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How to use Artis by Technogym

If you’ve worked out in one of our Classic Collection clubs recently, you can’t fail to have noticed our newest set of toys: the outstanding Artis range by Technogym.

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Burn 360 at Virgin Active Health Clubs

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BURN 360°: the hottest way to all-round fitness

Feel the burn like never before and tone and strengthen your whole body in our exclusive new class – BURN 360°.

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PruHealth Vitality Day with Jessica Ennis-Hill

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Top tips for training while pregnant

Being pregnant can be an amazing time for mothers to be and there's no reason why you should stop exercising or training during the pregnancy. Here's our top tips for staying in shape if you're expecting.

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twentyfour at Virgin Active Health Clubs

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Another great HIIT for Virgin Active – twentyfour

You’ve almost certainly heard about High Intensity Interval Training – or HIIT. It’s been proven that a short burst of well-structured high-intensity exercise can be as effective for your fitness as a 60-minute jog. So it’s perfect for those who want to increase their fitness, but only have a limited time to do it.

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Sir Richard Branson launches Zumba Step at Virgin Active

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Taking Zumba to the Next Step

Zumba® has become one of the most phenomenally popular group classes in the last few years. And with its booty-shaking, body-grooving, heart-pumping, hip-swinging moves, it’s no surprise that over 15 million enthusiasts join in every week to shake and shimmy away those blues (or those love handles).

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Group exercise at Virgin Active Health Clubs

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24 & Gear3D: MAXercise your workout

These days, we all seem to have less time. Along with all the other demands life throws at us, fitting in fitness is getting increasingly difficult.

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Active Aces

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Active Aces: Getting kids into full swing

Active Aces is an awesome new tennis programme for junior members at Virgin Active Health & Racquet Clubs.

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Find your Fierce at Virgin Active

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Unleash your inner Fierce

Ever wanted to release your alter ego and get back in touch with your inner fierce? Well, you’ll have the perfect opportunity in 2014 with our latest group exercise class.

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Winter Workouts to Keep Warm

As the winter months creep in, the mornings and evenings get darker and the cold weather starts to battle with the urge to get up and go the gym for a training session, it is often a good time to re-asses your training routine for a few months. Many people find it tough to motivate themselves to exercise in winter but hopefully this article will give you a few tips to keep the exercise behaviour going.

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Introducing the New Technogym Artis Range

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The Next Generation

Our Classic Collection clubs all benefit from the installation of Artis: the latest equipment from health and fitness innovators, Technogym.

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Bodypump™ by Les Mills

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November Gym Floor Challenge: Bodypump

In November we’ve hooked up with Les Mills to run a challenge and workout based on Bodypump™ – the original barbell class where you’ll sculpt, tone and strengthen your entire body.

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Cool kit: TRX straps

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Hard-Core with TRX

Take on some all-body, core-busting exercises with our Hard-Core TRX workout.

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Get Your Ace in Shape with Laura Robson's Workout

Get court ready with our Tennis Ambassador and British number one female tennis player Laura Robson. Our fitness team have put together a gym floor workout with Laura and her trainer that will get you on form to beat the competition.

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Jodie Stimpson Triathlon Superstar

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London Triathlon: Come On, Dive In.

For first-timers, swimming always seems to be the ‘scariest’ of the three triathlon disciplines but with the right amount of preparation it can easily be turned into the most exciting.At Virgin Active health clubs, our swimming pool facilities are second to none. We have a range of 17-25 meter pools, both indoor and outdoor, to suit all levels of ability and swimming preference.

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Cool kit: Trixter at Virgin Active

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Want to burn more Calories? Work out with a friend...

A recent study commissioned by Virgin Active has shown that exercising with a friend can be better than working out on your own.

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Virgin Active Group Exercise

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HIIT the Health Club

With 35% of adults claiming to only have time to exercise for an hour a week, HIIT (High Intensity, Interval Training), is a great way of ensuring time spent working out is beneficial. In addition to Fast Classes (20 minute instructor-led intensive sessions on the gym floor), last year Virgin Active launched 30 minute studio classes at its clubs.

But what exactly does HIIT involve?

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Swim Better: tips from the professionals

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Top Tips for Swimming Success

They always say you should jump straight into the deep end, but when it comes to actual swimming, there's a bit more to consider than that. Here's our top tips on how to improve your stroke, beat your personal best and get the most from your next swim.

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Group Exercise at Virgin Active Health Clubs

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Whatever Gets You Going

Freshen up your workout and feel like a winner by trying something new to get you going this January and February.

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Cool kit: TRX straps

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Top six TRX moves for an all over workout

TRX stands for Total Body Resistance Exercise, it was invented by Navy Seal Randy Hetric. The strap means the body uses gravity and suspension to make huge improvements to strength and flexibilty together. Here are six simple moves that will give you a complete body workout.

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Kettlebell exercise equipment at Virgin Active Health Clubs

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Power up with Kettlebells

If you want to improve power, tone up, better your cardio, keep lean and drop body fat, then a kettlebell workout will help you get faster results.

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Freeweight area at Virgin Active Health Clubs

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Ultimate leg workout

Look around any gym and you rarely see people doing leg exercises. Men often think that leg muscles are not showy enough, let's face it, I have never heard a woman say "flex your quads". But both male and female will benefit from working those leg muscles. Here's why.

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Get fit for the beach at Virgin Active

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Summer Shape-up Plan

Make the most of your summer wardrobe and get those legs and arms in shape. Our specially designed workout tones and trim your whole body till they’re beach, pool or party ready. Fabulous!

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Fast class strength training at Virgin Active

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5 Integrated Core Exercises

‘What great abs exercises do you know of?’ is the question often asked, and while there is not one answer we can give to that question, we can offer up 5 top core exercises that will challenge your abs in a variety of ways.

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Virgin Active London Triathlon Hydration and Training Advice

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The London Triathlon: staying hydrated

When training for, building up to and sweating it out on the day of the Triathlon, it’s important to make sure you’re always properly hydrated.

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Virgin Active member using the indoor running track

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Interval Speed Running

We've got a great interval speed runnning training programme, showing you how to run short and long intervals as well as how to warm up and stretch properly afterwards.

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Avoiding a marathon struggle

When making the decision to take on a marathon, people do so understanding the effort that’ll be needed to get in shape for the big day. Sadly, for a good number of these brave souls, the ‘peak condition’ they achieve will be undermined by a failure to do the right things when the race itself is upon them.

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Virgin Active London Triathlon 2012 - Running

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The London Triathlon: preparing to run.

The run leg of a triathlon is the part that most people worry least about. Nightmares about getting through the swim or having the oldest bike in transition are commonplace - but everyone can run, right?

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Pilates classes at Virgin Active Health Clubs

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Yoga triples the time that men last in bed

You’ve probably heard that yoga’s great for slashing stress levels, building strength and getting toned triceps like Jennifer Aniston. But did you know there’s an even bigger benefit? A study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that guys who practised yoga for 12 weeks tripled the length of time they lasted in bed –from 7.3 minutes to 22. Om-azing! So now you just need to find the style of yoga that suits you (or your man) best. Luckily we’re here to help.

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Personal Training at Virgin Active with qualified personal trainers & fitness instructors

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It's a marathon, not a sprint.

At some point in our lives, almost all of us have made the decision to get into shape. Less promisingly, though, the vast majority of us have swiftly followed this up by sliding back into our familiar old ways. Staying motivated is tough – but it needn’t be.

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Virgin Active Yoga Scorpion Sequence Image 5

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Yoga Scorpion Sequence

This is a great workout for the whole body, improving flexibility while helping you become stronger. There are 3 main movements – the Downward-Facing Dog, the Scorpion and the Upward-Facing Dog.

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Virgin Active London Triathlon

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Giving it a Tri

The Virgin Active London Triathlon rolls into town on the weekend of 22nd-23rd September. While we all know that there’s a swim, a cycle and a run involved, for a lot of us, this is pretty much all we know about the sport.

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Virgin Active Health Clubs Puma Usain Bolt Fast Class

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FAAS and furious - a class apart

With the demands of modern life, squeezing in time for a workout is becoming more and more difficult. But fear not – the new Virgin Active PUMA FAAS CLAAS has arrived.

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Virgin Active Health Club Abdominal Workout

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No Crunch Abdominal Workout

We all know how tricky achieving the perfect stomach can be. Luckily, it’s just got a whole lot easier. Read on to discover our fantastic new series of simple, fun ways to tone up your tum.

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Have you got willPower & grace®?

Don't worry if the answer's 'no'. You can discover both in our new barefoot group exercise class (because training with trainers is so last season).

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Spinning classes at Virgin Active

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Prepare for the bike leg

The bike leg of a triathlon is usually the longest part of the race for most athletes. So it’s important to prepare well for this section.

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Treadmill Classes at Virgin Active

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Discover the Great Indoors!

Now that winter’s arrived, it doesn’t mean you can use the cold weather as an excuse not to exercise! Read on to discover how to make the most out of exercising indoors.

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Virgin Active member using the power plate

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If you have 20 minutes

How many times have you avoided working out because you haven’t got time? For most people, the answer to that question is 'a couple of times a week'. But what if, sometimes, you could just do an intense burst of activity; really go for it for 20 minutes in a way that genuinely makes a difference? Good news: there’s plenty of stuff you can do in 20 minutes that will leave you toned, fit and full of energy.

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Personal Training at Virgin Active with qualified personal trainers & fitness instructors

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How a Personal Trainer can help you.

If your exercise routine needs an overhaul, consider the benefits of working with a Personal Trainer. It might be the support you need to help you realise your health and fitness goals.

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Virgin Active member with personal trainer

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Impromptu Exercise Tips

SNEAK SOME EXERCISE INTO YOUR DAY. Long days in the office, long queues at the bus stop – the workweek is full of them. The trick is staying healthy and active, even when your schedule demands the opposite. Try these impromptu exercise tips from our Virgin Active experts. They can make all the difference in the world to your health, your posture and your performance at work.

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Running clubs at Virgin Active

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Keep on Running

Don't wait for the New Year to make your marathon resolution. Seize the day. Start training today. So, if you’re planning on trying a marathon, half-marathon or even a few 5K or 10K fun runs, take a look at some key training tips and techniques to help you go the distance.

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Winter blues clouding your motivation?

Don’t let the grey winter weather mess up your exercise routine! Get out of the house and into the gym with our guide to staying active during the rain, wind and snow.

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The Virgin Active London Triathlon

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Open Water Swimming

So you have signed up for the Virgin Active London Triathlon then the realisation hits you that you have to swim 1500m in the River Thames. Which let’s face it is a pretty grim prospect. The swim seems to hold the biggest fear factor for those taking part in a triathlon, but as with everything training is key. The more you practice the less fearful it becomes.

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Virgin Active London Triathlon

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Preparing to Make a Splash

It may only represent a third of the triathlon, but the swimming leg can make or break your entire race. To help set you up for some potentially choppy waters ahead, here are a few pointers on how to get into merman or mermaid-like shape.

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Virgin Active member using the indoor running track

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Run Better

We all know how to run, right? Not necessarily. Go to your local park and watch people running and you’ll see a million different styles. There’s the shuffler, barely picking up their feet. There’s the twister, their whole upper body twisting with each step. The list goes on. Now watch a 7-year-old run. They’ve probably got it about right because they haven’t learned any bad habits yet.

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Swim Better: tips from the professionals

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Swim Better

Everyone swims differently, from the splashy crawler to the old lady with her head out of the water in full make up. Quite a few people find front crawl extremely tiring, or worse, don’t do it at all. A few pointers can make a world of difference. Improve your style and it can feel effortless and graceful, not to mention the fact that it could make you swim significantly faster.

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Top 10 Tips for a Smooth and Time Saving Triathlon Transition

Have you been concentrating so hard on training for the swimming, cycling and running that you haven’t even thought about what needs to be done during the transition between the three activities?

Well fear not. Here at Virgin Active we’ve come up with a list of top ten tips for a smooth and time-saving transition during the triathlon.

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Whatever Gets You Going

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Get going with a friend in March

Enjoy a month's free membership on us when you refer a friend in March and they sign up to a 12 month membership.

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12 Days of Christmas

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12 Days of Christmas

The nights are drawing in and the days are getting colder and maybe the duvet is a little more inviting than it was, so at Virgin Active we think it's time you reinvigorated your training by trying out our alternative 12 days of Christmas workout.

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Seasoned Pro or Spring Chicken

Tackle your own personal marathon in your own sweet time with our April in-club challenge.

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