York Newsletter March 2016

1st March 2016 | York

Manager’s Welcome

Wow isn’t time flying, spring is here with the promise of lighter nights and a little sunshine on the wish list.

Speaking of wish lists, after receiving member comment cards we have invested in areas of the club with the aim of enhancing your experience. We have bought a brand new top of the range stereo for the poolside to get you really into the spirit of our fab poolside classes as well as some new water aids for adults and children alike to enjoy when they are in the pool. Upstairs in the gym 17 pieces of equipment have been re-upholstered and we have replaced 2 TRX straps on the jungle gym.

On a personal note it’s great to see so many members and staff signing up for the events we are supporting and seeing you all training in the gym together is really inspirational and I think I will certainly be signing up to the next challenge… although the Dirty Weekend event does look very tough!

Yours in fitness

Gary Jepson, General Manager

Club News and Events 

Friends & Family Offer
Invite your friends & family to join you at the club this month with a 2 week membership for just £20.
Visit www.roko.co.uk/york/offers/2weeks for details or forward this offer to a friend now!

Member Offer - Vantage Toyota
Vantage Toyota York are your local automotive experts in the York, Selby and surrounding areas and are truly passionate about all things Toyota. Vantage Toyota York can take care of all your mobility needs.

Roko members can access exclusive prices and discounts for all your motoring sales, servicing and parts needs; just present your membership card when you visit. Vantage Toyota York service and MOT all makes and models, plus with complimentary collection and delivery of your car to Roko, you can work out while they look after your car. Visit them at Vantage Toyota York located on Clifton Moor Gate, or www.vantagemotorgroup.co.uk

Fitness News

Easter is early this year so we are preparing the Easter fitness timetable weeks in advance, so members can plan their work outs around the changes to the timetable during these 2 weeks.  The adults & Kids Easter timetables will be out from Thursday 10th March.

Good Friday (25th March)
Opening hours will be 8am – 8pm.  The classes we will be running during the day are:
9:30-10:15 RPM With Emma
9:30-10:15 LBT with Lou
9:30-10:15 Kids Class (TBC)
10:20-11:15 Body Balance with Lou
18:00-18:45 Spin with Clare

Adult Swimming Lessons
After the success of the 2 trial adult swimming courses, we have now decided to make the course a regular feature on our swim timetable.  The courses will be 10 weeks long and coincide with our children’s swimming terms.  We offer a class for beginners & a class for improvers and they are held on a Wednesday evening 7-8pm with Tracy. The price for a 10 week course is £65 for members & £85 for non-members.  Roko members get priority booking if we have waiting lists in place.  The next course will run from week commencing Monday 14th March – Sunday 22nd May.  If you would like any more information about the adult swim courses or 1-1 private lessons, please contact jarcher@york.roko.co.uk

Pretty Muddy 5K
We have now entered a team from Roko which includes staff, members and friends, the date is the 25th June,  if you would like to join us please contact me on lbrown@york.roko.co.uk.

Race for Life 5K
Roko will be organising a 5k group for the Race for Life on the 26th June, if this interests you please contact lbrown@york.roko.co.uk.

New Personal Trainer
We would like you to welcome and introduce you to our new Personal Trainer Phil Ward, who joined us in February; we asked Phil a few questions so you could get to know a little about him

How did you get into fitness?
I was a young 16 year old who along with my two mates agreed we should all become personal trainers and own a gym one day.  Some (Cough) years later after being made redundant I found myself with the ideal opportunity to change direction in my career and finally realise my dream.

What is your speciality when training clients?
Patience.  All Personal trainers can write great programs, but finding the client’s level of ability and exploring new and innovative ways to help them achieving their goals takes patience and understanding.  As Personal Trainers we find most exercises easy but ensuring the clients understand and can perform the exercise correctly is the skill to the job.

What is your biggest success story to date here at Roko?
As I am new to Roko I am sure I will be answering this question again, but to date my biggest success is seeing how my clients have succeeded in their goals and beyond..  That’s the thrill of the job to me.

Name your favourite film
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  A classic of its day and who would not like to be seen in the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California “If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.”

What is your favourite meal (try & be healthy!)
Sweet mustard salmon with garlicky veg – Only 495 Kcal. Very low in sugar and salt with a good balance of macronutrients (proteins, carbs and fat) plus a good source of  Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron and omega-3s

What is your ‘party trick’?
I don’t necessarily have a party “trick” but my ability to talk to anyone means that I am the perfect party guest.

Is personal training for you?
We all need a little help with exercise sometimes, whether we're just starting out or we've been at it for a long time. Still, there are people who shy away from personal training, unsure of what they'll get out of the experience or whether it's worth the money. There are a number of reasons people work with personal trainers.  Some want an individual program so they can lose weight or get in shape while others simply need to be held accountable for their workouts.   Wherever you are in your exercise journey, a personal trainer may be just what you need to take it to the next level.

All our Personal Trainers offer FREE ½ hour taster sessions, please look at their Bio’s on the notice boards and book yours at the gym desk or reception.

Children’s News

Easter is early this year so we are preparing the Easter fitness timetable weeks in advance, so members with Children can organise when they can attend the gym or classes whilst the kids are being looked after and kept active!  The adults & Kids Easter timetables will be out from Thursday 10th March.

Swimming Lessons
Enrolments for the next swim course are now in full swing. If you do not book your child on to the next swim term by Sunday 6th March 4pm, your child’s place will be released to the swap and the waiting lists.  The next term will run from week commencing Monday 14th March – Sunday 22nd May.  If you would like to enrol on to the next swim term or would like any information about swimming lessons please contact jarcher@york.roko.co.uk

Easter Swim Crash Course
There will be a Children’s swim “Crash course” during the second week of the Easter Holidays, Mon 4th –Fri 8th April. This will run between 9-10:30am for both members and non-members.  The bookings for this course will be open for sale Monday 14th March from 9:30am.  If you would like more information about the crash course or 1-1 private lessons during the Easter Holidays, please contact jarcher@york.roko.co.uk

Club Lounge

Private Function Hire
We have a number of free dates in the coming months where members can hire out the ground floor of our club for special events on a Saturday evening. We can cater for 18th, 21st, 40th or any special occasion you might require a room for.

If you would like more information please contact Anna on the Café counter who can answer any questions you might have.

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