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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Sports Memberships!

Hi everyone!

Some of you may have noticed that I have been writing a few posts on my time as being a member of the Edge Hill Sports Centre.

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I thought that today I would let you all know about the different memberships available – also members of the public can also become members, not just students!

You can have either a casual membership where you can just turn up and pay for the facilities you would like to use that particular day. Or, you can buy a contractual membership on either a monthly payment or a quarterly payment.  Students can get a 3 month membership for £55 or if you live on campus you can get a discount rate and pay £45!

All standard memberships include; a wristband, equipment hire, and access to the swimming pool, running track and fitness suite. Premier members also have extra access to; badminton and squash courts, sauna and steam room and also personal training!

I think that as students are on a budget, these prices are so reasonable and brilliant to maintain your fitness levels whilst at university. Also, the facilities that these memberships allow you to access are incredible!

If you have any questions about sports memberships please let me know by commenting on this post!

Ellie 🙂

 

 

Navigating the Limbo Between Christmas and New Years

Hello everyone, hope you all had a good Christmas and didn’t eat too much. Who am I kidding, who cares? For me that’s one of the highlights of the period, eating and drinking too much, which is easily done when there’s so much of it. Some of you might be feeling a bit lethargic or bored after the last few days so here’s a few ways to at least attempt to put a spring in your step coming into the new year.

Excercise: I know i know, not everyone’s gonna be feeling this and that’s fair enough but there’s plenty to be said for getting in the gym after all that over-indulgence, for one, it can help get rid of that lethargic feeling and two, it can give you a head start going into any fitness based new years resolutions if that’s what you may have had in mind. Some gym’s do promotions around this time of year to indulge all the people who say they will start going to the gym in the new year with discounted memberships and free weeks etc. If you get going now you will have a better chance of being one of the people who actually keeps their resolution for longer than a week!

Getting ahead of coursework/ revision: Again I know, a lot easier said than done but hear me out, even if you do a bit of work or revision before the New Year rolls around you will feel a lot better come early January when most other people will only have started. This is the perfect time to get work done as generally we have more free time around now after the Christmas rush so why not? If you have coursework due and maybe not in the mood to delve deep into a 2500 word essay yet, it might be an idea to research what you are going to write and plan it out even if you don’t feel like writing it yet, same goes for exam’s you could plan your revision if you don’t want to start it yet.

Whatever you choose to do coming up to New Years have a good one!

Jordan

Sport and Gym Facilities at Edge Hill University – Go Hard or Go Home

 


Edge Hill University sports a state of the art gym right on your doorstep on campus. This amazing facility built in 2015 was a 30 million pound expansion to the existing campus. Since then the campus has adopted this facility as the new home of fitness and sweat.

The facilities here are state of the art and the team looking after them are always looking for ways to help students and residents of the gym alike.


The gym itself consists of a range of exercise machines, ranging from weights to cardio and everything in between. Modern Techno-Gym machines link everything together and allow you to track all of your training activity and even watch TV or play Angry Birds if you want. The gym is modern, sleek and friendly.


 

The complex itself also sports a fresh 7 lane pool, with views onto the sports field and campus. This relaxing environment is a perfect way to chill out and even have some fun with friends. The pool also offers classes and lessons for those who are not as sure footed as they would like to be in the water. There are also water sports teams, such as triathlons and much much more.


Image result for steam roomThe pool also contains a health suite. A steam room and sauna provide a great way to relax after a workout or even a late night. It is worth checking out, although remember that at the movement you do need a membership to use the suite, it is not a pay as you go setup. The sauna and steam room are right by the pool so you can hop in and out.



 

If you want to find out more about Edge Hill Sport, including other activities, classes, facilitates and prices of the memberships you can check out their webpage here.

And if you want more free and great advice email think@edgehill.ac.uk or leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you want to suggest something to write about or want to be interviewed leave a comment below also and I will get back to you personally!


 

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!

Ormskirk!

Hello all, I hope you’re having a wonderful start to the week!

Edge Hill resides in a small town that can sometimes cause confusion. People either know it, or they don’t, but it’s a shame for those who don’t because it’s such a wonderful town. There’s something for everyone to enjoy and do:

  • Shops: not only is there a great selection of shops for grocery shopping, but there are also some cool shops around Ormskirk for your enjoyment. Probably the most well known shops are New Look, Superdrug and Waterstones, but there are also some more independent shops such as Aladdin’s Cave, a fancy dress shop, and Sweet Memories, a traditional and American candy shop.
  • Cafés: there are both well known and independent cafés in Ormskirk, so however you like your coffee there’ll be something for you! There’s a Costa and Starbucks, and there’s also Cobble, which do the most incredible hot chocolates and milkshakes.
  • Restaurants/food places: if you fancy eating out one day there are a whole variety of choices. If you’re a fan of European food, there’s lots of places to try; TurQuaz is a Turkish restaurant just on the way out of the town centre, Passage to India is a brilliant Indian restaurant that’s just across from the bus station, and there’s the Peacock Inn Chinese Restaurant. If you’re not a fan of such food, there’s always the good old McDonalds, which is now 24/7 during the weekend, and Subway, which is open till 2am at the weekend! There’s also always lots of takeaways which give you every option you could dream of.
  • Fitness and Gyms: of course, there’s Edge Hill’s own sports centre which not only has a swimming pool and gym, but offers discounted prices for students, but there are also options in town. There’s Unite Health and Fitness which has superb gym equipment, and a brand new gym called Energie Fitness. There’s also the local swimming baths which is in Coronation Park, and Base Dance, which offers dance classes.

So, there’s so much variety in the town centre, not to mention how beautiful it is. Coronation Park has a little lake and forest which are lovely to walk around. The rest of the town is just as nice to walk around, even the shopping areas have such charm! One of my favourite parts of the town is the clock tower that resides in the very centre of the town, which has a beautiful compass in the paving stones around it.

The wonderful town centre

It’s Christmas Already???

So semester one has come to an end and Christmas is just around the corner. It is that time of year again to spend time with your family and friends and just earn that well deserved rest after the first 12 weeks of uni. Its been a shock to the system and my sleeping pattern, well, I don’t think I ever had one to begin with, never the less, I can honestly say it has been amazing experience so far. If you’re in the situation that I was in last year where you’re on the edge of coming to university, you will not regret your decision.

One of the greatest things about Edge Hill University would have to be the groups and societies that we all have at our fingertips. Have you ever wanted to try something new but not had the opportunity to do so? Well the great thing about this university is the diversity of societies it has to offer and if you can think of something, well, there is a high probability that it runs it.

From my experience, I was overwhelmed by the amount of choice there was to offer when I went to the freshers fair and saw all the clubs running, I mean come on… Harry Potter? No other devoted fan could refuse an offer like that. Having a Harry Potter marathon running over 24 hours also… That was a challenge one too difficult to refuse.

Sport is a large part of the groups that Edge Hill have to offer also and I personally think it is a great way to introduce and embrace yourself into campus life. Sport is an excellent way to make friends, keep healthy and enhance that CV to stand out from the pile. There is basketball, football, rugby, american football and even ultimate frisbee and that’s just a small amount that I can think of. If you can think of a sport or activity that you would like to participate in, Edge Hill has that opportunity.

Above is a video explaining about the new sports centre and even a gym.


If, like myself you prefer extra fries instead of exercise then fear no more because there are a33cf99f3208b4e4fb1af4b6bcd4d343many other societies available. From Harry to hockey there are a so many to choose from and something which I find amazing is the cultural and social aspect that each one has to offer. Come January I will probably find myself trying new things, meeting new people and in all honesty, aside from assignments, exams and beans on toast with a side of noodles, that is what I believe university to be about.

Any way, I hope you all have a fabulous Christmas and an Amazing New Year!!!!!

J. x

Sport at Edge Hill

Before I departed Ormskirk for the summer, I finally joined the gym at Edge Hill. I thought it was about time because I’ve been at Edge Hill University two years now and never actually used any of the excellent sport facilities there. These come under what’s known as ‘sporting edge’ and include:

  • A full fitness suite
  • A 18 meter swimming pool
  • A full-sized athletic track
  • Astro turf football pitches
  • Indoor tennis court
  • Dance Studio

In a previous blog I mentioned that a new sporting edge building is being built (see “http://blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/insideedge/2014/01/06/the-edge-hill-university-campus/”) and this due for completion in 2015. To use the facilities you can opt for a ‘pay as you go’ style membership, but I chose to opt for a premier off-peak membership with a one off annual payment of £105. This means my membership will last me throughout my final year of my degree and I have access to a lot of services.

As part of my membership I get personal training sessions in the fitness suite, which I plan to get set up once I’m back. I also plan to use the swimming pool and try out the classes that Sporting Edge offers. If you want more information on any of the above then the link to sporting edge is below 🙂

http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/edgehillsport/