Today we welcomed visitor number seven million through our door in the form of Felicity Rowland and her son Max aged 1 and her friend Jenny Dwamena with Rosie and Abigail both aged 1.
"It's great to be the seven-millionth visitor to LC. We have been looking forward to visiting for quite a while and now I won't forget our first visit. This is an amazing attraction – there is literally something for everyone to enjoy and it is a facility that the people of Swansea should be rightfully proud of."
Richard Proctor, CEO of Bay Leisure, the not for profit company who operate the LC on behalf of Swansea City Council said, "It seems like only yesterday that the LC opened its doors. We are four months short of our tenth birthday and already we are celebrating our seven-millionth visitor.”
Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects, said: “Everyone involved in promoting the LC and ensuring it remains welcoming and accessible to all deserves huge credit for its on-going success.
“When the Council built the LC, we confirmed our commitment to culture and leisure in Swansea and since then, we’ve worked in partnership to retain a much-needed, state-of-the art facility for the city.
“In coming years, the LC will continue to thrive as part of our regenerated city centre, supported by a cluster of other attractions including a cutting-edge, digital indoor arena and better access between the city centre and seafront.
“Our work to secure UK City of Culture 2021 status puts even more emphasis on the need for a strong network of venues and partnerships, if we are to meet our aspirations for a million more residents participating in cultural activity every year, as well for a programme of events, commissions and legacy that everyone can enjoy and benefit from.”
The LC was reopened in style by HRH the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in 2008, commemorating the original Leisure Centre’s opening by The Queen in 1977.
To celebrate this landmark achievement and to say thank you to all the Visitors who have made our seven-millionth visit happen, we are offering ‘children go free tickets to the Waterpark’ in the run up to Christmas. To claim your free pass people just need to register their details here.
Nic Beggs, General Manager, said “It’s been a fantastic nine years for the LC, and it’s great to be able to give something back to our customers with this kids go free offer. We are delighted that the facility is still growing in popularity and moving from strength to strength. We have focused on our customers and have created a strong brand reputation which I now feel is a real exempla for the leisure and tourism industry.”
The LC, or more commonly known online or by its youngest visitors as the LC2, has more recently picked up a host of awards for its services and offerings with the most recent being the 2017 ‘Best Tourist Attraction’ at the Swansea Bay Tourism Awards, as well as being the top paid for attraction in Visit Wales’ Attractions Survey
Minister for Tourism, Dafydd Elis-Thomas, said: “This is a great achievement for the LC - their success over the last nine years is testimony to their commitment to quality and visitor experience. The attraction is a valuable asset to what Swansea Bay has to offer our visitors. These are exciting times for Swansea as we look forward to the decision on the winning bid for UK City of Culture for 2021 next month – another opportunity to accelerate the city’s regeneration. And, being so close to the Gower, we also look forward to working with partners in Swansea as we celebrate the Year of the Sea in 2018.”
Nic Beggs continued,
“Since day one, the LC has committed to delivering and maintaining high standards, and the fact that 7 million people have visited us since opening just goes to show how well received the LC has been. This is a great opportunity to celebrate all that we’ve achieved in our very small history and to say a massive thank you to all those who have enjoyed the facilities and supported ushere since opening.”
This week Lynette our Studio Class Coordinator here at the LC tries out Yoga:
I wouldn’t class myself as the most supple, flexible, coordinated tool in the box which seems a recipe for disaster in a yoga class. But I figured I should work on my weak areas whilst throwing myself out of my comfort zone.
The class was very enjoyable from start to finish, the atmosphere was calm and collected, the instructor softly spoken easing my tension. The instructor spoke clearly and gave brilliant visual demonstrations of each pose, prior to the class I possibly knew one yoga pose I know feel I can speak fluent yoga and even showed off to my friends, ‘feeling good after the cobra last night’ obviously my friends took this as the drink kind….
The instructor provided various levels of the movement and simplified each move first before progressing if you could. Some movements I felt I could progress, others I stripped to bare basics. I consider myself fairly fit and assumed that I’d be okay doing the class, I found the class very challenging in a good way. It was something completely new to the other classes I normally do, after the class I felt rejuvenated and supple.
I think I will continue to incorporate yoga into my weekly workouts to help aid strength and conditioning, opening up the joints and relieving tension, this in turn will benefit other classes and my gym based programme.
In the coming months our new studio coordinator Lynette is going to be giving us the lowdown on some of our fitness classes here at the LC - first up is Les Mills Body Pump:
I felt in my element attempting this class as I’d previously done a lot of weight training, but never in a class environment.
The class was well spaced and I was instructed on what range of equipment I’d need, in this case it was a mixture of light, medium and heavy weight for the bar but also a step, matt and a pair of light dumbbells. Throughout the class we would target a specific muscle group and work and develop that muscle until fatigued.
During a few muscle groups I felt I’d burnt out prior to the end of the targeted section of work and needed to drop the weight down and either finish the set on a lighter weight or my body weight.
The class flowed from larger muscle groups such as legs to chest, back, shoulders and arms. I felt it was a total body workout using a range of weights and body weight exercise. After each muscle group I felt fatigued in that area and was glad for the rest ready for the next muscle group.
The movements worked well with the selected exercises helping you move to the beat. The class also worked on timings of exercises working slowly and eccentrically to really feel the moves work, for e.g taking four counts to get down into a squat and the four counts to stand, or dropping for one count but four counts to stand again.
It may take a while to know which weight suits each muscle group, but there is nothing wrong with dropping weights down when you feel you’ve reached your limit.
This class really focuses on sculpting the muscle whilst providing strength.
Next up for our Studio Coordinator Lynette to give us the low down on is Spin:
Since the craze of spin kicked off I have oozed this anxiety of the thought of participating in a spin class of any level. I wanted to complete a class as I enjoy fitness especially classes…so why was this so different, what was stopping me? Was it hear say from fitter friends of how spin had broken them for days? I quite like the use of my legs and they are quite vital for day to day activities.
Anyway I stepped up, did it and survived, and am now thinking of my next class! The class was extremely well planned; the instructor informed me how to set up the bike in the correct position to get the most out of the class.
The instructor was very clear in explaining which gears and RPM to use; this made the class fly by as I was constantly engaged and distracted with my gears and monitoring my RMP. They consistently motivated the class ensuring I did not drop RPM, even if I didn’t reach the target set I still maintained my own maximum threshold.
Throughout the class the gears remained in the range set and I didn’t take the easy root and drop them down as I feel I wouldn’t be getting the most out of the class. Instead I push my RPM to the highest I could do and maintained if for the time period set.
So there are ways to still challenging yourself, no I didn’t use the highest range of gears offered for each section of the class I used the minimum, I tried to reach the RPM set but if not I went as hard and as fast as I could and maintained and I still had a fantastic workout burning over 500 calories in 45 minutes.
The LC is flinging open its doors to provide free activities for everyone as part of National Fitness Day 2017 - the most active day of the year.
National Fitness Day on Wednesday 27th September will see a huge range of free events and taster sessions take place across the country and here at the LC is no exception. National Fitness Day sees the nation celebrate the fun and thrills of physical activity. Throughout the UK, more than 20,000 free events will take place in gyms, leisure centres, parks, high streets, schools, universities and workplaces as over one million people lace up their trainers and embrace being active for the day.
At the LC members and non-members alike will be able to take part in all the fitness classes and the gym for free. Call us on 01792 466500 to find out more.
For the latest updates on National Fitness Day follow @FitnessDayUK and tweet on the day using the hashtag #FitnessDay
Steven Ward, CEO of National Fitness Day organiser ukactive said: “National Fitness Day is a fantastic chance to spotlight physical activity and the role it plays in creating a healthier nation. These free events across the country provide a chance for everyone to experience the fun of fitness and carry forward healthy habits. The day also offers a fantastic opportunity for the physical activity sector to unlock new markets and attract new members by promoting the broad benefits of movement to the length and breadth of the British nation.”
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Chair of National Fitness Day organiser ukactive said: “National Fitness Day is a powerful tool to raise the profile of physical activity and the role it plays in increasing the health of our nation. By engaging people across the country we can help provide a pathway into continued involvement in physical activity.”
We know the benefits that regular exercise delivers include a healthier heart, increased wellbeing and a better quality of life. However, many of us find getting fit troubling, it becomes a challenge and it shouldn’t be – that is why National Fitness Day was started.