Pulse News

National Fitness Day takes place on Wednesday 25 September, so we’re celebrating by putting on a bumper programme of taster classes! So, if you fancy giving something new a try, or are new to exercise and want to find out more, The Pulse is the place to be. Each of our taster classes will be free to attend, but we recommend booking to avoid disappointment.

You can view our full programme of events by clicking here. To book for any of our taster classes, please call us on 01453 546441.

We’ve got a brand-new fitness programme coming this September! We’re introducing some exciting new classes, while adding more of your favourites like Pilates and introducing extra evening classes.

You can download our new opening times, which will commence from 1 September, by clicking here. Classes are able to book up to two weeks in advance, so keep an eye on our online booking system!

Find out more about our new classes

We’re really looking forward to teaching our new classes next month, so here’s a taste of what you can expect…

Freestyle Aerobics (The Next Generation)
Mixed intensity – suitable for all

This class is an aerobic dream. The class starts with basic moves that gradually build into slick combinations, using a mix of low and high impact moves so anyone can take part. Two left feet? Don’t worry, you can keep to the basic pattern. But, if you love to move with style then work with the instructor as the combinations build throughout the class. Bring a drink, you will get warm with this workout!

Freestyle Aerobics (The Next Generation) is taught by our youngest fitness instructor Jazz Gillingham, who has taken over the Freestyle Aerobic torch from Ange Gillingham, who packed the sports centre with Freestyle back in the early nineties.

fABulous
Mixed intensity – suitable for all

Do you want to be “Absolutely Fabulous”? This is the class for you! Focus on strengthening your core with a key focus on tightening your tummy and working towards a flat stomach. No previous experience needed – a variety of exercises will be given to suit the level of everyone taking part.

Faith Minchella is our fABulous instructor who will get you into shape.

Flexi-Band
Mixed intensity – suitable for all

Using a variety of different bands as resistance aids, this class will sculpt your body into the person you know that you can be. Stretching and lengthening the muscles is also a key feature of this class. You can take part in this class as a standalone class or add it to fABulous.

Faith and Nicky Grant will be bending and flexing their way through this class with you.

3STEP
Mixed intensity – suitable for all

A brand-new Pulse special. Combine step aerobics with strength/conditioning training around the step (with and without weights), then add Pilates style toning and stretching and what do you get? 3STEP! Each section is in 20-minute segments giving you the ultimate one-hour workout.

Jemma Dowsett will be teaching 3STEP – you may know her from our 1980’s Aerobics, PiYo and Barre classes!

Stretch and Meditate
Suitable for beginners

This is another new Pulse special, which has been brought to you by public demand. Unlock your body and your mind with this unique blend. Each class will start with a stretch routine followed by a short guided meditation.

Leave the pressure of life at the door as you unwind with Faith. It’s only 30 minutes, so come along and enjoy some ‘me’ time.

Pilates Ring
Mixed intensity – suitable for all

Pilates has become very popular at the Pulse over the last two years. The Pilates ring, magic circle or torture ring (as it is known to some) is a 30-minute conditioning class, based upon the principles of Pilates training and breathing patterns in order to give you an intense body conditioning session.

Ange Gillingham is leading this class, along with many of the other Pilates classes in the programme. Having passed the freestyle torch to daughter Jazz, she now focuses on Pilates. “Older instructors do not fade away, they teach Pilates!”

Hula Hoop
Suitable for beginners

That’s right – by popular demand, we have brought our Hula Hoop class back!

This class will give you core toning and conditioning like no other class in the programme, with Helen in charge to teach you how to hoop your waist slim.

It’s suitable for beginners, as the very action of having to keep picking your hoop off the floor is a workout in itself. However, with helpful tips and hints from Helen, you’ll soon be spinning the hoops around your waist and other body parts as if you were circus- trained.

Gym Circuits
Mixed intensity – suitable for all

Take a traditional circuit training class and add the gym equipment for a workout like no other. Due the wide variety of equipment available in the gym, every circuit will be different, but each will offer a full body workout incorporating cardio, strength and then a good stretch to finish.

Ross will be one of the main instructors for this class. Passionate about keeping everyone fit, you normally find him on the gym floor training his clients or showing new members how to use the gym effectively.

We’ve got all kinds of spooktacular activities for children this October half-term! From Halloween dance workshops and a special Halloween Party Day to the return of our popular Pulse Wipeout, there’s something for everyone.

SPECIAL OFFER: Get 10% off our activity days when you book by Monday 30 September. And, don’t forget, there’s a 10% discount when booking siblings into the same activity day as well!

Drop off and collection point is at The Pulse unless otherwise stated. Please make sure you send your child with a packed lunch and a drink.

Pulse Wipeout
Date: Monday 28 October
Time: 9.00am–4.00pm
Price: £20.00
Suitable for: Children aged 5-12 years

A high-octane day for all those mini ninja warriors. This day will involve obstacle courses, challenges and a swim session with the Pulse ‘Exterminator’ inflatable so please bring your swimming kit.

Fun and Games Day
Date: Tuesday 29 October
Time: 9.00am–4.00pm
Price: £20.00
Suitable for: Children aged 5-12 years

A fun-packed day involving a variety of sports, team games, relays and spending time with your friends. Includes a water session with games and challenges so please bring your swimming kit.

Activity Day Plus+
Date: Wednesday 30 October
Time: 8.30am–5.30pm
Price: £25.00
Suitable for: Children aged 5-12 years

An extra-long day from 8.30am to 5.30pm, ideal for working parents! Throughout this day, there will be a wide variety of games and activities from our most popular chosen activity days. This day includes an extended water session with games and challenges so please bring your swimming kit as well as extra snacks to fuel them for the day. Collection will be from the Chantry Centre.

Halloween Party Day
Date: Thursday 31 October
Time: 9.00pm–4.00pm
Price: £20.00
Suitable for: Children aged 5-12 years

Come dressed up in your scariest outfit for the day and take part in a range of exciting Halloween-related party games including mummy wrapping, musical zombies, vampire apple bobbing and a best dressed competition. This will include a games-led swim session so please bring your swim kit. This day is sure to be a thriller!

Multi Sports Day
Date: Friday 1 November
Time: 9.00am–4.00pm
Price: £20.00
Suitable for: Children aged 5-12 years

A fun-packed sporting day where everyone will get the chance to take part in a variety of sporting activities. This day will involve football, bowls, bench ball and many more. This day also includes a swim so please bring your swimming kit.

Halloween Dance Workshop (Mini Zombies)
Date: Thursday 31st October
Time: 2.15pm–3.45pm
Price: £6.00
Suitable for: Children aged 4-7 years

A fun-packed dance workshop where you will have the opportunity to learn a Halloween dance routine. Parents will be invited to come and see the final performance before the children go home. This session requires drop off and pick up at the Chantry Centre.

Halloween Dance Workshop (Junior Zombies)
Date: Thursday 31st October
Time: 4.00pm–5.30pm
Price: £6.00
Suitable for: Children aged 8-12 years

A fun-packed dance workshop where you will have the opportunity to learn a Halloween dance routine. Parents will be invited to come and see the final performance before the children go home. This session requires drop off and pick up at the Chantry Centre.

Dursley teen Ryan Salman, who previously triumphed at the British Judo Championships, has been selected by Team GB and British Judo to fight at the European Youth Olympics in Baku, Azerbaijan. This has been Ryan’s dream for many years, and what he has been training for!

He is just one of 10 Judo competitors chosen, and will be not only representing the UK at the event, but also his local Bradley Stoke Judo Club, who have sent three fighters over to Azerbaijan.

Ryan, who is sponsored by The Pulse as part of Stroud District Council’s Elite Athlete scheme, will be fighting on Thursday. From everyone at The Pulse, we’d like to wish him the best of luck and look forward to hearing how he gets on!

We’ve got a brand-new Swim Fit session for the summer, so you can keep fit while keeping cool!

Join us every Monday from 8.15pm to 9.00pm for a motivational lane swimming session with a coach to help build your speed, stamina and improve general fitness. Swimming is a great all-body workout,

Can’t make Mondays? We’ve got Swim Fit sessions throughout the week at the following times:

Tuesdays – 8.15pm–9.00pm
Thursdays – 8.15–9.00pm
Sundays – 5.00pm–6.00pm

We’ve got a fantastic summer programme lined up for both adults and children, including public swimming for just £2 on Friday evenings – to find out more, download our programme.

An exciting opportunity has risen for a new part time head coach to join Dursley Dolphins swimming club.

We are a small and friendly swimming club with big aspirations. We compete in Cotswold League galas, open meets in the region, and county competitions.

The head coach key role is supporting the club ethos to encourage children and young people at all levels of ability, and achievement to enjoy and benefit from swimming. Historically, the club has been run by a team of experienced and dedicated volunteers. There is now potential for a motivated head coach to professionalise the Club and take it to the next level. The position will require providing leadership to swimmers, coaches, volunteers and parents to facilitate swimmers reach their full potential.

The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, management skills and the ability to positively inspire confidence and motivate the swimmers to the best that they can be. The ideal candidate will hold a Level 2 coaching qualification. We will also consider applications from someone who holds a Level 2 teaching certificate and has some experience working within a competitive club environment and are willing to complete a coaching qualification.

The working hours and salary can be negotiated but will include evening training sessions, attendance at weekend competitions as well as necessary administration.

Training takes place at Wycliffe preparatory school, Stonehouse and The Pulse, Dursley.

If you are interested or like more information please contact;
Email: dursley.dolphins@swimclubmanager.co.uk
Phone: 07817615979

Our brilliant summer activity days are back! We’ve got all kinds of fun in store, from brand new days like our Rugby World Cup and Wacky Wellness days, to the return of firm favourites like our Gymnastics Day and the Pulse Wipeout.

All activity days are priced at £20 per child per day, and you’ll get 10% discount when booking siblings into the same activity day.

Click here to view our full summer programme!

Activity Day Programme

Drop off and collection point is at The Pulse unless otherwise stated. Please make sure you send your child with a packed lunch and a drink.

Wacky Wellness Day
Date: Thursday 25 July
Time: 9.00am–4.00pm
Suitable for: Children aged 7–12 years
Brand new for 2019, this day is all about learning lots of new skills while including fun and creative games. Children will learn all about basic first aid skills, including CPR and life skills in the water, as well as learning and making a fruit salad. This day includes a water session with games and challenges so please bring your swim kit.

Fun and Games Day
Date: Tuesday 6 August and Tuesday 13 August
Time: 9.00am–4.00pm
Suitable for: Children aged 5–12 years
A fun-packed day involving a variety of sports, team games, relays and spending time with your friends. This day includes a water session so please bring your swimming kit.

Gymnastics Day
Date: Tuesday 23 July, Tuesday 30 July and Thursday 29 August
Time: 9.00am–4.00pm
Suitable for: Children aged 5–12 years
Come and practice your handstands and forward rolls whilst working on flexibility and linking movements together. The day will finish with a gymnastics show, putting together all the moves you have learnt into one big performance.

Pulse Wipeout
Date: Wednesday 24 July, Thursday 1 August, Wednesday 7 August and Thursday 22 August
Time: 9.00am–4.00pm
Suitable for: Children aged 5–12 years
A high-octane day for all those mini ninja warriors! This day will involve obstacle courses, challenges and a swim session with our brand-new inflatable for 2019, ‘The Exterminator’!

Multi-Sports Day
Date: Thursday 15 August
Time: 9.00am–4.00pm
Suitable for: Children aged 5–12 years
A fun-packed sporting day where everyone will get the chance to try a variety of sporting activities. This day will involve football, bowls, bench ball and many more. This day also includes a swim so please bring your swimming kit.

Athletics Day
Date: Wednesday 31 July and Wednesday 28 August
Time: 9.00am–4.00pm
Suitable for: Children aged 5–12 years
On this day, children will participate in multiple athletic disciplines including a 100-metre sprint, 1500-metre long distance run, relays and equipment-based competitions.

Retro Sports Day
Date: Tuesday 20 August and Wednesday 21 August
Time: 9.00am–4.00pm
Suitable for: Children aged 5–12 years
This day is jam-packed with old school games and races, including sack races, egg and spoon, skipping, long jump, welly wanging and much more! It will also include an inflatable swim session, so bring your swimming kit.

Alternative Sports Day
Date: Thursday 8 August
Time: 9.00am–4.00pm
Suitable for: Children aged 5–12 years
Come and take part in a variety of team sports including water polo, bench ball, end ball, skittles, indoor curling and boccia. This day includes a water session with games and challenges so please bring your swim kit.

Football Day
Date: Wednesday 14 August
Time: 9.00am–4.00pm
Suitable for: Children aged 5–12 years
Join us for a football fiesta! During this day, children will go through football skills, team games and finish off with a round robin tournament after lunch, so they’ll have plenty of game time.

Rugby World Cup Day
Date: Tuesday 27 August
Time: 9.00am–4.00pm
Suitable for: Children aged 5–12 years
With the Rugby World Cup just around the corner, we’re putting on our own world-class tournament right here in Dursley! They will practice key handling skills, kicking drills and finish off with a round robin touch rugby tournament where children can play as their rugby heroes for the day.

Dance Workshops

Our fun-filled dance workshops are perfect for both younger and older children. Taking place across three days, each 45-minute workshop will teach children routines to show off in a big performance for parents and guardians on the final session.

Dance Workshop (Younger Children)
Date: Monday 19 August–Wednesday 21 August
Time: 4.00pm–4.45pm
Price: £10 for all 3 days
Suitable for: Children aged 4-7 years

Dance Workshop (Older Children)
Date: Monday 26 August–Wednesday 28 August
Time: 4.00pm–4.45pm
Price: £10 for all 3 days
Suitable for: Children aged 8–12 years

If your kids aren’t ready for one of our full activity days or if they just want to make a splash for an hour, our extra summer sessions offer plenty of fun! From pool parties and diving skills, to soft play and yoga in our studio, we’ve got lots in store for children of all ages this summer.

All of the sessions below are included as part of our kids’ Summer Passport. For just £30, kids can enjoy six weeks of unlimited swimming, inflatable fun and entry to our extra summer sessions. If your children are taking part in our Junior Learn to Swim programme or private swimming lessons, you’ll receive £10 off our usual Summer Passport price, too.

Please note: booking is advised for all sessions. To book, please call us on 01453 546441. Click here to view our summer passport terms and conditions.

Pool activities

Pool Party
Take part in a lively party session, where you’ll have inflatable fun with party games, run by our party team! Under 8s must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Price: £4.75

Intro to Synchro (Stage 5+)
Why not try out a synchronised swimming session this summer? With this one-hour taster, you’ll learn the basics of synchronised swimming and put a basic routine together.
Price: £5

Extermination! (8+ years old)
Brand new for 2019, come face to face with our new inflatable, the Exterminator! In this session, you’ll race against other competitors until we have a grand final and a winner. You’ll get multiple goes throughout this pool session but only the winner will win themselves a free Inflatable Fun voucher for themselves or a friend.
Price: £4.75

Intro to Diving (Stage 5+)
Here you have the chance to spend time on your diving technique with a teacher. Perfect your technique to show your friends and family and get a head start in your races!
Price: £5

Starts and Turns (Stage 5+)
Spend an intensive hour on perfecting your race starts and turns in the deep end. A teacher will be present to coach you throughout this hour.
Price: £5

Studio activities

Bouncy Castle and Soft Play Session
Date: Friday 2 August, Friday 9 August, Friday 16 August, Friday 23 August
Time: 3.15pm – 4.15pm
Price: £3 per session
Suitable for: 18 months – 5 years (Parents must supervise session)

A session for younger children – join us for bouncy castle and soft play sessions throughout the holidays. An instructor will be present to play music and keep children entertained but parents must supervise their own children.

Junior Yogis
Date: Each Thursday throughout the summer holidays
Time: 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Price: £3 per session
Suitable for: 4 years – 11 years

The benefits of yoga and mindfulness for children are endless. Healthy minds are just as important as healthy bodies and in this session, we keep them both happy! Your child will learn how to find that peaceful place inside of themselves and can take this skill with them throughout their life. They can also enjoy making some yoga shapes while getting bendy! A snack is included within this session.

Mini Yogis
Date: Each Friday throughout the summer holidays
Time: 11.00am – 11.30am
Price: £3 per session
Suitable for: 12 months – 4 years (Parents must supervise session)

Yoga is lots of fun for little ones. Kids can move in many wonderful ways and it’s great to keep those little bodies moving. The class will include lots of moves with familiar animal names and will finish with a nice relaxing mindfulness story so that you can all go home calm.

This May, we’re championing mental health awareness, helping our community to understand more about their mental health and wellbeing. Exercise is a key factor in this – just 10 minutes’ brisk walking can increase alertness, boost energy levels and improve our general mood.

If you’re just starting to get into exercise, why not try our Summer Passport? For just £40, you’ll get six weeks of unlimited gym, swimming and classes – perfect for kickstarting your exercise plans. Our Summer Passport offer is available from 1 May to 15 May, so give us a call to buy yours!

We’re also hosting two FREE introduction to meditation sessions on Wednesday 15 May and Saturday 25 May – spaces are limited, so booking is essential.

As always, our trainers are on hand to provide exercise advice and help you find the perfect fit for you, so tell us about what you like best, and we’ll help you find a class or workout you’ll love!

To buy your Summer Passport or book for our meditation sessions, call us on 01453 546441.