Member of The Year (Vote now!)

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Throughout 2019 we read some truly inspiring stories as our community of Edge members nominated each other for Member of the Month. As our membership team were taking stock of the last year and reading back through the nominations and winners of each month we thought it only right that we let you reflect on last year’s winners and give you the chance to pick a Member of the Year 2019!

Take a look through all of the winners below, starting in May when we launched our Member of the Month, then head to the bottom of the page to cast your vote. The winner will be announced next week!

Members of the Month 2019

  • Chloe Brooks
    May 2019: Chloe Brooks

    Chloe participated in the Marathon des Sables to raise money for Hope for Children.

    “After months of training at The Edge, I recently ran the famous Marathon des Sables to raise money for Hope for Children and finished 27th female overall. I hope this shows that you can achieve whatever you set your mind to, as long as you put in the work and believe in yourself.” – Chloe.

  • Arthur Briant
    June 2019: Arthur Briant

    Nominated by: Georgia Tomova

    Arthur has shown impressive dedication to training and become an influential Edge member.

    “Arthur’s main goal is to achieve exceptional strength while promoting the benefits of natural bodybuilding over performance-enhancing drugs. There are very few members who are unfamiliar with Arthur and his dedication to training which is a reflection of his commitment and focus on his goals. Despite his success, he remains humble and willing to help others.” – Georgia

  • Faith Bonner
    July 2019: Faith Bonner

    Nominated by: Amy Reeder (Senior Swimming Instructor)

    Faith has demonstrated outstanding dedication and improvement in her swimming.

    “In the space of 4 months, Faith has gone from being completely unable to swim to swimming lengths confidently without any supervision. It was a privilege to help her achieve her goal of being able to swim in time for her trip to Norway where she will be swimming outside in the Fjords! I am so proud of her.” – Amy

  • Fei Chen
    August 2019: Fei Chen

    Nominated by: Ali Kteich (Personal Trainer)

    Fei has shown great determination in her fitness and refused to give up on her goals.

    “For years Fei was struggling to achieve her fitness goals. Despite this, she did not give up and tried a variety of different approaches to reach the next level. She has shown amazing dedication and commitment and in the space of just 1 month has achieved an amazing transformation.” – Ali

  • Leon Taavo
    September 2019: Leon Taavo

    Leon has achieved great success in track running and also shown dedication in overcoming injury.

    “Leon is very hard working and ambitious, he has shown great determination in progressing as highly as possible in his track sprinting career.”
    Lucia
    “I had been trying to get back into athletics for years despite a serious injury to my hamstring but after working with Lucia I managed to achieve a 2nd place medal in an Athletics Open. – Leon

  • Anastasia Cardone
    October 2019: Anastasia Cardone

    Anastasia has shown extreme determination in her training and fitness goals, utilising The Edge to its fullest in order to supplement her running. 

    “I train at The Edge most days. At first I would mostly swim, hitting records of 10 Km in the pool. I then started doing spin class, Yoga, Pilates and gym sessions to improve strength and flexibility. I started running with the GOGA club and am now preparing for a 33km run. I have also run three half-marathons this year so far.” – Anastasia

  • David and Julia
    November 2019: David Barton and Julia Geddes

    Nominated by Aimee Lewis (Personal Trainer)

    Our first-ever joint Member of the Months, David and Julia, have been commended for their constant positive and upbeat attitudes in classes and encouraging influence classmates.

    “David and Julia have been coming to The Edge for a very long time but have never stopped bringing positivity and smiles to every class they attend. They always perform exceptionally well and ensure they do their best while encouraging others and being a constant positive influence to their classmates.” – Aimee

Vote for your Member of 2019

Vote for your Member of the Year by selecting your nomination and clicking ‘vote now!’

Your virtual journey begins: Les Mills RPM

Introducing all new Les Mills RPM indoor cycling classes at The Edge.

RPM is a group indoor cycling workout where you control the intensity. This means you can exercise at a leisurely pace or challenge yourself all to the most pedal-worthy playlists and embark on a fitness journey without ever leaving the studio.

Ride to the rhythm of powerful music, improve your personal performance and boost your cardio fitness at an intensity level that works for you!

 

The RPM workout is based on the science of Cardio Peak Training, which involves maintaining your heart rate at an aerobic training base with interspersed peaks of intensity. This specific blend of steady-state and high-intensity builds cardio endurance and also drives the transformative fat-burning effects associated with high-intensity interval training.

Researchers believe that the varying levels of intensity in an RPM workout are key to maximizing muscle adaptions and producing comprehensive health benefits. Studies have shown that attending regular workouts cannot only improve fitness, but also reduce body fat and decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

 

Let’s ride!

Sign up for classes here (Available from January 25 onwards)

Les Mills Take-over

On January 11, Les Mills is taking over!

Come along to Cromer Terrace and try out all new classes for –

GRIT Strength – High Intensity Interval Training designed to improve strength, increase fitness and build lean muscle.

GRIT Cardio – A 30 minute, high intensity workout that improves cardiovascular fitness, increases speed and burns off calories.

Body Pump – The original barbell class which strengthens your entire body and challenges your major muscle groups.

Body Combat – An energetic and empowering cardio workout inspired by various martial arts styles.

Body Jam – A mixture of dance and aerobic moves blended with hip hop, funk and latin music. A fun workout.

…with new techniques, new music and a whole new level of fitness!

 

Classes will be taking place at Cromer Terrace between 10am – 3pm.

Keep an eye out for our new class launches every 3 months.

 

Sign-up now! 

Class times

ClassTime
GRIT Strength10:00 – 10:30
GRIT Cardio10:35 – 11:05
Body Pump11:15 – 12:15
Body Combat12:30 – 13:30
Body Jam13:45 – 14:45

5 ways to get started with your health and fitness in January

Personal Better: 5 ways post

Let 2020 be the year that you achieve your goal!

If you don’t know where to begin or just want to ease yourself back in after the Christmas break we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you.

1. Begin with low impact exercises and beginners’ workouts

Swimming is the perfect activity when you’re starting out as there is no impact and you can set your own pace. If you want to use the gym you can build your knowledge and confidence with workout videos. Check out our YouTube playlist for workout inspiration. We would recommend the Beginners Workout demonstrated by Personal Trainer Ali. It is a strength workout that covers all muscle groups that you can adapt to what you want to focus on. If you’re new to the Technogym equipment don’t hesitate to ask one of our team on setting up and using the machines safely.

2. Balance is best

After a potentially indulgent December, it can be easy to believe that by being strict and restrictive you’re being healthy. If that is maintainable and works for you, great! However, for most of us, we struggle to maintain the discipline required so this year strike a balance. If you know you’re going out for a meal with friends in the evening just have a lighter lunch that day. If you want to cut back, cut back on snacking between meals. But the one thing you can do is diversify the food you eat. Dr Chatterjee recommends keeping an alphabet chart to help you eat a wide range of foods and if you want to try out some new recipes, we have some great ones, including a Roasted Vegetable Stew.

3. Discover what is going to get you motivated and moving

Exercise and activity shouldn’t feel like a hardship. You just need to find what you really enjoy doing. Over January just try different activities you think you might like. At The Edge you can try climbing, squash, Edge courses, including how to play racquetball, and exercise classes. Classes are perfect for beginners as the instructor will check your form, you’re motivated by everyone around you, and we have over 220 different ones, so you’ll definitely be able to discover what you enjoy doing. Download our class guide (PDF) to get started.

4. Join or exercise with a friend

Another reason why classes are fantastic is that each class is like a small community. November’s Members of the Month were nominated because of the support and enthusiasm they bring to each class. Also, starting your health and fitness journey with a likeminded friend is great for motivation and discipline.

5. Have an achievable goal you can work towards

Remember that this is a journey with a purpose. This purpose can range from ‘I want to be exercising three times a week’ to ‘By the end of 2020 I will be lifting 50kgs’. Whatever it is, what is crucial is that you give yourself a date to accomplish it by and that you make sure it is realistically achievable. Also try and track your progress. We have INBODY Technology that can do a full-body analysis that analyses more than just weight. If you don’t know where to start, why not book a PT consultation? Our experts can support you with planning and achieving your goal.


Sign up to our fantastic Alumni offer!

Congradulations, 15% off alumni membership

If you are graduating this December and staying in Leeds, why not take this opportunity to save money on an Alumni membership?

Sign up within 6 months of your graduation date and you can save 15% on monthly and annual memberships.

This means you can get an Edge membership from as little as £30.41 per month or £310.25 per year (£25.85 per month). For more information on our Alumni membership prices check out our Alumni memberships page on the website.

Not only will you get a great deal on an Edge membership but if you are an existing Edge member, there will be no further joining fees for you to pay!

To sign up or find out more, contact the membership team on edgemembership@leeds.ac.uk or visit reception.

Learn to play Squash or Racquetball this January

Squash

Fancy trying your hand at something new in 2020? Start early by signing up to one of our Learn to Play courses, starting from 27th January.

Sign up to one of our courses and you’ll:

  • Learn the rules of squash or racquetball and how to play
  • Get to grips with basic techniques for moving and striking
  • Find out more about the strategies of squash or racquetball
  • Working with our expert instructor you’ll gain confidence playing squash or racquetball
  • Attending the course will help build a social group of contacts to play future games with

 

Learn to Play: Squash

If you’re new to squash, this beginners course is a great intro to the sport. Fun, social and inclusive, it will challenge both the body and mind. Fancy something easier? Check out our Learn to Play Racquetball session below.

When is it? This course starts on Monday 27th January, with a free taster available on Monday 20th January.

  • Mondays 18:00 – 18:45
  • Mondays 18:45-19:30

How much is it?

  • £65 for a 6 week course

How can I book? You can book via the Edge reception

 

Learn to Play: Racquetball 

Join our latest beginners course and get an introduction to racquetball, a sport great for wellbeing by training both the mind and the body. Best of all, our Edge members can enjoy some great discounts!

What is racquetball? racquetball is very similar to squash but uses smaller racquets and larger balls, the rules are also less strict The rules are also less strict making the game easier to play and ideal for beginners.

When is it? This course starts on Tuesday 28th January, with a free taster available on Monday 20th January.

We have two sessions running for 6 weeks, with 4 spaces per session.

You can choose either:

Tuesdays 17:15 – 18:00
Tuesdays 18:00 – 18:45

How much is it?

Premium members – Free
Edge club members – £40
Non-members – £65

How can I book? You can book via the Edge reception

Facility closure: 10th January 2020

On Friday 10 January we will be closing our Sport & Physical Activity facilities (The Edge, Gryphon Sports Centre, Cromer Terrace and Sports Park Weetwood) between 9am-5pm.

The Edge will be open from 6:30am until 9am and from 5pm until 10:30pm.

The closure will allow us to undertake a number of important activities to improve the experience of our customers, which includes:

  • Training and development for our staff to help us maintain service delivery excellence.
  • Deep cleaning of a number of our facilities at The Edge, including changing rooms and circulation areas. To perform this type of cleaning we are required to close the facility and it is an important part of our cleaning programme.

We endeavour to keep facility closures to a minimum but we recognise the benefits of these important activities for our colleagues and customers.

To minimise disruption for our customers we have identified a quieter period to undertake these activities, and we hope you will still be able to join us at the available times for your workout.

Alternatively, if you would like a lunchtime workout on the 10th of January, we have arranged for a lunchtime circuit class to take place at our Cromer Terrace studio on the day.

This will take place at 12:00 – 13:00, Circuits, Cromer Terrace Studio and will be bookable as a normal class online and at reception.

 

See the full Christmas period opening hours for The Edge here.

Member of the month: November

November's member of the month
Every month we celebrate our incredible members.

In November 2019 the winners were David Barton and Julia Geddes.

November 2019 Members of the Month

They were nominated by personal trainer and class instructor, Aimee Lewis.

David and Julia have been coming to The Edge for a long time but have never stopped bringing positivity and smiles to every class they attend no matter what the weather or how early in the morning the classes are. In each class they perform exceptionally well and ensure they do their best while offering encouragement to others and are a constant positive influence to their classmates.

They always have time for others and show genuine enjoyment in every session at The Edge creating good vibes all around. I believe David and Julia demonstrate the perfect attitude which we love to see at The Edge.

– Aimee

 

December offer at The Edge

‘Tis the season to be healthy!

This December take advantage of those silent nights during our quieter season and get your fill of festive fitness.

Get 7 days premium access for £10

Get a taste of our Edge premium membership with exclusive 7 consecutive day premium access throughout December. Get full access to:

  • 250 station fully air-conditioned Fitness Suite
  • 25m 8 lane Swimming Pool
  • Sports halls
  • Squash courts
  • Extensive class programme

To sign up to our December promotion, simply buy online or come into The Edge Reception. Last day of purchase is the 31st December.  For more information please contact the Membership team.


Please note: Memberships are for consecutive days including closed days (Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day) and days with reduced opening hours (13th December and between 24th December – 1st January). See full terms and conditions below.

 

Exclusive premium offers for you

To get a true taste of premium at The Edge, why not try an exclusive premium offer?

  • Full show-around with the membership team – We’re more than just a gym so to find out all that The Edge has to offer, book a tour with us by contacting the Membership team.

You can also choose from one of the following during your 7-day membership:

  • Free body analysis with our Personal Training team
    This quick and private health assessment gives an overview of your current general health, helping you know where you stand, and where improvements can be made. Book via reception.
  • Free swim consultation, great for wellbeing
    Get a 30-minute consultation with one of our expert swimming instructors, perfect whatever your level and a great way to kick start your swimming. Book via the Membership team.
  • Get into climbing
    Whatever your level we have a session for you, choose from a free climbing taster, belay test or a belay refresher.  For more information visit: sport.leeds.ac.uk/the-edge/climbing/. Book via reception.


Terms and conditions

  1. Memberships are premium access, excluding the use of BUCS university gym membership scheme.
  2. Memberships can start from 01/12/2019, all memberships expire on or before the 06/01/2020.
  3. Last day of purchase is the 31/12/2019.
  4. Memberships are for consecutive days only.
  5. Upfront payment only, no joining fee. Promotion is non-refundable and cannot be frozen.
  6. During this period the facility will be closed for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. We will also be running reduced opening hours on the 13th December and between the 24th December 2019 and the 2nd January 2020. These days, including closed days, will count towards your membership. Full details will be available on our website: sport.leeds.ac.uk/updates.
  7. Facilities remain subject to change. Activities e.g. classes organised by the Centre, remain subject to change. Change includes both withdrawal and re-timetabling.
  8. Classes, course or session bookings are subject to availability. This includes the advertised free body analysis, free swim consultation and a free climbing taster, belay test or belay refresher. During your 7 day membership you can book one of the aforementioned free sessions. If you are unable to attend one of the free sessions during your promotional period, you will still be able to make a booking until the end of January, providing we can facilitate your request.
  9. As part of the 7 day membership, customers have full premium access but are not entitled to the exclusive discounts on PT packages, Edge courses and physio which are available on full premium memberships. Access to Netflix and BBC iPlayer is included on our Technogym machines.
  10. This offer is not transferable from one individual to another.
  11. Multiple memberships can be purchased by one user in the defined period.
  12. We will provide you with an EDGE green access card, unless you are a University of Leeds student, and in which case your student card will become your access card; use this to swipe yourself into the turnstiles to access the facilities for the next seven days.
  13. Car Parking is available outside The Edge Monday – Friday before 9am and after 4pm. Weekends are available at any time. Customers get 3 hours free during these times by using the daily code, available in the centre. If you would like to park for longer please email edgemembershipservices@leeds.ac.uk. It can take up to two days for us to facilitate this request.
  14. This membership is subject to our standard User Terms and Conditions. Particular attention is drawn to section 9.1: Membership is personal to the Member. Members are not permitted to allow any other persons to use their Membership. In particular, others may not use Members cards to book Facilities or gain entry to the Centre

 

Planning to fit in your fitness of the Christmas period? Be sure to check out our Christmas opening hours.

Christmas Opening Hours 2019

The Edge

Be sure to fit in your fitness over the holidays!

The Edge opening hours will be as follows throughout the Christmas holiday period:

DateFacility Opening Hours
Friday 13th December 201906:30 – 18:30*
Saturday 21st December 2019Normal opening hours
Sunday 22nd December 2019Normal opening hours
Monday 23rd December 2019Normal opening hours
Tuesday 24th December 201908:00 – 14:00
Wednesday 25th December 2019Closed
Thursday 26th December 2019Closed
Friday 27th December 201910:00 – 17:00
Saturday 28th December 201910:00 – 17:00
Sunday 29th December 201910:00 – 17:00
Monday 30th December 201910:00 – 17:00
Tuesday 31st December 201908:00 – 14:00
Wednesday 1st January 2020Closed
Thursday 2nd January 2020Normal opening hours

*This closure is due to essential maintenance works, resulting in a loss of heating and hot water during the evening.

Please note that on days with reduced opening hours, all Edge Club members will be able to use all the facilities at any time of day.

There will also be no women’s only swim and gym sessions on the above dates.

The Exercise Class timetable will be reduced over the Christmas period and can be found here.

Our swimming pool timetables can be found here.

Parking will be available at any time for customers on days with reduced opening hours (December 24th – January 2nd). Members who have registered their car can benefit from unlimited parking during these days, and all other members or pay as you go customers can use a 3 hour free parking code at any time during these days.

 

Looking for a taste of The Edge this Christmas?

Check out our Christmas promotion today!