Skibbereen Sports and Fitness Centre, which celebrates 25 years serving the local community this year, is jumping to new heights this month with ‘Boogie Bounce’. The first fitness centre in West Cork to introduce this fun low impact fat burning class, Skibbereen Sports and Fitness Centre is living up to its reputation for looking after all generations in the locality. The exercise programme, which takes place on a mini trampoline, is suitable for all ages, shapes and sizes.
Studies by NASA scientist show that bouncing around on a mini trampoline is 68 per cent more effective than jogging and yet requires less effort! You can also develop both upper and lower body strength just as effectively as weight lifting without the strain or threat of pulled or torn muscles.
Boogie Bounce uses High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) techniques to maximize the most effective fat burning process in the cardio section, whilst using the pliable surface of the mat to perform a range of core stability exercises, thus engaging more of the deep core muscles.
“Anyone can do this at their own pace whilst gaining the health results that are normally associated with high impact aerobic classes,” explains fitness instructor Paula Hegarty. “It was actually created by a woman who had sustained a serious injury in her youth and she also lost her cruciate ligament a few years back but rehabilitated herself on the trampoline and avoided extensive reconstructive surgery. She literally bounced her way back to good health.”
“We’re always focusing on our customers’ needs and wants,” says manager Mary Kelleher “so we’re constantly re-investing in the classes and equipment available at the centre.”
With three full-time, fully-qualified and experienced fitness instructors –Mary Kelleher, Niall McCarthy and Paula Hegarty – there are 26 classes running each week, ranging from gymnastics and pilates to spinning, Body Sculpt, Rip60, circuit training, body bar classes and high intensity training. Jennie Brickley who is part-time employee is also a certified Spinning Instructor. The centre also provides individual fitness assessments, Personal Training and Gym programmes. There is something to suit all ages and abilities.
The not-for-profit community-owned centre with disabled access also has its own purpose-built basketball court, which is a great asset to the community. On Saturday afternoons, the hall is usually filled with the laughter of children in high spirits enjoying a birthday party.
“This is a centre built by the community for the community,” says Mary, who is always trying to find new ways to widen its appeal. “We’re very family-orientated, we have extended opening hours, it’s not expensive to join and we offer a wide range of up-to-date classes by professional instructors.”
All of the instructors have played team sports, so are used to working together towards a common aim. This is reflected in the number of activities and classes organised for all age groups, from pre-school to seniors.
There is a fully-equipped gym with specially supervised Teen Gym classes for teenagers from 13 to 15-years-old. Go For Life Fitness is specifically aimed at the over-60s.
Skibbereen Sports and Fitness Centre is an official spinning centre offering a variety of add on activities like Spin and Tone, Spin and Cardio and Spin and Rip60.
Since opening in 1992, the centre has supported the community employment programme.
For more information on opening hours, memberships and classes call 028 22624.
Pictured l-r are instructors Mary Kelleher, Paula Hegarty, Niall McCarthy and Jennie Brickley.