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Junior Gym Session review at Everyone Active

 

Hi, Ruby here! Recently, I visited the newly opened leisure centre in Hornchurch ‘Harrow Lodge Leisure Centre’. The old centre was knocked down over the past few months. I have fond memories because I used to swim there with my school and compete in athletics.

For my age group, I could use up to 18 different pieces of gym equipment. From 11-15 years old you can join the junior supervised gym sessions at Everyone Active. Firstly, you have to attend an induction session before the gym sessions because a member of the Everyone Active staff will show you how to use the equipment and you get a chance to trial each piece, I found this good to ask any questions you have and the staff were helpful and friendly. However, during the regular sessions someone will not be going round with you but there will always be someone there if you need any assistance. I think that it would be good to have a set routine or plan to make the most of your time to find out what you enjoy doing and what works well for you individually.

This was my first time in a gym so I was feeling a little nervous but also excited to see what I could use and I was surprised that so many of the machines had TVs on them so you could watch television while exercising! How fun is that!

I found out during my induction that girls usually choose to exercise more on cardio, which includes the following machines: treadmills, exercise bikes and cross trainers. This helps improve your overall fitness including running and football which are my favourite. In contrast, boys usually practise weights, which includes cable machines, leg extension, seated row and overhead press. Rowing is good for both cardio and weights. On average, for juniors you set the weight at 5 to 10 and you can check this at your induction session to make sure it is right for you. Also, there are floor exercises to practise gymnastics, warm up and stretches.

The junior gym session lasts 50 minutes and the induction lasts 40 minutes. On average, there are 10 children usually at a session (you can do stuff separately) but because of Covid restrictions the gym at present have to limit the numbers to 5. After you have finished on each piece of equipment you have to make sure you wipe it down afterwards with the sanitiser. The most popular day to go is Monday between 4:45pm - 7:45 pm.

 

If you feel comfortable you can go in on your own (without a parent) after school, otherwise with an adult. 

 

My favourite pieces of equipment were the treadmill, exercise bike and seated row.

 

I would definitely go again and possibly try other things like swimming and badminton.

 

Ruby Xx

 

 

Ruby's verdict: 8.5/10

Overall experience: Helps to improve general fitness and to promote healthy lifestyles.

Price: £3.70 peak & off peak junior ( other fees may apply)

Fun factor: You can watch TV while you get fit!

Contact: Harrow Lodge Leisure Centre, Hornchurch Road, Hornchurch, RM11 1JU

www.everyoneactive.com / 01708 454 135

Booking is essential during Covid 19.

 

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Winning Team

 

LYG SUCCESS!!
 
Massive well done to our tennis team who this weekend went out in the first LYG competition of the season to win GOLD!
 
Incredible result for the borough and the young people after not having many competition opportunities in the last year.
Thank you to Team Managers Lee Duncan and Krishan Sharma who coached and managed the team.
 
MISSION LYG GOLD IS GO!
 
 
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Football golf review at Golf Kingdom

 

Hi everyone, it's me Ruby. I am going to be blogging and sharing my experiences of fun and active things you can do in Havering and the surrounding areas. It's great that we can start to do more as Covid restrictions are lifting and I'm really excited to share them with you.

This week I'm going to be giving you my views when I tried the activity football golf.

I really enjoy football and mini golf and love the idea of mixing them together. This activity is extremely like golf just with a football. Easy! 

Here's how to play: Like golf, the person who takes the fewest number of shots will win and you carry on kicking the ball in the hole until you have completed that round. There are 18 holes so even if you have a bit of a bad start where it may have taken you a few shots, keep carrying on as who you're playing against could have a couple of bad shots themself later on. You have a scorecard to complete as you make your way around the course.

 

Here are some of my tips:

1. If the hole is close, don't kick the ball too hard.

2. You could practise before you try football golf by setting up a mini course in your garden. 

3. Try and be as precise as possible.

 

Overall, I would rate this experience a 9/10 because it was really fun, so you should definitely try this with your friends and family.

 

"Good luck, Enjoy"

Ruby Xx

 

 

 

Ruby's verdict: 9/10

Overall experience: Good to play a variety of sports, best suited to dry days.

Price: Adult, £14 (over 12 years) child £10

Fun factor: Use your foot to putt! I can't wait to go again.

Contact: Golf Kingdom, Whalebone Lane North, Chadwell Heath, Essex RM6 6SB

www.golfkingdom.net/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./ 0208 597 1120

  • Booking for Foot golf is essential during Covid 19.

Ruby Golf 2

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Football golf review at Golf Kingdom

 

Hi everyone, it's me Ruby. I am going to be blogging and sharing my experiences of fun and active things you can do in Havering and the surrounding areas. It's great that we can start to do more as Covid restrictions are lifting and I'm really excited to share them with you.

This week I'm going to be giving you my views when I tried the activity football golf.

I really enjoy football and mini golf and love the idea of mixing them together. This activity is extremely like golf just with a football. Easy! 

Here's how to play: Like golf, the person who takes the fewest number of shots will win and you carry on kicking the ball in the hole until you have completed that round. There are 18 holes so even if you have a bit of a bad start where it may have taken you a few shots, keep carrying on as who you're playing against could have a couple of bad shots themself later on. You have a scorecard to complete as you make your way around the course.

 

Here are some of my tips:

1. If the hole is close, don't kick the ball too hard.

2. You could practise before you try football golf by setting up a mini course in your garden. 

3. Try and be as precise as possible.

 

Overall, I would rate this experience a 9/10 because it was really fun, so you should definitely try this with your friends and family.

 

"Good luck, Enjoy"

Ruby Xx

 

 

 

Ruby's verdict: 9/10

Overall experience: Good to play a variety of sports, best suited to dry days.

Price: Adult, £14 (over 12 years) child £10

Fun factor: Use your foot to putt! I can't wait to go again.

Contact: Golf Kingdom, Whalebone Lane North, Chadwell Heath, Essex RM6 6SB

www.golfkingdom.net/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./ 0208 597 1120

  • Booking for Foot golf is essential during Covid 19.

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Athletics

Hi everyone, Ruby here. Over the past few weeks, I have been involved in Friday Athletics Academy Club at Hornchurch Stadium, which is a mixture of sports including hurdles, long distance running, sprints and much more, it's good fun and a chance to try different activities and meet new people. This is particularly aimed for school years five and six and arranged by Havering Active.

 

Different athletics events:

There are many events you can take part in, here are some of the most popular ones: hurdles, long-distance running, sprints, long jump, shot put, discus, high jump and javelin.

These will all improve different aspects of your body; for instance, hurdling can strengthen your leg muscles, including your hamstrings.

 

Virtual Spring Run

London Youth Games have introduced a Virtual Spring Run, where you can run between a distance of 0.5km to 5km and you will receive a special prize if you achieve one of the fastest times running 3km, you have until 24th May to enter. You can find out more at www.lygrunseries.com the run is open to under 18's, please check with an adult before entering.

 

Why should you participate?

If you compete, you will be helping your borough rank high in the leader board and it will help improve your fitness and overall health. You may even enjoy it and run regularly.

In PE we start a lesson with a six-minute run and the aim is to keep moving for the whole time even if others are walking, you could improve on this by power walking to make you move quicker, this will help keep your heart rate going.

Furthermore, if you are doing activities, you enjoy regularly, you will improve your mental health, feel fit, healthy and energetic.

Good luck! 

 

I am pleased to say this week I have been offered a place at Havering Athletic Club, I can't wait to start training regularly. 

 

Ruby Xx

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