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The Bannatyne Health Club blog is here to offer you the latest in all aspects of fitness, nutrition, health and inspirational staff and member stories. 

BANNATYNE MEMBER AND BLADDER CANCER SURVIVOR RAISES MONEY FOR CHARITY

A member of a Bannatyne Health Club in Edinburgh is raising awareness of bladder cancer while also raising money for charity after surviving the disease.

Youngsters in the club get to spend time with Olympic Medallist, Becky Adlington OBE

Young swimmers at Bannatyne Health Club Chester Le Street have had the opportunity to spend some time meeting double Olympic Champion, Becky Adlington.

Bannatyne Chingford staff member raising money in memory of dear friend

A member of the team at our Chingford health club, is taking part in a triathlon to help raise money for the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine appeal.

Bannatyne Lowestoft staff member celebrates her one-year 'Gymiversary'

Katrina, one of our members of staff at our Lowestoft health club is celebrating her one-year ‘gymiversary’. 

Bannatyne Wildmoor member running in memory of his son

A Bannatyne member is taking part in a new fitness race in memory of his son who passed away. 

Bannatyne Peterborough members secure a place on a cycling event

Two Bannatyne members from Peterborough have secured a place on Ride London

Bannatyne Worksop member raising money for Shelter the Homeless

Merle has been training hard in the run-up to the challenge of 3100 squats over 31 days!

Bannatyne Healthclub raising money for Cancer Support

Bannatyne Health Club Tamworth holding a special one-hour class ro raise funds for Tamworth Wellbeing & Cancer Support

Bannatyne member plays at Wembley

A huge congratulations are in order for our Bannatyne Milton Keynes member! 

Bannatyne staff member competes in half marathon

Fitness Manager Emily ran for gold at the Edinburgh half marathon.

NORWICH WOMAN ANNOUNCED AS WINNER OF £5,000 HOLIDAY

Home improvement company worker Lucy Fisher is dreaming about where she can go after bagging a £5,000 holiday voucher in a Bannatyne Health Clubs’ competition.

Livingston member announced as our May referral winner!

LIVINGSTON RESIDENT SET FOR SHOPPING SPREE THANKS TO BANNATYNE HEALTH CLUB

Bannatyne member wins silver in Sheffield

Huge congratulations to our member Samantha for winning 2nd place in the Natural Physique Association (NPA) Yorkshire Championships 2022, held in Sheffield.

Bannatyne staff member competes in figure competition

Massive congratulations to freelance Pilates instructor Shannon who works at our Solihull health club.

​Bannatyne member and her daughter take on life changing challenge

Felicity (and her mummy – a member at our Worksop health club) are taking on the life- changing challenge to swim the distance of the English Channel 22 MILES!! In the club’s pool!

Bannatyne member from Carlisle takes on the Lake District

Gerard Riley, who is a member at our Carlisle health club, has undertaken and conquered a massive challenge.

Staff member at Bannatyne fights for Cancer Research

Ellie, who is a membership advisor at our Sutton Coldfield health club literally came out fighting to support Cancer Research UK.

Bannatyne member from Falkirk takes on a marathon

FALKIRK GRANDAD’S MARATHON EFFORTS TO SAY THANK YOU TO CHARITY AND HOSPITAL THAT HELPED HIS SERIOUSLY ILL GRANDDAUGHTER

Fitness advisor from Aberdeen ticks off her bucket list!

A HUGE well done to Paula, a fitness advisor at our Aberdeen health club, who completed the Lairig Ghru race! Now ticked off her bucket list.

​Carlisle health club host Les Mills Body Combat marathon class for charity

On Saturday 2nd July our Carlisle health club hosted a Les Mills Body Combat marathon class which lasted, in total, six hours.

Livingston member on the road to fitness

Ian, a member of our Livingston club and keen cyclist is seen in most of the club’s spin classes.

Military veteran raises money for charity with help from Bannatyne

A military veteran has run a marathon to raise money for the charity Combat Stress after it helped him overcome mental health issues after he left the Army.

A Bannatyne GM has took to the skies for charity

Alix, our GM at the Bannatyne Health Club & Spa Burton on Trent, took to the skies to support two fantastic charities!

Sutton Coldfield Club complete cycle for charity

Huge congratulations to members of our Sutton Coldfield health club for completing their charity cycle for The Cancer Support Centre.

Tamworth member impresses on his weight loss journey

Well done to Paul, a member of our Tamworth Health Club on his weight loss journey

Bannatyne members take on Strongest man challenge

We'd like to give a big shout out to two of Lowestoft members, Richard and Mark, who recently competed in Suffolks Strongest Man!

Blackpool members walk 166 miles to raise money for big charity

Blackpool members Vash, Steve and Vicky have walked the 166 Miles from Skegness to Blackpool Coast 2 Coast to raise money for The Big Red Emergency Night Bus.

​​Peterborough member takes on epic walk for charity

Peterborough member has taken part in an epic 192-mile Coast to Coast walk.

Bannatyne member wins hero award

A Bannatyne Lowestoft member has won a hero award for teaching children the importance of fitness

Bannatyne general manager abseils for charity

Bannatyne general manager at Leicester is challenging himself to an abseil to raise money for charity

Darlington Health Club member takes on one of the UK's most iconic cycling challenges

Dave Woods, a member of our Darlington Health Club, is taking on one of the UK’s most iconic cycling challenges to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Society.

BANNATYNE MEMBER MEETS BECKY ADLINGTON

Who better than double Olympic gold medallist and Britain’s most successful female swimmer Becky Adlington for our Chester Le Street Club member Ian Hornby to turn to for some top tips for the swimming part of a triathlon?

BANNATYNE MEMBER JOY SMASHES 100-MILES IN A 100 DAYS CHARITY CHALLENGE

A member of the Bannatyne Health Club Sutton Coldfield has raised nearly £650 in aid of the Epilepsy Society.

BANNATYNE SPA BELFAST IN RUNNING FOR TWO NATIONAL AWARDS

The spa at the Bannatyne Health Club and Spa in Belfast is in the running for two prestigious awards!

BANNATYNE MEMBER OF EDINBURGH WINS FIVE-STAR HOLIDAY IN SUNNY CYPRUS

Chef Ruth Newall couldn’t believe her luck when she learnt she had won a Bannatyne health club competition to win a holiday abroad.

The 37-year-old will be jetting off to sunny Cyprus for a luxury holiday this summer as the winner of Bannatyne’s Refer a Friend scheme.

Gerry takes on a triathlon!

A member of Bannatyne Health Club and Spa Burton on Trent is putting in hours of intense training to improve his fitness levels so he can complete a triathlon in aid of charity.

Members taking on the Born Survivor

Members of Bannatyne's Health Clubs in the North West are taking part in an ultra-challenging fundraiser in aid of a charity set up by fellow member and Afghanistan war veteran and triple amputee Andy Reid MBE.

Carmen and Stuart from Bannatyne hastings

A fitness adviser and member at the Bannatyne Health Club in Hastings have set themselves a gruelling challenge to raise money for a military veterans' charity.

Bannatyne Success Stories

Our members are amazing. 

Check out some of their fitness success stories here! 

Scott & Cammy - Dunfermline

We have received a great testimonial for Cammy – one of the personal trainers at our Dunfermline club.

FuelSmart Feedback at Bannatyne Folkestone

Folkestone members Carol and Dennis recently completed our FuelSmart programme, clocking up a fantastic two stone weight loss!

​DARLINGTON CLUB CELEBRATES 21ST BIRTHDAY

Our Darlington health club has come of age!

We are marking its 21st birthday with a party for about 80 staff and members at the town’s Bannatyne Hotel on April 22.

Verity - Member from Perth

Congratulations to Verity, a member of the reception team at our Perth health club. Verity has only been weightlifting since late 2021 but she finished 4th in her category at the Eastern Districts Open Weightlifting competition in April 2022, recording two personal bests.

Ste - member from Skelmersdale

When his family bet £100 that he wouldn’t be unable to sober for 50 days, Ste Bolton has proved them wrong – not only quitting binge drinking, but also dropping eight stone and qualifying for an international athletic competition.

Tamworth Dads Charity Challenge in memory of Father-In-Law

Tamworth dad-of-two Damien Taylor is taking part in a gruelling fundraising challenge in aid of two charities - one of which he is raising money for in memory of his father-in-law.

Congratulations to our Uncharted winner!

A lucky member of Bannatyne’s Health Club and spa in Norwich is going into UNCHARTED territory after winning an action-packed luxury trip to New York.

Adam and Millie - Hastings

On Sunday 20th March 2022, freelance personal trainer at our Hastings health club, Adam, will be running and pushing his seven-year-old daughter, Millie, in the Hastings Half Marathon to raise money for the British Red Cross.

Lee Birmingham - Wakefield member

Lee Birmingham, who has been a member of our Wakefield club since 2013, is using his own health challenge to raise money and awareness for a fantastic charity the British Acoustic Neuroma Association (BANA).

Mark - member from Ayr

Our Ayr member Mark has achieved an amazing transformation - losing more than 3.5 stones after attending the health club when normal service resumed after lockdown. Well done to Mark for all your hard work and dedication, which has really paid off.

Kenny - Belfast member

An inspirational member of the Bannatyne Health Club and Spa Belfast, Kenny Cloke, has set himself the challenge of swimming 21 lengths of the health club pool to celebrate his 21st birthday.

Lauren - Spa therapist from Solihull

Meet Lauren our Senior Spa Therapist at Bannatyne Health Club & Spa Solihull. Over the past year Lauren has been investing some time in improving her health and well-being for the better!

Dominic is taking on his biggest challenge..

A member of Bannatyne health club Bury St Edmunds is using its facilities to train for a gruelling charity challenge including what is regarded as the toughest foot race on earth.

Holiday of a lifetime win for Hastings Health Club member

A member at the Bannatyne health club in Hastings is celebrating after winning a dream holiday!

Manager appointed for Bannatyne Airport Spa

An experienced manager has been appointed to oversee the new Bannatyne express spa at Teesside International airport.

Amy's Fitness Journey

Amy, senior fitness advisor at our Livingston health club talks about her lockdown experiences and how she used it to her advantage.

Solihull Member Ravi

“Over the last 12 months, I have managed to lose over 36 kilos, and drop 8 inches off my waistline!”

Duncan Bannatyne to open Teesside Airport Spa

The Bannatyne Group is opening an express spa at the rejuvenated Teesside International Airport.

Member Success Story - Louise from Worksop

Look at this for determination from a member at our Worksop health club!

Adrian has completed Start Smart

Adrian, a member at our Newport club has just completed his Start Smart programme with the fitness manager Kelly. He’s shown amazing commitment and even better results...

Lyndon is aiming for gold in Tokyo!

Lyndon Longhorne, a member of our Chester Le Street club, is soon to be a Paralympian!

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LES MILLS GRIT

Considered one of the quickest ways to take your fitness to the next level, the high-intensity interval training of a LES MILLS GRIT workout builds cardiovascular fitness and lean muscle while sending calorie burn through the roof.

All you need to know about Bodybalance

Why the workout works, how many calories you burn, and how to get started.

By Emma Hogan

DARLINGTON PERSONAL TRAINER TAKES ON THE YORKSHIRE BEAST

Darlington-based personal trainer, Sara Woods, has taken part in what has been named the ‘toughest event on a road bike’.

Everything you need to know about Bodycombat

Why the workout works, how many calories you burn, and how to get started.

By Emma Hogan

SCIENCE REVEALS THE BEST EXERCISE ROUTINE TO LIFT YOUR MOOD

Not feeling yourself? Science reveals the best exercise routine to lift your mood 

By Emma Hogan for Fit Planet

Melissa's End to end journey

On 1st November 2020 our Solihull cafe bar manager, Melissa Pugh, signed up to complete the Virtual End to End ‘Lands End to John O Groats’ run and walk event! The challenge and aim is to achieve 874 miles before 25th October 2021! 

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DAD WITH MS TURNS TO BANNATYNE HEALTH CLUB TO REGAIN HIS MOBILITY

A father-of-two, whose regular sessions at a Bannatyne Health Club help him cope with Multiple Sclerosis, was so devastated about gyms being closed during the Covid pandemic he contacted his MP demanding they be allowed to reopen.

OUTDOOR FITNESS FOR BANNATYNE BURY ST EDMUNDS MEMBERS

The Bannatyne health club in Bury St Edmunds is expanding its fitness classes to react to the current pandemic restrictions with the introduction of outdoor bootcamp classes.

From registered disabled to fully mobile in six months

A Thanet lady has transformed her life following a full hip replacement and being legally registered as disabled.

66-year-old Alice Thompson’s life changed dramatically on 12th September 2015 when her mobility was taken away from her, resulting in the operation. Six weeks later, with her doctor’s blessing, Alice joined the Bannatyne Health Club in Broadstairs.

We support Mary's Meals Double The Love Campaign!

Here at The Bannatyne Group, we are backing Mary's Meals Double The Love campaign! Here is a message from Duncan Bannatyne explaining why it is such an important charity to support. This campaign will help change the lives of hungry children in Zambia by providing them with a nutritious daily school meal.

Coulby Newham takes on the Yorkshire Marathon!

It’s not only our members doing amazing things – our staff are too.

Two of our colleagues at Coulby Newham have taken part in The Yorkshire 10 mile, as part of the Yorkshire Marathon Weekend.

A beginners introduction to fitness classes

The apprehension… The other people looking… The uncertainty... It’s completely natural to feel this wide range of emotions on your first ever trip to a fitness class. Anything that is foreign or alien is always going to be a challenge...

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A beginners guide to an effective warm up

How many of us see members or clients say 'I'll just warm up quickly'? 

This normally consists of a few quick minutes on the treadmill/ X-trainer to get the heart rate up. While this is not inherently a bad thing, we are missing vital components of the warm up that will not only improve performance but decrease the risk of injury. 

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Everything you need to know about MYZONE

The introduction of MYZONE belts into Bannatyne clubs has allowed both customers and fitness advisors to enter into a whole new level of accountability within their training... 

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4 reasons why fat won’t make you fat

“Fat will make you fat!” This is something we have had drilled into our heads from a young age, from ‘‘low fat alternatives’ for every food under the sun, to the media demonizing fat as something to be feared....

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Training: Expectations Vs Reality

Everyone has seen the latest fitness magazines with a different workout every other month, promising abs of steel in 4 weeks or the worlds hardest punch in just 15 minutes a day…

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No Equipment? No Excuse!

Bodyweight exercises require no equipment or financial backing but are so easy to carry out and can provide you with the same results. These types of workouts can be completed almost anywhere with a bit space and they don’t require any supervision....

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From Zumba to 10k… The diary of a non-running Dance Fitness Instructor

Having worked for Bannatyne for 20 years this year, I decided I needed a new challenge. My 73 year old father and my 16 year old son, both Bannatyne members and keen runners, thought it would be a great idea to sign me up for a local 10k run in September...

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7 injury prevention tips you’ll want to know

Having suffered injuries myself over my six year career in the fitness industry I can’t express how important it is to look after your body. In this blog I’ve listed several ways you can prevent injuries if you work out in a gym environment...

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Revolution-ise Your Fitness - The benefits of group cycling

Over recent year's group exercise has become increasingly popular, with many fitness fanatics taking to classes to achieve their goals. At the forefront of this exercise revolution is Indoor Cycling, the high intensity cycling class that incorporates both cardio and resistance training....

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The importance of a Strong Core

The core muscles are one of the most important (yet most neglected) muscle groups we have in our bodies. As a regular gym user I’m often asked “how much do you bench?” However I have never been asked “how long do you hold a plank for?”

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