With the New Year fast approaching and the Christmas party season around the corner, take advantage of Chelmsford City Council's latest gym offers and shape up for Christmas ahead of the ‘New Year, New You' group. Chelmsford City Council's wide range of fitness classes will make sure you are looking your best, and the envy of your friends, relatives and work colleagues, for the party season.

The council's four leisure centres at Riverside Ice and Leisure, Dovedale, South Woodham Ferries and Chelmsford Sport and Athletics Centre (CSAC), offer around 200 classes every week. Courses range from those with a cardio focus, to strength, to dance and mind and body improvement, and run during the mornings, afternoons and evenings.

Chelmsford City Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Julia Jeapes, says: "Our leisure team has put together a mind-bending array of health and fitness classes that will appeal to all ages, from the latest dance/fitness craze of ‘Bokwa', STRONG by Zumba, a HIIT inspired workout to make you sweat, to the more relaxing yoga". Councillor Jeapes continued: "Apart from offering a fantastic range of classes, they also offer great value for money, especially if you have a Leisure Plus Card. There really is not better time to get fit, especially before the gyms fill-up in the New Year".

For those wanting to improve their cardio performance there is a wide choice; ‘Hit30' and ‘GRIT' when the body is pushed to its limits with a series of non-stop burst of routine and intervals, for power, strength and agility; ‘Les Mills Body Pump' and ‘Pump FX' for a complete body workout with barbells and weights; ‘Fight Club' and ‘Les Mills Body Combat', which uses non-combat boxing routines that will motivate muscles; ‘Insanity' and ‘Les Mills Attack', where the body uses its own weight for high intensity workouts.

If you remember raving in a field off the M25, but have hung up the glow sticks, then the dance themed classes are for you. ‘Clubbercise' is a fun series of easy to follow dance routines set to a soundtrack of thumping 90s club anthems. ‘Sh'Bam' has hot, simple dance moves, and is an enjoyable social workout. The ever-popular ‘Zumba' is a dance-based aerobic workout fusing Latin rhythms with different dance styles including Salsa, Samba, tango and many others. Recently Riverside has launched ‘Les Mills Barre', a modern expression of classic balletic training; a 30-minute workout designed to shape and tone the muscles, build core strength, and allow you to escape the everyday.

There are several classes with a focus on the mind, for those looking to improve their overall well-being. ‘Yoga' will relax the mind and body whilst improving flexibility and posture. ‘Dynamic Yoga' is a fluid, less static form of yoga whilst stilling the mind and improving breathing. ‘Hatha Yoga' gives improved health, stamina and a calmer mind, or if you are looking for a tougher yoga experience, why not attend ‘Vinyasa Yoga', which has a greater emphasis on strength and flow. Whilst ‘Pilates' is great for non-impact exercise where you will master breathing and muscle work skills.

These are just a small sample of the classes available across the city. To discover more about Chelmsford City Council's health and fitness classes, visit

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