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A Beginners’ Guide To The Gym: What To Expect

A Beginners’ Guide To The Gym: What to expect

The doors to Elevate opened earlier this year in February 2020. As a modern and inclusive studio located in Werrington, Peterborough our mission is to provide a comfortable place for people of all ages and abilities to train, whilst also ensuring our members gain the knowledge they need to empower them on their journey. 

Our fitness studio in Peterborough is geared up for all levels and abilities, this means beginners too. We believe keeping active is a massive part of how we feel and it’s also fantastic for our mental wellbeing. However, we understand that the thought of setting foot in a gym might be daunting for some people, so we want to change this! We are proud of the community we are building at Elevate, our members enjoy the supportive and encouraging atmosphere that comes with our unique classes-only approach. To help you on your fitness journey with us we have put together this guide to give you the lowdown as to exactly what to expect at our studio.

Why Elevate is a great option for beginners

Starting your fitness journey can be daunting. Not knowing where to start, how to use equipment, or just unsure of what you want to do. That’s why we believe our classes are a great way to kickstart your journey. 

We like to keep our class sizes small, this way we can spend more time ensuring everyone has got the techniques down and we are always on hand to provide more support and help push those who we know can work that little bit harder. You’ll get to use a wide range of equipment during our sessions, often using something that you might have dismissed if training alone. We’ve found that this opens up a whole new range of exercises you wouldn’t have otherwise tried, making training more varied and fun.

At Elevate we think tracking your physical activity as a beginner is a great idea. Tracking your workouts allows you to see how hard you’re working through accurately measuring the calories you burn along with your heart rate helping you to get more out of your workouts. We do this using the MyZone fitness belt which is easy and comfortable to use, you may have seen us sporting it in a few photos on our social media already. You can purchase one by emailing us: info@elevatefitnessuk.com

Choosing the right class for you

As a class-based only gym, you’ll need to book your session first. All our classes are appropriate for beginners as we can tailor the session to the people in the class on the day, taking account of your ability, level of experience, and with what you feel comfortable doing. 

If you’ve never used the equipment mentioned, don’t let that put you off, clear and easy to follow instructions are given during each class! Our trainers Dan, Foxy, Josh and James are friendly and helpful and are here to help you get the most out of each session. You can learn a bit more about our trainers here: https://bit.ly/OurElevateTrainers 

The five classes we offer are: Elevate, Accelerate, Strong, Olympic Weightlifting and WOD (Workout of The Day), which we have broken down for you below. You can also find more information on our classes page here: https://bit.ly/OurElevateClasses

Elevate: This is a functional circuit which means you’ll get to use a wide range of equipment such as sled, slam balls, Bulgarian bags, kettlebells, ski-erg and the rower. This class is a great combination of strength, power and fitness.

Accelerate: Our cardio-based class helps you to build up your stamina and increase your speed, usually working for 30 seconds or more. In this session, you can expect to use a range of equipment including the rower, static balls, ski-erg, light weights and a bit of running too. 

Strong: Increase your strength, power and endurance with this class through loaded and progressive exercises that will challenge your body. During this class, we will use the sled, dumbbells, barbells and kettlebells to improve technique in your key and primal movements.

Olympic Weightlifting: Learn the art of Olympic weightlifting. A discipline that consists of 2 main lifts; the clean and jerk, and the snatch. Both lifts require strength, power and mobility and are an addictive way to lift weights. 

WOD: Our unique workout of the day can help you build on power, strength and fitness. This will be based around sets of repeated exercises or doing one exercise for a specific time before moving to the next. It will be a mix of body weight and loaded exercises, with frequent use of kettlebells. 

We have just recently introduced a new range of Wellness and Movement classes to our options at Elevate, in our brand new Yoga studio. These can be booked individually and are also included as part of our class pass packages. To book one of our wellness classes please visit: https://bit.ly/OurWellnessClasses or to find out more about our class pass pricing click here: https://bit.ly/ClassPassPrices

Yoga: A fantastic session led by Gemma Skells, focusing on encouraging slow mindful movement and breathing techniques, no matter your age or battle scars, everyone is welcome, and everyone can benefit. 

Movement: Led by Ian Tennant, an award-winning sports and movement therapist, each class will focus on a range of movements that you won’t commonly find in day-to-day life, helping you to improve your range of movement and balance.

Pilates: Our Pilates classes are led by Christy Vasquez and will focus on controlled movements to build a strong core, as a result, the body is trained to properly activate muscles and increase muscle endurance. In addition, one can expect to burn calories, improve muscle tone, balance, posture and flexibility. The consistent practice of Pilates also manages lower back pain and rehabilitation of injuries. Move better, look better, feel better. 

You can book all your class here https://www.elevatefitnessuk.com/group-classes/

Alongside our classes, we offer personal training. A fantastic option for those with specific goals they want to achieve and who would prefer a one to one session. We work hard to tailor our PT sessions to each individual ensuring they are given a unique program to help reach their fitness goals. If you are interested please send us an email: info@elevatefitnessuk.com

What to expect when you first come to Elevate

When you arrive at Elevate, you’ll be greeted by our team who will show you around our studio, you’ll find it unlike any other gym in Peterborough! We have put together a virtual tour so you can have a look before you come too. Which you can find here: https://www.elevatefitnessuk.com/the-studio/.

It’s always nice to arrive a few minutes early as our members enjoy having a chat and it’s a great opportunity to get to know a few people, which we hope will help you to feel more at ease during the session. If you don’t have time to chat beforehand there’s always time after the class to catch up too. 

Our reception area is where we like to socialise, with comfortable chairs and a fridge stocked with a wide range of tasty bites and refreshing drinks, it’s a great place to sit and chat winding down after a session. We also offer a selection of energy-boosting juices so why not pick one up before your session for that little extra boost.

Before or after a session at Elevate feel free to make use of our changing rooms. We took extra time designing them ensuring they have that luxurious feel. Our large showers, secure ‘pin code’ lockers and GHD styling tools allow you to feel right at home. 

Training during Covid-19

We know training during Covid can be worrying for some, but we have put in place all the necessary measures and more to ensure our studio is a safe place for you to train. Currently, our classes are running at a reduced capacity (10 per class) to ensure there is plenty of space, our reduced capacity also means you will not be sharing any equipment and all equipment will be sanitised after each session with a deep clean of the studio between classes using medical-grade sanitisers. Upon entry, we also have an automatic temperature check.

Support on hand 

If you need any guidance or advice we are always on hand for a chat. Feel free to send us a message on social media or you can email us at info@elevatefitnessuk.com as we are more than happy to answer any questions you might have.

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