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We know it sometime seems like hard work, but exercising on a regular basis releases positive endorphins and makes you feel happier in day-to-day life. That’s why it’s really important to find an exercise you enjoy, and one that you’ll want to continue doing.

We’ve got all kind of exercise classes at The Pulse, involving dance, exercising to music, interval training, weights and much more. If that’s not really your thing, why not give swimming a go? It’s low impact, and we’ve got a variety of water fitness classes that you can try, as well as lane swimming and public swimming sessions.

If you’re an outdoor type, don’t be quick to dismiss walking – it’s a great way of keeping active and burning calories at your own pace, and something that can be enjoyed by lots of people. Running and cycling are also fantastic ways to enjoy the countryside while keeping fit!

If you’re struggling to find an exercise routine you can stick to, have a chat to one of our instructors – we can help you find something that works, whether that’s at home or at The Pulse.

The summer is upon us, but swimming lessons are continuing as normal. It would be lovely to see you throughout the summer, as the benefits for your child’s swimming development are generally evident.

Drowning Prevention Week – 18th – 24th June 2018

In support of the Royal Lifesaving Society’s Drowning Prevention week, we are running a Water Safety Awareness campaign during the learn to swim programme, to highlight the dangers of water and develop your child’s own skills to keep them safe in and around water this summer. All levels will take part in Water Safety activities including Squads and Synchronised Swimming.
During the week of the 18th to 24th June 2018, children will need to bring the following to their lessons:

  • Stage 2, 3 – Light T-Shirt
  • Stage 4a, 4b, 5 – T-Shirt and Shorts
  • Stage 6, 7, ADP 1-4, Synchro – Long Sleeved Shirt, Long Sleeved Jumper and Trousers

Children in all others stages will not be required to bring additional items to wear in the water.

Home Portal

As part of your child’s swimming lessons journey, you have the ability to view your child’s progress from home. This can be done through our online progress checker, Home Portal, which will provide you with updates of your child’s achievements within their swimming lessons. Home Portal will provide you with the outcomes your child has achieved measured as “fair”, “good” or “passed”.

  • “Fair” is achieved once the outcome has been completed once to an acceptable standard
  • “Good” is achieved once the outcome has been completed a second time to an acceptable standard
  • “Passed” is achieved once the outcome has been completed consistently to an acceptable standard

As the outcomes are updated and progress is made, it will be noticeable through the percentage increase at the top of the screen. Once your child achieves 100% you will receive an email to confirm the completion of the stage, followed by a second email to provide you access to move your child up to the next stage, when spaces become available. It is really important to keep checking the spaces to avoid disappointment.

For more information, and to gain access to your child’s account, please speak to reception and they will be happy to help.

Summer Passport

Keep the kids entertained this summer with our Summer Passport, which includes five weeks of UNLIMITED swimming and inflatable fun (subject to availability). The cost of this great membership throughout the summer is £30.00. However, for children on our Learn to Swim Programme and those having Private Swimming Lessons, you’ll receive a £10.00 discount.

The Summer Passport is only available for children aged 18 months to 14 years.

It is advisable to book for the inflatable fun sessions.

Children’s Summer Activities

If you are struggling for ideas to keep your child entertained this summer, why not book them into our activity days for children. We have a wide range of different activity days that take place covering a range of different sports. These are suitable for children aged 5 to 12 years and will cost £20.00 per day.

We are also running a Multi-Activity Week, giving your child 5 days full of fun and exciting activities, whilst providing you with childcare. Throughout the week, children can enjoy a range of activities including Pulse Wipeout, Fun and Games, Water Sports, Multi-Sports, Outdoor Activities, and a swim every day.

Please click here for more information.

Free Public Swimming

Remember, all children on our Learn to Swim Programme or that have Private Swimming Lessons receive free public swimming to practice their skills learnt in their lessons. Make the most of this opportunity by coming swimming during the summer.

Gym while they Swim

What a brilliant opportunity to keep yourself active by using the gym or coming to classes during your child’s swimming lesson. Each gym session will give you access to our cardio machines, free weights and resistance training machines.

You will need to have a gym induction before using the gym, which can be booked by giving us a call or visiting the Pulse.

If you begin to use the facilities regularly, a membership will be beneficial to you as you will save money. Please click here for further membership details or give us a call on 01453 546441.

Gym for 11+

Children aged 11 -14 years can also use the gym, within specialist time slots during the week. They are able to use the gym from 3.30pm to 4.30pm Sunday to Friday and will be supervised by a gym instructor. A gym induction is required before using the gym.

Lifeguarding Qualification

Are you interested in becoming a lifeguard or know someone that is? Or are you looking for a career change? Lifeguards benefit from varied working hours which you can easily fit around your other commitments. It will also provide you with the opportunity to work within a team and to progress your career within the leisure industry. Most swim teachers, managers and fitness instructors begin as lifeguards and then progress and develop their skills to be suitable for these roles. Some parents of children on our learn to swim programme have previously and currently work at the Pulse as swimming teachers, lifeguards, fitness instructors through doing their lifeguarding qualification, so you could do the same.

We are running a week intensive course for the National Pool Lifeguarding Qualification (NPLQ) from 16th to 23rd July 2018. On successful completion of the course and examination, you become a qualified lifeguard. The course fee is £250.00, which includes all course material, teaching and the fee for the exam.

To make a booking or for any further information, please contact the Pulse on 01453 547369.

Note: This course does not provide you with a job at the Pulse, but the qualifications necessary to apply for a lifeguard position.

We all hope you have a lovely summer and continue to enjoy swimming at the Pulse!


The Pulse Learn to Swim Team

As we get into the summer, and the weather gets hotter, many people start to ditch their fitness routines and good intentions. We get it – the barbecues are sizzling, the drinks are in the fridge, and it’s too hot to think about going for a run.

However, it’s easier than you think to have it both ways! Instead of sweating it out on the treadmill, or at a high cardio class (which, let’s face it, is hard work when the sun’s shining), try a class that focuses on toning and conditioning the body.

Yoga and Pilates are great examples – they both feature conditioning with long stretching sessions to keep your body active and supple, so you can continue burning the calories without burning yourself out.

Come along to a class in our air-conditioned studio and give it a go. We also run other conditioning classes, such as Core Blimey, Triple A, Resistance Conditioning and Flexi Bar, all designed to keep you in shape this summer. Have a chat to one of our helpful instructors, and they’ll help you to find exercises you can do at home or in the garden, too!

Home for the summer and looking for a great gym membership deal? We’ve got you covered!

Student memberships at The Pulse are usually £27.50 per month, but if you sign up for a three-month pass by 30 June, you’ll receive a 10% discount. That gets you unlimited use of the gym, unlimited access to classes and unlimited use of the pool!

Whether you want to keep fit over the summer or simply try something new, our three-month pass offers a great way to keep active and make the most of your holidays with no further commitment.

To buy your three-month pass or find out more, call us on 01453 546441.

Offer ends 30 June 2018. Full membership terms and conditions can be viewed here.

Have you ever thought “I wish I could do a pull-up”? They’re not easy, at least not to begin with! That’s where this month’s gym challenge comes in – using resistance bands, our trainers will help you improve your core and develop the strength you need to do a pull-up unaided.

We’ll walk you through completing pull-ups with our resistance bands, teaching you how to set them up and how to use them. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to see if you can move up the levels of resistance band and complete a pull-up unaided.

Everyone who manages to complete a pull-up without a resistance band by the end of the month will be entered into a prize draw to win a free personal training session. So good luck, and see you in the gym!

For this week’s Fitness Friday, we’re talking about fat loss. That’s right – it’s not necessarily about losing weight, but reducing your body fat can help to improve your health.

We know it’s difficult for a lot of people to lose body fat, and exercise is just one part of the equation! Here are a few of our golden rules:

  • Cut down on carbohydrates, but don’t get rid of them completely – they’re still important to provide you with energy
  • Don’t worry about counting macros unless you’re cutting body fat for a competition – just think about what you’re eating and ensuring it’s the right foods
  • If it’s possible to do so, avoid ready meals and pre-packaged food. Making meals from scratch means you control exactly what goes in them
  • Try making portion sizes smaller and spreading your meals out throughout the day, rather than eating larger meals that overload your digestive system
  • Don’t just run on a treadmill – try some different HIIT and cardio training to make it fun
  • Consistency is key! Doing it for a couple of weeks won’t get the results you want, so keep working hard

If you’d like more advice, or need help getting in shape, our personal trainers can help! Email hello@pulsedursley.co.uk for further information, and we’ll choose the right trainer for your needs.

Although it may be the last thing on your mind when you’re expecting, keeping active while you’re pregnant can have many benefits – not just for you, but also your baby. Here are a few of the most important ones:

  • It can reduce excessive weight gain throughout your pregnancy
  • It can make labour and delivery easier (unfortunately, no guarantees though!)
  • It can lower the risk of gestational diabetes
  • Exercise improves your mood, reduces stress levels and gives you more energy
  • It can prevent lower back pain
  • Exercise can alleviate morning sickness – or at least take your mind off of it

If you exercise while pregnant, you’re also laying the foundations for a healthy lifestyle for your baby – quite often, active mums will have active babies. You may also meet other expectant mums and make new friends!

Some women who exercise while pregnant can carry on with their existing exercise routine and may just need to pull back on the impact and intensity as their bump grows and certain exercises feel uncomfortable. During this time, it’s also important to work on pelvic floor and balance exercises.

If you may be struggling with your existing exercise routine, or are new to exercise, our pool-based exercise programme is perfect. The water supports you and your growing bump while you use the resistance of the water to exercise the whole body.

If you have any questions about exercising while pregnant, or would like some further advice, please get in touch by emailing helen.bailey@stroud.gov.uk

It’s Fitness Friday once again, and today, we’re thinking about how exercise can have a positive effect on your mental health.

It’s been proven that exercise is one of the best ways to improve and boost your mental health and wellbeing. When you exercise, the activity sends endorphins around to the receptors in your brain, which then trigger a positive feeling in the body. This feeling is what allows you to think more clearly, improve your concentration levels and reduce any stress symptoms that you may be experiencing.

So, if you’re feeling low or lacking the motivation to do anything, it’s actually more beneficial to get moving! Join in with one of our classes, go for a swim or take advantage of our gym, and you’ll be sure to feel uplifted and ready for whatever the day has in store.

It’s now even easier to keep the kids entertained throughout the school holidays with our fantastic Summer Passport!

For just £30 per child aged 18 months to 14 years, they can enjoy five weeks of unlimited swimming and inflatable fun. Plus, if your child already takes part in our Junior Learn to Swim programme, or has private swimming lessons with us, then you’ll receive a £10 discount.

To find out more about our Summer Passport, call us on 01453 546441.