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Hydra Information Update - Inspire: Luton Sports Village

Welcome to our October edition of Hydra customers information updates

 

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Inspire: Luton Sports Village Notice

Swimming Teacher Training will take place between the following dates on site:

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Hydra Information Update - Lewsey Sports Park & Pool

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Lewsey Sports Park & Pool Notice

Sadly Hayley will no longer be teaching on a Sunday morning due to taking on new hours, Emma will now be taking on those classes. 

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Hydra Information Update - Lea Manor Recreation Centre

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Lea Manor Recreation Centre Notice

We have recently been reorganising and restructuring our Access to Sport sessions. We would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this period, but we hope that this will work better in the future meeting everyone’s needs and providing everyone with a better service. 

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F.I.T.T.E.R with SWIMTAG

 

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SWIMTAG gives you valuable insight into your swimming. It monitors everything from total distance swam to your total calories burnt and it’s all sorted and sent to you via email or available via the app so that you can just enjoy your swim!

So, whether you want to use it to count lengths, or find out about your stroke technique, speed or even set challenges, SWIMTAG is the perfect tracking tool allowing you to become F.I.T.T.E.R! 

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5 ways we’re getting teenagers more active

 

Do it for the gains

Cardio, fitness classes, weight training and more…ensuring you’ve got the right equipment to get active is what we do best. With the latest Functional Training equipment, Hammer Strength weight area and Life Fitness equipment you can have your pick of the bunch. You can analyse your cardio workout by downloading the LF Connect App (allowing you to bring your outdoor workouts into the gym) or manage your swim using our free SWIMTAG wristband. Both allow you to view your calories burnt, pace, distance and time.

Whatever your reason for working out, the overall benefits to your health are much more than just physical. Exercise encourages you to look at your body in a different way. Helping to boost confidence, feel more comfortable in your skin and, overall, feel more positive about yourself. 

 

Do it for the gains

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Jordan truly is UNSTOPABLE!


 

Back in June 2017 we learnt about Jordan’s passion for swimming in our Your Pool video.  We’re proud to announce that Jordan Quinn will be competing at The Cerebral Palsy World Games for August 2018 in Spain! The Games’ emphasis is to provide a development and learning experience to help prepare athletes for future sporting success. Jordan will be competing with athletes from all over the world in 50m & 100m front crawl freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 100m backstroke.

 

In preparation for this competition Jordan has been training over 10 ½ hours per week- even following a recent operation nothing could stop her from getting back in the water...

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Our Swim England Educator of the Year

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Congratulations to Active Luton Training Officer Rachel Hyde, who has been awarded The Swim England Educator of the Year award 2017.

 

This magnificent achievement is in recognition of her outstanding work and leadership as the Active Luton Training Officer responsible for the development and training of new swimming teachers across a range of disciplines in Luton and extending across the ASA Eastern region. This achievement is all the more amazing as Rachel has only been a tutor for three years but has nonetheless already built a reputation for her high quality delivery and expertise. Jill Catherall, Swim England Workforce Administrator commented, “Rachel is recognised for her generosity with her time and advice.  She is always seeking to expand her skill set. And is always positive and delivers to an excellent standard.”

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4 reasons why YOU NEED a gym membership

YOUR BODY INSTA POST byjb Copy 

 

HEALTH- exercise is the easiest pill to swallow 

 

First and foremost, working out at a gym can improve your health as well as helping you to burn fat and calories. The cardiovascular equipment available in the gym has additional health benefits to help strengthen your heart and prevent against risky medical conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure & high cholesterol. Our Health & Wellbeing rehab exercise referral sessions use these machines to help people recover from strokes, cancer treatment, type 2 diabetes and obesity. Exercise truly is the medicine of life- without the bad after taste! 

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Our Swim Champions- Huma’s story

Like Aaron, Huma began swimming as a child and has continued to do so throughout her adult life. However- it’s not swimming that she likes most about being a Swim Champion- but the opportunity to go out into the community. Luton’s vast ethnic diversity means Huma meets people from all different ethnicities, backgrounds and cultures. With her Scottish Asian background she’s at ease communicating with everyone- even speaking Urdu to those whom English is not their first language. Huma’s community outreach- and the work of all our swim champions- has helped increase the interest of swimming by 30% within the Black Asian minority ethnic (BAME) and over 60% with women in Luton! 

 

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Huma at Inspire: Luton Sports Village- Women Only swimming session

 

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Our Swim Champion- Aaron’s Story

Meet our Swim Champion Aaron. He works for Active Education as a Primary School Sports coach and is currently completing his Level 2 Fitness Instructor awards; as well as inspiring and teaching others to swim! As his mum was a keen swimmer Aaron and his brother took to the water from a very young age. He joined Luton Swimming club and has had a love for the water ever since…

 

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Aaron and fellow Swim Champion Cleo

 

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Active Luton’s Top Tips! 3 ways get active & stay active

 1. Find an activity that you enjoy & make it part of your routine

Swimming, gym, fitness classes, group or individual sporting activities- whatever gets your blood pumping and body moving! It doesn’t have to be high intensity exercise; in just 60 minutes the average person can burn up to 817 calories (fast swimming) or 572 calories (slow swimming)! Exercising and keeping active should fit into your daily routine. Don’t worry though- that doesn’t mean going to the gym everyday! In general, three to five workouts per week (or in other words, three to five hours of physical exercise) tend to produce good results. Whether that’s walking or cycling instead of driving to the shop or taking the stairs instead of the lift- it all adds up to an active, healthier you!

 

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Our Swim Champions- Sarah’s Story

Earlier this year Sport England selected Luton as one of 12 places across England for a pilot project to encourage more people to use their local swimming pools. Thanks to the National Lottery, Sport England awarded us with a grant of £292k for an intensive, one-year programme. 

 

Active Luton has embarked on an awareness raising project and centre improvements under the brand ‘Your Pool’ to encourage the people of Luton to use its swimming pools more – particularly people deemed ‘at risk’ of poor health, older people, children and young people, disabled people, women and girls and the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community. 

Although 87% of the local community (versus 69% nationally) had a positive perception of swimming in terms of health and wellbeing, only 47% were aware of the location and existence of Inspire: Luton Sports Village.  Even fewer – only 25%  knew about Lea Manor pool and only 26% about Lewsey Pool. It was time to get Luton swimming again! That’s where our Swim Champions come in.

 

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Functional Training - The New Fitness Craze: NOW at Active Luton

‘When I heard they were getting a revamp I thought it was just going to be a couple more machines, but it’s all new and it’s great’

Emma, Inspire Gym Member

 

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Neil and Emma at Inspire’s New Functional Training Zone

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May's SWIMTAG usage leader, Russell

May’s SWIMTAG usage leader, and our IT Infrastructure and Support Analyst, Russell Hillman sat down with us to share more about his regular swimming at Inspire: Luton Sports Village.

 

So, how often do you swim?

Well I try to swim every weekday morning before work at Inspire: Luton Sports Village, between 20 minutes and an hour depending on when I get there. I do front crawl and breast stroke with my head down as I don’t mind getting my hair wet. 

 

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Lifeguarding

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Not sure what a lifeguard is or what it entails? By the end of this blog you will have some sort of clue and know if it’s a right path for you!

What is a lifeguard?
Lifeguards are trained members of staff employed to rescue swimmers who get into difficulty in the pool. You might see them sitting poolside in our yellow shirts with straight faces but rest assured, they’re always ready to act - like when Cade suffered a cardiac arrest during school swimming lessons!

 

Why choose lifeguarding?
Lifeguarding is a career that works around you - great if you’re still in full-time education or looking for work that fits around your lifestyle.

Not only do you learn lifesaving skills, but the National Pool Lifeguarding Qualification (NPLQ) is internationally recognised, meaning you have the potential to work and travel abroad!

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Benefits of Swimming

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What burns well over 300 calories in just half an hour, helps depression and anxiety and lowers risk of heart disease and diabetes?

The answer of course is exercise-related – specifically swimming!  And the great news is that the benefits of swimming are not only enjoyed by the Mark Fosters and Rebecca Adlingtons of the world.  Whatever your level, swimming is hugely beneficial to your health and can also help people with disabilities and long-term health and mobility-limiting conditions. Here are our top tips:

 

1. Swimming helps to manage weight

Expect to burn around 367 calories after just 30 minutes of breaststroke – that beats walking, cycling and even running. The Calorie Cruncher on the Swim England site www.swimming.org can tell you how many calories your preferred swimming stroke burns.

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Centre Manager, Dave & SWIMTAG!

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Meet Dave, centre manager at Inspire: Luton Sports Village. It’s the perfect working environment for Dave as he loves to swim most mornings at 6am before work. In today’s blog Dave tells us why he loves using Swim Tag to track his swimming. Swim Tag is now available at all Active Luton’s pools – just ask at reception.

 

How long have you been swimming, Dave?

Since school – and I’m now 56 so that’s quite a while.  But I still like to compete and recently took part in the Masters European Swimming Championships.  ‘Masters’ means over 25 – so I easily qualify!

 

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