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14th of November – World Diabetes Day!

14th of November is World Diabetes Day which is internationally recognised. Over 3 million people in the UK live with Diabetes but do you know what the disease is and what can you do to prevent the onset of diabetes?

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a long-term condition in which the blood sugar level in the body is higher than normal.

There are two main types of diabetes.

  • Type 1 diabetesor insulin-dependent diabetes. It is usually (although not exclusively) seen in young people.
  • Type 2 diabetesor non-insulin-dependent diabetes. It tends to affect adults over 40 and overweight people, although it is now becoming commoner amongst younger people. Type 2 diabetes occurs more frequently in people of South Asian and African-Caribbean descent. There are also other types of diabetes.

How common is diabetes?

Currently over 3 million people in the UK have with diabetes, the majority of which is type 2. It is estimated that more than half a million people more in the UK have type 2 diabetes, but are unaware of it.The last 30 years has seen a threefold increase in the number of cases of childhood diabetes. This is especially worrying in respect of the rising numbers of children and teenagers with Type 2 diabetes, which was once only seen in older people. This trend is likely to reflect the rising obesity levels in young people over the same time period. There has also been an increase in the number of children with Type 1 diabetes, the cause of which is unclear.

What are the common symptoms of diabetes?

  • increased thirst
  • frequent urination
  • tiredness
  • weight loss, although appetite often increases (especially in Type 1 diabetes)
  • itchiness, especially around the genitals or genital thrush
  • recurrent infections on the skin, e.g. boils or urinary infection.

How can you help prevent diabetes?

  • Live an active lifestyle
  • Eat healthily
  • Stop smoking

ActivZone’s November Newsletter 2017

November!! This means only 8 weeks or so left of 2017, time to get that final push in to your fitness & earn all those mince pies, celebratory prosecco’s & festive dinners!


Not a great deal going on in your gym this month but still a few things we need to touch on.

First up, fancy nabbing a spot in the surrey half marathon for FREE? Here’s how…


Surrey Half Marathon Competition

ActivZone has paired up with the Surrey Half Marathon & we’re offering 5 lucky people a chance to run it for FREE!

Plus, there’s no skill involved, all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is find our AZ Half Marathon Competition post on Facebook, ‘Like’ it & hit SHARE!

It’s as easy as that! The more times you SHARE it, the more chance you have of winning!


Gym 4a Tin – Thank you!

We’d just like to Thank each & every one of you who donated to our collection for the North Guildford Food Bank.

We collected quite an amount (check out the photo on our Facebook page!) & are ready to hand over all your generosity to the people of Guildford in need.

We’re so proud to have such caring & generous Members here at ActivZone! Thank you!


IMPORTANT Car Park Reminder

As you are all aware, the college have employed a really strict team to patrol the car parks.

Unfortunately, far too many of our members (& staff!) have received parking fines in the post last month due to not being signed-in clearly enough (among many other reasons).

Sadly, ActivZone do not have parking rights over the car park, & are only authorised to use the spaces opposite the gym under the following guidelines.

Therefore, we strongly urge you all to:

*Only park in marked bays opposite ActivZone’s door

*Only park in disabled bays if you’re a Blue Badge holder

*Sign-in in BOLD CAPITAL LETTERS on EVERY visit to AZ

*If the car park is FULL, please be patient until a space becomes available. (They usually free up quite quickly)


Parking outside of these guidelines will result in parking fines being issued which ActivZone cannot be held responsible for.


Personal Trainer of The Month

This month we’d like to introduce you to another of our external Personal Trainers.

He’s been with us for quite some time now. I tend to think of him as one of our quieter, more ‘let my work speak for itself rather than my voice’ kinda guys!

Please say hello to Jason Mott:

“I have been personal training for the last 7 years and to be honest I love my job.

The satisfaction I get from seeing my clients achieving their goals and more is the best feeling.

I do enjoy pushing my clients through their paces, and with sweat and pain comes results.

Each session offers something different with progress being the leading factor.

I always try to make sure that by the end of the session you have not only learnt but enjoyed the session, as let’s face it, if you don’t enjoy it, you won’t carry on doing it yourself.

I firmly believe that it’s not just the gym that gives results. It’s the health and lifestyle that also needs to be improved. So, I try to combine that with the work we do in the gym.


With Christmas and the party season fast approaching, it’s not too late to start changing for the better.


If you are interested in a session, please don’t hesitate to get in contact.

Call/text 07749 544812

Or email jasonmottpt@gmail.com


Thanks Jason!

That’s it for November but keep your eyes peeled for Decembers issue next month! It’s set to be a ‘cracker’! 😊


See you all soon

Ejay & The AZ Team

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