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worldWhen I first started training for this 5 month's ago you'd have probably looked at me and said 'are you sure you want to do this'. I was not the fittest, 15 minutes on a tredmill and I probably looked like I'd already gone around the world (twice). It became clear then that I had a lot of work ahead of me.

The first training program Adi devised for me was a 3day a week program, which eased me into it nicely, as it wasn't too strenuous. 10 minutes on the exercise bike, 20 minutes walking on the treadmill, some light work on my upper body and the powermill (which is my favourite piece of equipment). It was an awesome introduction into the world of fitness at the LC.

So what am I training for, well as I said previously, the total distance is 24,900 miles, 18,000 have to be on foot and the current record is 622 day's.

So I'm training for 35 miles a day, which will allow me to have one recovery day a week, time for flights and maybe a little sightseeing. It's not going to be easy, there's going to be good day's, bad day's, good weather, bad weather, physical and mental walls to overcome, loneliness, sickness and possibly danger, but I've always believed it was possible, I wouldn't be doing it otherwise. Ok back to the training. I'm averaging about 20 miles a day at the moment, with the gym and home training and increasing all the time.my current walking pace is 6.5km and running pace is 10km. I didn't think it was enough and was was saying to my friend the other day 'im still 15 miles a day from where I should be' and she pointed out that if I was doing 35 miles a day I might as well start now, and that I'm training to get myself fit enough to be able to do the 35 required. She makes a valid point. It is getting easier doing 20 miles a day so my fitness levels are definitely increasing, and with 11 weeks still to go it can only get better. If I push myself a little harder everyday and can comfortably do between 25/30 miles a day by the time I start, then that will be a good start.

A huge thank you to the guys here at the LC for letting me be a part of #thebigmove for sport relief, it was awesome and hope you raised pool of cash. I'm here most day's, so if you see me come and say hi.

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worldWhen I first started training for this 5 month's ago you'd have probably looked at me and said 'are you sure you want to do this'. I was not the fittest, 15 minutes on a tredmill and I probably looked like I'd already gone around the world (twice). It became clear then that I had a lot of work ahead of me.

The first training program Adi devised for me was a 3day a week program, which eased me into it nicely, as it wasn't too strenuous. 10 minutes on the exercise bike, 20 minutes walking on the treadmill, some light work on my upper body and the powermill (which is my favourite piece of equipment). It was an awesome introduction into the world of fitness at the LC.

So what am I training for, well as I said previously, the total distance is 24,900 miles, 18,000 have to be on foot and the current record is 622 day's.

So I'm training for 35 miles a day, which will allow me to have one recovery day a week, time for flights and maybe a little sightseeing. It's not going to be easy, there's going to be good day's, bad day's, good weather, bad weather, physical and mental walls to overcome, loneliness, sickness and possibly danger, but I've always believed it was possible, I wouldn't be doing it otherwise. Ok back to the training. I'm averaging about 20 miles a day at the moment, with the gym and home training and increasing all the time.my current walking pace is 6.5km and running pace is 10km. I didn't think it was enough and was was saying to my friend the other day 'im still 15 miles a day from where I should be' and she pointed out that if I was doing 35 miles a day I might as well start now, and that I'm training to get myself fit enough to be able to do the 35 required. She makes a valid point. It is getting easier doing 20 miles a day so my fitness levels are definitely increasing, and with 11 weeks still to go it can only get better. If I push myself a little harder everyday and can comfortably do between 25/30 miles a day by the time I start, then that will be a good start.

A huge thank you to the guys here at the LC for letting me be a part of #thebigmove for sport relief, it was awesome and hope you raised pool of cash. I'm here most day's, so if you see me come and say hi.

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As one of the UK’s biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives. The money raised by the public is spent by Comic Relief to support some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and around the world.

This year the LC are joining #TeamSportRelief and putting on a series of events in order to raise money for this great cause and you can get involved too:

Sunday 18th March 1pm-2pm - Wheelchair basketball match - Experience Wheelchair basketball against members of the Swansea Strom wheelechair basketball team, a high level of fun is guaranteed!

Monday 19th March 9:30am, 12:30pm and 4:30pm - Reception Chair Races - Challenge the reception team in a series of chair races

Tuesday 20th March 10:30-11:30am - Walking Football - Staff vs customers in a competitve but fun game of walking football with more excitement than the FA cup!

Friday 23rd March - all day- #TheBigMove - 16 hours conitnuous moving by both our staff and members

You can find out more about these events or book yourself in to take part by calling us on 01792 466500.

In addition to this on Friday 23rd march as part of #TheBigMove you can use either the gym or a fitness class for free, just register your details with us here.

We will have Sport Relief collection boxes around the LC all week and you will also be able to buy an official Sport Relief wristband at reception.

 

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phil lewisWe would like to introduce you to Phil Lewis - Phil is an inspirational member here at the LC who is training to circumnavigate the World on foot and in the process raise money for WaterAid. Phil has kindly agreed to blog about his training for us and keep us updated on both the highs and lows as he embarks on this mammoth task.

Phil's Blog....

I first contacted the LC on the 4th December 2017 asking if they could possibly help me with a little project I have coming up, I'm attempting a Guinness world record for fastest circumnavigation on foot. Basically I aim to become the fastest man to run around the world and need to get as fit and strong as I can be.

So, fastest circumnavigation on foot, the total distance I have to cover is 24,900 miles, 18,000 have to be on foot either running or walking and Guinness have certain guidelines I have to adhere to. I have to pass through 2 antipodal points, the first will be my starting point which will be Mogadouro Portugal, the second has to be exactly 180° around the world which is Nelson New Zealand. So if you started drilling a hole straight down through the earth from Mogadouro you would come out in Nelson. Photographic evidence is required of towns, cities or villages I pass through along with signatures of people, i.e police officers, fire fighters and other important people. A 2 minute video is also required every hour, so as you can see I'll have plenty to keep me occupied.

The current record is 622 day's (pretty impressive I think you'll agree) and it's going to be tough, but I haven't been training and working hard on my fitness to come close to this record or to even equal it. I want to beat this record and become the fastest man to circumnavigate this beautiful planet on foot. I have had lot's of support from Luke at the LC and my fitness and training program has been devised by Adi who instantly knew what areas I needed to work on and came up with a five day program split into three categories.

I can honestly say it's brilliant, I'm loving every minute of it. It really helps when you have a place to train where the facilities are fantastic and the staff are amazing, there is always someone on hand to help and assist in any way they can. 10/10. 

So there it is, my up and coming challenge. Route all planned, fitness ongoing and still being call mad! But someone recently told me to celebrate my madness. I will be updating you all on a regular basis to let you know how the training is going

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7milToday 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.”

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