MSc MANAGEMENT STUDENT, HOLLY TARBET, TELLS US MORE ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY SPORTSPARK…
Have you already broken your new years resolution to ‘get fit’ or ‘be healthier’? Don’t worry! The Reading University SportsPark has you covered. The SportsPark is located at the Upper Redlands Road entrance to the Whiteknights campus. It is open 7am till 10pm Monday to Friday, and 8:45am till 9pm on Saturday and Sunday. The SportsPark offers a great VO2 membership rate for students at £20.50 a month, which includes the use of the gym and a range of exercise classes. I particularity like the Pilates and Zumba classes. It also has a Starbucks café which gives a nice incentive to go!
The gym is fully equipped with free weights, squat racks and exercise machines, including cross trainers, exercise bikes, treadmills and rowing machines, over the space of two floors. Cardio machines are fitted with screens where you can enjoy multiple tv channels while you work out, such as Sky Sports, BT Sport and Freeview channels. There are also 2 large matted areas that can be used for stretching and core exercises.
For those who need some extra gym motivation, the SportsPark offers ‘personal programmes’ at an additional cost where a qualified fitness consultant discusses what your fitness targets are and designs an effective programme for you. You can upgrade your programme when you think you are ready to challenge yourself further. The SportsPark also offers 1-2-1 personal training to add extra detail and motivation to your gym routine.
SportsPark has over 100 group exercise classes a week to choose from! All classes are run by qualified and experienced instructors in the dance studio, yoga studio or sports hall.
With a VO2 membership you also get discounted bookings for tennis, badminton and squash courts, as well as the AstroTurf.
I spoke to some of the staff who work at SportsPark they said that the best thing about being a SportsPark student member is “the opportunity to use the available facilities at a discounted rate” and that “there are no excuses now with the discounts that we offer and the variety of facilities available. There’s something to suit everyone!”
For further information, visit the SportsPark website or ask at the SportsPark front desk.