May09

Benefits Of Swimming

Swimming is one of the greatest skills a that a person can learn. No exercise or activity offers a total-body workout as good as swimming. It is excellent for all ages because it is easier on your joints, increases flexibility, and can be an excellent stress reliever. It does not matter if you are a toddler or a senior, swimming is incredibly beneficial and lots of fun.

We asked our Club Vitae qualified Swim teacher what the main benefits of swimming are and why you should make sure to put time aside and take a dip in your local Club Vitae pool.

  1. Lifetime of fun and joy – swimming is one of the few sports that you can enjoy at any age
  2. Prevents drowning and gives you self-confidence – learning to swim reduces dramatically the risk of drowning whilst also giving you the self-confidence you need
  3. It is a great workout – Swimming can burn up to 500 calories in one hour
  4. Relieves stress and pain on joints

At Club Vitae we stand out from our competitors as we can offer excellent pool facilities including, Jacuzzi’s, Steam Rooms and Saunas. Our swimming pools also have our motto “fitness your way” at their heart.

We run swimming lessons for both Adults and Children throughout the year. Children’s lessons take place both throughout the school term and in some locations, we run intensive lessons during school holidays.

All of our Swimming Teachers are fully trained and vetted.

We ensure a high standard of cleanliness and safety in our clubs through our participation in the White Flag scheme which is a rigorous set of standards set out by Ireland Active a ‘not for profit’ organisation that has strict guidelines for a healthy pool environment.

To Book swimming lessons, see list below of our gyms with pools.

Swimming Lessons Galway

At Club Vitae Oranmore county Galway, we have 10 qualified instructors  and we also run RLSS accredited lifegaurd training courses throughout the year.

Our 20 metre swimming pool  also adjoins a kiddies pool and bubble pool.

You can view our Galway Swimming Lessons or call 091-792434 for more information.

Swimming Lessons Wexford

Club Vitae Swimming Pool in Wexford is the only accredited White Flag for Excellence for Spa & Leisure facility in Wexford Town. We offer a 10 week series of lessons and all classes are open to both members and non members.

View  swimming lessons and classes in our Wexford web

Swimming Lessons Portlaoise

Aqua aerobics classes and other swimming lessons are available at out Portlaloise Swimming Pool

We run morning and evening swimming lessons. You can find out more on our Portlaoise  Swimming Lessons Page

Swimming Lessons Liffey Valley

Our liffey valley Gym have a 20x8m deck level heated indoor swimming pool with lane swimming facilities. 1.4m depth throughout.

You can view our swimming lessons and contact information on https://www.clubvitae.com/liffeyvalley/swimming-lessons/

Swimming Lessons Sligo

At our Club Vitae Sligo gym, we have a 20 metres long by 7 meteres wide swimming pool , plus a seperate childrens pool.

To book swimming lessons, you can can do so our Swim Lessons page.

Swimming Lessons Dublin City Centre

Club Vitae Cardiff Lane swimming pool is located at Cardiff Lane, Dublin 2, close to the IFSC and Dublin Docklands. We have one of the largest swimming pools in Dublin City Centre at 22 meters. We also have a children’s pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi.

You can view our Swimming Lessons in Dublin City Centre

Swimming Lessons Cork City

Located at the Clayton Hotel Cork City, Club Vitae Gym Cork have a large 18 metre heated pool and suitable for all levels. We also provide a separate childrens pool.

To enquire about swimming lessons in cork city speak to a team member or call 021 4224995

 

Swimming Lessons Limerick City

Boasting a 12 metre heated swimming pool, Club Vitae Limerick city also offers swimming lessons to both adults and kids. You can also enjoy the Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.

All swimming lessons are 6 weeks in duration and can be booked by visiting our Limerick swimming lessons page

Swimming Lessons Liffey Valley

At our Club Vitae Liffey Valley Gym,we have a 20x8m deck level heated indoor swimming pool with lane swimming facilities. You can avail of swimming lessons and we run swimming lessons for Children throughout the school term, Mon-Fri.

Checkout our Liffey Valley Swimming lessons page.

 

Mar15

Club Vitae, Ireland’s leading health and fitness community, have certainly begun to announce themselves into the Health & Fitness Arena in Ireland.

The 2019 NUTRAMINO® Health & Fitness Awards took place in the Round Room at the Mansion House, on Friday 8th March 2019, where Club Vitae took home four awards; ‘Best Use of Retail Space in a Gym’ for Club Vitae Clayton Hotel Cork City, ‘The People’s Choice Award’ in Dublin for Club Vitae Liffey Valley, ‘The People’s Choice Award’ in Leinster for Club Vitae Portlaoise, whilst our manager Tony McGrath came runner up for ‘Manager of the Year’.

The NUTRAMINO® Health & Fitness Awards recognize outstanding contributions and innovation from Ireland’s top health & fitness professionals, facilities and community engagement initiatives.

Club Vitae was also delighted to sponsor the ‘Active Workplace of The Year (Over 50 Employee’s) award, and would like to congratulate the winners, ‘EA Ireland’ and the runner up, ‘Sodexo (Healthworks Division)’.

These Awards represent the hard work of all the Club Vitae employees, from the bottom right the way to the top. We are extremely proud and honored to have received these awards.

Mar04

The Do’s and Don’ts of exercising with or just after an injury

Whether you are a competitive athlete, someone who exercises regularly to stay in shape or a couch potato, you will most likely have to deal with an injury that interrupts your routine at some point in your life.

Injury refers to the loss of function of a body part, such as a muscle strain, ligament sprain, tendonitis, or more serious issues like a fracture or ligament tear.

A lack of muscle strength, inflexibility, or imbalance can predispose you to injury. Injuries also occur as a result of overuse. The best ways to reduce the likelihood of injury are to stay fit, choose your activities wisely, utilize proper form, and participate in adequate warm-up, stretching, and cool-down sessions.

When an injury occurs, take action early. Ignoring pain often leads to injuries that are even more severe. Once an injury has eased, what are the guidelines to return to training? Let our instructor Neil explain.

‘Should I exercise with/just after having an injury?’

“There is no right or wrong answer, but the following would be my top five Do’s and Don’ts approaches to dealing with an injury and the aftermath;

Do’s

  • Asses your injury with care before exercising, this will help you make the decision whether this it is a good idea to continue to exercise
  • Drop weight and resistance on the first week back, taking a lighter approach when you first start back to exercise will help your body build back up to the level it was performing at prior to injury
  • Look for alternate exercise you can perform because having a plan B for any exercise that may aggravate injury will help with avoiding certain Muscle groups
  • Consult with doctor/physio to find out if your fit and healthy to exercise, this will give you the best advice on continuing to exercise and best explains the reason to/not continue exercise
  • Workout with a partner to assist you when you’re finding your feet.

Don’ts

  • Create new injuries, when you resume exercising may result in leading to more injuries when resting for extra few days/weeks will help you come back stronger.
  • Continue to exercise if it becomes uncomfortable and painful
  • Punish your body due to missed exercising time, having a few active recovery session (meaning lighter, less strenuous and lighter resistance) can assist on assessing on what stage of recovery you are at
  • Expect to perform to the same level immediately focus on recovery
  • Become Physiological Dependant on Supports and muscle tape, focusing on quick fixes of an injury will take the focus of exercise away.”

If you are recovering from an injury or have sustained a muscle strain, speak to a member of our Club Vitae team who can advise you on the best form of recovery to help you get back to training as soon as possible.

Mar04

Benefits of a Personal Trainer

 

Have you ever thought of signing up to a personal trainer and thought what benefit would it bring to my training?

We spoke to our personal trainer M.J. who gave us his top benefits of investing in a personal trainer.

“Using a personal trainer, whether it’s for one session, one month, or one year, is one of the best things that anyone can do for themselves. It allows the focus to be on you and learn about what your body needs and what exercises your body reacts to through someone who has immense knowledge of fitness, nutrition and health.

The following would be my top 7 tips that a personal trainer brings to their clients;

  1. We help you set realistic goals
  2. We give you a personalised training plan
  3. We challenge you
  4. We make your time in the gym efficient
  5. We help perfect your form
  6. It’s educational – for us and you
  7. Most importantly – we help keep you motivated on course to succeed”

If personal training is something that you feel would help you achieve your goals, please feel free to enquire with a member of our team. We are located nationwide with more than 13 locations to choose from.

You can view our locations below to enquire about a Personal Trainer.

 

Personal Trainer Cork City

Personal Trainer Limerick City

Personal Trainer Tallaght

Personal Trainer Dublin 2

Personal Trainer Galway

Personal Trainer Portlaoise

Personal Trainer in Cork City

Personal Trainer in Limerick

Personal Trainer Wexford

Personal Trainer Liffey Valley Gym

Personal Trainer Belfast

Personal Trainer Sligo

Mar04

5 Reasons why you should take part in a Spin Class

With the evolution of gym classes, chances are you’ve probably heard of someone talking about that amazing spin class they go to. You probably also wondered how sitting on a stationary bike, whilst cycling to loud music within a group could be an amazing workout, right?

We asked a Club Vitae personal trainer, for their top five reasons on why you should try one of our ‘Spin Classes’.

“Spinning is a new trend that has taking off massively throughout Ireland over the last number of years. Our classes have a wide diversity of people from all backgrounds, and all ages. The following are my top 5 reasons on why you should attend our next spin class.

 

  1. Anyone can do it – it does not matter what age you are or where you feel your fitness level might be, you can do it. Spinning is tailored to each person’s own ability and stamina levels.
  2. It’s unique – as a workout, spinning is very unique. A team of individuals all working as hard as they can for a set period is something really special. It creates an unwritten bond between everyone and a great social outlet.
  3. It’s a great, full body workout.
  4. It’s convenient – Spinning usually does not last any longer than 45 minutes and classes tend to be daily.
  5. Spinning also has a low impact of injury or damage. As the bike is stationary, it is nearly next to impossible to fall off, and injure yourself. It is a great workout for someone recovering from injury.

Spin Classes are available nationwide in our Club Vitae gyms below. Please visit our website www.clubvitae.com for the latest timetable information. We also recommend beginners to arrive early and let our instructors know it is your first time so they can help get you started.

Club Vitae Gym Dublin Docklands Spin Classes

Club Vitae Liffey Valley Gym Spin Classes

Club Vitae Wexford Gym Spin Classes

Club Vitae Galway Gym Spin Classes

Club Vitae Cork Gym Spin Classes

Club Vitae Portlaoise Gym Spin Classes

Mar04

swimming lessons

Why You Should Join Aqua Aerobics?

 

Are you tired of the same old routine workouts? Why not try something new. Swimming and aqua aerobics is a great solution, and can be a different way to burn of those calories. We asked our instructor, Dawn, about the benefits of aqua aerobics and why you should join a class near you.

“As water lessens the effects of gravity, you’re able to move your body through a wider range of motion, which improves flexibility.

Swimming or Aqua Aerobics puts less strain on your muscles, which is a massive benefit for those who are overweight or obese, elderly, have arthritis, joint pain, osteoporosis, or an injury that makes weight-bearing exercise difficult or painful. It is also an ideal form of exercise for pregnant women.

Even your lungs get a beneficial workout, because the water pressure makes them work harder than they would on land.

Working out in water also helps build strength. Fighting against the push of the water activates your muscles.

The Water pressure helps put less strain on the heart by moving blood around the body.

The impact of gravity is less in the water allowing a greater range of motion.

Working out in water helps prevent overheating, helping you exercise for longer

And… most importantly it’s fun! It is not often you can say that about a workout.”

Aqua Aerobic classes are available throughout many of our clubs including;

Club Vitae Gym at the Clayton Hotel Cork City

Club Vitae Gym Limerick

Club Vitae Gym Tallaght

Club Vitae Gym Cardiff Lane Dublin Docklands

Club Vitae Gym Oranmore Galway

Club Vitae Gym Portlaoise

Club Vitae Gym Maldron Hotel Cork City

Club Vitae Gym Maldron Hotel Limerick

Club Vitae at Clayton White’s Hotel Wexford

Club Vitae Liffey Valley Gym

Please keep an eye on your your clubs website for all our latest timetable information, which can be accessed at www.clubvitae.com.

Mar04


HIIT Workout Versus Steady Cardio

 

First things first, what is HIIT cardio and regular cardio?

Steady-state cardio, simply known as regular cardio, is what many relate to when they think of exercise. It is where you perform an activity at a steady, challenging but manageable pace (55 to 70 percent of maximal capacity) for 15-20 minutes or more, aiming for a heart rate of 120 beats per minute.

HIIT workouts on the other hand, are slightly more complex. It is where you perform an activity for as hard as you can (90 to 100 percent of maximal capacity) for a brief, set time period (usually two minutes or less), then back off for a rest interval (usually three minutes or less), and repeat the cycle four times or more.

It seems like not that long ago when cardio was just cardio – there weren’t endless debates on what the best type was or when you should do it.

Over the last few years we’ve seen the rise in popularity of high intensity interval training or HIIT for short. This is what a lot of the pros are recommending, citing its increased effectiveness compared with traditional steady state cardio when it comes to losing fat.

But is one better for you versus another? Let our gym instructor discuss this and take you through both training methods, and see if one might suit your training regime better than the other.

“It depends on what your overall outcome/goal is. HIIT workouts are proven to help you lose fat in a shorter space of time than long-distance cardio. With that said, you have a higher probability for overreaching and over training with HIIT than you do with steady cardio.

The best possible answer I can give you is cross-training or a mixture of both. Throughout our 13 clubs spread across Ireland, we tailor our classes to feature both, in turn getting the most out of each session. Please visit your local Club Vitae gym or www.clubvitae.com for more details on our class timetables.

Apr10

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