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Labour Day public holiday opening hours
There will be changes to our opening hours and group exercise timetables for the Labour Day public holiday on Monday 11 March.
All leisure centres: 8am to 6pm
Burnley Golf Course: 6.30am to 8pm
View the group exercise timetable or pick up a printed copy at reception.
Celebrate International Women's Day with us
Today is International Women's Day. Join our celebrations by coming along to our remaining free activities and events:
Women's only swim lessons
Women's only gym night
Women's only functional circuit class
Women's only groove funk class.
Register for our events so you don't miss out!
Spa, sauna and steam room upgrade
We're upgrading the spa, sauna and steam room at Fitzroy Pool. These areas will be closed during the works from Tuesday 12 March and will reopen Friday 22 March.
What will the works involve?
The works include:
installation of a new heater, control and cedar wood in the sauna
installation of a new steam generator and benches in the steam room
glass resealing and ventilation improvements to the areas
re-flooring the areas
refurbishment of the associated shower area.
How do I find out more?
For more information, contact us on 9205 5180 or at email@example.com.
Learn to golf free clinic series at Burnley Golf Course
Are you keen to try your hand at golf but haven’t played before? Join us at our learn to golf clinic series where we'll cover all skill areas to get you ready to hit the course.
In each clinic our PGA professionals will focus on a skill and help you gain a better understanding of the game.
The clinics all have a unique skill focus:
What is the cost?
All of these clinics are free. Places are limited, so you must register online via eventbrite. We will contact you shortly after to confirm your booking.
Who do I contact for more information?
For more information, please contact our friendly staff at Burnley Golf Course on 9205 5048 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jess Lea announced as Group Exercise Instructor of the Year finalist
Our very own Jessica Lea has been announced as a Group Exercise Instructor of the Year finalist by Fitness Australia in the 2019 Australian Fitness Awards supported by Les Mills.
Jessica said, “My purpose as a group exercise instructor is to create a supportive and motivating class which will encourage everyone to embrace exercise as a lifestyle choice.”
We're very proud of Jessica's achievement, and we wish her luck for the national award ceremony in Sydney on Thursday 11 April.
Find out more on the Fitness Australia website.
Stroke improvement courses
We've got 2 stroke improvement courses beginning in late March at Richmond Recreation Centre on Wednesday's and Fitzroy Pool on Friday's from 6.45pm to 7.45pm.
Our course focuses on a wide variety of progressive drills to improve all areas of swimming by developing technique and endurance across all four swimming strokes of freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.
Register for the 5 week course online:
Please note the course at Fitzroy Pool from Thursday 21 March is sold out.
Bookings now open for April school holiday program
Bookings are now open for our level 1 to 6 intensive swimming program being offered during the school holidays from Monday 8 April to Friday 12 April.
If your child has just started a new level or is almost ready to, this program is the perfect opportunity for them to master their skills and learn essential water safety skills!
Book a spot if you're looking for a fun activity for your children over the school holidays:
MS 24hour Mega Swim highlights
Image by Ben Vella from Shoot Everything
On Friday 22 February we hosted the MS 24 Hour Mega Swim at Fitzroy Pool. Together, we raised a whopping $110,506!
Thank you to everyone involved for supporting people with MS to live the lives they want. You can still donate and support the cause.
Take a dip into our Mega Swim highlights:
Highest fundraising individual: Marilyn Simmons (MS Floaties) raised $3,315
Overall winning team: Indefatigables raised $8,403 and swam 64km
Youth Award: Inner City Aquatic Avengers raised $3,280 and swam 82.2km
The Bruce McCulloch Memorial Award: Luise Topma (MS Floaties captain).
View all our highlights on our website.
Move, eat and live better
Seasonal highlights from the world of health, fitness and nutrition to supercharge your wellbeing.
A French favourite that's inspired chefs, food lovers and movie makers around the world, Ratatouille is a vegetable filled dish that's both versatile and delicious. With a base of tomato, zucchini, capsicum, eggplant and fresh herbs, it's one of the easiest ways to turn a bounty of fresh veggies into a hearty meal.
Ratatouille can be served as a main course, a side to just about anything you like or even as a pasta sauce which is a great option if you have leftovers.
Grab the Heart Foundation's recipe
Harissa and chickpea burgers
Looking for a veggie patty that satisfies those burger cravings? Try these harissa, zucchini and chickpea patties!
The harissa - a North African chili pepper paste - gives these patties a unique flavour with a bit of a kick, so make sure you don't mind a little bit of spice!
Try them in buns, wrapped in lettuce or as a side topped with yoghurt and herbs.
Check out Ceres Fair Foods' recipe
Research into health fitness is regularly providing new insights into exercise and how it benefits the human body. Scientists continue to delve into the way our bodies work and how we can use this knowledge to improve our health, wellbeing and quality of life.
This article from Les Mills provides a summary of four recent studies with some eye-opening results, including the reduced risk of dementia, the surprising way fat affects our bodies and a handy trick to sticking to a healthy diet.
Check out the article
Take the lunge
Lower body strength training is arguably the most important form of exercise you can do, and lunges are a great way to target your glutes and quads while also improving your balance and coordination.
To increase the benefits and decrease the risk of injury it's important to nail your technique when performing lunges.
To find out how to master your lunges, read this article and watch the video.
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