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Improve your fitness in 5 simple steps

In order to maximise your fitness results it’s important to select the right fitness programme for you. Matt McClelland, Personal Trainer and Fitness Professional says, “Set your goals, consider your likes and dislikes - then go for it and enjoy it!” Use Matt’s five simple steps to maximise results and achieve your fitness goals... Step 1: Assess your fitness level Complete the following basic assessments to record your baseline fitness score so that you can set yourself goals and measure progress, vital for motivation. Do not view your scores as good, fair or bad but as a starting block to improve from.  Try to complete the assessments regularly to see what improvements you have made:
  • Take your pulse rate before and immediately after a one-mile walk (or distance of your choice)
  • Time how long it takes to walk or run a set distance
  • How many push-ups can you do at a time
  • How far you can reach forward while seated on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you
  • Measure your waist circumference at the level of your navel
  • Measure your weight (best taken using the same scales, early in the morning)
You may also want to consult your doctor before beginning an exercise programme, especially if you've not done any exercise recently or have any chronic medical conditions. Did you know that as a Country Club member you can book in for a free Health MOT with one of our fitness experts? Our Health MOT is a 60 minute, in-depth assessment of your overall health and wellness, based on a series of checks and tests. At the end you’ll receive a report on your health and fitness levels and our fitness professionals will use this information, together with your aims and objectives, to design a bespoke Body4Life programme which is geared towards achieving your individual goals. Read more.  Step 2: Determine your fitness goals Keeping your fitness level in mind, think about why you want to start a fitness programme. Perhaps your doctor has suggested that you start a fitness programme to loose weight or improve general mobility and fitness. If you're already active, perhaps you want to rev up your fitness programme to prepare for a 5K race or get ready for a favourite sport. Having clear goals can help you stay motivated. Why not book a session with one of our Personal Trainers  will work with you to develop a plan that suits your life and provide support to help you make a lasting change.  Meet our PT team here. Step 3: Consider your likes and dislikes Focus on the types of physical activities you enjoy and you are more likely to keep up with your fitness programme.  If you love riding your bicycle, consider attending a spinning class. If you have a blast on the dance floor, zumba, dance or aerobics would be a good bet. If you're a social person then give social tennis doubles or coffee morning tennis a go. Step 4: Think variety Varying your activities, or cross-training, will help keep exercise boredom at bay. Cross-training also reduces the risk of injuring or overusing one specific muscle or joint. Alternate across activities that emphasise different parts of your body — walking, swimming and strength training, for example. Step 5: Go for it! You've thought through your likes and dislikes and the pros and cons of various types of fitness programmes. Now it's time to get physical! Remember to start slowly and build up intensity gradually. Each workout puts you one step closer to reaching your fitness goals. If you get bored or lose interest in your fitness programme, don't be afraid to try something new. Reassess your fitness level and set new fitness goals. The result? A future of improved fitness and better health.
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These classes have been specifically designed to allow participants to work at their own intensity level, with the ability to modify all exercises according to their own personal fitness.


A person new to training or an individual with below average fitness levels can be termed as a beginner. These classes are also suitable for those returning to exercise after a break/injury.


A person training at intermediate level should have a fair amount of base fitness and coordination and thus can be exposed to a higher intensity workout.


At an advanced level, the participant should have experience in subjecting themselves to high intensity training on a regular basis. Every person starting off as a beginner should aspire to reach this level.

Online booking is available for members for classes, activities and spa treatments.
Non-members can book our spa treatments online, and please call 01983 766222 to book classes or activities.

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