Fancy a free fitness session?


Belfast city council is opening the door to free fitness sessions next weekend (January 18-19) in eight leisure centres across the city.

Places will be on a first come first served basis and range from archery classes to Zumba for adults while young people under 16 are being offered hip hop, soccer skills, and swimming.

The ‘Try-It’ sessions will take place on Friday 18 January at Andersonstown, Ballysillan; Falls; Shankill; and Whiterock Leisure Centres plus Grove Wellbeing Centre.

Avoniel and Olympia leisure centres offer free classes on Saturday, 19 January. More details and times of the classes can be found on their website

Councillor Gerard McCabe, Chairman of the Parks and Leisure Committee said: “Lots of people start the New Year off with a fitness resolution and one of the secrets of sticking to it is finding an activity you really enjoy. These free sessions offer people a chance to try something new, maybe something they have thought about but ruled out because they have never done it before.

“Everyone enjoying these sessions could be attending the class for the first time so if you make a bit of an eejit of yourself what does it matter, you will be in good company. Exercise is meant to be fun as well improving fitness. We want people to come along and enjoy themselves.

“The classes will last between 30 and 60 minutes so everyone can have a go. Coaches will be on hand to offer advice on a fitness programme to help people lose weight and reduce the risk of heart disease and obesity.”

All centres offer a wide range of classes and are open Monday-Friday from 7.15am -10pm and at the weekends from 10am – 4pm. Joining our Boost membership scheme is a cost effective way of using all the leisure centre facilities.
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Post Author: Belfast Times