I’m not sure how many times I’ve written about wanting to get fit – and stay fit – but I expect it’s a lot. My main issues in the past have been: Not having enough time to actually get to the gym, choosing work over staying healthy and active, feeling unmotivated and out of my depth, signing up at a really awkward time (like the summer holidays) and then realising I can’t go because I have no one to look after the children. And so goes the self-perpetuating circle of paying a monthly fee for a membership I fully intend to use but never do.
Previously none of the gyms I’ve used have been able to offer solutions to my problems but I recently found out that David Lloyd is in a league of its own when it comes to a fully comprehensive family gym membership with childcare and holiday clubs that are outstanding.
During half-term Rose, Holly and I popped along to our local David Lloyd to check out the holiday club and facilities on offer. The first thing I noticed as we walked through the door was how friendly all the staff are and this has continued to impress me on subsequent visits to the club. The desk staff have smiled and said good morning to me every single time I’ve walked through the door, members of staff you come across while walking around always make a point of greeting you and I was doubly impressed when I had to knock on the door of the gym office because I was lost and couldn’t find my yoga class. Not only did the instructor walk me all the way to the room, he asked if it was my first class, to which I sheepishly replied “yes, and I’m not really sure what I’m supposed to be doing” he said “hey, this is the first step, seriously good for you!” and it really made me smile.
As a family, we’ve thoroughly been enjoying our David Lloyd membership. I’ve been several times, and as I type this I’m currently sitting in the Business Hub with a coconut látte having already done a very energetic spin class this morning, and it feels amazing. I’ve found that thanks to the fantastic workspace I am able to drop the kids at school, make my way to the club and get work time in before and after my classes. I’m so relaxed here I’m in no hurry to get home!
As expected we’ve loved swimming together as a family, it’s so much fun. Our David Lloyd Club has an outdoor pool which has been a wonderful after school activity for the kids on these hot days we’ve been having. There’s also a big indoor pool and a really warm toddler pool. Pictured below is the outdoor pool in Long Ashton, Bristol – doesn’t the water look inviting?!
So far, Holly and I have taken yoga classes, something we intend to keep doing together. Justin, Lewis and I have badminton and tennis planned for next week, I really need to get my game face on for that. Competitive, Moi?!
During our half term visit it was brilliant to see how the holiday club works. The staff were lovely and welcoming and I was totally happy leaving Rose in their care. On the taster day Rose enjoyed baking, ball games, junk modelling and outdoor play so she has lots to look forward to next time she goes. There’s also a really good softplay area situated just off the DLicious cafebar, we’ve popped in a few times for a bite to eat so I can relax with a coffee and Rose can have a play. There’s even ipads too!
Like many parents, I still need to work over the summer break but I also want to be able to keep on top of my exercise routine so the holiday club is the perfect solution for our family. I’ve actually found the long summer break incredibly hard work in the past. The juggle of being a work at home mum and trying to keep the kids entertained is almost impossible so DL Holiday Club is a welcome addition to our routine. I’ll also be able to fit in some ‘Mum me time’ while Rose is at the club so by the end of this summer I won’t be as frazzled as I previously have been!
DL Kids Active Holiday Fun
Summer holiday clubs run from Monday 24th July until Friday 1st September children can enjoy a variety of activities such as:
- Create your own superhero
- Mask making
- Flip book making
- Gardening and den building
- Outside play
- Cake making
- Biscuit decorating
- Tag rugby
All sessions are planned by a DL kids’ specialist and led by experienced and trained kids’ instructors. The days are geared towards sport and fitness to promote social development with lots of creative and imaginative play. Morning/afternoon snacks are included in the price of a half day with the addition of a hot meal included in the price for those booked in all day.
BOOK NOW for the early booking discount. You must book by 7th July. Prices as follows:-
Full day 9am-5pm
- £23.50 for any 1 day and £21.50 for the same day for siblings
- £64.00 for any 3 days and £52.00 for the same 3 days for siblings
- £95.00 for any 5 days and £77.00 for the same 5 days for siblings
Half day 9am-12pm and 2pm-5pm
- £11.00 per half day
Prices from 8th July as follows:-
Full day 9am-5pm
- £30.00 for any 1 day
- £73.00 for any 3 days
- £120.00 for any 5 days
Half day 9am-12pm and 2pm-5pm
- £15.00 per half day
There’s plenty going on for older children too; swimming, tennis and gymnastics All Stars programmes encourage kids to learn new skills in a fun environment. 11-15 year olds can work out with a gym team member, activities include the exciting ‘Synergy playground’ a circuit style interval session designed to improve overall fitness and muscular strength. I tried this session myself on the taster day and it was brilliant fun. Note to self: battle ropes look nice and easy, on reflection, they are most definitely not! Most classes are suitable from 14 years, so there really is something for everyone and perfect for all family members.
Rose starts reception in September and will be going swimming once a week with the school, so another goal is to get her swimming over the summer. We are almost there with her swimming independently for a few metres with a woggle! I’m lucky that she absolutely adores swimming with Lewis and Holly so I think there’s a good chance we’ll be able to get her swimming on her own. As a family we’d love to improve our overall fitness and I’d really like to be able to play a whole game of tennis with Justin without collapsing in a heap on the floor. Perhaps I’ll take some lessons, you’ll have to watch this space to see how we all get on.
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