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Leading gym offers free pass to celebrate National Fitness Day – South Wales Guardian

Xercise4Less Swansea will be giving non-members the chance to use its facilities for free on Wednesday, September 27 to celebrate National Fitness Day.

Many leisure centres and gyms across the country, including Xercise4Less Swansea, will be getting involved in the day by running various activities to help get the nation more active.

Xercise4Less Swansea will be offering free day passes to anyone over the age of 18 who want to improve their health and experience the gym’s facilities.

National Fitness Day is a UK Active run initiative that is designed to encourage and celebrate the fun of fitness and physical activity in the UK. It is the largest physical activity celebration in the country and offers a huge range of activities for people of all ages.

This year’s National Fitness Day will be the most wide-ranging to date, with 20,000 free events taking place across the UK.

Simon Tutt, CEO at Xercise4Less said “National Fitness Day is a fantastic initiative and it’s great that Xercise4Less Swansea will be involved in the day. We want to offer everyone the opportunity to try our gym and hopefully it will lead to some members of the public becoming healthier and more active all year round.”

People can claim their free day pass by visiting the Xercise4Less website and entering their details at xercise4less.co.uk/national-fitness-day.

The complimentary gym pass should then be shown to a member of reception upon arrival at the club.

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Leading gym offers free pass to celebrate National Fitness Day … – South Wales Guardian

Xercise4Less Swansea will be giving non-members the chance to use its facilities for free on Wednesday, September 27 to celebrate National Fitness Day.

Many leisure centres and gyms across the country, including Xercise4Less Swansea, will be getting involved in the day by running various activities to help get the nation more active.

Xercise4Less Swansea will be offering free day passes to anyone over the age of 18 who want to improve their health and experience the gym’s facilities.

National Fitness Day is a UK Active run initiative that is designed to encourage and celebrate the fun of fitness and physical activity in the UK. It is the largest physical activity celebration in the country and offers a huge range of activities for people of all ages.

This year’s National Fitness Day will be the most wide-ranging to date, with 20,000 free events taking place across the UK.

Simon Tutt, CEO at Xercise4Less said “National Fitness Day is a fantastic initiative and it’s great that Xercise4Less Swansea will be involved in the day. We want to offer everyone the opportunity to try our gym and hopefully it will lead to some members of the public becoming healthier and more active all year round.”

People can claim their free day pass by visiting the Xercise4Less website and entering their details at xercise4less.co.uk/national-fitness-day.

The complimentary gym pass should then be shown to a member of reception upon arrival at the club.

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KKR muscles in on £600m auction of Pure Gym fitness chain – Sky News

The buyout giant which took Boots private more than a decade ago has muscled in on the £600m-plus auction of Pure Gym, Britain’s biggest chain of health and fitness clubs.

Sky News understands that KKR is among a pack of financial investors that will table indicative offers for Pure Gym ahead of a deadline on Thursday.

The sale of Pure Gym comes a year after the company abandoned a public listing, citing difficult market conditions in the wake of the EU referendum.

Pure Gym’s main shareholder, CCMP Capital Advisors, is working with Harris Williams and Jefferies on the auction, which City sources say is likely to be wrapped up by the end of the year.

CCMP, which has controlled Pure Gym since 2013, has overseen a period of strong growth at Pure Gym, which now trades from more than 170 clubs.

Its relentless expansion comes after a period of turbulence in the UK gyms sector, with operators such as Fitness First being forced into financial restructurings and takeovers.

A successful sale of Pure Gym would crystallise a windfall for Sir Chris Hoy, the six-time Olympics gold medallist, who has a small shareholding in the business.

Announcing its 2016 results in March, Humphrey Cobbold, Pure Gym’s chief executive, said: “Almost a million people currently enjoy our affordable and flexible offer and we’ve introduced a variety of different membership options to suit a wide range of personal circumstances.

“No operator in the history of the gym and fitness sector in the UK has ever achieved this scale of membership.

“For 2017, expansion remains our priority with plans for 20 to 25 openings this year in total.

“Despite our size, we retain a ‘challenger brand’ entrepreneurial spirit with a relentless focus on ensuring our offer appeals to 21st century consumers who want quality and value for money, the flexibility of a no contract offer and facilities they actually use.”

KKR and Pure Gym declined to comment.

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How To Up Your Fitness, Fast – Without Spending On A Gym Membership – HuffPost UK

Summer might be coming to an end but that doesn’t mean your workouts have to slow down. When autumn rolls around and the evenings get dark, it’s nice to head to a warm gym to keep fit. But what if you don’t fancy giving a third of your take-home pay to your local gym?

Never fear. There are alternatives that don’t involve fighting another gym-goer for the treadmill. You don’t even have to get dressed to try out kettlebell exercises at home in your pyjamas. Take your fitness to the next level and save pennies while you’re at it.

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Kettlebells

When you’re short on time and you don’t want to get dressed to workout, try kettlebell exercises at home. A kettlebell is a cast iron weight that looks like a cannonball with a handle. You can use them for strength and cardiovascular exercise. Swinging a kettlebell around is seriously hard work. You’ll work up a proper sweat while burning calories and toning muscles.

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Wild swimming

Swimming pools can be pricey and they are often filled with screaming children. If you don’t mind braving the cold, find your local wild swimming spot and go for a dip. Hampstead Ponds is a famous wild swimming lake in London and is a lot cheaper than regular pool, at £2 a dip. 

Swimming is a low-impact workout so it’s great if you are recovering from an injury, plus you’ll start to see your fitness improve in a whole new way. Take a look at the Wild Swimming[1] website for local swimming ponds near you.

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Plenty of cities have pay-as-you-ride bikes now, making it cheaper than ever to go cycling. It’s fantastic for building cardiovascular fitness and toning your muscles. Regular short cycle rides are the best way to get fit. Start biking twice a week and gradually build it up – before long you’ll be that person powering uphill on your bike with legs of steel.

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Tennis doesn’t have to involve signing up to an expensive club. Whacking a ball around is one of the best ways to get fit while having fun. Tennis is all about quick explosive movements and dynamic strength, plus it builds stamina and encourages coordination. There are dozens of free access tennis courts around the country. Some even offer free coaching for families. Find your nearest free tennis court on the Tennis For Free[2] website.

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While not traditionally thought of as a fitness regime, yoga can be an intense workout if you practice the right style. Ashtanga and vinyasa style yoga not only stretches muscles but also strengthens your core and tones your upper and lower body. A one-hour vinyasa class burns nearly 600 calories. You can easily practice yoga at home by following YouTube videos or join a pay-monthly site. Try Yoga With Adriene’s 45-minute Power Yoga class[3] for starters. 

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All you need to start running is a pair of trainers. The beauty of pacing pavements is you can do it anywhere – whether it’s on your commute to work or along the coastal path on holiday. Start with a short 10 minute jog and slowly build up to 30-40 minutes. Don’t berate yourself if you have to walk.

Just challenge yourself, next time, to run a little further. Running is the perfect fitness regime if you want to see results fast and it is totally free.

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HIIT stands for high-intensity interval training. It involves short bursts of exercise that you can do at home to build strength, stamina and increase your metabolism. Fitness Blender[4] is one of our favourite YouTube channels for HIIT exercises. You can choose different length workouts, from quick 10-minute cardio sessions to kickboxing and skipping. You don’t need any special equipment and you won’t have to pay a penny. If the sun is shining, take that HIIT regime outside and do it in your local park.

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References

  1. ^ Wild Swimming (www.wildswimming.co.uk)
  2. ^ Tennis For Free (tennisforfree.com)
  3. ^ Power Yoga class (www.youtube.com)
  4. ^ Fitness Blender (www.fitnessblender.com)
  5. ^ Suggest a correction (www.huffingtonpost.co.uk)