Following recent investment, Spa Leisure Manager, Derek Metcalf, talks about why the gym at Rockliffe Hall is a hidden gem and well worth a visit.

The gym at Rockliffe Hall has state-of-the-art facilities, expert trainers and a commitment to holistic wellbeing. Whether you are a fitness enthusiast, a beginner, or simply looking for an invigorating workout, the gym is sure to elevate your fitness journey to new heights.

“In January 2023 our studio was completely renovated including flooring, walls, the air conditioning system and lighting. In March our new strength equipment arrived including a smith machine, squat rack and plates. In May this was followed by the arrival of 19 new spin bikes, slowing us to increase our spin class significantly. There has been approximately £65,000 spent on the gym which has made such a difference to the space,” Derek explains.

The gym is set in a modern and spacious environment designed to inspire and motivate. Equipped with top-of-the-line fitness equipment, there is an extensive range of cardio machines, weightlifting stations, and functional training areas. The gym's layout ensures ample room for manoeuvring, providing a comfortable and uncluttered space for workouts. The sleek and contemporary design creates an inviting ambience that enhances your exercise experience.

“We’re very hands on and are always willing to help our members with their fitness goals. We recommend everyone does a gym induction so we can show them how the equipment works, how to use it etc. The majority of our equipment is Technogym, and so we use the Technogym My Wellness app and we like to show all members how they can utilise this too.

Each gym member receives a programme unique to them, the app and the machines sync up to select an individual workout based on the person’s needs. The machine will record the activity and tracks the data and the progress made. The gym team can analyse this data to see progress and recommend improvements with advice and guidance. The gym team will encourage members to review this every four to six weeks to achieve their fitness goals. All of this is included within the membership price.

For those who thrive in a group setting or seek additional motivation, we offer a diverse range of group exercise classes. These classes cater to different fitness levels and interests, ensuring there's something for everyone. From high-intensity interval training (HIIT) sessions to yoga, Pilates, spinning, and more, each class is led by qualified instructors who provide guidance, encouragement, and an electric atmosphere. Engaging in group classes not only promotes physical fitness but also fosters a sense of community and camaraderie among participants.

“As well as our range of classes, we also have a kinesis studio which are quite rare, but are great for stabilising training and helping with joints as we get older. We also have a team of trained fitness therapists who offer sports massages which is something a little different in comparison to the spa treatments. And of course, as part of the gym and spa memberships, you have access to the award-winning Spa facilities too. There are many benefits to being a member,” says Derek.

In addition to the gym facilities, we offer an array of wellness amenities to support your overall wellbeing. After an invigorating workout, you can unwind and recharge in The Spa, indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments, or take a dip in the pool. The gym also provides locker rooms equipped with luxurious amenities, ensuring a seamless transition from your fitness routine to relaxation mode.

Q&A with Derek Metcalf, Spa Leisure Manager

What is your role at Rockliffe Hall?
I’m the Spa Leisure Manager and have been here nearly two years. I'm in charge of the poolside team, the gym team, and then pretty much all the facilities that are included within those two areas. So, for example, sports massages, personal training, heat rooms, Spa Garden etc. all come under my remit.

What is your favourite thing about the job?
I’d have to say interacting with the members on a daily basis. It’s great building that rapport with them.

How important is fitness to you?
Fitness is hugely important to me, I’ve loved it since being very young. I always played sports, especially football and rugby when I was younger and then as I got older I got into fitness and the gym and I’ve worked at a variety of different gym and fitness facilities over the past 10 years.

What would be your top tips for staying fit this summer?
As the weather gets warmer, get outside more. Around 80% of people I work with have a weight loss goal and one thing which I don’t think people think about or are aware of is NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis). Going to the gym three or four times a week for an hour at a time is excellent, but there’s 24 hours in a day and it’s important to move and be active outside of that hour.

This is where your NEAT comes in. Aiming for around 10,000 - 15,000 steps per day will aid your weight loss goal massively and getting outdoors is a great way to achieve this.

Find out more about the gym or membership at Rockliffe Hall. 

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