The Benefits of Les Mills Classes
Feb 01, 2023 | Blog
To celebrate the launch of our new Les Mills routines, we are giving you the low-down of the types of Les Mills classes we offer.
Introducing our Pool Waste Recycling Scheme
Jan 27, 2023 | News
Help maintain a fitter future by recycling your old swimming equipment using the Zogg's boxes in our centre.
Vegan Bean Chilli Recipe
Jan 04, 2023 | Blog
Bring a little fire to your Veganuary dinner time with this healthy and delicious Vegan Bean Chilli.
The Backstroke – your secret weapon for swimming.
Jan 03, 2023 | Blog
A look at why the backstroke is the perfect stroke to improve your fitness.
Sticking to those New Year's Resolutions
Jan 01, 2023 | Blog
A handy set of tips to help you turn those resolutions into revelations
Dec 01, 2022 | Blog
Free downloads, craft ideas and fun activities to keep the kids busy and active over the school holidays.
Aquaphobia: Does water make you anxious?
Nov 21, 2022 | Blog
Water is one of the most common fears that people have - especially adults . The fear that people have for water can usually be defined as Aquaphobia – and it can come with a whole range of differing symptoms.
Boditrax: Measure What Matters
Nov 01, 2022 |
Boditrax is a body composition tool that measures so much more than your BMI and in only 30 seconds too! Boditrax gives you a great overview of your health and can be used to set achievable targets.
Vegan curry with chickpea, tomato & spinach
Nov 01, 2022 | Blog
To celebrate World Vegan Day, we’re sharing this super healthy curry recipe! It’s fully vegan, it counts as two of your five-a-day, and it’s delicious, if we do say so ourselves. Enjoy!
The Four Types of Exerciser - Which one are you?
Oct 11, 2022 | Blog
Work out your exercise personality to help you get the most out of your workout
Learn to swim through our MORE Swimming Academy
Sep 30, 2022 | Blog
A look at the MORE Swimming learning framework and the different types of lesson.
How to stretch like a pro!
Aug 30, 2022 | Blog
Expert stretching techniques, tips and advice.
Fresh and Healthy Coronation Chicken
Aug 04, 2022 |
Try this delicious Afternoon Tea favourite
Healthy Banana Muffins
Aug 01, 2022 | Blog
Round up the family and enjoy these healthy snacks
Health & Fitness Jargon Explained
Aug 01, 2022 | Blog
A guide to explain the ever-growing world of gym jargon
Prawn Satay Noodle Salad
Jul 19, 2022 | Blog
Try out our super summer satay seafood salad!
Training for your cycle
Jul 07, 2022 | Blog
How to ease the struggle of exercising during your period.
Swimming Toys and Games
Jun 13, 2022 | News
A look into how swimming toys and equipment can enhance fun in the water!
LES MILLS: When’s the ideal time to workout?
Jun 07, 2022 | Blog
A look at research that attempts to answer an age old question - when is the best time to exercise?
From Tummy to Tots: A Child’s First Independent Swim!
May 30, 2022 | Blog
A look at how adults can encourage children whilst they become more confident in water.
Rainbow Fruit Skewers
May 27, 2022 | Blog
To celebrate Pride month, try these rainbow fruit skewers, a fun and healthy dessert throughout the summer!
The Great British Book Drive - Children's Book Project Has Launched!
May 23, 2022 | Blog
Stechford Leisure Centre has linked up with Children's Book Project in an attempt to end book poverty nationwide!
Veggie Miso Burgers
Apr 26, 2022 | Blog
Try these tasty vegetarian miso burgers – go great with chips and coleslaw.
The smartest pre-holiday fitness preparation
Apr 21, 2022 | Blog
Why HIIT workouts are the best way to build strength, muscle mass and aerobic fitness.
From Tummy to Tots: An Introduction to Water
Apr 20, 2022 | Blog
Welcome to our three-month mini-series taking you on a journey exploring the fantastic benefits of the water from pregnancy through to toddlers taking their first independent swims.
Mar 28, 2022 | Blog
A place to find some free, relaxing activities to help support your mental wellbeing, including adult colouring, mindfulness videos, free downloadable activities and more.
Recipe of the month - Easter egg biscuits
Mar 25, 2022 | Blog
Get the family involved and get creative with these decorative Easter egg biscuits!
Maintaining a Fitter Future
Mar 16, 2022 | News
We are committed to addressing environmental and climate emergencies, whilst supporting the net zero carbon ambitions of our centre and wider society.
From Tummy to Tots: The Benefits of Antenatal Swimming
Mar 14, 2022 | Blog
Welcome to our three-month mini-series taking you on a journey exploring the fantastic benefits of the water. This month our National Aquatics Training Lead, Lynn Goring-Crook, kicks off this series by introducing the benefits of antenatal swimming for Mum and baby.
Recipe of the month - Super Healthy Veggie Burritos!
Mar 02, 2022 | Blog
Check out our healthy Mexican dish. You get all the great taste of the herbs and spices but also have an eye on your fitness goals!
A handy guide to help with your first time at the gym
Mar 01, 2022 | Blog
We all know that walking into a gym for the first time can be a daunting experience, but we're here to try and take some of that stress away.
Breathe Easy: How to control your breathing when swimming
Feb 14, 2022 | Blog
A handy breathing exercise to warm-up the mind and ensure you’re ready for your session in the water.
How much will exercise affect your weight?
Feb 07, 2022 | Blog
Discover the truth about how exercise can affect weight loss.
Recipe of the month - Healthy Pancakes
Jan 31, 2022 | Blog
Pancake Day may not be 'til March this year, but life's definitely BATTER with pancakes, for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Check out our healthy pancake recipe for some flipping-good fun at home this Half Term for all the family.
Top tips for your child's First Swimming Lesson
Jan 14, 2022 | Blog
Lynn Goring-Crook, our National Aquatic Training Lead, is here to share tips and advice before your child’s first swimming lesson.
How to find your exercise mojo - and keep it
Jan 11, 2022 |
So the year is flying by and you’ve just realised you haven’t been to the gym in weeks – and it’s clear your latest fitness resolutions went out the window months back! It happens. Here’s how to fix it.
The first rule of New Year's Resolutions
Dec 13, 2021 | Blog
Motivation expert Professor David E. Conroy talks about what helps get us moving, and how to set realistic goals we can stick to.
A beginner’s guide to swimming
Dec 08, 2021 | Blog
We know that you may feel a little out of place amongst more experienced swimmers, but remember that everybody has to begin somewhere.
Christmas Family Workouts
Dec 02, 2021 | Blog
Want to look after your 'elf and fitness over the festive season? Here's a selection of fun Christmas workouts to get you moving from your head to your mistle-toes!
Which swim strokes are best for exercise and weight loss?
Nov 08, 2021 | Blog
Our National Aquatics Training Lead is here to share some of the physical benefits of swimming, including the best swim strokes for physical exercise and weight loss.
Power through the winter months
Nov 05, 2021 | Blog
With the colder days and darker nights, not to mention cold and flu season upon us, supporting ourselves and loved-ones physically and mentally is not easy.
Why being a swimming teacher is the best job in the world!
Nov 01, 2021 | Blog
Have you ever thought about becoming a swimming teacher?
Blue Mind - Why being near water makes you feel happier!
Oct 18, 2021 | Blog
Ever wondered why you are drawn to book the holiday near the sea or with a nice swimming pool? Or why parents and children alike report swimming lessons are their favourite extracurricular activity of the week?
Everything you need to know about Yoga!
Oct 12, 2021 | Blog
Our fitness team is here to tell you more about the benefits of Yoga for your mind and body, whether you’re looking to learn about Yoga poses or to join your first Yoga class.
Health & Fitness Hub
Sep 23, 2021 | Blog
Whether you’re looking to increase your fitness, manage your weight, reduce your drinking or improve your overall health, here are our top health apps and resources to support your physical and mental wellbeing.
Why swimming lessons are for adults too
Sep 20, 2021 | Blog
With schools back and many returning to a new routine after so long, Helen Bull, our National Commercial Aquatics Manager, is here to tell you more about our fantastic adult swimming lessons.
The Power of Group Exercise
Sep 13, 2021 | Blog
Our fitness team is back in our latest blog, highlighting the many benefits of group exercise classes. Read on to find out more.
Kit Out The Nation
Sep 13, 2021 | News
Birmingham Community Leisure Trust are delighted to be part of the BBC’s Make a Difference, “Kit Out the Nation” Campaign.
The importance of Body Balanced Training
Aug 16, 2021 | Blog
Whatever your fitness levels and fitness goals, it is important to follow an exercise programme that supports a balanced body – our fitness team is here to explain why.
Helping you rebuild after Covid
Aug 11, 2021 | Blog
Recovering from COVID or long-COVID? Are you still struggling with tiredness or breathlessness? Maybe you’re worried about hitting your previous goals or looking to take your first steps into exercise? Find out more about how our fitness team can help support your recovery, your return to exercise or your first steps into fitness.
How to fuel your workout
May 21, 2021 | Blog
Did you know, to ensure you can power through a workout and recover effectively, carbohydrates are an essential part of your diet? Our nutrition team is here to tell you more…
Low intensity exercise vs high intensity exercise
May 10, 2021 | Blog
Lately, we’ve been walking more than ever before, but how does a low intensity exercise such as walking, really stack up verses a session at the gym or a workout class in the pool. Our fitness team are here to spill the beans.
Exercise and mental health: how we can help you feel great again!
Apr 28, 2021 | Blog
Has this last year left you feeling in need of some positivity and maybe a bucket full of energy again? Us too!
Returning to fitness after lockdown
Apr 15, 2021 | Blog
Exercising is sometimes easier said than done, EVEN when we know the benefits. Finding ways to overcome these common hurdles is often more important than the exercise itself. We’re here to help!
Do I need a protein shake?
Mar 22, 2021 | Blog
Your body needs protein to build muscles but do you need supplements?
Six Reasons to Prioritise Your Beauty Sleep
Mar 12, 2021 | Blog
If you’re struggling to get a good night’s sleep, join the club. We need our sleep, and here’s why.
Training Methods 101
Mar 08, 2021 | Blog
Making yourself endure a workout that you don’t enjoy is not the best approach for starting a long-lasting fitness routine.
Fat fact busters: Why low fat doesn’t always mean healthy
Mar 01, 2021 | Blog
When we embark on a healthier eating journey, the first thing people often reach for are the low fat alternatives.
Missing the pool? Keep swim fit at home!
Feb 15, 2021 | Blog
According to Swim England, swimming has improved the mental health of 1.4 million adults in Britain.
Slowly, slowly smash those goals!
Feb 10, 2021 | Blog
It’s far too easy to develop a negative mindset towards your health and fitness.
For the love of food
Feb 01, 2021 | Blog
It’s easy to forget that food is much more than just calories.
Get your fitness on track the right way
Jan 06, 2021 | Blog
Let's get back into a routine with these helpful tips!
New Year, New Approach
Jan 04, 2021 | Blog
Well, that was 2020 – a year that no one was prepared for!
Making time for me
Nov 19, 2020 | Blog
Christmas is officially just around the corner - you really don’t need a reminder!
10 tips to keep moving at home
Nov 12, 2020 | Blog
From star jumping with the toaster to lifting cans of beans – Let’s keep moving!