Leisure Life Newsletter - Issue 2. July 2022

We are very pleased to share that, due to popular demand, outdoor circuit classes are back throughout the summer months. Enjoy the warm evenings outside at Tilsley Park, every Tuesday at 7pm. A total body workout from head to toe, using a variety of bodyweight exercises such as press-ups and sit-ups. All abilities are warmly welcome, and we'd like to encourage you to bring friends and family members along too. Visit our website to book our full range of classes online up to 7-days in advance. You must be 16+ years of age to take part. Members: Free Pay-As-You-Go: £7.90 per class Fitness & Wellness Outdoor exercise classes are back at Tilsley Park LEISURE LIFE NEWSLETTER Lifestyle, Arts, Fitness & Wellness TOP NEWS Outdoor exercise classes are back at Tilsley Park Amey Theatre - Live screenings and events July 2022 / Vol. 2 Exercise focus - Kettlebell swing What's on this summer - holiday camps top picks abingdon.org.uk/sports-and-leisure 1 Activities are run by Abingdon School Enterprises Limited on behalf of Abingdon School. Company No.04442429

3 MONTHS FREE ON MEMBERSHIPS Wasps Rugby Skills Camp High Performance Rugby, Athletics and Wellness Camp Monday 22-Thursday 25 August Participants: Aged 8-15 years. This camp is led by Sy Wiggall, who is a Strength and Mental Performance Coach with Oxford Harlequins and founder of the Oxford Youth Strength and Conditioning Academy. This camp is designed to teach aspiring young athletes to move correctly, efficiently and safely, while building full body strength and balance. Participants will be shown how to fuel themselves with the correct nutrition, to breathe correctly and to help them to achieve a mindset for a happy, positive and successful sporting career. abingdon.org.uk/sports-and-leisure 2 Activities are run by Abingdon School Enterprises Limited on behalf of Abingdon School. Company No.04442429 Lifestyle Monday 18-Friday 22 July Participants: Aged 12-16 years. This is a high-quality coaching course led by Premiership Rugby Club Wasps. The sessions run by Wasps Community Coaches will be fun and engaging whilst challenging both the participants technical and tactical skills. Participants will learn and develop core skills such as catch and pass, tackle, breakdown, support, back play and set-piece play.

Arts The Amey Theatre presents National Theatre Live, Royal Shakespeare Company Live and Royal Opera House Live screenings, available to the community. The perfect alternative if you’d like to do something local rather than having to travel to London - and at a fraction of the price! NT Live: Much Ado About Nothing Thursday 8 September 2022, 7pm Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd) and John Heffernan (Dracula) lead the cast in Shakespeare’s romcom of sun, sea and mistaken identity. The legendary family-run Hotel Messina on the Italian Riveria has been visited by artists, celebrities and royalty. But when the owner’s daughter weds a dashing young soldier, not all guests are in the mood for love. A string of scandalous deceptions soon surround not only the young couple, but also the adamantly single Beatrice and Benedick. Director Simon Godwin returns with this irresistible comedy, broadcast live from the National Theatre stage. WR I T T EN BY N I CK L LOYD ( AMEY THEATRE MANAGER ) Amey Theatre Live screenings and events abingdon.org.uk/sports-and-leisure 3 Activities are run by Abingdon School Enterprises Limited on behalf of Abingdon School. Company No.04442429

Kettlebell swings have grown in popularity over the past decade as a quick full-body workout with advantageous benefits: Kettlebell swings involve your whole body, which requires your heart to beat faster to pump blood throughout your body, improving all-round cardiorespiratory fitness as well as strength. Kettlebell swings target glutes, hamstrings, calves, erector spinae, trapezius (traps) and rhomboids (collectively known as the posterior chain). These muscles are of paramount importance in body health, core stability and posture. Kettlebell swings require high force development and activation of muscles of the posterior chain, which can improve your overall fitness, explosiveness, performance and power. Kettlebell workouts are high intensity and can burn a lot of calories in a short time. Most kettlebell workouts can be completed in as little as 10–15 minutes and require only a kettlebell to get started. This means they are perfect for fitting workouts into a busy lifestyle. WR I T T EN BY TOM PH I L L I PS ( F I TNESS I NSTRUCTOR ) Kettlebell swing Fitness & Wellbeing abingdon.org.uk/sports-and-leisure 4 Activities are run by Abingdon School Enterprises Limited on behalf of Abingdon School. Company No.04442429 E x e r c i s e f o c u s

... Continue reading for how a kettlebell swing should be successfully achieved Shoulders Keep your shoulders relaxed to avoid shrugging the kettlebell and ending up with your shoulders around your ears. Glutes Activate your glutes by driving your hips through to a neutral position (where you are upright). Aim to keep your forearms attached to your hips until you reach neutral then, as your arms come up, squeeze your glutes to prevent overextending your lower back. Head Your head position should be neutral. The gap between your chin and your chest shouldn’t change. Elbows Use soft elbows throughout the swing. Keep your arms relaxed to take the tension out of your arm muscles and, instead, use the momentum of the kettlebell. Knees Your knees shouldn’t bend excessively during the swing – it should be a hip hinge motion. This is a posterior chain movement (the muscles on the back of your body), not a quads exercise. Did you know... We offer personal training plans and personal programmes. If you would like guidance and support on how to get the most out of your workout, or best practice whilst using our gym, please speak to a member of the team for more information on how we can help you. You can also visit our website to book a weekly kettlebells class with us, as part of our exercise class programme. Available to members or on a pay-as-you-go basis. abingdon.org.uk/sports-and-leisure 5 Activities are run by Abingdon School Enterprises Limited on behalf of Abingdon School. Company No.04442429