Camden Leisure Centres - reopening information

Camden Leisure Centres - reopening information

Camden’s leisure centres, gyms and swimming pools have now reopened to both members and non-members following Government guidance

We have been, and continue to, work closely with our leisure partner and operator Better Leisure to make sure facilities are Covid-19 secure. Services and activities are being reintroduced in phases to manage capacity and maximise safety, starting with gym, swim and group exercise. 
 

Keeping Safe in Camden Leisure Centres

To keep residents and staff safe, Better Leisure has introduced a number of safety procedures which can be viewed in this short video.
 
Leisure centre users must pre-book gym, swim or fitness classes and pay online remotely or at the centres by card only. Each activity is booked in a timeslot, the majority of these will be for an hour, however some group exercise classes will be shorter. Users may attend one activity type per day effectively allowing customers to attend 3 sessions, provided they pre-book and leave the centre. 

Physical changes to the environment in our leisure facilities to enable social distancing will include:

  • Reducing the amount of gym stations and relocating some equipment to other rooms (eg squash courts) to allow a 2 metre gap between users 
  • Reallocating sports halls as studio space, increasing capacity for group exercise
  • Only changing rooms in swimming pools will reopen initially
  • Doubling the width swimming lanes
  • 3 metre individual bays will be created within exercise studios to ensure a minimum of 2 metres between users during classes
  • Separate entrance and exits

For the latest information, take a look at Better Leisure’s frequently asked questions on reopening leisure services or visit the Coronavirus section of their website. 

Home Based Exercises

  • Sports England have provided information on some good ways you can stay active and fit whilst at home.
  • The Britrish Heart Foundation have provided some useful information on how you can ​​​​​​stay active home
  • London Youth have shared a list of fun ways you can adapt your home to exercise by yourself or with your family
  • The NHS has some useful fitness/exercise videos online
  • The Better App can be used FREE to access Exercise from Home and Virtual Fitness Classes. Download the App and access various exercise programmes for different age groups and abilities - access code is BETTERFREE.

Some of our instructor's recommendations include the following apps. They are free to use and offer exercise guides, workout routines and virtual exercise sessions:

  • Nike Training Club 
  • FitOn 
  • Freeletics 
  • Johnson & Johnson 7 minute workouts
  • Fitbit Coach
  • MyFitnessPal (for nutrition tracking)
  • Runtastic 

Disclaimer:

The information provided is for general purposes only and is provided in good faith, however we make no representation or warranty of any kind, express or implied, regarding any information on this page. If you engage in any of the exercise activities/advice given, you agree to do so at your own risk and are voluntarily participating in these activities. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Adult Weight Management & Exercise on Referral FAQs

  • When will gyms open again?
  • Are gyms closed? 
  • Will I get informed when gyms reopen?
  • How do I freeze gym membership and not get charged?

For all questions relating to Better Leisure Centres or if you are a Better member and would like further information, please visit their dedicated page.

  • Are sessions still running?
    Due to the COVID-19 virus and under government guidance Camden have made a decision to close all Leisure Centres. For the safety of all concerned, this has resulted in the suspension of the Exercise on Referral and Adult Weight Management programme until further notice. For all Exercise on Referral & Rebalance and for general council updates, please visit the link below: https://www.camden.gov.uk/
  • Will I get my weeks back?
    Yes – If you stopped attending due to the virus or you were informed the leisure centres have closed, you will get back the weeks you lost. 
     
  • If I completed now, can I join (EOR/AWM or the membership) in the future when Corona is over?
    Yes you can join when the centres reopen.
     
  • Can I place my referral on hold?
    All referrals are currently on hold and you will be contacted when the centres reopen.
     
  • I have just been referred, would I need to be referred again by my GP / Clinical Professional?
    We will review your referral and if your medical history changed we would require your referral to be resent.

Lose Weight in Camden and Islington

We are pleased to announce the  Adult Weight Management will be resuming its service from 02/11/2020. 

Following government guidelines, the programme has now put new protocols in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all staff and everyone accessing the programme are made to feel safe while exercising.

Rebalance is a 12 week, group, weight-loss programme of exercise and dietary advice for overweight or obese adults. It covers nutritional advice, healthy-eating guidance, online, cognitive behavioural support and help to get active. 

You can refer yourself for our Rebalance programme if you meet the following criteria:

  • Resident of Camden or Islington and/or registered with a Camden or Islington GP
  • Express a willingness and motivation to change
  • Age 18 years and older
  • If your Body Mass Index is between 30 and 50, or between 27.5 and 50 if BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) group, and do not have any co-morbidities (i.e. a diagnosed health condition)
  • Not pregnant. Service user should only participate once they are cleared to exercise after their 6–8 week post-natal check-up

Refer yourself for the Rebalance programme
You will need to ask your GP or other health professional for a referral if your Body Mass Index is over 25, or over 23 if BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) group, and have been diagnosed with one of the following conditions:

  • Controlled diabetes or hypertension  
  • Hyperlipidaemia (a type of high cholesterol)  
  • Controlled asthma or COPD  
  • Osteoporosis (T-Score 2.5 or lower, no history of trauma fractures)  
  • Mild arthritis in hips or knees  
  • Cardiac patients who have completed all phases of Cardiac Rehabilitation

For more information about this programme contact: rebalance@camden.gov.uk 

Exercise on referral

We are pleased to announce the  Exercise on Referral will be resuming its service from 02/11/2020. 

Following government guidelines, the programme has now put new protocols in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all staff and everyone accessing the programme are made to feel safe while exercising. 

To join this programme, you must be referred by a Camden or Islington GP or a clinical professional. 

This is a 12 week programme, provided by Camden Sports and Physical Service and Aquaterra Leisure, of guided physical activity for anyone with a health issue. Part of this programme involves an online, cognitive behavioural approach to improve long-term lifestyle changes. 

Find out if you’re eligible for our exercise on referral programme 

For more information about this programme contact: exercisereferral@camden.gov.uk 

 

 

Finding other activities in Camden

Due to the COVID-19 virus and under government guidance Camden have made a decision to close certain services including outdoor gym and Leisure Centres. For the safety of all concerned, some of of the services/information below may have been suspended until further notice. 

Stay active whilst at home

  • Sports England have provided information on some good ways you can stay active and fit whilst at home.
  • Ensure you are moving a lot more whilst at home by exercising daily for just 10 minutes. 10 Today provides short 10 minute exercise videos you can follow, listen and watch in the comfort of your home. 

Finding activities in Camden

  • Find all the fun and favourite activities for older adults near you using our Camden Sports and Physical activity map.
  • Find inspiring stories about how your Camden residents like you, are moving more. Locate all the activities and places to be active close to you with We Can Move.
  • Recommend me provides information about a wide range of recreational activities, including physical activity and educational workshops in Camden for ages 18+.
  • Get involved in regular activity with your friends and family in your area using Play Finder. Find a venue and book a session in a gym, sports hall or a sports pitch for you and your friends to have fun and stay active.

Fun ways to stay active together 

  • Camden has 9 Outdoor Gyms for you as well as your friends and family. A fun and different way to enjoy exercising for FREE, whilst getting the fresh air you need.
  • Camden Health Walks are FREE to attend and available all through the week. Get involved staying healthy by walking around Camden, meeting new friends and exploring your local area. 

Assisted sessions in Camden

Tips and ways to stay active

  • Find inspiring stories about how your Camden residents like you, are moving more. Locate all the activities and places to be active close to you with We Can Move.
  • How to stay happy, healthy and aiming to be the best person you can be? One You provides helpful information on how you can get into good daily practices to improve your lifestyle.

Visit live sport events

  • Be inspired by watching top-class sport and seeing elite international athletes performing around London with SportonSpec. An opportunity to book and visit the sporting events that are taking place in and around the city. 

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