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Active Class Updates - September 2015


PLEASE NOTE:There maybe other class timetable amendments not listed here, so please

  • Thursday evening Zumba with Nat is at the new time of 7pm - 8pm in the Piazza Activity Area.

  • "FitSteps" with Julie returns on Sunday mornings at 10:30am.

This energetic, upbeat dance class is inspired by Strictly Come Dancing.
The dance workout mixes the graceful steps of Ballroom and the up-tempo steps of Latin dances to create fun-filled classes to get you fit. No need for a partner!
So, go on, get into the Strictly fever! 

Nat will be taking a break from 5th - 20th September. While she is away classes will be covered as follows:

  • Tuesday evening Zumba on 8th and 15th September with Colin
  • Thursday evening Zumba on 10th and 17th September with Claudia
  • Friday evening Bokwa on 11th and 18th September - cancelled.  Class will resume Friday 25th September.

BODYATTACK will be replaced by BODYCOMBAT on the following dates:

  • Saturday 5th September
  • Monday 7th September
  • Wednesday 9th September and 16th September


  • Monday and Thursday afternoons at 4.45pm - 5.30pm, Teen Spinning for 12 - 15 year olds returns with Sue.
  • Monday 9.30am - 10.15am Power Pilates is in the Studio with instructor Fiona.
  • Tuesday 10.15am - 11am Zumba with instructor Colin
  • Wednesday 6pm - 6.45pm Spinning is with instructor Emmi
  • Wednesday 7.30pm - 8.30pm Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Paul Clements resumes on 30th September
  • Thursday 8.30am - 9.15am NEW Spinning class with Vicky
  • Thursday 10.30am Muscle Pump class is for 1 hour, not 45 minutes as displayed on the printed class timetable available at centre reception.
  • Saturday 9.30am - 10.15am Shape and Tone with instructor Katrina
  • Saturday at 10.15am - 11am Yogalates to be replaced by Zumba with Katrina
  • Sunday morning Zumba has been moved to Saturday morning.


Written by Colin Stanier at 09:00

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Introducing BOKWA

BOKWA, is a trademarked name and workout that is derived from a combination of two words. "BO" represents the light boxing and "KWA" representing the cultural and traditional dance Kwaito, hence, BOKWA is born.

It is an intense cardiovascular workout combined with South African war dance, Capoeira, Kickboxing and Steps. It has been proven to burn a great amount of calories making it easier for weight loss goals. Through the use of fast paced extreme movement, a fun, challenging, and energizing total body workout was created.

BOKWA is a very unique dance fitness program due to the use of letters and numbers as placement combined with use of hand signals and American Sign Language. It is refreshing and builds strength and endurance driven by the pulsating rhythmic beats of African, Latin, Popular dance and House music. Bokwa is an innovative dance fitness program that is an abundance of fun and does NOT feel like a workout!!!!

Learn something completely new! Bokwa is the new exciting fitness dance, available to everybody, using the rhythmic beats of African, Latin, popular dance and house music. High and Low impact cardiovascular dance worksout.

The Bokwa dance steps will be broken down into easy to follow steps by using repetition. Handouts will be provided to refer to steps and their given names of the letters of the alphabet. We will be counting steps, while working to the beat, phrase and block led by the tutor. It covers the mixture of low and high impact movements.

By the end of this course you should be able to:

Demonstrate the new dance/fitness routine, increase fitness, flexibility, strength, motor skills and sense of rhythm. Describe where Bokwa originated from.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Suitable to all who have interest in fitness and dance.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Demonstration, verbal explanation, handouts, correction, repetition, pair work.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Wear confortable clothes and cross trainers to support your feet and ankles.

Do I need to have an interview before I can enrol?


Written by Active at 12:00

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Customer Focus - Peak Fitness

Channel TV reporter Eric Blakeley has accomplished many great sporting achievements, including scaling many of the world's highest mountains, but he would not be able to were it not for his regular fitness and exercise routine at the island's leisure centres. Talking to Paul Lees, he finds himself on the other end of the questions for once.

What facilities do you use?

I tend to go to the gym (at Fort Regent) eight times a week including three lunch hours on the weights. I also use Les Quennevais most mornings for swimming and on a Sunday afternoon with my five year old daughter. It's nice as its close enough for us to cycle to.

You have realised many personal sporting dreams such as climbing Mount Everest. Which other interesting feats have you accomplished?

I have completed all of the Seven Summits - basically the highest peaks in each of the highest continents including Everest, Kilimanjaro and Elbrus. I have also completed round island and round Manhattan island swims, the Jersey, London and Paris marathons, raced up the Empire State building and competed in the World Bog Snorkelling Championships! (That's swamp-like outdoor bog not common toilet bog!).

What plans do you have for your next challenge?

I don't have any plans but I have now taken up pistol shooting. It is nice to try new things as interests and abilities change.

Channel TV's production "Report Sport" is an excellent medium and champion of local sport. However, do you think the island's media does enough to promote local sport and sports stars?

You can never do enough but you need to get the balance right. We try to cover all sports but there are just so many.

Do you think television and the media in general has a responsibility or role in encouraging an active and healthier lifestyle?

I think we are in danger of telling people they are not fit when they are. There can be a sport for everyone - walking, golf, kayaking. It can just be for fun and it is about finding something which suits you. The key to keeping fit is to do little regularly. It is good just to pop in (to the Fort) for half an hour and with the Active card you get that flexibility.

Wise words Eric. Let's hope the people get the message!

Written by Paul Lees at 15:46

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