As we start a new year, many of us have resolved to get off to a healthy and happy start to 2015.  We are lucky in 1066 country to have beautiful countryside to get out and about in – whether it’s for a brisk woodland walk, a hearty seafront jog or an invigorating kayak on the sea.  There are also lots of health and fitness venues and professionals who are keen to help us on our way to improving our health and general wellbeing.

Our best motivations can go awry though, if we don’t find activities that we enjoy and that fit in with the time we have available and our lifestyle in general.  With that in mind, we have compiled a directory of activities and providers who are keen to help you achieve your personal fitness goal – whether it is to lose weight, get fit or to improve your health and fitness generally.

The information in the directory is correct at the time of going to press, but we recommend doing your own research to check whether there has been any changes.


Gym and Fitness Club membership

Becoming a member of a gym or fitness club provides the opportunity to choose from the kind of activity that suits you – whether it be the gym, swimming or a fitness class.  You can choose the level of membership you want – and many have great offers on at different times of the year. We’ve all heard of squandered gym memberships though – so make sure you are committed to it before making a big financial outlay – or pay monthly if this option is available – and see if your motivation stands the test of time!

Crowhurst Park – The leisure centre is set in beautiful grounds and boasts a 18 x 18 metre indoor swimming pool, children’s pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, gymnasium (not including personal training, fitness tests or programmes), tennis court, clubhouse bars, restaurant, coffee lounge, children’s adventure playground and small fishing pond. Adult only swimming between 1pm and 2pm, Monday to Friday. At the moment (during January) there is a membership special offer where you don’t pay the normal joining fee, and you get a free gift Find out more about Crowhurst Park Leisure Club.  Find out Membership options and prices.  Fitness and activity timetable. Crowhurst Park is situated in Battle, TN33 0SL.

Bannantynes  – Fitness Advisors available to give members advice and support on their workout. There are 20m swimming pools, a cafe bar, fully-equipped gym, aerobics studios and spa. At Bannatyne’s we offer value for money and a quality of service that we feel cannot be matched. Our Health Clubs are not just a gym. Our offering includes swimming pools, aerobics studios, a huge variety of classes and a community like no other.  Find out about the Facilities, Classes and Membership options and prices.

Freedom Leisure – Freedom Leisure operate several leisure centres in the local area, including Bexhill Leisure Centre and Bexhill Leisure Pool, Summerfields in Hastings, Helenswood in Hastings,  Falaise in Hastings and Rye Sports Centre too. Each one has different facilities so it’s best to click on the ones that interest you, to see what they have to offer in terms of facilities and classes.  During January, there is a special offer that you receive 12 months of membership for the price of 10.

Diet and Fitness Clubs

These can be a great choice for people who want dietary advice, as well as keeping fit.  For those who need the motivation of group exercise or a weekly weigh-in, these can be a great option.

Marie Dove’s Fit Club   –   Marie is an exercise to music and zumba instructor with a basic certificate in Nutrition who has been teaching classes since 2008. Having transformed her own life through getting fitter and healthier –  she wants to help others to do the same.  Marie teaches regular weekly classes across a number of locations locally which include exercise, weigh in and a talk topic.  Find the details of membership options and prices here.  She also has a special course lined up for January called the H.F.T Weight Management Plan which includes 5 bootcamp sessions, a booklet including recipe suggestions, a private Facebook group, daily motivational support, tips and advice and team and group activities.  Find out more information here.

Commando Fitness UK – Chris started Commando Fitness UK after being a Royal Marine, in early 2011.  He offers fat loss, fitness, strength and toning through personal training and fat loss courses.  Find out the different options here.

Paul McCleery – Paul spends lots of time raising money for local good causes, and also likes to help people achieve their personal fitness goals.  He runs a running group, a number of fitness classes, as well as offering personal training.

Weight Watchers – Offer local meetings or online support to help you reach your goal weight.  Put your postcode in  to find meetings near you.   Take a look at the healthy eating philosophy and the current special offers.

Slimming World  – An alternative to Weight Watchers, they also provide support both online and in group meetings.  Find your most convenient meeting here.

Fitness Classes

There is such a variety of fitness classes these days that you are bound to find a form of exercise class that you enjoy – from fast-paced zumba to a gentle stretching class.   Exercising with a group of people under the encouraging eye of a professional fitness instructor can encourage you to work harder in your exercise efforts and is also a sociable experience.  They can often offer differentiated options for the exercises so you work out at a level that suits you.

Funk Fusion Fitness – These are a variety of classes with different instructors locally, including zumba, Pilates, Groove n Tone and Fusion Fit.  Here is their timetable.

Fitness Classes at Battle Sports Centre – They offer a variety of fitness classes in either the dance studio or Small Hall.  Take your pick from Kettle Bells, Insanity, Zumba Dance, Contemporary dance, yoga fitness, fitsteps, adult ballet, cardio attack, pilates fitness, spinning and SOS Suspension straps…ooer!  Find out the timetable here.

The Kings Centre, Hastings – The Kings’s Centre hosts a variety of classes during the week, run by a variety of instructors, including Fitsteps, Powerhoop and Tomboogie.  Look at the timetable here.

Local fitness initiatives

Active Hastings is an initiative run by Hastings Borough Council, with low-cost or free sessions for all age-groups, aiming to help everyone get fit and active.  Their current programme of classes runs from 5th January to 29th March.  There is a special offer in January where all sessions marked with the running man will be £1 or less throughout January.  Some of the activities have crèches to help parents who find it hard to exercise due to family commitments.  Pick up your Loyalty card – if you attend 6 sessions, you then get a free session. Activities include led walks, group running session, aqua fitness and trampolining.  You’re spoilt for choice!  Take a look at the Winter Programme.

Eastbourne Park Run – This is a free 5km run around Shinewater Park in Eastbourne (mainly flat and on paths, with some grassy areas).  Register online and print out a barcode, give it in at the end and log your time every week.  Some weeks they offer pacers to help you achieve your target.  There are always friendly on-course marshalls, and the results are posted weekly online, as well as emailed to you.  This is a friendly event which welcomes both novice and experienced runners of all ages and abilities.  Find out more here.

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