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Northallerton Leisure Centre Sports Hall Essential Works Due to essential maintenance, availability in the sports hall will be limited to one side of the hall between Monday 12 February and Tuesday 5 March 2024. Scaffolding will be in the reception area and sports hall, but don’t worry – the gym, pool, studios and Wellbeing Suite are open as normal. Some rerouting for access to spaces/activities will be necessary – please follow directional signage in centre.

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Our spacious, air-conditioned gyms at Bedale, Northallerton, Stokesley and Thirsk offer a modern workout environment, packed with state-of-the-art equipment from industry leader Technogym. A range of cardio and resistance equipment is available to suit all levels of fitness.


24/7 Access

24/7 access is available to all Zest Freedom members and is available at Northallerton and Thirsk & Sowerby Leisure Centre. Users are requested to complete an authorisation form which includes an appointment with a fitness instructor. Once attended, members are authorised to access the gym out of hours.


Access to the Gym

Gym Inductions (WELCOME Workout)

Before you start, we recommend all members complete an induction either by making a face to face appointment. All members are required to read and sign the Health Commitment Statement prior to use.

Gym Inductions in centre will benefit new starters or those lacking in confidence, this will give you a better understanding and help you use the gym equipment more effectively.

What’s essential to know about going to the gym

  • Appropriate clothing and footwear should be worn
  • Make sure you bring a water bottle and a towel. Not only is this hygienic, but it’s also respectful, allowing the person who wants to use the equipment after you to enjoy their experience
  • Put your weights and equipment away when you’re finished with them.
  • Be mindful of using your phone on the gym floor so you are not distracting others.
  • It’s also essential to choose the time you visit the gym wisely.

What if I have no idea what I’m doing in the gym?

It is fine if you’re a bit unsure on how to use the equipment. It’s even OK if you have completed your induction and Personal Goal setting session and still can’t remember; it’s fairly normal. Don’t worry too much if you feel overwhelmed by it all. Remember, when you start out, to keep it simple and not to push yourself too hard and make sure you’re enjoying it.  On that first day in the gym and in the weeks, that follow, the most important thing is that you show up, and then keep showing up.

Things to try during your first gym session

With such an array of equipment available at all our gyms, where should you start? You will find cross-trainers, exercise bikes, rowing machines and treadmills at just about all our gyms, which are great for getting warmed up on and improving your cardiovascular fitness, alongside helping you lose weight through more intense workouts too.  The exercise bikes and cross trainers are especially good to start off with as they are extremely low impact, meaning much less force is being put through your joints, making them perfect for anyone who has spent a long time away from exercise.

You should also give the resistance – or weight – machines a go. A balanced workout is the key to success, and you won’t necessarily hit your targets if you focus purely on cardiovascular exercise. Start off doing sets of 10 or 12 repetitions on each machine, building up the amount of weight you are lifting as and when you feel comfortable. It’s very important not to over-stretch yourself on these machines.


Our Zest Instructors

Our team of qualified gym instructors will guide you on your journey to a healthier you. They will offer advice and support and are available for appointments to discuss individual needs.

Personal Training

Personal Training offers you support and encouragement towards achieving your goals! Whether you have been training for a long time or have just started out, Personal Training is for you. Your one-to-one sessions will cover new activities and exercises ensuring you never get bored and have fun trying new things. Getting YOUR RESULTS is what drives our Personal Trainers! Personal Training is bookable in five sessions to get maximum results from your sessions. Discounts are available to Freedom members

Programmes

We provide exercise programmes and ongoing updates to motivate and support you throughout the duration of your membership, FREE to members.

Technology

My Wellness

Download the Technogym Mywellness app – it helps you to stay motivated and get the most out of your training by tracking your activity both in and out of our centres. You can also get a Mywellness wrist band - this is the easiest way to access the facilities and log in to the equipment. Available to purchase from reception.

Tanita Scales

Tanita body composition scales will provide you with valuable measurements regarding your health. These measurements tell you about your body fat, muscle, metabolism, bone structure and body water, they are available at all of our leisure centres

Zest App

You can get the best from Zest with our Zest leisure app.

  • View timetables
  • Get rewards for recommending friends
  • View your workouts
  • Manage easy online class and activity bookings
  • Sync with wearable tech and fitness apps
  • Receive leisure news and updates

Download via the App store or Google Play. Search Zest-leisure

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Juniors

Zest Freedom - Under 16’s membership

Available for children aged between 11-15 years. Children can only use the equipment advised by our team and can enjoy the gym facilities at anytime when accompanied by an adult, we also have a selection of supervised gym sessions where under 16s can attend without an adult.

Zest Freedom Junior Membership