Online fitness and wellbeing sessions for staff and students
Get fired up for the day ahead with a high-intensity exercise class, feel empowered and energised through dance, or relax and unwind with meditation and yoga sessions.
Those are among the free online fitness and wellbeing opportunities being provided to University of Bath students and staff this semester, thanks to funding from the university.
Inspirational instructors from the Team Bath Gym & Fitness Centre and the local Bath community will be streaming sessions every weekday via Zoom, allowing people to keep active and motivated wherever they are.
There is something for everyone and sessions can be tailored to your fitness level, so get involved!
Timetable (click on the session name or scroll down to find out more)
Each session is 45 minutes unless otherwise stated.
|0800||Burn||HIIT for beginners|
|0900||Body Control||Body Control||Dance Fit|
|0930||HIIT (30 mins)||Body Conditioning|
|1015||Monday Mindfulness (3o mins)||Meditation – beginners’ level (30 mins)||Breathwork – to help relax the mind (30 mins)|
|1045||Mediation – to relax into the weekend (30 mins)|
|1115||Role of sleep in improving mental health|
|1215||Midweek Mindfulness for positivity|
|1315||Reflection and Space|
|1415||Wellbeing Essentials (students only, 120 mins)|
How to take part
All of the sessions, except the Wellbeing Essentials workshop*, are streamed via Zoom (click here to download and sign up) and are accessible on a first come, first served basis, with a maximum of 100 participants per session – the waiting room will open 15 minutes before the class begins and the instructor will admit people when the session goes live.
* To sign up for the Wellbeing Essentials workshop, please visit www.bath.ac.uk/campaigns/mentally-healthy-students/
Instructor: Ollie Chick of Team Bath Gym & Fitness Centre (https://www.teambath.com/fitness)
(45 minutes; Monday 0900, Tuesday 0900)
Strengthen your body with this class which uses a range of body movements to work on your core stability. Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
Mindfulness, meditation and breathwork sessions
Instructor: Lucy Stone of Meditation Rocks (www.meditationrocks.co.uk) and The Hive Yoga Studio (www.jointhehive.co.uk)
(30 minutes; Monday 1015, Tuesday 1015, Wednesday 1215, Thursday 1015, Friday 1045)
Join Lucy for daily sessions designed to help calm and relax the mind while promoting positivity. A former BBC reporter and now yoga and meditation teacher, Lucy has practised meditation for over 20 years and is passionate about promoting the physical and mental health benefits of yoga and meditation to as many people as possible, whatever their age or background.
Instructor: Frank Davis of Team Bath Gym & Fitness Centre (https://www.teambath.com/fitness)
(45 minutes; Monday 1300, Monday 1700, Wednesday 1700)
Release the stress of the day and feel reenergised for the week ahead with this yoga session led by Frank Davis, founder of the Bath School of Shiatsu & Yoga and a popular teacher at the Team Bath Gym. All you need to take part is some floor space and loose, comfortable clothing.
Instructor: Julia Beale of Team Bath Gym & Fitness Centre (https://www.teambath.com/fitness)
(45 minutes; Monday 1200, Tuesday 1100, Thursday 1100)
Regular attendees of Julia’s popular Zumba classes in the Team Bath Gym & Fitness Centre will know just how fun and energising these sessions are – a fab fusion of fitness, entertainment, culture and dance.
Instructors: Rich Turner, Nigel Merchant and Mike Johnson of Team Bath Gym & Fitness Centre (https://www.teambath.com/fitness)
(45 minutes; Monday 1800, Saturday 1130)
Dig out those kettlebells and join Rich, Nigel or Mike for a classic exercise class. Don’t worry if you don’t have a kettlebell to hand, use something of a similar size and weight such as a bottle of water.
An innovative freestyle workout that incorporates Latin dance steps as the foundation for a fun and exhilarating cardio dance fitness. This workout – led by Madrid-born Maria, who has been a Flamenco, Danza Española and ballet dancer most of her life – will lift your spirits while burning calories, improving flexibility and tone. Wear loose comfortable clothes and trainers.
Instructors: Mike Johnson and Sam Holmes of Team Bath Gym & Fitness Centre (https://www.teambath.com/fitness)
(45 minutes; Tuesday 1330, Wednesday 1030, Saturday 0930)
This classic exercise class is hugely popular at the Team Bath Gym & Fitness Centre – join Mike or Sam for a high-energy, whole body workout that hits all the major muscles and can improve your overall fitness. Tailor the workout to suit your fitness level and use everyday household objects like cans of food to add resistance to some of the exercises.
Instructor: Tamsyn Butt of Port de Barre (http://www.portdebarre.co.uk)
(45 minutes; Tuesday 1700)
Tone your body with ballet conditioning techniques led by experienced tutor and dancer Tamsyn Butt. Suitable for those with ballet experience as well as total beginners, the class uses movements similar to those used in ballet conditioning which sculpts the body by toning and strengthening. It is a minimal impact but all-over body workout which tones the thighs and arms, flattens the stomach and lifts the bottom. Wear loose comfortable clothes and ballet shoes, barre socks or go barefoot.
Instructor: Mike Johnson of Team Bath Gym & Fitness Centre (https://www.teambath.com/fitness)
(45 minutes; Wednesday 0800)
Feel the burn and get your Wednesday off to a high-energy start with this HIIT-style exercise class – no equipment needed, just a bit of floor space.
Instructor: Sam Holmes and Nigel Merchant of Team Bath Gym & Fitness Centre (https://www.teambath.com/fitness)
(30 minutes; Wednesday 0930, 45 minutes; Saturday 1030)
High-intensity interval training combines aerobic and resistance exercises, with short bursts of intense activity being followed by periods of rest or lower-intensity exercise – guaranteed to get the blood pumping and your heart-rate up. Join Sam and Nigel as they put you through your paces with an energising workout routine that you can tailor to suit your own fitness level.
Wellbeing Essentials for Students
Lead: Jodie Hoskin of Bath Mind (https://www.bathmind.org.uk).
(120 minutes; Wednesday 1415)
This is a two-hour interactive workshop and online resource hub for any undergraduate student at Bath who wants to know more about managing their wellbeing through university. The session explores what mental health is, how wellbeing can support mental health, where to find support and how to talk to others about mental health. After attending, students will be given access to a curated resource hub with additional tools and information.
To sign up for this session and other Mind-funded Mental Health Workshops for students this semester, please visit https://www.bath.ac.uk/campaigns/mentally-healthy-students/
Where the workout meets the dancefloor! This is a high energy, empowering class that sets easy-to-follow dance routines to an uplifting variety of popular music – a real calorie-burner that is guaranteed to work every muscle in your body, combining balance, flexibility, conditioning and cardio. Siobhain’s sessions include plenty of energetic, simply choreographed routines suitable for all and, most importantly, they are a lot of fun!
Be Well, Talk Now workshop – the role of sleep in improving mental health
Lead: Jayne Grimes.
(45 minutes; Thursday 1115)
This seminar aims to address all the common issues related to sleep, and why sleep is so important. This topic goes beyond all the general knowledge around sleep and investigates the science behind sleep, and what the latest research tells us about circadian rhythms, sleep quality vs sleep quantity and sleep hygiene.
Instructor: Nigel Merhant, Emma Collins-Jones and Brenda Armit of Team Bath Gym & Fitness Centre (https://www.teambath.com/fitness)
(45 minutes; Thursday 1200)
Pilates, with its emphasis on improving general fitness and wellbeing, is ideal for people of all ages and ability. A low-impact form of exercise, it has been shown to develop strength, balance, flexibility, posture and good breathing technique. All you need to join in is an exercise mat and some floor space.
Reflections and Space
Lead: Revd Canon Nigel Rawlinson, University of Bath Chaplain
(50 minutes: Thursday 13.15)
“Using writings to feed our Spirits” with Nigel Rawlinson, University of Bath Chaplain and member of the Inter-Faith Forum. Initial session on Thursday 18 November. Note session starts at 13.15.
HIIT for Beginners
Instructor: Abbie Watkin of Team Bath Gym & Fitness Centre (https://www.teambath.com/fitness)
(45 minutes; Friday 0800)
The perfect way to get fired up for your Friday and also a great opportunity for people either new to high-intensity interval training or exercise classes in general to see why it is such a popular and effective workout – as well as great fun!