Flex & The City: Exposed Fitness Feature

Exposed: Jan 2011 Flex & The City gym feature

Oooh, a fitness feature, in January… how original. Yeah, yeah. Chill yer boots. We’re hardly boldly going where no-one’s gone before but. fact is, research done by our performing flea circus has shown that 87% of Sheffielders will be indulging in some sort of health kick for 2011. This is fact – hence you have in front of you your ultimate guide to getting your health jollies right here in the city. Choose it, peruse it, then use it – before that initial muscle momentum falters and you ultimately abuse it (your body, that is). Absolutely flabulous, darlings.

Fitness First
9 Archer Drive, S8 0LB
How much?: For membership with full access to all clubs and activities: £35.95 a month.
Classes: Classes include a fantastic range with everything from Pilates and yoga to circuit and spin.
Fitness First offers a tailored exercise experience for anyone, regardless of age or ability. You can work towards realistic goals in their fully equipped, air-conditioned gym; try your hand at yoga or aerobiking in the studio or work out in style in the cardio theatre with 16 different TV and music channels available for your entertainment. They also provide a fantastic range of beauty and relaxation treatments – and if that’s not enough you can even rent a movie for the kids.
Offers: Get yourself one free day membership simply by signing up on the website. Work out all afternoon for absolutely nothing.
Contact: Tel. 0844 5712930, head to 
http://www.fitnessfirst.co.uk for more info.
Greens Health and Fitness
Napier Street, S11 8HA
How much?: Call for details.
Classes: Greens offers free group fitness classes such as yoga, spinning and tai chi to get you breaking a sweat together.
Practical and stylish, Greens has a 25m heated indoor pool with designated lanes to make a splash in. Individual plans will keep you on track or, if you just want somewhere to lay back and relax, theie sauna, steam rooms and spa should do the trick nicely.
Offers: In their bid to get you all dropping a dress size Greens is offering one month membership free for the first 50 members who sign up. A free one day trial is also available.
Contact: Tel. 0114 2765333, head to 
http://www.greensonline.co.uk for more info.
Zest Community
18 Upperthorpe Road, S6 3NA
How much?: Anytime pool and gym membership: £24 a month.
Classes: If you’re looking to try out the new craze of Zumba classes, they’re now available at Zest on Saturday mornings. January sees the launch of the new Zest diet and fitness club which will be an adult weight loss scheme running every Monday at 1pm and Wednesday at 6pm.
Zest is not merely a fitness centre, but a charitable community designed to boost the community and provide regeneration and recreation to those in the area. Equipped with their own pool, gym and sport facilities, they emphasise the importance of health and fitness and even offer training to increase job prospects for those in the area.
Offers: If you pay for a gym induction in January or Febuary, which is £7.50, you can use the gym anytime during January or Febuary for just £1.50 each time instead of the normal £3.67.
Contact: Tel. 0114 270 2040, head to 
http://www.zestcommunity.co.uk for more info.
Pure Gym
9-15 Mantom Street, Sheaf Gardens, S2 4BA
How much?: 24/7 access membership: £15.99 a month.
Classes: Sheffield Pure Gym is introducing a wide selection of modern fitness classes soon so don’t miss out.
Open 24 hours a day, Pure Gym offers access to a fantastic 170 piece, air-conditioned gymnasium. Their friendly personal trainers will offer advice and encouragement to aid anyone in their weight loss challenges and their online members area gives nutritional guides and training to keep you on track.
Offers: Pure Gym takes into account that there are times in the year you just don’t want to exercise. That’s why they offer their members a unique deal where they can freeze their membership for only £3.99 a month and unfreeze it at any time.
Contact: Tel. 0845 0176582, head to 
http://www.puregym.co.uk for more info.
Lady Zone
861 Ecclesall Road South, S11 7AE
How much?: Full Monthly Membership: £29 a month plus a £50 discounted initial fee.
Classes: The SlimZone swimming club classes’ gets loads of members together to boost encouragement and to help one another reach target weights.
This gym is exclusive to women and takes a relaxed and realistic approach to exercise. Specifically trained female instructors will draw up an exercise plan with you based around a simple 10 station circuit so you never have to work out for more than 30 minutes at a time.
You’ll also gain access to SlimZone for your very own tailored weight management plan.
Offers: Members can sign up to Lady Zone newsletters that gives them free monthly tips on fitness, nutrition and lifestyle.
Contact: Tel. 0114 268 6841, head to 
http://www.ladyzone.co.uk for more info.
Ponds Forge (Fitness Unlimited)
Sheaf Street, S1 2BP
How much?: Fitness Unlimited Membership: £26 a month.
Classes: A vast range of health classes including Pilates, Spin classes, Tai Bo, Yoga, Aqua Aerobics and much more are available. And January sees the introduction of Zumba, Kettleball and Body Combat too.
Sheffield’s much loved Ponds Forge gives a broad and entertaining range of fitness options to people of any age. Fitness Unlimited members not only get to enjoy the air-conditioned gym fully equipped with 130 pieces of Technogym equipment, but also have full access to three other leisure centres; Concord Sports Centre, Don Valley Stadium and Hillsborough Leisure Centre.
Offers: Fitness Unlimited Free one day pass offer: get full use of the fitness classes and gym whilst saving yourself £5.50 (call 0114 223 3419 to claim your pass.)
Contact: Tel. 0114 223 3400, or head to 
http://www.ponds-forge.co.uk for more info.
English Institute of Sport (EIS)
Coleridge Road, S9 5DA
How much?: Health and Fitness memberships start at £25.95 a month.
Classes: EIS offers a great range of fitness classes including Run Club, Military Circuits, Lunchtime Stretch and Tone, Dance Fusion and Ladies only classes.
Holder of the prestigious FLAME fitness industry award, the Valley gym offers everything from treadmills and exercise bikes to an indoor running track and a free weights area. A variety of courts are available where you can get some healthy competition going with a game of netball, basketball, volleyball or badminton. A further two multifunctional sports halls can also be used for everything from martial arts to fencing.
Offers: Get your first fitness class at EIS free.
Contact: Tel. 0114 223 5600, head to 
http://www.eis-sheffield.co.uk for more info.
Virgin Active
300 Broadfield Park, Broadfield Road, S8 0XQ
How much?: Full flexi membership (anytime access): £42.95 a month. Off peak membership (8.30am to 3.30pm): £37 a month.
Classes: Virgin Active offers a massive range of fitness classes including yoga, Pilates, the latest Latino dance craze Zumba and plenty more.
The vast variety of equipment and spa treatments makes Virgin Active a safe bet for anyone looking to join a gym this year. Their gym is jam-packed with state of the art equipment, a free weights zone and even a boxing ring. Dedicated fitness advisors will help you get fit whether you choose to do so in the swimming pool, aerobic classes or even on the climbing wall. So why not drop the kids off in the creche or Club-V whilst you relax in the jacuzzi, treat yourself to a cheeky massage or even work on your tan on the sun beds.
Offers: Just pay an introductory price of £20 and enjoy a free month of exercise.
Contact: Tel. 0114 262 9600, head to 
http://www.virginactive.co.uk for more info.
Momentum Leisure
Opal 2, 10 St. George’s Close, S3 7HB
How much?: Peak membership: £40 a month/ £30 student (when you sign up for 3 months)
Classes: There’s fitness classes for everyone. Whether you want Core ball, Pilates or Boxing Circuits they’ve got it.
Located adjacent to The University of Sheffield and close to public transport routes, it’s in a handy little spot for students and people working in and around town.
Their jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and indoor heated swimming pool are perfect for a leisurely afternoon of relaxation. And, for all those fitness fanatics, there’s also a weight room and gymnasium on hand.
If you want to keep track of your progress, or learn how to exercise effectively, then Momentum also provides their members with a TGS key that saves all your workout information to a personal database. This is then presented to you in a motivating and easy to read personal report – kind of like having your own personal trainer. The fitness report tells you how long you’ve worked out, how many calories you’ve burnt off and how it equates to other forms of exercise (such as how much of the Tour De France you’ve completed.) You can even build up a nice bit of healthy competition and challenge your friends to contests.
Offers: If you fancy going along for a quick workout then just mention Exposed magazine upon arrival and you’ll get yourself a free one day pass.
Contact: Tel. 0114 273 0378, head to 
http://www.momentumleisure.com for more info.
 1 Archer Drive, S8 0LB
How much?: Peak membership: £65.49 a month. Off peak membership: £56.99. Family membership (includes 2 adults and 2 children under 16) £121.99 a month.
Classes: With classes including Spinning, Thai Boxing, Aerobics and Body Pump, Esporta offers their members the largest range of fitness classes in Sheffield.
Ultra swanky fitness centre Esporta has everything you’ll need for a good work out. Their air-conditioned gym complete with weights area and stretching zone is full of friendly staff to aid your work out experience. The 25m heated indoor pool is great for lane swimming – and there’s even a seperate pool for the kids. If that tires you out then head over to the sauna and aroma steam room at pool side. Health and beauty treatments are also available.
Offers: Free guest passes for Esporta are available so you can go along and see what you’re missing.
Contact: Tel. 0114 250 5000, head to 
http://www.esporta.com for more info.
Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre
Boochum Parkway, S8 8JR
How much?: Fitness Membership Package: £28.99 a month.
Classes: There are absolutely loads of classes to choose from; spinning, yoga, tai chi, boxercise, salsacise and many, many more.
Graves’ 25m swimming pool hosts a whole range of lessons to fit everybody’s taste – including casual and lane swimming, adult and children swimming lessons and Aqua Families.
They boast 6 indoor and 12 outdoor tennis courts and offer a wide range of coaching programmes.
Offers: New promotional offers are coming in Febuary so keep an eye out.
Contact: Tel. 0114 283 9900, head to 
http://www.gravestennisleisure.co.uk for more info.
Living Well
Hilton Sheffield, Victoria Quays, Fernival Road, S4 7YA
How much?: Book a one day free trial.
Classes: The vast range of exercise classes at Livingf Well are broken down into three different options; high energy fitness, muscle sculpting and toning and holistic and relaxation.
Their air-conditioned gym and heated pool allows a gentle fitness plan to get you results. While their strength training, cardiovascular and felxibility exercises let you personalise your visits. If you’re having a bad day then there’s no doubt their steam room, sauna and spa pool will take the edge off – or relax in style in one of their five treatment rooms, including spray tan.
Offers: Being part of Hilton hotels, members of Living Well get to enjoy discounted food and drink there as well as money off Hilton weekend mini breaks.
Contact: Tel. 0114 252 5566, or head to 
http://www.livingwell.com for more info.
The Fitness Club
94 Surrey Street, S1 2LG
How much?: Membership; £10 a month.
Classes: There’s a great range of classes available; everything from pilates, spin classes and full body workouts to alternative classes such as street dance, kung fu and free style martial arts.
Fitness club is a fantastic oppurtunity for students to join a gym and still have plenty of money left to hit the town. For none students, the Fitness Club also has great deals for full and corporate memberships – or you can always check out their massage treatment and fitness classes without joining up.
Offers: Until Christmas 2011, the full memberships have no annual contracts, free personal training and the first month free.
Contact: Tel. 0114 275 3755, head to
 www.thefitnessclubcentral.co.uk for more info.
Hillsborough Leisure Centre
Beulah Road, S6 2AN
How much?: Peak Fitness Unlimited Membership: £25 a month for adults/ £11 a month for children.
Classes: Why not try military circuits, zumba classes or belly dancing? Or, if you fancy some relaxation, then go to pilates or chi yoga.
The Hillsborough Leisure Centre has everything you need, whether you want to tone up, get fit or just relax with your family. The kids can play in the leisure pool, take up swimming lessons or have jam-packed fun with weekend kids club, whilst you get energised in the gym, train in the pool or take part in one of the many fitness classes running in thr group exercise studio.
The Escape health spa also has a range of luxurious treatments and therapies to help you unwind.
Offers: Members get to swim free anytime they want in the week. They can even go for a splash at Concord’s Sports Centre and Ponds Forge International Sport Centre on their membership.
Contact: Tel. 0114 231 2233, head to 
http://www.hillsboroughlc.co.uk for more info.
 All prices correct at time of publication.