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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…

MONDAY 28TH AUGUST – 9AM-5PM

 

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.
Rupe”

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

ActivZone’s May 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to May’s edition of your ActivZone Newsletter! As always, we have some exciting news for you along with a few updates regarding what’s happening in your club!

Let us start with a few…

Reminders:

Carpark: We know, at times, parking can be a little difficult outside the club, but please remember, FREE Members parking is only authorised in the cark-park directly outside our doors & when signed into our members’ registration book. The gravel, student/stoke park & college driveway parking is not covered under our ‘sign-in book’ & will result in parking tickets being issued.

Equipment Etiquette: I’m sure you will have noticed how ‘buzzy’ your gym has become over the last few months, its great seeing so many new faces all enjoying ActivZone as part of their active lifestyles!

With this in mind, please can we ask you to ensure that all equipment is cleaned & put away after use. This helps new members to follow in our footsteps & keeps ease of finding things in a clean & tidy standard ready for its next use!

Class Bookings: It’s fantastic to see that classes are busier than ever before & you are really getting the most from your memberships by using them!

However, we must remind you to ensure you are booked on to each class.

Sadly, we’ve had to start turning members away from classes due to them being fully booked & attendees failing to book in.

We would love to accommodate everyone, but due to safety and comfort within the class we are unable to book over our maximum attendance numbers.

& on that note….

Class Timetable Changes:

Due to poor attendance ratings & following the popular demand, Please see the following changes to your class timetable.

These changes will come into effect as of MONDAY 1ST MAY  2017.

Wednesdays ONLY:

Zumba & MMA will no longer be available. These classes have been replaced with the following:

Strength&Conditioning 6:30-7:15pm within ActivZone (Replacing MMA)

YOGA 6:30-7:30pm in the dance studio within the college (Zumba room).

Please note, Yoga will still be available during college holidays! These will take place on Sunday mornings within ActivZone, instead of Wednesdays.

Boxfit remains but has been bought forward to start at the end of Strength&Conditioning at 7:15pm.

You vs Sunflower:

This is your chance to start that competition within yourself.

A sunflower takes 12 weeks to reach its full potential, which is exactly how long it takes to see results with your fitness.

Buy a sunflower seed pack at reception today & watch your sunflower & fitness grow!

For a chance to win a year’s FREE membership, tag @ActivZoneGym on Facebook & Instagram with a picture of your sunflower. The tallest sunflower will win. It’s YOU vs SUNFLOWER!

 

Introducing our Personal Trainer of the Month:

I’m sure you’ve seen him about ActivZone, whether he’s pushed you through a fitness class or a 1-on-1 Personal Training session (included in the GOLD membership) It’s our in-house PT Ollie Stent!

Over to Ollie:

“I am a fully qualified personal trainer, spinning instructor and have learnt my profession whilst working full time at ActivZone Gym. I have been part of the team for 3 years teaching classes, 1-1 personal training, programming and much more. My passion for sport and fitness has lead me to take it on as a career.

I believe training should not be a chore or a bore, it should be fun, challenging and an educational journey towards your goals! Whether its losing those extra pounds or adding on lean muscle, I will work with you to make sure your goals are met!

I also have an interest in strength and conditioning and will be commencing a S+C coach course soon, which will help cater for any sport specific requirements too.

Being an avid footballer I personally have struggled keeping fit to play, after two ACL Reconstructions I still manage to play for my local club relatively pain free! So, if you need any advice on any similar injuries and want to get back to playing the sport you love just drop me a message!

I am currently offering a starter pack promotion of a consultation plus 4 x 60 min sessions for just £99.00! This will help kickstart your fitness journey to achieving the goals you’ve always wanted.

Let’s build a stronger you!”

 

Bank Holidays:

Yep, they’re happening again!

When:

Monday 1st May

Monday 29th May

Opening Hours 9am-5pm. 

Please note, no classes will be available to book on these days. (More reason for you to get out there & enjoy the Bank Holiday break!)

That’s it for May! We look forward to seeing you in club reaching those summer fitness goals!

Keep up the great work!

AZ Team

ActivZone Newsletter April’17

Spring has sprung, the days are lighter & longer & the sun is almost here bringing a little warmth with it.

Which means, for many of us, those naughty EASTER CHOCOLATES are starting to creep into our homes & probably our mouths too!

So, why not get a little more spring in your step with us & see what we’ve got in club for you this April…

 

April Bank Holiday Opening Times & Class Information

Luckily, along with the longer lighter days, comes the start of the Bank Holidays! & we’ve got a few class & opening time alterations to help you get out there and enjoy them…

Good Friday 14th April: 9am – 5pm – NO CLASSES AVAILABLE

Saturday 15th April: 8am – 6pm – NORMAL OPENING HOURS & CLASS AVAILABILITY

Easter Sunday 16th April: 8am – 2pm – NORMAL OPENING HOURS & GOLD PT BOOKINGS

Easter Monday 17th April: 9am – 5pm – NO CLASSES AVAILABLE

 

Good Friday Coffee Morning

We love a good coffee morning so when better than to have good coffee than on Good Friday!!

Join us Friday 14th April between 9am – 11am for a Good catch up with some really good (& FREE!) homemade cake, cookies & coffee.. or Tea, we’ll have both!

Fancy letting us try your speciality bakes or family secret recipe biscuits?! Don’t hesitate to bring your own or donate your little shop bought favourites! After all, it is Easter!!

 

Refer a Friend & Bring a Friend Fridays

Who has friends? Who likes Fridays? & who likes FREEBIES?!!

Well, we can guarantee there’s a Friday every week & as we’ve got the best members in Guildford we’re pretty sure you lovely lot have got some awesome friends too… So there’s only 1 thing for it!

Bring your friends for FREE on a Friday & if they decide to join us on a Direct Debit Membership you will receive 1 month FREE Membership & one of our fabulous ActivZone Gym towels!! Easy as that!!

**2 or more friends must join via Direct Debit to qualify

 

Protein, Protein, Protein…

We all know how proteins are such a vital ingredient in muscle repair and growth, plus a great way of satisfying those post training cravings. So, we’re looking to bring back ‘grab-and-go’ style protein shakes & bars, BUT, as always, your opinion matters.

We’d love to hear your preferred choice & recommendations for which brand works for you, so that when it comes to us investing in a product, we know we’re also investing in you!

Drop us an Email at info@activzone.co.uk with your ideas or speak to the team on your next visit!

 

Easter Egg Hunt

YES!!! Its back! The annual ActivZone Easter Egg Hunt! It’s no Yolk….

Grab yourself a little sweet treat & a FREE MONTH MEMBERSHIP!

Good Friday 14th, Saturday 15th, Easter Sunday 16th & Easter Monday 17th we’ll be hiding a ‘Chick-ie’ little Cadburys Cream Egg somewhere within ActivZone!

Find an Egg, win 1 month FREE!

So, keep those Easter Eyes peeled! Be warned, we won’t be making them so easy to find this time around & with only 1 Egg per day, you’ll want to get cracking!

*1 egg & membership giveaway per member.

 

I don’t know about you but I’m quite Egg-cited for April!

Why not throw us your best ‘yolks’ & ‘crack’ us up on your next visit! We’d love to hear them!

See you soon!

Ejay & AZ Team