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Designed to keep you informed on all the latest news in the health & fitness world, as well as provide expert insight on topics such as nutrition, cardiovascular exercise and sport, the Sportspace blog is your first stop for everything active. All of posts are designed to help you, our customers, and many are based on common questions and queries our staff get asked on a daily basis.

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If you’ve got an area you’d like us to investigate or if you are interested in writing a blog post for us feel free to get in touch by contacting: Sean Garland  

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Personal Training Experience Session: Sandbags with Marc

This month our Personal Training Experience Session comes from our new Hemel Hempstead Gymspace Supervisor, Marc! He talks us through why training with Sandbags is so beneficial to our everyday lives, take it away Marc…

 

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Personal Training Experience of the month: Boxing with Jess

Personal Training Experience of the month: Boxing with Jess

Box your way to a healthier lifestyle with Sportspace...

 

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It's never too late to get active!

From wanting to maintain your strength and remaining mobile, to keeping up with the grandchildren, and even just getting to the shops, everyone has their reasons for maintaining a level of fitness.

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Personal Training Experience Session of the Month: Powerplates with Sam

 Personal Training Experience Session of the Month: August

It’s time to shake up your workout!

Our Personal Training Experience Session for August is focused on The Powerplate!

Personal Trainer Sam has given an insight into how the Powerplate kit works and how it can accelerate your workout…

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Why it’s important to keep your kids active during the summer holidays

 

A recent study regarding children’s health has suggested that kids can lose up to 80% of their fitness during the summer months when on holiday from school. This has rattled parents and organisations alike who are finding it increasingly difficult to find ways to keep children active. A study conducted by UK Active on 400 pupils found that after the holidays children were unable to exert themselves for as long before having to stop from being exhausted. The long term health benefits of term time exercise are lost almost entirely if children don’t engage in their recommended 60 minutes of activity each day.

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Why we should all be playing more golf...

Playing a round of golf can be great fun and a wonderful way to relax. With all the gorgeous scenery to take in it’s easy to forget that there are numerous physical benefits of playing a round.

 

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Personal Training Experience Sessions: Fat Loss & Nutrition with Dan

It’s been a scorching start to the summer here at Gymspace! And with the summer holidays just around the corner perhaps it’s the right time to check that you are eating the best things and exercising the right way to lose fat.

In July we shall be focusing on Dan, and his Personal Training Experience Session: Fat loss & Nutrition… 

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Personal Training Experience Sessions: Weight Loss with Simon

 

It’s June! The days are long and now is the time to get that extra motivation to focus on your weight loss and fitness.

Wondering what you need to do to kick start your weight loss? Or how many calories an hour Personal Training session can burn? 

If these are the sort of things you have been contemplating then Simon is the PT to get your fitness back on track...

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Personal Training Experience Sessions: HIIT with Lorraine

Bored with your training? Want to mix it up a bit to kick start results again in time for the summer? You should book a Personal Training Experience Session!

This month we are looking at HIIT sessions with Lorraine...

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How to prep for race day – The London Marathon

It’s that time of year again, you have seen people running on the treadmills for hours and running in the streets at all times of the day and night, it’s time for the London Marathon.

I caught up with our resident Marathon man & Gymspace Supervisor Kyle Stephens to ask for his top tips for anyone running the London Marathon this Sunday, here is what he said:

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Everyday Champion January 2017 - Leila WIlks

January 2017 Everyday Champion

Name: Leila Wilks

Nominated for: Determination to learn to swim and to learn the skills to teach basic swimming techniques so she can pass this knowledge on to orphans in her home city in the Philippines.

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SwimTag – A customer’s perspective

We asked one of our regular swimming customers, Tina Gill, why she started using SwimTag and how it motivates her, as we had spotted she had got the SwimTag bug. In October (2016) she was 9th on our Top 10 Leader board for most calories burnt with 8414 kcals burnt in the month. But then in November (2016) she trumped that by taking the top spot of 1st on the leader board with 18364 kcals burnt – amazing! This is what Tina had to say…

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Everyday Champion December 2016 - Jackie Colfer

December Everyday Champion

Name: Jackie Colfer

Nominated for: Outstanding progress - starting on our 0-5km running club and afterwards competing in the Sportspace Triathlon.

 

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Everyday Champion November 2016 - Nick Hill

November Everyday Champion

Name: Nick Hill

Nominated for: Outstanding achievement whilst working through severe health issues  

 

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Top 5: Guilt-free treats to satisfy a sweet tooth

 

Find yourself reaching for that bar of chocolate after a workout? Or perhaps you’re partial to a slice of cake (or two) after dinner? For many people out there, the urge to reach for something sweet and sugary during the day is high – and so is the feeling of guilt straight after. But it doesn’t have to be.  You can satisfy your sweet tooth and stay on track with your diet at the same time. How? By substituting your sugary favourites for some of our top 5 guilt-free alternatives, helpfully constructed by Sportspace Personal Trainer, Lewis Erskine. 

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5 reasons why you CAN do a Triathlon

Sportspace Sponsored Athlete and Professional Triathlete, Amy Kilpin, gives you five reasons why you can take on a Triathlon (regardless of age, ability or experience)...

As I stood at the start line of the half Ironman World Championships last year, I had to remind myself where I had come from only a few years ago. And that, quite frankly, was nowhere.

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Everyday Champion July - Sue Sizer

Congratulations to July’s Everyday Champion, Sue Sizer, who has been nominated for the award following her outstanding weight loss journey with us here at Sportspace.

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5 ways to improve your sleep

Tips for improving sleep 

Struggling to get that all-important shuteye? The importance of having a good night’s sleep each and every night cannot be overlooked. In the hectic and fast-paced world we live in today it can be hard to settle down in the evening and look forward to a good night’s sleep – especially with the number of round-the-clock home entertainment opportunities available now too. People are going to bed later and getting up for work feeling exhausted and it’s common for some people to wake up frequently throughout the night.  But common doesn’t mean normal.

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Everyday Champion June - The Biggest Losers 2016

A slight twist has been added to this month’s ‘Everyday Champion’ award. Instead of giving the monthly accolade to an individual, we’ve gone one better and awarded it to the 20 members of our 2016 Biggest Loser group!  Their achievements could not be ignored and all of us here at Sportspace are immensely proud of everyone involved.

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SWIMTAG: technology to revolutionise your swim

With the recent launch of SWIMTAG across Sportspace sites, we asked Amy Kilpin, one of our sponsored athletes, to take it for a swim and give us her thoughts - here's what she had to say: 

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Sportspace Athletics Track
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Sportspace Longdean
Sportspace Tring
Little Hay Golf Complex
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Sportspace Berkhamsted

Centre Opening Times*

Monday 6.15am 10.00pm
Tuesday 6.15am 10.00pm
Wednesday 6.15am 10.00pm
Thursday 6.15am 10.00pm
Friday 6.15am 9.00pm
Saturday 8.00am 8.00pm
Sunday 8.00am 9.15pm

 

*Gym opening times differ, please click for more information.

Sportspace Athletics Track

Centre Opening Times

Monday Closed
Tuesday 2.00pm 6.30pm
Wednesday 2.00pm 9.00pm
Thursday 2.00pm 6.30pm
Friday Closed
Saturday 10.00am 2.00pm
Sunday 10.00am 2.00pm

Sportspace Hemel Hempstead

Centre Opening Times*

Monday 6.15am 10.00pm
Tuesday 6.15am 10.00pm
Wednesday 6.15am 10.00pm
Thursday 6.15am 10.00pm
Friday 6.15am 10.00pm
Saturday 8.00am 8.00pm
Sunday 8.00am 10.00pm

 

Sportspace Hemel Hempstead is open from 9am-10pm on bank holiday Mondays.

 

*Gym opening times differ, please click for more information.

Sportspace Kings Langley

The Sportspace Kings Langley team operates various classes and courses for all ages in local venues. Please note that these classes are not included in the Gymspace Direct Debit Membership.

 

For more information, please call 01442 507100.

Sportspace Longdean

Centre Opening Times*

Monday 6.00pm 10.00pm
Tuesday 6.00pm 10.00pm
Wednesday 6.00pm 10.00pm
Thursday 6.00pm 10.00pm
Friday 4.00pm 10.00pm
Saturday 9.00am 2.00pm
Sunday 10.00am 9.00pm

 

Please note Sportspace Longdean is closed on Bank Holidays.

 

*Gym Opening Times

Sportspace Tring

Centre Opening Times

Monday 6.15am 8.00am
4.30pm 10.15pm
Tuesday 6.15am 8.00am
4.30pm 10.15pm
Wednesday 6.15am 8.00am
4.30pm 10.15pm
Thursday 6.15am 8.00am
4.30pm 10.15pm
Friday 6.15am 8.00am
4.30pm 9.15pm
Saturday 9.00am 8.15pm
Sunday 9.00am 9.30pm

Little Hay Golf Complex

Opening Times

Summer Weekdays 7.00am 9.00pm
Summer Weekends 7.00am 8.00pm
Winter Weekdays 7.00am 6.00pm
Winter Weekends 7.00am 6.00pm

XC

Centre Opening Times*

Monday 10.00am 10.00pm
Tuesday 10.00am 10.00pm
Wednesday 10.00am 10.00pm
Thursday 10.00am 10.00pm
Friday 10.00am 10.00pm
Saturday 10.00am 10.00pm
Sunday 10.00am 10.00pm

 

*Please call reception on 01442 507100 for the specific opening times of each activity.