highly rated for the past 3 years on this survey and it continues to steal the show. Try substituting your long boring exercise routine for a higher intensity 15 minutes of exercise and reap the rewards!
Fitness programs for older adults – Health professionals are leaning towards activity as the best way to keep the older generation fit. Fitness professionals are now designing more and more age-appropriate exercise programs tailored to the older individual to keep them fit and healthy.