Palms celebrates its 30th year with 30 Day Challenge and retro-themed classes
Palms celebrates its 30th year with 30 Day Challenge and retro-themed classes

Palms celebrates its 30th year with 30 Day Challenge and retro-themed classes

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Whether you want to work-out and keep on top of your fitness regime, try something fun and energetic, or just chill-out and relax, it’s always up to you on your Potters break. While you’ll find a range of classes, sports facilities and a daytime activities programme spanning the whole Resort, Palms Health & Fitness Club includes a range of state-of-the-art gym machines, swimming pools and the ultimate place to unwind… a 10-seater luxury Whirlpool! 

Palms Health and Fitness Club is celebrating its 30th birthday in 2018 and is launching a Palms 30 Day Personal Challenge as part of the celebrations. 

Starting on Monday 18th June, Palms members can join in by deciding their own challenge and letting the Palms team help them reach their personal goals, just in time for summer. 

Whether its swimming 30 miles over 30 days, going to the gym three times a week or walking to the gym, rather than taking the car, Palms members have the added support from the 20-strong team at Palms. 

As well as the challenge, Potters guests can get involved in the celebrations as there will be special 80s-themed exercise classes over the Summer to celebrate the decade that the Club first started, with attendees having the option of dressing-up in their 80s clothes and legwarmers. As a warm up to this, the Club is using 80s music for some of its existing exercise classes from Friday 22nd June, as well as hosting coffee and cake events, so please contact the Club for more details. 

We caught up with Ian Hawes, Palms manager, who said: “We wanted to include our members in our celebrations and help them in committing and completing their personal health and fitness goals. Everyone can support each other, and members who complete their personal challenge will also receive a special Palms 30 year sweatband. For some extra fun, and to get even more people involved, our fun aerobics 80s-themed class will include an epic soundtrack to the likes of Michael Jackson and will start on Thursdays in July.” 

Want to find out some more about Palms? We also asked Ian some questions about Palms…

Can you tell us about what facilities and equipment guests can enjoy at Palms?

We have two swimming pools, a luxury sauna cabin and steam room, a 10-seater Whirlpool, a cardiovascular and weights studio, including benches, free weights, bikes, rowers, and smart card machines to calculate your training history and see how many calories you’ve burned. Our bikes and cross-trainers even feature TV screens, so you can watch TV as you sweat it out! There’s also squash courts and badminton courts, so something for all interests. 

How many classes do you run?

Over 20 classes a week, which are free for anyone staying at Potters. Classes include aqua, sculpt, bootybarre, Zumba, bootcamp, bounce, hoop and tone, strut and yoga. The instructors make each class fun and everyone is really friendly, so you feel comfortable and relaxed, and have fun while working out.

What are you looking forward to this Summer at Potters?

People are on holiday and in really good spirits, so it’s always a lovely atmosphere. It will be nice to welcome all the families back and see them all enjoying the outdoor pool area. We have a children’s pool too, so Palms is often the first place that families with little ones take them for the first time, so seeing the look on their faces as they enjoy the water and have a splash about is really special. 

Any tips for guests planning on coming to Palms on their break?

Just enjoy yourself, do as much or as little as you feel comfortable with, and have fun! If you do want to carry on with your fitness goals then make sure you talk to one of our team to support you. Oh, and don’t forget your trainers or swimming costume so can you can take part!

And here is what the Palms team have pledged to do for their challenge…

  • Glenys Barber, Receptionist – 30 days to swim 10 miles
  • Erik Bobrik, Fitness Instructor – 30 days to reach 100 push ups in a row
  • Tessa Clarke, Fitness Instructor – 30 days of improvement across climbing, gym and tough mudder
  • Karis Day, Membership and Marketing Coordinator – 30 days of keeping a food diary
  • Bruno Dias, Duty Manager – 30 days to reduce smoking
  • Stuart Freel, Operations Manager – 3 days a week of body conditioning over 30 days
  • Alex Goff, Lifeguard – 3,000 push-ups over 30 days
  • Freddy Gutridge, Lifeguard – 30 days to increase bench press by 10kg
  • Ian Hawes, Club Manager – 30 days of preparation for an Insanity Course
  • Alison Hubbard, Administrator – 30 days of clean eating
  • Abbie King, Lifeguard – 30 days to reach under 30% body fat
  • Daniel May, Duty Manger – 30 days of going to the gym
  • Jordan Stephenson, Duty Manager/Fitness Instructor – 30 days to get his 5k run to under 21 minutes
  • Georgie Witbread, Lifeguard – 30 days of no alcohol

Guests are then being encouraged to track their 30 Day Challenge progress by sharing it with Palms on their social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter @palmshealth or Instagram @palmshealthandfitnessclub. Use #palms30 too. 

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