November 2020 – Swim and Massage Update

Due to the continuing raise in the number of COVID-19 cases and with HMG’s latest restrictions coming into force from 5th November, we will no longer be able to provide 1:1 swim sessions and our massage services also remain suspended.

We will review the situation in December with a view to restarting our swim and massage services in January 2021.

In the meantime stay safe, fit and healthy and remember we are still providing our 1:1 personal training plans.

1:1 Swim Sessions Back from 14th September

Good news – we are able to offer 1:1 Swim Sessions as from Monday 14th September. Sessions are available at Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Centre, Barnwood Gloucester. Please see our 1:1 Swim Coaching page for more details or use the Contact Us page if you require further information.

Archway School Pool remains closed for the time being, we are expecting further details regarding when they will open shortly. We will provide an update once we have further information.

Swim and Massage Update

Following last weeks announcement by HMG that indoor swimming pools can open from 25th July and Sport Massage Therapy can now resume, we have been leasing with the facilities that we use to provide our services. Currently neither the pool nor therapy rooms we use are planning to be operational until September at the earliest.

Given the above we will not be running our swim sessions nor providing Sports Massage Therapy until at least September. We will continue to provide updates as and when further information is available.

In the meantime, as noted in our previous post, we are able to provide 1-2-1 coaching and training plans in line with current guidelines from HMG and the relevant sporting bodies.

Maintaining Swim Fitness – When You Can’t Go To The Pool

As the UK COVID-19 lockdown extends for a further 3 weeks how are you maintaining your swim fitness and technique?

To help maintain shoulder fitness and strength you can be doing push-ups, pull-ups and seated dips and you can use a stretch cord to perform the following exercises:

Lateral Arm Raisers – secure cord under feet, hold hands in front of belly-button, palms together, then raise both elbows to shoulder height, moving hands upwards and outwards

Lateral Arm Raise - Start Lateral Arm Raise - End

Internal Shoulder Rotation – secure cord to a solid object at elbow height – keep elbow tucked into side, forearm horizontal and move hand against cord tension from outside bodyline across the centre of the body

Start position for internal shoulder rotation End position of internal shoulder rotation

External Shoulder Rotation – secure cord to a solid object at elbow height, keeping elbow tucked into side and forearm horizontal move hand against cord tension from centre of body to outside bodyline

Start position for external shoulder rotation End position of external shoulder rotation

To help you maintain your swim technique you can use the stretch cord to practice the underwater phase of the freestyle stroke. Secure the middle of the stretch cord to something solid at about waist height, hold one end of the cord in one hand the other end in the other hand, bend forward at the waist and extend arms forwards then take a step backwards to introduce tension. You can then pull hands back and push past hips as in the freestyle stroke. Focus on keeping your palm facing backwards and elbow high (don’t let the elbow drop) – and keeping the hand moving back in a smooth straight line. You can do this pulling with alternate hands or do several pulls at a time with one arm.

.Stretch Cord Catch Stretch Cord Push Back Dropped Elbow

Good luck with the above and we hope these exercises help keep you swim motivated.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

As the health and well-being of our athletes and clients is at the heart of everything we do, we have decided to suspend all face to face activities with immediate effect and until at least the end of April. This includes all massage therapy sessions and 1:1 and group training & coaching sessions.

This decision has been taken with a heavy heart and is in line with the advice we have received from the relevant professional and sporting governing bodies, Public Health England the the NHS to help us keep people safe and healthy.

During this period we will continue to provide remote training & coaching plans as normal to our athletes.

During these uncertain times please follow all the latest advice provided by Public Health England and the NHS and keep yourselves safe, fit and healthy.

Swim Sessions Cancelled

Our Monday evening swim sessions are cancelled with immediate effect as a result of the latest advice from the NHS and HM Government regarding the avoidance of unnecessary social contact. There will be no session on Monday 16th March nor following Monday’s until further notice.

We hope everyone understands the reason for us taking this unfortunate decision and we wish you and your families the best of health over the next few weeks and months.

Swim Sessions & Coronavirus (COVID-19)

At the moment our swim sessions on Monday evenings will continue as normal but please follow NHS advice, and with respect for your fellow athletes, don’t attend sessions if you have either of the below:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly

We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide any updates via this website and our Facebook page.

Saturday Swim Sessions

Our swim session on Saturday 8th February will be our last session on a Saturday afternoon for the foreseable future. We will be supporting the local triathlon club swim session that also takes place on Saturday afternoons.

Our Monday sessions will continue as normal, 8.00pm at Archway School pool, these sessions are open to all and cost £6 on a pay as you go basis.