Just in time for the launch of the new Les Mills fitness releases, a North-East leisure centre is once again holding its hugely popular Festival of Fitness.

Following the success of their full day of fitness last year to celebrate their tenth anniversary, Catterick Leisure Centre is gearing up to stage its second event this spring.

It doesn’t matter if you work out regularly, or if you’ve never been inside a gym, or if you’re already a member or not – the Leisure Centre is open to everyone, so come and take part on Saturday, April 4.

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Former Olympic athlete and highly-respected fitness guru, Les Mills, has been getting the world fit since he opened his first gym in the 60’s. His programmes are the benchmark for safe, effective fitness classes around the world.

There are currently 14 programmes, 10 which are classified as ‘group fitness’, 3 which are high intensity interval training programmes, and one that is classified ‘youth fitness’.

Ashleigh Bennett, Fitness Manager, said: “4 new workouts for each discipline are released over the year, and Les Mills instructors learn the choreography and launch them in their studios all over the world.

“This year, we have two new Les Mills disciplines in BodyBalance and BodyCombat to deliver, along with the ever-popular BodyPump, BodyAttack, and GRIT Series. Leading up to the festival, our instructors, including myself, will be working really hard to give people a quality Les Mills experience.

“All Les Mills classes will be in the main hall, where some have a capacity of up to 100 people. The instructors will be on a large stage with additional sound and lighting, so it really is a great experience for attendees and instructors.”

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One of the Leisure Centre’s instructors, Lauren Maclaughlan, has successfully achieved a Tribal Coach role within Les Mills, which means she is on hand to support other Les Mills instructors - not only at Catterick but all over the region.  

Lauren said: “I am really excited to be part of the event and can’t wait to learn and deliver the awesome new releases.

“Last year’s event was great, however this year’s promises to be even better. I get such a buzz from delivering these amazing workouts, and want everyone to feel the excitement and love that I feel from the Les Mills programmes.”

Other classes will be held in The Studio, such as ‘Coach by Colour Indoor Cycling’, and ‘Core Stability’, so there really will be something for everyone.

Local business, Vincent’s Motors, is sponsoring the event, with support on the day from the ABF Soldiers Charity for whom the Centre will be raising money throughout the day, with raffles and various challenges.

The Festival of Fitness is on from 8.30am to 5.15pm. 

Members will pay £10 to select up to five fitness classes from the 13 available. Non-members are also welcome, at a cost of £15, which also includes up to five classes. Any individual class will be charged at £3.50.

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Places in the classes are limited, so don’t delay - book today, on 01748 831030


Catterick Leisure Centre,

Gough Road,

Catterick Garrison,

North Yorkshire,