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Summer Shape Up Offer

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Summer Shape Up Offer

Summer Shape Up – Half Price Offer 💥

Work out for less with this exclusive offer for new Park Hall Health Club & Spa members. Join us on a 3-month unlimited membership and pay just £35 per month. If you renew after the 3 months, you’ll also receive membership renewal benefits.

Offer needs to be redeemed by 31st August 2019.

 

Half Price 3 Month Unlimited Membership

Only £35pm • No Joining Fee

Full Use of Spa Facilities

Membership Renewal Benefits

 

To book or for more information please call 01902 349531 or email [email protected]

Terms and Conditions: Offer is non-transferable, has no cash value and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers and are subject to availability. New members only. If member decides to continue their membership after the 3 month special offer period, the normal membership tariff will apply. Renewal benefits valid on 6 month contract: 2 free Personal Training sessions per month. Offer valid until 31.08.2019. Over 18s only.

Ramada Resort Park Hall Wolverhampton thank Health Club members with a Summer BBQ!

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The sun was shining for us on Friday 21st June, as we welcomed our Health Club & Spa members to an evening of food and fun at Ramada Resort Park Hall Wolverhampton.

As a special thanks to our wonderful members, everyone enjoyed a delicious BBQ and assortment of tasty treats, as well as entertainment from pianist Nick Wiley, and an exciting performance from authentic Arabic Belly Dancer, Nadia.

Our Membership Relations Manager, Andy Kent, said about the event “It was important for us to organise an event, specifically for our valued Health Club members. We are lucky to have such loyal members and we wanted to thank them with a Summer BBQ, where they could relax within the stunning setting of The Orangery whilst eating delicious food and getting to know their fellow members… the event was a huge success!”.

Take a look at pictures from the night below:

If you would like to become a member of our Health Club & Spa then speak to Andy about our range of packages. Call him on, 01902 349531.

History Of The English Spa

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England’s fascinating spa heritage stretches back well over 2,000 years, and a number of legendary figures have perpetuated the reputation of the spa over the centuries, including Queen Elizabeth I, Florence Nightingale, Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin and Jane Austen.

Archaeological evidence suggests that there was human activity around the hot springs on which the city of Bath is built at least 8,000 years B.C. According to legend, Prince Bladud was cured of leprosy after bathing in the hot muddy waters there, and to express his gratitude he founded the City of Bath around the springs in 863BC.

However, it was the Romans who first brought the widespread tradition of spa bathing to England, with the development of the Aquae Sulis resort, also in the city of Bath. The spring water bathing complex housed a temple dedicated to the Roman goddess, Sulis Minerva.

When the Roman Empire collapsed in 400 AD, the Aquae Sulis bathing complex fell into disrepair, and it wasn’t until 1088 that the baths were rebuilt, thanks to John Villula, the Bishop of Bath and Wells.

In 1138, a medieval text entitled Gesta Stephani recorded that “from all over England sick people come to wash away their infirmities in the healing waters” at the Bath bathing complex.

It was during the 1300s that natural springs began to be called ‘spas’. The name is derived from the town of Spa in Belgium where, in 1326, Collin le Loup, an ironmaster from Liège, Belgium, discovered the outstanding natural Chalybeate springs – mineral spring waters containing salts of iron.

Outside of the city of Bath, ‘taking to the waters’ in the form of public bathing was viewed as sinful by medieval church officials, government and royal officials. Tudor King, Henry VIII, banned the practice altogether, possibly because he suspected Catholic dissidents communing together at the spa baths.

However, Henry’s daughter, Queen Elizabeth I, helped to revive spa practises in Britain. After her visit to Bath in 1574, public spa bathing became the new fashion among high society figures. In 1590, Elizabeth I granted a Charter incorporating Bath as a city, declaring that “the thermal waters should be accessible to the public in perpetuity”.

Another Roman spa in the northern town of Buxton – Aqua Arnemetiae – was regenerated around this time, and Elizabeth I often requested Buxton waters to soothe her tired legs. Mary Queen of Scots also bathed in Buxton’s waters, believing that it would cure her severe rheumatism. Today, many trainee spa therapists attend the University of Buxton to study in the grade two listed Devonshire Spa.

Spa resorts continued to thrive throughout the period of the Stuarts, and around 48 spas were founded in England between 1660 and 1815. Queen Anne visited Bath regularly to take the waters, seeking a cure for her gout and dropsy. Spa resorts were one of the few places where social customs were relaxed, and so commoners would bathe alongside lords and ladies in the hot springs in the pursuit of better health.

Aristocratic figures would often make the 50-mile trip from London to the Tunbridge Wells Chalybeate Spring, which was known as the ‘courtiers’ spa. It was also rumoured that Queen Mary Henrietta was cured of her infertility there in 1629.

In 1833, King George III famously turned his back on the spa capital of Bath in favour of the little-known Cheltenham Spa in Gloucestershire. This royal endorsement changed the town’s fortunes and it became a “must-visit” attraction for many notable Georgian and Victorian figures – including Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens, and Liszt.

“One would think the English were ducks, they are forever waddling to the waters.”
Horace Walpole (1717 -1797)

The popularity of the spa peaked during the Victorian era. Many Victorian physicians believed that rich mineral spring water was a cure for any disease, and so a “spa water cure” craze swept across Britain. The introduction of the railway system at the turn of the nineteenth century meant that many people were now able to travel further afield, and England’s spa towns reaped the benefits.

In 1842 two hydropathic doctors created the Malvern Water Cure, a hydrotherapy treatment designed to stimulate lymphatic drainage. It was hailed as a huge success – Queen Victoria began demanding bottled Malvern Water during her royal tours, while Florence Nightingale, Charles Dickens and Alfred Lord Tennyson all waxed lyrical about the Water Cure treatment.

During the 1900s, Bath spa water was bottled and sold as Sulis Water, promising relief from rheumatism, gout, lumbago, sciatica and neuritis.

After the First World War, thousands of wounded soldiers were rehabilitated in spa towns such as Bath, with the popular belief that its waters would aid and speed up their recovery.

When the National Health Service was founded in 1948, the health authorities of Bath began providing water-cure treatments on prescription. However, the Hot Bath closed in 1976 when the Royal Mineral Water Hospital stopped using the facility, due to a new pool being built in the hospital.

Sadly, England’s spa industry stagnated during the latter half of the 20th century, as spa visitors declined significantly. With the rapid advancement of medical science, the spa’s medicinal benefits were questioned and spa therapy was excluded from the National Health Service. Some spa resorts were damaged during the second world war, or were abandoned and became derelict. By the 1950s, the once-treasured spas of Buxton, Cheltenham, Tunbridge Wells and Malvern had closed their doors to the public.

The Spa Revival

Fast forward to the 21st century, and the spa has once again become a popular indulgence in the UK. The concept of the spa has been transformed, with the modern popularity of “wellness” exercising a huge influence on the way we spa. The spa is now believed to be an essential element of holistic wellbeing, with soothing benefits for the mind, body and spirit. Consequently, the term “spa” has broadened in definition to include other therapeutic services such as hydrotherapy, massage, saunas, steam treatments, jacuzzis, mud baths, aromatherapy treatments, and manicures.

Ramada Park Hall spa hydropool

The Good Spa Guide now lists over 900 spas across the UK. Most of these are more intimate day spas, but many of the original 25 English spa towns have also reopened their public spa facilities in recent times, making it possible once again to embrace our rich spa heritage.

In 2008, the town of Malvern opened a popular hydrotherapy pool which is filled with spring water sourced from the last remaining boreholes in the town.

The Roman Baths and Pump Room has become one of the UK’s leading tourist attractions and this helped to establish demand for the 2006 reopening of the spa facilities, which is now called Thermae Bath Spa. Today, health-seekers from all over the UK and far beyond continue to make the pilgrimage to the bathing capital, both to experience the reconstructed spa facilities, as well as to admire the beautiful Roman architecture of the city itself.

In 2017, the Warwickshire town of Royal Leamington Spa was ranked the happiest place to live in Britain, in a survey which saw several spa towns make the list. A coincidence? Perhaps. Or perhaps there really is “something in the water”.

 

How Can A Personal Trainer Help Me To Lose Weight?

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So, it’s already the end of January and many of us are starting to flag – and sag – a little. All of those good intentions and steadfast promises we made to ourselves at the turn of the New Year are fast disappearing like distant ships on the horizon, and it is becoming clear that we are losing the Battle of the Bulge.

Despite forcing ourselves to the gym each day after many long hours at work, racking up many miles on the treadmill, the rowing machine and the cycling machine, the post-Christmas paunch just refuses to budge. A new strategy is clearly needed!

The funny thing about the gym is that, although we know it is a great idea in principle, there are a number of factors at play which contrive to bring us to our knees and give up before we have ever really, truly started.

When we consider dwindling motivation, lack of energy, self-consciousness about displaying our overweight and out-of-shape bodies in public, as well as not really knowing what we’re doing with all that heavy-duty equipment or exactly why we’re doing it, is it any wonder that the gym can sometimes seem a bit like a torture chamber? Not to mention that many of us haven’t the foggiest understanding about nutrition and how diet impacts everything we do, including how and when we should work out at the gym.

A personal trainer can help us to overcome the many problems we can encounter when trying to lose weight. Here are 6 reasons why a good personal trainer can help you to lose weight faster and keep it off for good.

Goal Setting

One of the biggest mistakes that people make is to take on way too much,  too soon – for example, you might try to simultaneously overhaul your diet overnight, start drinking gallons of water, start walking to work rather than driving, and start working out for an hour a day at the gym. This is much too much to take on all at once. By reducing a plethora of huge, unrealistic goals into one smaller commitment at a time, you’ll have much greater success. Baby steps are much more likely to lead to lifetime changes. A personal trainer can examine the weight loss goals you have set for yourself and help you to figure out whether they are realistic and achievable. If they’re not, he/she can work with you to realign your goals so that you are more likely to see results quickly, and are consequently more likely to stick with the plan!

 

Motivation, Inspiration, Encouragement and Accountability

Your personal trainer will work with you to set weekly, as well as longer-term goals, and they should check in with you on a regular basis to see how you’re doing. Knowing that a professional will be regularly assessing your progress can help to ensure you stay on track and aren’t tempted to slack off when he/she isn’t around. A professional personal trainer should teach you multiple exercises that keep you excited about working out, as well as keeping meticulous step-by-step records and measurements such as BMI and body scans, in order to track your progress. They can also help you to build a positive mindset through praise, encouragement, and modelling a determined attitude towards fitness goals.

 

Setting Challenges

A personal trainer will know how to change or tweak your workouts to make them more efficient and effective. Often, people don’t see results because they’re not working as hard as they could. It’s easy to slack off when you’re by yourself, but having someone there to challenge you can make a huge difference when it comes to the weekly weigh-in.

 

Diet & Nutrition Advice

When it comes to losing weight, no amount of exercise will help if you don’t also take steps to correct an unhealthy diet. Nutrition drives weight loss and muscle gain, and working out at the gym cannot compensate for a diet fuelled by fry-ups, burgers, chips and cake. Many people make the mistake of rewarding themselves for a gruelling hour at the gym with a calorific food treat or a couple of alcoholic beverages, effectively undoing all of their good work. Eating more healthily doesn’t necessarily mean giving up all the foods you love and replacing them with a restrictive, low-calorie diet. You just need to understand how your body uses food as fuel – i.e. how it stores energy, and how it burns fat and calories. This will lead to a greater understanding of what / how much you should put into your mouth and when, to maximise the effects of your workouts. A personal trainer can teach you a lot about these things, and can work with you to put together a customised, well-balanced diet plan which will help to accelerate your weight loss.

Strength & Core Training Expertise

Many people focus heavily on cardio exercise to lose weight, but strength / resistance training (such as weight lifting) and core training (such as squats and lunges) are equally important. Placing too much emphasis on cardio routines whilst neglecting resistance training can result in a loss of muscle mass and decreased metabolism (you can lose about one pound of muscle for every four pounds of fat). This is bad news as the more muscle mass we have, the more calories we are able to burn, even when we’re not exercising. A personal trainer can teach you how to do strength and core training correctly, and they should be able to customize your workout plans to include the right balance of activities to produce the best results.

 

Faith

Good personal trainers have unwavering faith in their ability to help you get results. This isn’t the same thing as arrogance and ill-founded self-confidence. Beware the personal trainer who is all ego, vanity and exaggerated false promises – they are out there, and you will need to avoid them like the plague. The best personal trainers are genuinely invested in their clients’ progress, and they really care about the people they work with. To ensure you find an excellent personal trainer, be sure to carefully check references and testimonials from previous clients, in much the same way you would before trusting a plumber to replace your boiler, or an electrician to rewire your home. Alternatively, for complete peace of mind, you could join a reputable health club offering access to professional personal trainers who have already been thoroughly vetted.

 

Wrapping Up

A good personal trainer will always work with you on achieving your specific goals, but this isn’t necessarily the ultimate outcome. They should also work with you on overcoming your negative behaviours and unhelpful habits by educating you about nutrition, physiology and fitness-building techniques, to ensure that their input has a much greater, long-lasting impact. After all, good health and fitness should be a lifelong pursuit rather than something that you do for 12 weeks as part of a training plan.

Feel Wonderful this Winter

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The Park Hall Health Club and Spa in Wolverhampton is somewhere you can work out and maintain a healthy lifestyle whilst enjoying top of the range spa facilities which are all part of your membership package.

• Zero Joining Fee (worth £20)
• 5 FREE Personal Training Sessions (worth £100)
• Luxury Spa Facilities – Pool, Sauna, Steam & Jacuzzi
• 20% Discount on all Elemis Spa Treatments
• 10% off all Hotel Bars & Restaurants
• State of the Art Gym Equipment
• Friendly Personal Trainers

Terms and Conditions: Offers are non-transferable, have no cash value and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers and are subject to availability. New members only. 5 Free Personal Training sessions and 5 additional sessions are valid on 6 month memberships and for 3 months after joining. Offer is valid until 31st December 2017. Over 18s only.

Dealing with Gym Nerves

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We understand joining a new gym can be an unnerving experience for anyone but our friendly Wolverhampton gym has an approachable and welcoming team of personal trainers who will help you ease in to your new environment sooner than you think.

To help you along the way we have put together our top 5 tips for handling your initial gym nerves:

1. Class

Joining a fitness class can help deal with those initial gym nerves, by going weekly you will become familiar with people and will automatically feel more confident. You never know you might have a new gym buddy by the end of your class.

2. Induction

Take a gym induction with one of our friendly personal trainers to help familiarise yourself with the layout of the gym, gym equipment and how to correctly use it. We are confident that after the gym induction the personal trainer will feel more like a friend to you and you will feel like you can turn to them for advice and to answer any questions you have. Our personal trainers Rebecca, Ryan and James are always on hand to assist you with your training an diet plan to help you achieve your fitness goals.

3. Friend

Joining with a friend can be the best way to get over those gym nerves. At the end of the day you are both in the same boat and are probably both feeing the same. Reassure each other and smash it out together.

4. Music

Shut out the world, put those headphones in, play your favourite tunes and go into your own little gym bubble. It’s amazing how music can motivate you and give you a boost of confidence. Music really can be your best friend in the gym.

5. Cardio

Stick to cardio for the first few weeks while you get used to the setup of the gym and start seeing familiar faces. Then try moving around and trying out the different equipment.

Top Twenty Benefits of Exercise

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As a premier Gym in Wolverhampton, at the Park Hall Health Club and Spa we know that exercise is beneficial to people of all ages. With top of the range of equipment, fitness studio and tailored personal trainers we can help you back to fitness and feeling great!

Exercising regularly can benefit you and your body in the following ways:

1 – Reduce Body Fat11 – Maintains Mobility
2 – Increase Lifespan12 – Improves Memory
3 – Oxygenates your body13 – Improved Coordination
4 – Strengthens Muscles14 – Strengthens Bones
5 – Manages Chronic Pain15 – Improved Complexion
6 – Wards off Viruses16 – Detoxifies Body
7 – Reduces Diabetes Risk17 – Decreases Stress
8 – Strengthens Heart18 – Boost Immune System
9 – Clears Arteries19 – Lowers Blood Pressure
10 – Boosts Mood20 – Reduces Cancer Risk

To Join our Wolverhampton Health Club and Spa  or to find out about our personal training sessions please call 01902 349531