Bike Hire

Cycling – How to set up your bike correctly

BMX Hire

  1. This is done by seat on hip height. However, as BMX are prone to standing not sitting, if the rider is not comfortable, we will swap to a different form of bike.
  2. When sitting on the bike, we ensure that the rider is not flat footed to the floor.
  3. If rider is not comfortable with standing, the next part is to ensure they can touch the floor.
  4. If rider can touch the floor, we can check that they can reach the handlebars and pull the breaks comfortably.
  5. If riders are a bit unsure, we take them outside to try it before to ensure they are confident.
  6. Once rider is happy with the bike, we check all the tyre pressure and quick maintenance check, so we know it safe and secure.
  7. They will then sign the bike out happy.

 

Mountain Bike Hire

  1. Mountain bikes come in sizes XS S M, M-L, L.
  2. This is measured again by hip height, ensuring their hip is inclined with the seat.
  3. Rider will need to sit on the bike, if their heels are not off the floor then the seat will be adjusted to their needs.
  4. Then, we will need to check that rider can reach the handles bars and pull the brakes comfortably.
  5. We will then go through all the gears with the rider, knowing they can operate comfortably.
  6. Once rider is happy with the bike, we check all the tyre pressure and quick maintenance check, so we know it safe and secure.
  7. Rider will then sign the bike out once happy.
  8. This is the same process for the Wahoo style of bike to, they come in 26 inches.

 

Road Bikes – Adults

  1. The adult’s road bikes come in 49, 52, 54 & 56 inches.
  2. This is measured again by hip height, ensuring their hip is inclined with the seat.
  3. We get the rider to sit on the bike, if their heels are not off the floor then the seat will be adjusted to their needs.
  4. We will then check that they can reach the handlebars and pull the brakes comfortably.
  5. We will go through all the gears with the rider, knowing they can operate comfortably.
  6. Once the rider is happy with the bike, we check all the tyre pressure and quick maintenance check, so we know it safe and secure.
  7. The rider will then sign the bike out once happy.

 

Road Bike – Youth

  1. The youth road bikes come in 24 & 26 inches.
  2. This is measured again by hip height, ensuring their hip is inclined with the seat.
  3. We will get the rider to to sit on the bike, if they heels are not of the floor then the seat will be adjust to their needs.
  4. We then check that the rider can reach the handles bars and pull the brakes comfortably.
  5. We will then go through all the gears with the rider as the gears are in front of them, knowing they can operate comfortably.
  6. Once the rider is happy with the bike, we check all the tyre pressure and quick maintenance check, so we know it safe and secure.
  7. They will then sign the bike out once happy.

 

Trek Precaliber Orange (Stabiliser Bikes)

  1. We asked the rider’s parents, if the child needs the stabilisers. If they are comfortable without, we can remove. We empathise to them, that if they need them back on we can do so.
  2. This is measured again by hip height, ensuring their hip is inclined with the seat.
  3. We get the rider to sit on the bike, if their heels are not off the floor then the seat will be adjusted to their needs.
  4. We then check that the rider can reach the handles bars and pull the brakes comfortably.
  5. Once the rider is happy with the bike, we check all the tyre pressure and quick maintenance check, so we know it safe and secure.
  6. The rider will then sign the bike out once happy.

 

Trek Precaliber Blue

  1. This child’s bike comes in 16, 20 & 24 inches.
  2. This is measured again by hip height, ensuring their hip is inclined with the seat.
  3. We ask the rider to sit on the bike, if they heels are not of the floor then the seat will be adjusted to their needs.
  4. We then check the rider can reach the handles bars and pull the brakes comfortably.
  5. Once rider is happy with the bike, we check all the tyre pressure and quick maintenance check, so we know it safe and secure.
  6. Rider will then sign the bike out once happy.

 

Tadpole Balance Bike

    1. This is measured again by hip height, ensuring their hip is inclined with the seat.
    2. We ask the rider to sit on the bike, they will need to be able to put their feet fully on the ground, with a slight bend in their knees.
    3. We then check the rider can reach the handlebars.
    4. Once the rider is happy with the bike, we check all the tyre pressure and quick maintenance check, so we know it safe and secure.
    5. Rider will then sign the bike out once happy.

 

Badminton

Top 5 badminton tips for beginners

The badminton grip

Your grip is crucial when choosing your racket.

When holding the racket, have a relaxed grip and try not to grasp it too tightly. Having a flexible wrist will enable you to perfect both forehand and backhand shots.

Game planning

Even as a beginner it is good to incorporate some strategies into your game. When starting badminton with minimal skills, it is good to recognise your opponents’ weaknesses and use them to your advantage to catch them out.

Cross-train

Badminton requires agility, it is good to try out some other activities to improve your stamina which could benefit your game. Jogging is ideal for providing knee strength which allows your knees to cope with fast paced badminton.

Increasing flexibility and range of motion is great for benefiting your game, why not try yoga or Pilates inspired classes.

Keep central base position

After playing a shot it is always good to return to central position on the court. You will be more likely to reach your opposing shots.

Cool-down

You should always round off your game by cooling down. Finishing as you begun, a gentle walk around the court and light stretching is a good way to cool down. Holding stretches for around 30 seconds.

Staying fit with the family

Staying fit with the family is a great way to make it fun for everyone, here’s our suggestion on ways to keep fit!

Swimming

Swimming is not only an excellent way to stay fit, but it’s so important for kids to know how to swim, for safety precautions.

Make it fun in our Leisure Pool with rides, waves, and interactive water features.

Bike Riding

Bike rides are a great way to get all the family involved, have fun and keep fit!

Take on our 1-mile cycle track or make it fun on our Pump Track.

Walking

Walking is a great way to get the family together, keep fit and bond.

Our walking routes are perfect for a family stroll, why not make it more enjoyable by finishing with a hot or cold drink from our Paddy & Scott’s Coffee Shop

Benefits of swimming

Swimming is a great form of all-round exercise. It’s ideal if you want to be more active and stay healthy, whatever your age or ability.

Regular swimming can help reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke.

It can also boost your mood and keep your weight under control.

If you cannot swim, it’s never too late to learn. With 1-2-1 swimming lessons, female only sessions, adult only and parent and toddler sessions, joining in is fun and easy.

Eating health and looking after the environment

Eat a more ‘plant-based’ diet where you can: Finding ways to get more vegetables, fruit, bean and wholegrain foods into our diet can be good not only for our health but for the planet as well. We can do this by following the UK healthy eating model, the Eatwell Guide.

  • Get your 5 A DAY: Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables is important for health and these foods normally have less impact on the environment.
  • Shift towards more plant-based protein sources: Expand your choice of protein foods to include more beans and other pulses, nuts, seeds and plant-based meat alternatives (for example soya- and mycoprotein-based alternatives, or tofu) that are not high in saturated fat or salt, alongside some lean meat and poultry, fish, eggs and lower fat and lower sugar dairy foods.
  • Eat fewer foods high in fat, salt and sugar: We all know foods such as cakes, biscuits, pies and pastries are not healthy choices, but limiting these foods in our diet can also be a good way to reduce our environmental footprint.
  • Choose sustainably sourced fish: If you eat fish, try to have 2 portions of fish a week and make one of these an oily fish (like salmon, mackerel or sardines) ensure they come from sustainably managed sources – look out for logos such as the blue Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
  • Food waste is costing the average family over £60 a month and plays a major role in climate change, accounting for nearly 10% of total greenhouse emissions globally. We all need to
  • start finding ways to waste less food, and that can be good for your back account and the planet!
  • Plant-based does not always mean healthy: Some foods sold as ‘plant-based’ can be high in salt, sugar or saturated fat. Make sure you check the label and look for the green or amber on the labels

Benefits of Weight Training

Weight training is also known as strength training, resistance training, and muscular training. Weight training is the ideal companion for any fitness programme, the main benefits are:

  • Burns calories efficiently

Building muscle increases your metabolic rate, allowing you to burn more calories at rest.

  • Decreases abdominal fat

Visceral fat (fat stored around the abdomen) can be associated with chronic dieses. Weight training exercises have shown benefits of reducing abdominal and total body fat.

  • Lowers risks of injury

Weight training can help improve range of motion, strength and mobility of your muscle and ligaments. This can strengthen major joints such has hips, knees and ankles which provides additional protection against injury.    

  • Boosts wellbeing

Weight training can add a major boost to your mental wellbeing and self-confidence.

  • Increases bone strength

Weight training is crucial for development of bones. Having stronger bones reduces risks of dieses and can prevent physical signs of ageing.

  • Improves brain health

Weight training can increase brain health and protect against age related cognitive decline.

What are group exercise classes?

Leisure World provides a range of group exercise classes, which range from 30 and 90 minutes, suit all abilities and fitness goals.  If you’re looking to lose weight, tone up, relax, improve your fitness or simply line dance your way to better health.

Group cycling or velo classes are one of our most popular exercise classes we offer.  In a dedicated studio with the best music and great instructors, you use a stationary bike to help you achieve your fitness goals

Les Mills Classes are our most popular classes, these will vary depending on which centre you book at.  There are classes to suite all leisure users from Bodybalance at an easier pace to high-intesisty classes like Grit, Bodycombat and Bodyattack which designed to help lose weight.  If you’re looking to tone up why not try Bodypump.

Aqua Aerobics classes are a great low impact workout in water, designed to help you lose weight, build strength and tone up.  The benefits of doing these classes in water are that they reduce pressure on your joints and muscles, whilst the water helps add resistance to your movements.

What do I need for my child’s Swimming Lesson?

When your child begins swimming with Leisure World, you will need to make sure they bring key swimming products with them, to take part.

They will need to bring their own suitable swim wear, these can be purchased from our Zoggs shop next to welcome zone. Ideally swimwear shouldn’t extend beyond their knees as this can have impact on their ability to swim.

Googles – which you receive as part of the start up fee or available at our Zoggs shop, are a good idea for children starting out in stage 1 and above, they will help protect their eyes and can help them see easier underwater, increasing their swimming confidence.  It is also great if they can learn how to put them on themselves.

Your child for each swimming lesson stage will be issued a coloured swim hat.   This helps the teachers to identify their students in the lesson, and lifeguards can easily spot any child in trouble.

At the end of the lesson don’t forget your towel to dry off.  You can use the showers in the changing room, remember to bring your shampoo and shower wash.

All other swim aids and equipment needed for your child’s swim lessons will be provided by the swimming teachers.