Staying Fit, What Gym Options Are Available to You

While at uni eating takeouts might become more frequent or even just eating more junk food when you don’t want to cook, so maybe the possibility of going to the gym seems more reasonable now then at home, so I am going to give you a few pointers to what’s available and what you can expect to pay.

Edge Hill Sport: If your living on campus this should be the only place worth considering, as deals go there residency membership is a bargain. £80 for a full 40 weeks of premium membership which includes use of all facilities at any time of day, not bad eh? If you live off campus you will have to pay more but it’s still good value if you don’t mind commuting a bit with a standard yearly membership costing £170.00. The facilities are really nice and modern with handy green wristbands used to enter rooms and to use the lockers as opposed to keys, the fitness suite is one of the best I’ve used, the only slight downside being it can be pretty busy especially around 4/5 but that’s more applicable to weightlifters and can be avoided by going later or earlier in  the day.

Off Campus Options: If living within Ormskirk then it may be too much hassle to commute to and from Edge Hill but, there are options within the town. If you are interested in swimming then Park Pool, the council run leisure centre seems to be the main place to go, they also have a gym too.  If you are looking for just for fitness equipment then United Health and Fitness and Active Nation (formerly energie fitness) are both good options, Unite has a larger number of equipment in a larger space with a monthly membership costing £25 a month. Active Nation is the gym I use, it’s pretty small but is usually not too busy and is well maintained as well as having the cheapest membership fee I could find at £20 a month.

So there’s just a few options available to you if interested, also make sure you are paying for what you need, if you go a lot buy a longer membership, if your less consistent then maybe a pay as you go option is best, whatever you choose enjoy it and take it easy!

Jordan

The Sports Centre – My Experience

Hey everyone! Hope you all had a lovely Easter.

In my previous blog post, I spoke about all the ways that you could benefit from a bit of exercise without going to the gym, (https://blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/insideedge/2019/04/25/three-ways-to-stay-fit-without-the-gym/)

In this blog, I wanted to talk about some reasons as to why I love the gym at Edge Hill University, I hope you enjoy.


The Equipment

On the first day that I arrived at Edge Hill University, I immediately went to The Sports Centre to check out what it was like. I have been really serious about the gym for over a year and so I was excited to see what their gym and fitness areas were like. Let’s just say that to say I was blown away  would be considered an understatement.

Bare in mind that I come from a very small place in Northern Ireland with an even smaller gym that could maybe fit 10 people into it at a time and had decent equipment. However, I was so happy with the gym at The Sports Centre as they had machines that I did not know existed and made my fitness journey even more exciting.

If you would like to have a look at the gym and other facilities please follow the link, (https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/study/student-experience/sports-centre-gallery/)

Fitness suite in the Sports Centre.

The Classes

Do you ever get those days when, you know you should go to the gym but you also know that you do not have the motivation to complete a really good workout? Well, worry no further because Edge Hill Sport Centre has a range of fitness classes that will keep you motivated and help you to enjoy fitness.

My personal favourite class is Yoga on a Tuesday night. It is so relaxing and soothing to do but it also challenges and stretches my body in ways that I did not know it could. However, if yoga is not your thing, you can always try other classes and see what you love! Have look at the timetable – https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/edgehillsport/fitness-suite/?tab=fitness-class-timetable 

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The Cafe

What do you do when you have smashed a workout or gym session and are in need of fuelling your body? Go and get yourself a drink and snack from the Starbucks in The Sport Centre, located just as you walk through the entrance.

Not only do they serve tea and coffee, the staff at the cafe also make protein shakes in a variety of flavours. They even have vegan options which is so difficult to come across in shops and cafe’s! Also, you can buy the protein powder in a bag and take it home with you so you can constantly fuel your body!

(PS, the cafe is also a great place to have a tea, coffee or snack when you’re waiting on someone to finish exercising. They have a great seating area with a lovely view of the swimming pool)

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I really hope that you enjoyed this post. I am so thankful for the facilities at this gym and I of course need to give a mention to the amazing staff at The Sports Centre, making sure that every member feels comfortable, motivating them during their workouts and adapt the machines/facilities to meet their members needs.

Thank you for reading, Lauren x

“The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character.”

-Arnold Schwarzenegger-

All things Gym at Edge Hill University 🏋🏽‍♀️💪🏼

Hello!

Has anyone been to an Applicant Visit or Open day yet here at Edge Hill University? Did you get to have a look around the campus, more specifically, the gym? If not, don’t worry, everything you need to know about Edge Hill Sport is right here!

Timings and Memberships🕘💰:

The sports centre, this includes the gym, is open 7am – 10pm on weekdays, closing an hour earlier on Friday (9pm). The weekend timings are 9am – 5pm.
The swimming pool is open on Mondays and Wednesdays 7am – 9pm. Tuesday and Thursday’s timings are a little different. They are open 7am-9am then 11am – 9pm. Again, Friday they close an hour earlier: 7am – 8pm. Weekend timings are 9am – 4pm.

This is a screenshot from the Edge Hill Sports Centre website, just to give you a glimpse of what is available at the sports centre.

This year, they offered a ‘residential’ scheme for first years. You were entitled to four weeks free and after that, you can pay £80 for the year, or just opt out. An absolute bargain.

Residential membership

“Students that live on campus are entitled to try out our Premier membership for a trial period of up to 4-weeks from Welcome Sunday on 16 September until 13 October, with the option to then take out our NEW ‘Resident’ membership, which allows full Premier membership for the remainder of the 40-week accommodation contract. You will need to visit Reception in person to activate the trial period and subsequent membership. For our March / April intake of Nursing students, you are entitled to a similar offer to the above with a trial period until 28 April, with the option to then continue in paid membership until 14 September.”

 

What’s on offer? 🏋🏽‍♀️

The Edge Hill University sports centre provides so many opportunities for students. On the residential scheme, you can use every area the centre provides. They ask you to attend an induction to make sure you’re familiar with where everything is or how to use certain equipment – I found this really helpful. They also offer personal training sessions that you can book either alone, or in a group of 3.

My favourite is all the exercise classes they offer. They do everything, from Body Con, Box Fit, Circuits, HIIT to Kettlefit, Pilates, Spin, Step, Yoga and many more. The best thing I’ve found about these classes is they are accessible to all – they allow and plan for different levels of fitness so don’t ever feel afraid of starting a class. Everyone is really friendly and welcoming and the people who run the classes are really lovely and helpful.

Yoga is definitely my favourite class to take. I’ll do a more in-depth post about that next time but for now, I hope you have enjoyed reading all about the wonderful Sports Centre we have here at Edge Hill. I was taken aback at how amazing it really is. Please feel free to ask any questions you make have, I am happy to help. ☺️

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Sport facilities and gym memberships

You may have heard that most people who go to university end up putting on weight. Whether this be an account of not always choosing the healthy food option, or no longer doing any compulsory exercise, I don’t know. But one way of making sure you stay, or get, healthy, is to join the gym on campus.

The new Sports Centre was opened in 2015 and it boasts an 80-station Fitness Suite with in-built entertainment technology; an 8-court Sports Hall with spectator gallery; an exercise studio and a 6-lane 25m swimming pool with sauna and steam room. All users need a membership, whether this is ‘pay as you go’ or a ‘premier peak’ membership; this can be obtained by completing a membership form at The Sports Centre Reception or completed online, by going to the Sports page on the website. 

As with most gyms, there are different memberships that you can get. If you’re not  a regular gym user, the ‘pay as you go’ may work out cheaper for you; at the moment, it’s £2 for swimming, £3.50 for a fitness class and £5 for use of the fitness suite. If you want to only swim, the ‘Get Active’ pass may be the one for you; at £30 for the whole year, you have free use of the swimming pool during public swim.

Of course, another question you want to ask yourself is at what time is the best for you to go to the gym, as this will help you decide whether to get the Peak or Off-Peak membership.

Off peak membership only allows access to activities and facilities from:

  • Monday to Friday: 7am-4.30pm
  • Saturday to Sunday: 9am-4.30pm

As I am a Primary Ed student, I will be getting a Peak membership, purely because I want to be able to do exercise everyday, whether that be swimming or use of the fitness suite (and, with the premier membership, I can also attend the fitness classes for free). Some of my days can be 9am-6pm, which would mean I wouldn’t get to use my membership all that much! So once you get your timetable, make sure to have a think about it!