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New Year...New You!

Welcome to our January 2015 eBulletin.

Finding it hard to stick to your new year resolutions?

Don’t worry because here at Feel Good Fitness we can help you every step of the way. We’ll give you all the support you need to get you back into shape, improve your fitness or simply start from the beginning.

Why not check out our new Recipe of the Month feature and try our warming winter soup!

Please remember to change your preferences by clicking on the right hand side of the newsletter. Simply update your preferences with items that interest you and you will only receive these in future newsletters.

Kind regards
Leisure at Richmond

Why health and fitness should matter to everyone

Here at Feel Good Fitness we’re not like any other clubs, there’s more to us than just spending hours on the treadmill. You’ll receive first rate advice from our qualified team of instructors, a gym programme tailored to your individual needs and step-by-step support and motivation to help you stick to your goals. In fact, some members would even say that joining us has completely changed their lifestyle.

So why not feel good about…

• 2 pools, 3 gyms, 120 fitness classes
• Money back guarantees on all memberships
• Fully staffed state of the art gyms with qualified instruction
• Membership covers 5 centres
• Specially tailored services to those new to exercise
• Complimentary personalised programmes every 14 visits
• Regular instructor led abdominal training services
• Loyalty scheme with money saving vouchers

Feel Good Fitness prides itself on being different to other health club chains and understands that exercising regularly is not easy for many of us and that you want to see results quickly.

Click here for more information on our affordable membership options or call us today to arrange a tour.
Teddington Pools & Fitness Centre
Shene Sports & Fitness Centre
Hampton Sports & Fitness Centre
Whitton Sports & Fitness Centre
020 3772 2999

Recipe of the month

Feeling cold? Then why not try our tasty soup!

Red lentil, chickpea and chilli


2 tsp cumin seeds
Large pinch chilli flakes
1 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion, chopped
140g red split lentils
850ml vegetable stock or water
400g can tomatoes, whole or chopped
200g carton chickpeas or ½ a can, rinsed and drained (freeze leftovers)
Small bunch coriander, roughly chopped (save a few leaves, to serve)
4 tbsp 0% Greek yogurt, to serve


Heat a large saucepan and dry-fry the cumin seeds and chilli flakes for 1 minute, or until they start to jump around the pan and release their aromas. Add the oil and onion, and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the lentils, stock and tomatoes, then bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 minutes until the lentils have softened.

Whizz the soup with a stick blender or in a food processor until it is a rough purée, pour back into the pan and add the chickpeas. Heat gently, season well and stir in the coriander. Finish with a dollop of yogurt and coriander leaves.

New year…new you…new programme

Want to kick start your fitness routine?

Looking for some guidance and support?

Then why not book in for a re-programme today.

Why do you need a re-programme? It acts as an update of your progress and you will clearly see the increase in weights you are able to lift and the decreases in heart rate. You’ll receive feedback and advice from our fitness team. This may be to increase your weights or simply to check you are ok and getting on well. It will allow us to make sure you are being challenged during every session!

Come and chat to a member of our fitness team and they will book you in for your 1:1 re-programme or call us today.

Teddington Pools & Fitness Centre
Shene Sports & Fitness Centre
Hampton Sports & Fitness Centre
020 3772 2999

Enjoy swimming…live healthy…live happy

Many people run to get fit but don’t think of swimming as another major route to a healthier lifestyle. What a mistake!

Why does swimming need to be part of your lifestyle:

• 30 minutes of steady-paced lane swimming burns over 200 calories – well over 400 in an hour.
• Any swimming that makes you breath more heavily counts as “moderate” activity. Even treading water takes effort, so you are working most of the time you are in the pool.
• The pressure and resistance of the water makes your body work that little bit harder. That means 30 minutes of activity in the water is worth 45 minutes of the same activity on land.
• The water takes your weight, so swimming can be great for people who have mobility problems or want to protect their joints.
• Swimming works your whole body for overall toning.
• Swimming is great for your heart. Because you are using your whole body your heart has to pump blood to your arms and legs, helping circulation too.
• It is also great for your lungs – length swimming in particular forces you to breath in a deep and rhythmic way which gives your lungs a boost.
• Being in water can have great psychological benefits too – the pool can “take you away from it all” and the feeling of being in water can be refreshing, relaxing and liberating as the water takes your weight.

So make swimming part of your healthy lifestyle and come along to Teddington Pools & Fitness Centre today. Swimming is available on a pay-as-you-go basis or a monthly membership that will save you money.

Click here for more information or call Teddington Pools & Fitness Centre on 020 3772 2999.

Fun, fun, fun this half term

The half term holidays are nearly here and if you’re looking for something fun and energetic to keep the kids occupied then look no further than Teddington Pools & Fitness Centre.

We are running swimming crash courses. A short intensive course is often the best way to learn to swim or develop your skills. Courses are available for all ages and abilities including beginners through to improvers.

One day workshops for diving are also available. These workshops are a great way to improve diving skills, learn how to do elementary dives, leading into racing dives from the side and the blocks. Diving is for children over 8 years and they must be able to swim 25 metres of all strokes.

Have fun in the pool with our great fun time float sessions too on Saturday and Sunday 2.00-4.00pm.

Click here for more information or call us on 020 3772 2999.

Don’t delay…book today!

Special offer on Bokwa classes

You might be asking what is Bokwa?

Well Bokwa is a new and completely different approach to group exercise that is rapidly spreading across the globe. Participants draw letters and numbers with their feet while performing an energising and addictive cardio workout routine to today’s most popular music.

It’s a blend of light boxing, Kwaito and South African dance steps to club music which really gets you going! You don’t need to be fit or great at dancing – it’s all about having fun. If you can move and spell then you can Bokwa!

For a limited time Teddington Pools & Fitness Centre is offering you the chance to try a class for half price!

Bokwa is available on Saturdays 12.30-1.30pm and our special offer is valid until Saturday 21 February 2015. Just come into the centre and quote code TBOK1

For more information please contact us on 020 3772 2999 or click here for our full fitness class programme.

So what are you waiting for...come along and give it a try!

Party yourself into shape at Whitton

Are you ready to party yourself into shape at Whitton Sports & Fitness Centre with our great new Zumba class?

Zumba has been described as “exercise in disguise” as the classes are so much fun you will forget that you are working out.

For some people it’s more than just fitness…Zumba is one of the best things they’ve discovered!

So what are the benefits of Zumba?
• Burn fat and maintain a healthy weight
• Reduce stress and clear your mind
• Fit fun into a busy schedule
• Strengthen your heart and lungs
• Tone muscles
• Explore your creative side and express yourself through movement

We have a new programme of fitness classes available including Pilates, Circuits and Yoga. All classes are available for free in our great value Feel Good Fitness membership, so if you come regularly this could save you money. There’s no need to book a class, just turn up and pay at reception.

Click here for more information about the range of fitness classes available or call us on 020 3772 2999 to book a class today!

What are you waiting for…dance off those calories. There ain’t no party like a Zumba party!

Make a racket with squash coaching for children

Our junior squash coaching course at Teddington Sports Centre will give children aged 8-15 years the opportunity to learn about the game.

Squash is a great game whatever age you are. The better you get the more you enjoy it and squash coaching is the fastest way to achieve your potential.

We will teach you to learn the correct way to hold a racket, arm position, body position and movement, the approach and swing for each type of shot, rules and safety and of course tactics.

You will also be encouraged to improve your fitness and court speed.

The course is available on Monday’s 6.00-7.00pm.

For more information please contact Teddington Sports Centre on 020 3772 2999.

Would you like to become a lifeguard?

Teddington Pools & Fitness Centre runs National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) courses throughout the year.
Lifeguards are an integral part of the staff at a swimming pool. They keep an eye on everything happening from poolside and are qualified to intervene and even save someone’s life if they are in trouble.

The role is nearly always offered on a part time basis and this flexibility means it is often taken up by young people at college or university. For many lifeguarding provides an excellent foundation for a career in the leisure industry – many pool managers began their professional careers as a lifeguard.

The UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification is the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the UK and Ireland that complies with the industry requirements. This qualification is a recruitment requirement for a number of leisure jobs from Pool Lifeguard to Centre Manager. On successful completion of this course you will be fully qualified to work as a Pool Lifeguard in the UK.
The NPLQ course comprises both physical training and theoretical classroom work, followed by a water based practical test, dry assessment on pool rescue, first aid, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and lifesaving skills.

All applicants must be 16 years or over.
The next course will be held from Monday 16 February to Saturday 21 February (Monday-Friday 8am-5pm and Saturday 8am-12noon)

If you would like to register your interest please email Tony at
Please click here for more information or contact Teddington Pools & Fitness Centre on 020 3772 2999.

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