FROME LEISURE CENTRE
Finding the Leisure Centre
The Leisure Centre is next to the College and Merlin Theatre on Princess Anne Road, BA11 2SA. The telephone number is 01373 465446.
About Frome Leisure Centre
The Leisure Centre is run by Fusion, a registered charity which invests in maintaining its facilities to a high standard. You have to join the centre and it’s not possible to just turn up as the centre is taking online bookings only via the website or the mobile app. The facilities include a gym/fitness suite, pool, indoor cycle studio, floodlit football pitch (and café!) The centre is cashless so remember your debit/credit card!
Why join a leisure centre? Some information on different types of exercise
During the 1960s and 1970s the public health message was ‘look after your heart’ and that, of course, is very important.
As heart function deteriorates there is a negative knock-on effect on the liver, kidneys, lungs and brain too. Cardio workouts, essentially aerobic, were the thing and examples of these are running, cycling, swimming and vigorous dancing. They all have the effect of raising the heart rate significantly to build heart strength, improve stamina and improve lung capacity. The whole cardio-vascular system benefits from this form of exercise which is proven to slow the ageing process.
If you are looking to improve cardio health but have not exercised in many years and are daunted by the prospect of getting fit, then start with walking, gently, and gradually extend the distance that you cover each week until you can gauge that your fitness has improved (this might be something as simple as not getting out of breath when you go up three flights of stairs, for example). Light jogging of short distances or gentle swimming or cycling would be a good next step. Of course, if you are morbidly obese, a cardiac patient or suffering from any serious medical condition you should consult a doctor before any strenuous exercise.
In recent years the benefits of load-bearing exercise as part of a fitness regime has received much more attention. Osteoporosis, a rare condition many years ago, is now a problem for many older people who have led sedentary lifestyles (and sometimes not sedentary – a few years ago a very fit man down the road in Bruton, noted for his prolonged cycling trips was warned by his doctor that the smooth action involved in cycling meant that he was not loading his bones enough to prevent osteoporosis). This is because our bones grow in response to being loaded.
Load bearing exercise includes weight training, of course, but our bones can benefit hugely from the load they are subjected to in brisk running, jumping, dancing, skipping and gymnastics. These exercises all increase bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis (and fractures) in later life. The loading of the bone matrix triggers cells to take in more calcium. Exactly the opposite occurs if you lie in bed for days on end (or travel in outer space!). If you intend to stimulate bone growth by weight training alone it is important to use weights that are heavy enough to prevent you lifting them more than a dozen times in a row.
If you are already at risk of osteoporosis talk to a medical professional before you exercise.
Most importantly - enjoy your exercise!
Activities at Frome Leisure Centre
There is a very wide selection of activities at Frome Leisure Centre. The website describes them as follows:
Soft Play Session
Soft play offers an affordable and safe environment for your children to play, explore and make friends.
A workout that builds flexibility and strength and leaves you feeling centred and calm through a series of moves and poses.
Exercising in the water is a great way to get fit, as the water supports your body weight. It's a useful way to get back into shape!
A variety of fun yet challenging exercises to help strengthen the core muscles by targeting your abs and oblique's.
A fun workout that uses aerobic movements to lift your heart rate and burn calories. Uses hand weights to tone and sculpt the body.
A barbell workout that strengthens your entire body through focusing on low weight loads and high repetition movements.
Incorporating systematic exercises and self-development techniques for body, mind and spirit focusing on core conditioning.
Zumba® classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats whilst having fun at the same time.
A great way to develop lower body tone and burn plenty of calories using pedal power.
This beginner workout combines the benefits of dumbbell training with a high-intensity cardio workout to help you build muscle, increase power, and get lean.
Legs Bums & Tums
An aerobics focused class designed to tone the lower body with a mix of high/ low impact moves with floor work for muscle toning.
A body conditioning class offering toning techniques that target the deep muscles supporting the spine and major joints.
A full body cardio workout that includes alternating short bursts of super intense work with low intensity / active recovery.
A great way to spend the school holiday splashing and swimming with the whole family in our pool!
Fast, medium and slow lanes; fitness swimming aimed at adults.
You can visit the Frome Leisure Centre website here.
All images and copy on this page by Garfield Austin.