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Grand Final Friday public holiday opening hours and timetable
The AFL Grand Final is almost upon us and there will be altered opening hours and group fitness classes for the public holiday on Friday 28 September.
All Leisure Centres: 8am - 6pm
Burnley Golf Course: 6.30am - 6pm
View the Grand Final Friday group fitness timetable on our website or pick up a hard copy at reception.
Challenge yourself to our circuit and WIN!
This gym challenge, we wanted to try something different. So we asked Gym/Group fitness instructor Troy to come up with a circuit-style challege for you all!
You don't have to be the fastest or best to win – just complete the workout to earn your entry into the prize draw.
The challenge is on for the whole month of September. Check out the events at Richmond, Collingwood and Fitzroy and don't forget to share your results with us on social using #YarraLeisure.
Podium finishes for Yarra Tri in duathlon series
The Yarra Triathlon Club competed in the Victorian Duathlon Series over the weekend with some podium finishes and impressive results.
John Allen:1st (70-74)
Caleb McInnes: 2nd (30-34)
Michael Pratt: 3rd (50-54)
Nigel Fanning: 3rd (40-44)
Ben Pittard: 7th (30-34)
Xavier Meade competed in the Burnley Half Marathon and beat his PB by two minutes, finishing with a time of 1:16:00.
Congratulations to all of our competitors! If you're interested in stepping up your training, ask us about joining Yarra Triathlon.
September school holiday program
School holidays are fast approaching! If you're looking for a fun activity to fast track your child's swimming, don't miss the Learn to Swim holiday program.
The 4-day program runs from Monday 24 to Thursday 27 September with classes from 9.30am and 12pm each day at Richmond and Collingwood.
Ask our friendly reception staff about bookings or visit our website for more information.
Sounds of Yarra Leisure: Adam's high intensity playlist
Gym/group fitness instructor and personal trainer Adam loves to get motivated for high intensity workouts with some high intensity tunes!
He's shared his ultimate workout playlist so you can HIIT it with the likes of Aerosmith, Wolfmother, David Guetta and more. These songs are sure to get you up and about during your next session.
Have a listen on Spotify and check out some of the other playlists we've shared as well!
Freestyle your way to stronger swimming form
Looking to improve your front crawl to get the most out of your swimming?
Our five-week freestyle stroke improvement course uses a wide variety of progressive drills to improve freestyle technique and endurance. Each week our swimming coaches will guide you through an aspect of the freestyle stroke to build your technique and efficiency.
Sessions start in two weeks and run in the evenings on Tuesdays at Collingwood, Wednesdays at Richmond and Thursdays at Fitzroy.
Book your spot using the online registration form or speak to one of our staff members at reception.
Move, eat and live better
Seasonal highlights from the world of health, fitness and nutrition to supercharge your wellbeing.
Healthy doesn't mean Teri-yucky
Comfort food doesn't have to be unhealthy. These Teriyaki Tofu Burgers are a great way to feel satisfied without straying from healthy eating. The recipe includes the option of adding chicken or keeping it vegetarian with just tofu. Try them with some broccoli and other veggies or in a wholemeal bun with salad.
Are non-sugar sweeteners good for you?
Most people enjoy something sweet every now and then, but it's now known that cutting down on sugar is one of the best ways to improve your overall health and fitness. So are the alternatives to sugar, such as natural and artificial sweeteners, any better? Check out this sweet article that provides some useful information on which sweeteners to look out for and which to avoid.
A Rolling Foam Gathers No Loss
Foam rollers are a popular piece of equipment in the gym and although some people are sceptical, the research says they can be beneficial both before and after exercise by improving flexibility and aiding recovery. This helpful guide takes you through the science of foam rollers and gives some tips on technique so that you get the most out of your roll.
Are you a push up extraodinaire or is there room for improvement? Improving technique is often the key to mastering an exercise. Check out these 3 common mistakes and how to fix them, and before long you'll be a push up champion! And if you want to take it a step further, try this 16 day push up challenge.
Meet a trainer: James Kambelos
With warmer weather just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get back into the swing of things or fast track your results with personal training!
James Kambelos is one of our new personal trainers and is impressively experienced – he is a qualified exercise scientist with ESSA Australia, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Deakin University and is currently studying a Master’s Degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology. On top of this, he competed in martial arts at a national level and has previously worked as a strength and conditioning coach at a soccer club.
James specialises in strength, muscle hypertrophy, fat loss, injury rehab and injury prevention, and he believes personalised programs, close monitoring and safely instructed technique helps get the best results.
James is taking new clients at Yarra Leisure, so if you’re interested in personal training with him or one of our other team members, head to our website or chat to our reception staff.
Walk to School Program
Walk to School 2018 is just around the corner. The Walk to School program encourages Victorian primary school students to walk, ride or scoot to and from school.
Walk to School is all about making active travel fun, easy, safe and accessible for Victorian primary school kids to help them build healthy habits for life and achieve the recommended 60 minutes of physical exercise per day.
Join hundreds of schools across Victoria from Monday 8 October to Friday 2 November by getting your children's school registered. Participating students have the chance to win great regional prizes which are soon to be announced!
For more information visit Yarra Council's website.
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