By January 4, 2017Features-Manchester

With the New Year comes the chance for a new you. JLife rounds up some of the fitness classes to help you get 2017 off to a healthy start.



Slave to the Rhythm
Zumba continues to be the overwhelmingly popular fitness trend going into 2017. Fast-paced, rhythmic, fun and effective, it is a dance workout for the whole body.

Dianne Mehr has been teaching Zumba for over six years in Bury and welcomes new starters of all ages and fitness levels to the Sunnybank Community Centre. The class choices available include standard Zumba, Zumba Low Impact and Zumba and Tone.

Dianne is offering free Zumba taster classes on 10th and 12th January from 6.45-7.15pm.
Call Dianne on 07941 384 740 or email


On the Defence
The next seminar in Krav Maga, the hand-to-hand combat system of the Israeli military, will take pimg_20160228_164156845lace at Manchester Maccabi in Prestwich on 5th March. Until then, weekly self-defence classes are taught every Wednesday from 7.30 to 9.30pm.

The Krav Maga club has been running for over 15 years and 2016 proved as popular as ever among those seeking to learn more about this practical self-protection method.
Visit or email




If you want to create an all-round fitness plan and take advantage of ample facilities, then Total Fitness in Whitefield may be for you. Near the Metro station on Bury New Road, the health club has the latest equipment across two floors, including a 25m swimming pool, sauna and steam room, group exercise studios and even a ladies-only gym.

With over 70 classes taking place each week, there is something for everyone, whatever your fitness level or interests. The recently refurbished changing rooms also offer extra changing space, spacious lockers, sensor showers and large vanity units.
Total Fitness also has state-of-the-art facilities in Altrincham and Wilmslow too.
Call 0161 351 2400 or email



Down to the Core
The continued appeal of Pilates is that it can fit seamlessly into a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Practiced by over 11 million worldwide, it is said to improve core strength, stability, flexibility and stamina, and even aid in the recpilatesovery from an injury.

The Hale Pilates Studio aims to be a centre of excellence and invites novices and enthusiasts alike. The ‘Pilates Matwork Class’ is perfect for those who are new to the method, and the team will acquaint you with the tools for better posture, good balance and functional movement.
Call 0161 929 1774 or email





Personal Best
After significant storm damage, Radcliffe Pool and Fitness Centre was reopened in 2015 by Olympic swimmer and BBC Sport commentator, Mark Foster.

Costing £1 million, the new pool is the UK’s first 25m demountable above-ground swimming pool. In addition, the revamped gym and functional training zone with state-of-the-art equipment joins an extensive sports hall that hosts five-a-side football, weekend badminton sessions, basketball and netball. A selection of fitness sessions are also available including Bodystep, Piloxing (a combination of Pilates and boxing) and Kettlercise, suitable for men and women across the fitness spectrum.
Call 0161 253 7000 or visit



yogaNew Balance
On Bury Old Road, Prestwich Pilates and Yoga has a variety of classes for all ages and abilities whichever discipline you decide to specialise in. Sessions are able to be booked in online, including a variety of drop-in Yoga classes for you to choose from, all designed to give you a sense of calm and wellbeing.

The new studio recently started Pilates Tower classes, Pilates Barre classes and Yin Yang Yoga, which aims to create mental as well as physical balance.
Call 0161 798 7987 or email