Fitness Class FAQ
Q: What kind of classes do you have available?
A: A description of all our available classes can be found here.
Q: I am a complete beginner and have never exercised before. Do you have any classes to suit me?
A: The most gentle of all classes we have on offer is Aquatrim and most beginners are able to gain some benefits from attending. If you are not keen on exercising in the water then you could try any of the following classes and take things at your own pace:
Over 50s Keep Fit (you don't have to be over 50 to participate)
Q: What clothing should I wear?
A: Some high intensity classes like Body Combat, Body Pump, Circuits etc. will make you sweat, so a t-shirt and shorts may be most suitable. Many females prefer a sports top and leggings. We always recommend clothing which you are comfortable in. Some people like to wear an additional top and jogging trousers as they warm up, and for some classes, this can be suitable attire for the duration. Footwear should be well fitting and comfortable - preferably training shoes. Outdoor shoes will not be allowed.
Q: Do you provide water for participants?
A: Participants are encouraged to bring water into the class with them but it must be in a sealed container with a secure lid. We also have a water cooler directly outside the Aerobics Studio on the first floor and also in our Function Suite and Poolside, however no plastic cups are provided for these.
Q: Do you provide all necessary equipment or is there anything I need to bring along?
A: We provide all equipment necessary during classes e.g. weights/dumbbells for Body Pump, benches/steps for Circuits/Step Aerobics, gloves/punchbags for Box-a-cise, mats/resistance bands for Yoga/Pilates/CX Worx etc. If customers prefer to bring their own mats, boxing gloves etc. for hygiene reasons then we are more than happy with this. However, we do not allow customers to bring in their own weights, dumbbells, kettlebells etc.
Q: Do classes have to be booked in advance?
A: Many of our classes are very busy and at full capacity so we recommend booking in advance to ensure your space is reserved. Members can book 7 days in advance, non-members can book 6 days in advance.
Q: Are the classes open to both male and female participants?
A: Yes, all classes are open to male and female participants.
Q: I'm under 16, are there any classes that I can attend?
A: The British Wheel Of Yoga, which is the governing body for Yoga in the UK, encourage all ages to participate in this discipline. Therefore we allow secondary school pupils (age 12/13 minimum) to attend Yoga on their own. If children under this age wish to attend, then they must be under the supervision of a responsible adult and have cleared it first with the instructor. All other classes are aimed at the adult market and may possibly be unsuitable for under 16s.
As young adults should be encouraged to participate in physical activity, we provide a Teenfit training course in the Fitness Room where they can learn about the importance of exercise, heart rate, training zones, C.V. and resistance training, flexibility and much more. This is done in a controlled environment where they are monitored closely by an instructor and a safer alternative to a high intensity, adult class.
Q: Am I able to attend classes while I'm pregnant?
A: The more active and fit you are during your pregnancy, the easier it will be for you to adapt to your changing shape and weight gain. It will also help you to cope with labour and get back into shape after the birth. We recommend you contact your maternity team and inform them that you'd like to participate in exercise during your pregnancy.
If you were active and fit before becoming pregnant there is no reason why you shouldn't keep up your normal daily physical activity or exercise for as long as you feel comfortable. Exercise is not dangerous for your baby - there is some evidence that active women are less likely to experience problems in later pregnancy and labour.
Don't exhaust yourself. You may need to slow down as your pregnancy progresses or if your maternity team advises you to. As a general rule, you should be able to hold a conversation as you exercise when pregnant. If you become breathless as you talk, then you're probably exercising too strenuously.
If you weren't active before you became pregnant, don't suddenly take up strenuous exercise. If you start an aerobic exercise programme (such as running, swimming, cycling, walking or aerobics classes), tell the instructor that you're pregnant.
Remember that exercise doesn't have to be strenuous to be beneficial. Further information can be found by clicking here.
Q: I am not a member of the Galleon Centre. Can I still attend classes?
A: Yes. Our classes are open to anyone aged 16 and over. We do recommend a membership if you intend coming along on a regular basis as this will save you money and offer advanced booking privileges over non-members.
Q: How much does it cost to attend classes?
A: There are various prices depending on which class you are attending. Click here to check all of our prices.