Luke’s remarkable weight-loss journey

Luke Withers is a 32-year-old warehouse/forklift driver who lives in Haverhill. You may have seen him around our Haverhill centre, although he looks very different from the man that first walked through our doors. At the start of Luke’s journey, he weighed 24 stone. A year later, in December 2017, Luke had shrunk his waistband…

What to expect from your first indoor cycling class at Abbeycroft

Feeling intimidated by the thought of indoor cycling? Brush those fears aside – everyone’s been a first-timer once. Indoor cycling is a hugely rewarding activity. It’s an easy win for a toned torso and overall health. At Abbeycroft, we want to do all we can to help you settle into indoor cycling straight away! So…

New Youth Chill Out Zone for Brandon

A new weekly ‘Chill Out Zone’ for young people was launched on Friday 20 July at Brandon Leisure Centre. Around fifty youngsters aged between 11-17 attended the first session, where they were able to play computer games, listen to music, play table tennis and enjoy free food, courtesy of Tesco Brandon. The Chill Out Zone…

Keep your kids entertained this summer at Abbeycroft

Parents across Suffolk – the summer holidays are creeping closer. We’re not trying to be cruel in reminding you, honestly! Many of our staff are in the same boat. Six-weeks of childcare concerns, mess, systematic planning and chaos. It’s a delightful time for working parents. So what we’re actually trying to do is help you….

Swimming instructor Sean Collier gives the lowdown on learning to swim

With Drowning Prevention Week not long behind us (15 – 25th June), we decided to speak to one of our veteran Swimming Coordinators Abbeycroft Leisure’s Swim Academy, Sean Collier, about why swimming is so important. As expected, Sean is no stranger to a swimming pool. He swam recreationally up until the age of 16, before…

Women On Wheels Success

Around 200 women took part in the ‘Women on Wheels’ ladies charity cycle ride in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday 8th July in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care. Celebrating it’s fifth year in Bury, the Women on Wheels cycle ride, known as the WoW Ride for short, is a fantastic initiative to encourage women…

Drowning: the facts and the solutions

According to the World Health Organisation, over 300,000 deaths a year are caused by drowning worldwide. Children and men are exposed to a greater risk of drowning. Although we’re only a tiny corner of the globe here at Abbeycroft, we’re committed to reducing the impact of drowning in whatever way we can. So let’s look…

100 days to go until ‘Bury Goes Biking’

To mark 100 days to go until the inaugural closed road cycling event for Bury St Edmunds, children from Abbots Green Academy celebrated with an afternoon of cycling skills, drills and games. Excitement about the event has been building at the school, since one of their pupils, 8 year old Joseph Harden, won a competition…

Recipe: homemade falafel burgers

Veggie burgers are full of nutrition and a great way to ditch the calories whilst enjoying some delicious nosh (despite what diehard carnivores might tell you). Plus, it’s easy! This recipe takes just 10 minutes to prepare and 10 minutes to cook. We suggest accompanying it with pitta bread for the ultimate Middle-Eastern experience: Side…

Music and exercise: the great stress buster

For many, music is the fuel responsible for kicking them into gear at the start of their workout and pushing them through to the end. The idea of making it through an entire session without music, or even with the wrong music, is inconceivable (there’s a reason Rocky ran to Survivor instead of Bjork). No…

How to execute the perfect front crawl

The front crawl, or freestyle, is regarded as the fastest of the four primary swimming strokes. It is also considered the most popular – so popular, in fact, that historians have dated it back as far as the stone age! The front crawl takes effort to perfect. But mastered correctly you’ll find yourself flying past…