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ActivZone’s October 2017 Newsletter

October & Autumn has arrived! Crisp, bright & chilly mornings have begun, time to have a reason to have those extra layers on!

We have some new, important & exciting things to tell you about (& a little request to ask of you all 😉 ) …


Winner of our YOUvsSUNFLOWER Competition

If you’re lovely enough to follow us on Facebook you may have seen our announcement of our YOUvsSUNFLOWER competition winner. If not, well we’ll tell you here..

In 12 weeks his sunflower grew over 190cms almost reaching his 1st floor windows, one of our longest standing members of ActivZone & deserved winner of 1 YEAR GOLD MEMBERSHIP is BRIAN BINMORE! Well Done Brian!



I know we’ve mentioned before about the car parking company upping their parking fees.

However, we have had the pleasure of meeting the new officers this week & they really do mean business!

So please, please, PLEASE do remember to sign in your registration on EVERY visit, regardless of time of day, & that the car park sign in book is only valid for the spaces immediately opposite the gym (entire top car park) as these guys can be on site at any time.

Parking is only permitted for 2 HOURS MAXIMUM.


A Small Request

We hope you all know how much we LOVE each & every one of you, our ActivZone Family.

We try our very best to assist you all in your individual needs, goals and requests.

We’re always receiving verbal feedback from you guys which really doesn’t go unnoticed, but to show the rest of the world how WONDERFUL ActivZone & its members are, please could we ask a little favour?!

We’d massively appreciate it (it takes 2 minutes of your time) if you could all pop over to GOOGLE & Facebook & leave us an honest review.

We don’t like bombarding people with flyers and phone calls, & we know how important & helpful recommendations are to people, with your help we can show the people of Guildford just how great your Gym is! Thank-you.



Woohooo! We have a shiny new member of the team!!

He’s only been with us a few days but we think he fits in just fab!

Say Hello to the newest member of the team James Dean (How cool is his name?! AWESOME!)

“Since stepping foot into the fitness industry over 6 years ago I have worked with countless clients to achieve a multitude of health and fitness related goals and have developed a desire to continue to learn and be the best at what I do. Having previously worked with elite level sports clubs including Surrey Scorchers Basketball and Wasps Rugby Academy my passion lies within professional sport and the development of athletic performance. Combining both my knowledge of sport and exercise physiology and my past experience within professional sport and the health and fitness industry, I am well equipped to help you realise any fitness or performance related goal”.

Introductory offer

Save 37.5% on every 1-2-1 session booked before October 31st!

1-2-1 session – £40 £25 per hour

Partner training – £20 £12.50pp per hour


  • BSc Sports Science and Coaching (First Class Honours)
  • Level 3 Advanced Personal Trainer

Specialist areas

  • Strength and conditioning for team sports
  • Long-term athletic development
  • Lean mass development
  • Body fat reduction


Mobile: 07568163237

E-mail: basketballstrengthcoach@gmail.com


That’s it for October!

As always, any questions just ask!

See you soon

Ejay & The slightly larger AZ Team x



ActivZone’s September Newsletter 2017

WOW! What fabulous weather did we have on Bank Holiday Weekend? Probably the best I can remember for quite some time!

But here we are, September already & an Indian summer is predicted… Anything is better than the so-called British one we’re supposed to have had the last few months, But I won’t hold my breath!

So, September, what does ActivZone have in store for you….


Sadly, some of you have already been victim to the colleges carpark ticket attendant ☹

& unfortunately, the external company have upped their parking fines amount from £60 to £100!!!

So please, please, PLEASE remember to ALWAYS sign your registration IMMEDIATELY & CLEARLY into our sign-in sheets at reception to avoid any tickets being issued to you whilst you are using ActivZone.

As stated before, ActivZone have no authority to overrule any fines issued therefore we strongly encourage you to sign in on every visit.


Back to school/college means GREAT news for your class timetable (and your hairs, if like me, towards the end, you’ve been ‘pulling it out’), as we have full access to the college dance studio again! 😊

ZUMBA returns inside on a Tuesday @ 18:30pm with Sarah & YOGA returns back to Wednesdays @ 18:30pm with Sara!

Ohh I do love having a bit of routine back again!

We thank-you for all your patience and understanding during times of staff holiday & college closures as we know how important a regular exercise regime is & just how disruptive change can potentially be.


You may have noticed the exciting changes starting to take place within your changing facilities & we’re not stopping there!

So far, major changes have been made to your showers. With brand new heads, pipes, power switches & new pressure pumps installed to make your showering experience more reliable.

These are just the start of the improvements we are doing for you.

Please bear with us whilst the works are underway as we hope to make the improvements as less disruptive as possible.

As always, your feedback is so important to us. So please do let us know if we’ve not got something quite right & we’ll do are upmost to get it sorted!


We know, from past experience, just how generous you guys are when it comes to donations. So, we’ve come up with a great idea to give something back to you as we, the ActivZone family, give to the North Guildford Food Bank.

Simply bring in a friend who is not (yet!) a member & a ‘Tin’ (any non-perishable food items, toiletries, baby products etc..) & in return, they gym for FREE!

Of course, you can donate as much or as little as you like without bringing any friends in… we just thought it’d be a great way for us to meet new people, introduce new faces to your Gym & give back to the people of Guildford who are in need at the same time.


This month is a turn for the girls to show that we are just as strong mentally & physically as the boys… ( 😛 yeaaaah, I went there! Haha!)

Kicking it off for team PINK is freelance long standing Personal Trainer Nikki Gibbs….

“With a degree in Sports Science and over 8 years’ experience in the fitness industry I have gained knowledge and a lot of experience to help and support you in achieving your goals.

I develop training programmes to tailor your needs and your lifestyle therefore being both realistic and sustainable. I like to make workouts enjoyable and make them become a part of your everyday life.

I enjoy a challenge and have worked with many clients over the years ranging from general fitness and weight management to knee replacements, Parkinson’s and Stroke Rehabilitation.

Whatever is desirable is doable!!!

Please don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll help your fitness dreams become a reality.


Annnnd we’re done! Over and out for another Month!

Catch you all soon!

Ejay & the AZ Team x

ActivZone’s Newsletter August’17

August has arrived, our gym manager Alicia has returned from her hol’s & has got straight back into the swing of things with bringing your Class Timetable back up to speed & Ollie & I finally feel whole again!

This month’s newsletter is more for reminders & notices, but still just as important to keep you in the loop of what’s happening in your gym.


Membership Security Update

Here at ActivZone we take the security of your personal details very seriously & so, to protect your membership that little bit more, we’re updating your personal profile on our system with your photo I.D.

You may have received an email or text from us asking you to check with reception on your next visit, if not & you’re unsure if we have your photo I.D, please check with us & we’ll get it set up for you. Don’t worry, it literally takes a minute! And you don’t even have to be looking your best, no one else will see it except us, promise!


Weekly Locker Clear Out – Usage Reminder

As you know, ActivZone although small, prides itself in being able to provide a clean & plentiful locker facility for you to safely store your belongings whilst working-out (Ladies, we are working on getting the ‘Lock-System’ updated for you as quickly as possible). However, it’s becoming more & more common that members are using the lockers to store their belongings on a nightly & in some cases WEEKLY basis.

As you can imagine, this is extremely unhygienic & unsightly for both new & existing members of ActivZone. Storage of this kind also prevents our new cleaning team from being able to complete their duties, meaning your changing facilities are not being cleaned to their maximum potential.

Therefore, we must remind ALL Members that the lockers are only permitted for use whilst you are working-out.

We have now bought back our weekly Locker Clearance Policy, where-by ANY items left within lockers by close of business on a Friday Night will be removed.

This means padlocks will be cut where required.

Any items then not claimed by the end of each month will be donated to charity along with our Lost-Property collection.


Personal Trainer of The Month

He’s fresh, he’s new & he knows just what he’s do….ing! (Sorry, I’ve never been very good at rhyming!)

But it’s true, let me introduce you to one of our newest Freelance Personal Trainers, Tom Saunders….

“I’ve been in the fitness industry for 6 years. I have a big belief in how people should train and the best ways to keep strong and healthy. My specialty is general injury and sport injury rehabilitation, I studied at Chichester university and received my BSc Hons in 2012. Injury or no injury everyone should enjoy fitness and becoming stronger whatever your goals. I like to have fun on the gym floor and have a wind up. Training should be enjoyable and you should feel comfortable with the people you train with and next to, to get more out your sessions. For advice or training tips for injuries or general strength training, come and grab me off the gym floor or contact me on 07908916454.”


Sunflower Competition – Measurements Required

For all of you who took part in our YOU vs SUNFLOWER competition, Your 90 days is nearly up!

We will be contacting you all individually over the next 8 weeks to ask you to post your sunflower pics with measurements on to our Facebook page.

Remember, to qualify you must take a picture of your sunflower next to the tape-measure, measuring from MUD to top of the tallest LEAF or head of the Sunflower.

At the end of September, we will have completed our competition & will be announcing the WINNER of 1 YEAR FREE MEMBERSHIP!

It’s your last push to reach your personal goals & show your growing skills!

Good Luck!


ZUMBA & YOGA Class Update

Attendees of ZUMBA & YOGA, sadly as you know, during times of School Holidays’ ActivZone loses the use of the Dance Studio within the College.

This means disruption to your weekly Zumba & Yoga Classes.

However, we have spoken with both Sarah & Sara (our instructors) who have agreed to the following changes throughout August ONLY…

ZUMBA – Will still be available on Tuesdays @ 6;30pm, Weather permitting, as this will be taken outside. We will try our up-most to keep you informed of any cancellations with plenty of notice.

YOGA – This has been moved to SUNDAYS @ 8am within ActivZone in our functional training area. Please note, Sara is only available on the following dates due to other work commitments: Sunday August 13th& 20th & Sunday 3rd September.


Bank Holiday Reminder

August is here which means another potential wet Bank Holiday is upon us.

Please remember that there are NO Classes available for booking on Bank Holidays but we are open…



That’s a wrap! Talking of wraps, make sure you remember to take your Coats, Umbrella’s, Wellies, Sunhats & Sun cream with Flip-Flops out with you wherever August takes you! If July is anything to go by, you’ll need all of the above within a matter of minutes of each other!

See you soon!

Ejay & the AZ Team

ActivZone’s Newsletter July 2017

Well, Summer was nice while it lasted, wasn’t it?!     :-/    Hopefully it will return for a little longer!

& just like the earths attempt at summer, as will be this months newsletter, short & sweet, but that’s not to say it’s not packed with very important information!

So let’s begin…

Staff Holiday = Temporary Changes to our Class Timetable

As you know, Great Britain is throwing a not-so-great attempt at providing the nicer weather, & so, like most people, our super hard-working team are seeking warmer climates elsewhere! & rightly so!

Over a few weeks in July (Wednesday 5th-Wednesday 19th), our lovely Manager Alicia is taking a well-earned break, & as a result, our in-house Personal Trainer Ollie will be covering as many of the classes as possible.

Please bear in mind that as we are such a small team who offer such a HUGE class Timetable, during times of Staff Absence, we have to make a few temporary changes/class cancellations to keep your club running as smoothly as possible & not ‘burn Ollie out’ (Bless him!).

These changes can be seen on your Class Booking App (activzone.clubm.mobi), but if you are unsure you can always ask the team who will be happy to confirm which classes are available.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but Thank-you for your patience & understanding.

YOU vs Sunflower Competition – NO MORE ENTRIES!

Did you manage to get your Sunflower Pack before the end of June? Still not sure if winning 1 YEAR FREE MEMBERSHIP was for you? Well don’t worry if you didn’t & now wish you’d given it a go, there’s always next year!

For those of you who took the plunge into your own personal competition between YOU vs SUNFLOWER, Now is your time to grow, Grow, GROW!

We’ll be contacting you all on your 12week deadlines to get your Sunflower Measurements with proof pictures, & any personal achievements you’d like to share, so that at the end of September we can see who grew the TALLEST Sunflower & has earned their 1 YEAR FREE MEMBERSHIP!

In the meantime, head over to our ActivZone Facebook page & upload your current SUNFLOWER progress pics, measurements should be taken from MUD to top of your tallest flower head. (I’ve uploaded mine as an example for you to see… I’m not boasting about its FANTASTIC growth spurt… I promise 😛 )

Personal Trainer of the Month

This month it’s a turn for a face who most of you will have seen by now. I’ve come to the conclusion that he’s either part of the furniture OR he just camps out in the carpark between clients as I swear he is ALWAYS on the gym floor putting his huge variety of clients through their own personal progression sessions.

Loud & lively as you like, it’s our freelance Personal Trainer, Alvin Simkins:

“Becoming a Personal Trainer is, unfortunately, far too easy. You can become a ‘coach’ just by having an Instagram account& qualify as a ‘PT’ without ever having step foot in a gym.”

“That is not who I am. I Have grafted hard to learn my trade, in the gym dealing with real people and getting real, realistic & sustainable results.”

“I believe a good Personal Trainer is a good person. It’s not always about fitness, sometimes it could be that talk or bit of advice between sets that makes the difference. Wellbeing as a whole is as important to me as any exercise. To see how we can work together, get in touch. Alvin. “

That’s it, I’m done here!

Keep on Growing those Sunflowers & reaching those personal & fitness targets! We’re so proud of each & every one of our ActivZone family, it’s really inspiring to see so many of you achieving your goals & improving each & every month!

Have a great July!

Ejay & The ActivZone Team x

ActivZone Newsletter June 2017

How is it JUNE already?! This year is absolutely flying by for the team here at ActivZone!

Summer is well & truly upon us now & I hope you’ve all been enjoying the fabulous weather so far, I know we have!

Whilst I’m on the subject of sun…

You vs Sunflower Competition:

You may have seen on our Facebook page that the Team & a few of our members have already planted their Sunflower seeds, & are already seeing results with their seedlings & themselves!

Don’t worry if you haven’t got yours yet, you can still purchase your Sunflower Pack from reception right up until the end of June to be in with the chance to win 1 YEARS FREE MEMBERSHIP!

The only real competition here is between YOU & your sunflower, see how much you can change in 12weeks!

New ‘stuff’…

I LOVE shopping & receiving new things.. & receiving new things for the gym is no exception to this!

I was soo excited to have our Drinking Water Fountain installed a few weeks ago! It couldn’t have come at a better time! Working out is thirsty work on a ‘normal’ day in England, but with this warmer weather, a super chilled bottle of water during a workout couldn’t be better! If you’ve not yet seen it, its situated by reception on our ‘Meet The Team’ wall.

& That’s not all, we’ve had a little delivery of some BIG red SLAM balls to the functional training area! Ranging from 7-15kgs these will certainly add a little more impact to your training!

Into your free-weights? You’re not forgotten about either, you may have noticed another shiny new OLYMPIC BAR there for you to use! So now you can squat, press & deadlift (among many other exercises to be done with an Olympic bar!) without having to pair up quite so much!

We’re always looking into your Gym to see what needs a little upgrade &/or something new to help change up your workouts, so if there is anything you’d like us to look into, please feel free to let the team know & we will put your ideas across!

Personal Trainer of the Month:

As you may know, ActivZone is not only home to our fabulous in-house PT’s, but we also open our doors to freelance/external Personal Trainers… & this month it’s one of their turns to tell you a little about themselves. But first (in my best Stig from Top Gear impression)

Some say he only comes out in the mornings…. Others say he’s like ‘The BIG Green Giant’ (Personally I just think he’s rather tall & wears a green T-Shirt as part of his uniform… but that’s just my opinion 😉 hehe!)

Let me introduce you to Rupert Quiney:

“I created Bodysmart Personal Training to provide an affordable service that allows clients to maximise health and potential. By assessing biomechanics and posture defects, at Bodysmart exercises are prescribed to promote correct and efficient movement, allowing clients to train more effectively to their needs.

New Class Update & Important Reminder

Well, what a FANTASTIC turn around the new class timetable has been for Wednesday evenings!

The new YOGA class with Sara has been fully booked since day 1! & Ollie’s Strength & Conditioning Class has also proven to be extremely popular! We’re so pleased to see how much you’re all loving the change up!

Don’t forget, classes can be booked up to 6 days in advance via your web browser activzone.clubm.mobi

Whilst we’re on the subject of bookings, I need to send out a polite but firm reminder to all class participants about cancellations.

As the classes are so popular, if, for whatever reason, you are unable to attend, classes MUST be cancelled at the earliest convenience.

Last minute cancellations are absolutely fine, as a lot of members on our waiting lists are usually in-club in case a place becomes available. Classes can be cancelled via text,activzone.clubm.mobi , facebook & by phone.

Unfortunately, due to the regular & increasing amount of ‘no shows’ we have had to put a Class Suspension procedure in place. If a member fails to attend/cancel their classes, a text will be sent to kindly remind them of the missed class & failure to cancel. Should a ‘no show’ happen again, a 1 WEEK Booking Suspension will be put onto the members account, making them unable to attend & book classes for the next 7 days.

Sorry to end it on a sour note, but it is all for positive reasons, we want everyone to be able to attend where possible & to get the most from their ActivZone Memberships.

Now, go out there and enjoy the sunshine whilst it lasts! This is England after all, it may not be here for long!

See you in club soon!

Ejay & The AZ Team