Achieving a healthy workout balance and keeping motivated is easier said than done, especially if you don’t tend to mix up your exercise regime. Encouraging individuals to do just that is Kippie Sports and Country Club.
Based in the suburb of Milltimber in Aberdeen, the sports and wellness club is home to various indoor and outdoor workout facilities, a coffee shop and restaurants, a hair and beauty salon and swimming pool.
Varying your workout and changing your regime is important and helps ensure you stay engaged with exercising.
Combining a range of aerobic, strength, balance and stretching classes and changing your programme every six weeks helps overall fitness, and Kippie members benefit from a range of personal trainers, class leaders, swimming coaches, golf and tennis professionals and more.
Talking about the importance of varying your workout and what to expect at an upcoming open day – this Sunday from 9am to 4pm – Society sat down with Sharon Russell, sports manager, and tennis coach Alan Lamont to find out more.
Sharon, who has been working at the club for 21 years after starting as a lifeguard now heads up a team of four personal trainers, 12 lifeguards and 35 self-employed instructors, and oversees the 91 adult classes and additional children’s classes, too.
She said: “I’ve been teaching classes now for 11 years and I oversee everything to do with the gym. It’s easy to get stuck in the same regime and I’d definitely encourage people to change their routines about every six weeks. Our personal trainers are there to help and ask advice from and we run gym sessions which are free for people to try out.
“We have yoga, Pilates, aqua aerobics, Les Mills, HIIT classes and more, and we include tennis and golf into our offering and fun fitness classes centred around these sports which are designed to help you get ready for the golf course or tennis season.”
Focusing on working out the whole body, Sharon said incorporating classes and workouts which concentrate on aerobic, strength, balance and stretching will ensure you’re using all your muscles and get the best out of your workout time.
“A lot of classes now really have an essence of aerobic, strength, balance and stretching within them,” said Sharon.
“You have those high-intensity interval classes that will work your heart a little more than others. We’ve just introduced a TRX circuit, so that is a great addition and there’s indoor cycling and Body Attack to work on cardio. In the gym, it’s more based on interval training and working on your cardio, but there’s also an element of strength involved in that.
“The class sizes for the circuits in the gym are for eight people, but in the studio we can have up to 32.”
“Body pump, yoga, Pilates and aqua aerobics are our most popular classes. I think that’s because you don’t have to be coordinated and stay a little more static in your space. With pump you can start off with a lower weight and you do everything in your own time.
“Swimming is also a fantastic workout. We offer swimming lessons for babies from four months upwards and when they reach four they can attend swimming lessons. We also have private one-to-one adult lessons and people will use the pool, the gym and the surrounding area to get the best out of their workouts.”
Adding new classes all the time, Kippie Sports and Country Club will soon launch its new sports performance programme for children aged 12 to 16.
She said: “The performance programme is open to those who aren’t old enough to use the gym, but want to do sports performance. We recognise that it’s something our customers are looking for, so we’ll have this new programme available led by professionals in the studio.”
And it’s not just inside that’s popular with Kippie members – the outdoor facilities, such as the tennis court and the nine-hole golf course, are equally as popular, said tennis coach Alan.
He said: “I’ve worked here for 34 years and the tennis offering has completely changed. We built a dome over the tennis court in 2003 and were the first club in Scotland to have anything like it.
“Tennis isn’t just great for cardio, it’s really an overall workout. Cardio tennis is excellent for speed and strength and is out on the tennis court, which makes it so much more fun. For the classes, I take eight students, as I have to feed tennis balls to them so the smaller classes work best for this.
“There’s also the golf course. We launched night golf where players use illuminated balls and wear a head torch. It’s teams of four and there are normally about 24 participants. The ladies golf association now has 65 active members.
“We’ve also launched an outdoor running club and walking club, which takes place on a Sunday.”
As well as personal trainers, Kippie Sports and Country Club also offers members the opportunity to seek nutritional advice, and use their in-house sports masseuses and physiotherapists.
“It’s not just about sport, it’s encompassing wellbeing as a whole. We also have hair and beauty on offer, so it’s easy to end up spending the day here.”
The open day on Sunday will give interested members of the public a chance to see what’s on offer – and to have a go, too.
Sharon added: “The open day will have something for everyone. There are taster classes on every half hour to showcase the wide range of things that you can do here. We’ve got Les Mills classes and yoga for beginners. For the kids, there’s so much more, such as gymnastics, hip hop classes, cheerleading, splash time in the pool and Rugby Tots, too.
“We’ll have food available in the lodge, so you really can spend the whole day here with your family. The club offers a bit of everything and there will also be hair and beauty offers on the day.”