5 Tips To Help You Get Summer Fit


May 4th 2018

Yes, that’s right, spring is here already and we sure are welcoming the arrival of summer nights, lighter evenings, BBQ’s, cocktails in the sun and dipping our feet in the kid’s paddling pool to keep cool! But are we feeling ‘summer body ready though’? Nuu-uhh, no way, not at all.

Although we still have a little while until the summer sun is here, we’re very aware that just like spring, summer will creep up on us in no time, which means if we want to be feeling body confident in our summer wardrobes, the dreaded workouts need to be in full flow… ummm, yesterday!

Ok, so we understand it’s not that easy! That’s why we are here to give you some top tips on helping you to feel happy with your ‘bod’ all summer long.

So sign up for your gym membership and join us in getting beach ready!

Don’t just set weight loss goals

It probably goes without saying your number one goal is weight related, weather that’s to tone up those ‘jiggly bits’, lose weight or gain weight but why not set yourself some bigger goals? How about improving your personal best, 20 more pull ups by the end of the summer? 20 more squats each week? Raising your fitness levels? Whatever it may be, don’t just go with the standard weight related goals! Stop focusing on the number that appears on the dreaded scales, instead motivate yourself with achievable yet challenging goals and you’ll soon start seeing positive changes along the way – mind and body!

Change the way you eat

It’s a well-known fact that you can’t out train a bad diet… (boooo). Now, we’re not talking about making a mad dash for the supermarkets straight away to stock up on nothing but curly kale because that’s just not going to work and will actually do you more harm than good. We’re talking about finding the right balance and making the right food choices. Start introducing super foods into your diet like avocados, blueberrys, oily fish and tomatoes to name a few.

Partial to an afternoon snack? Stock up on healthy alternatives to help curb those cravings and help you resist that sugary snack all for a quick energy boost.

Don’t forget to visit our Meet & Eat Café Havant and Waterlooville! We have a range of tasty homemade classics and healthy grab and go options along with a brand new spring menu!

Keep a record of progress

It can be disappointing when you’re working hard and not instantly seeing results. So a good idea is to keep a diary of your daily or weekly progress. You’re not going to see a dramatic change overnight, after all Rome wasn’t built in a day, but you are going to notice other positives, and the small wins all add up! Why not jot down things like stamina increase, have you been to extra aqua classes this week? Tried a new exercise programme out of your comfort zone? Increased the weight size you lift? All these ‘little’ things are achievements and all part of your journey to getting summer fit so get them written down and be proud of yourself!

If you’re ever having a day of negativity towards working out, flick through and remind yourself of the work you are putting in and the progress you are making. Don’t forget to take before during and after pictures, even if only for yourself, this will help you to notice your progress even more and you can look back and see just how far you have come.

Plan in advance

Keeping organised is key you are more likely to stick to a regime if plans are put in place, whether thats getting your gym gear ready the night before, prepping your lunches to avoid snacking on unhealthy calorific snacks, or even just scheduling which days you are going to go to the gym. You’ll notice more of a positive mind-set too! Leaving things until last minute can become stressful and un-motivating causing you to miss a gym sesh or eat junk food all because you haven’t spent a few extra minutes setting yourself up for the week ahead.

List the reasons you want to shape up

It’s all well and good deciding you want to shape up for summer, but sometimes that just isn’t enough to see you through your tough journey to summer fit, write down the reasons why you want or need to start and remind yourself of them as much as possible. Do you have a dress or shirt that you love but can no longer get into? Is it for health reasons? Are you training for a marathon? Or how about just feeling a bit more confident on your summer hols this year! Whatever it is be sure to list as many of them as possible to help keep you as motivated and determined as possible!

So there it is, a few handy tips to keep in mind when starting the long and winding road to getting fit and healthy this summer with Horizon. If you need that added boost and extra support pop in to either Havant or Waterlooville Leisure Centre and speak to one of our friendly gym instructors about your fitness goals and how we can help!

We love to hear your tips, tricks and progress of your fitness journey this summer, so drop us email or pop a comment on our social media pages and most of all GOOD LUCK!

Horizon Shortlisted for Fitness Industry Award


Havant 160 Station Gym
October 2nd 2015

Havant Leisure Centre Gym has been shortlisted for a prestigious fitness industry award having beaten off competition from gyms all over the country.

The club has been shortlisted in the charitable trust gym of the year category in the National Fitness Awards, the biggest free-to-enter awards in the industry, which recognise excellence, innovation and achievement in gyms.

Horizon Operations Manager, Carl Shear said ‘it’s a fantastic achievement for us to reach the final six of a prestigious national fitness industry competition for the second year running. This hopefully shows that we are offering the local community what the community has asked for and comes hot on the heels of our recent ‘Gym of the Year’ award from the Portsmouth News.’

The national awards are organised by leading fitness industry magazine Workout, with support from headline sponsor Service Sport, and in each category up to seven finalists have been selected from the hundreds of entries.

The gym will now be visited by a member of the National Fitness Awards’ team who will take a look around the facilities, interview the manager and chat to members and staff before compiling a comprehensive report, which will then be passed on to an expert judging panel to choose the worthy winners.

They will be revealed at a glittering awards ceremony on Friday December 4 at The Athena in Leicester, which will be hosted by fitness entrepreneur and TV personality Katie Bulmer-Cooke and Olympic swimmer and commentator Steve Parry.

National Fitness Awards’ director Judith Halkerston said: “It’s been another great year for the National Fitness Awards with an excellent standard of entries – the work going on in fitness facilities up and down the country is inspirational and every gym which has made the shortlist should be very proud of their achievement thus far. Congratulations to them all.

“The NFA team members are busy packing their bags and preparing to travel thousands of miles from as far north as Aberdeen to Cornwall and The Channel Islands in the south to see the fantastic work that is going on up and down the country every day within the health and fitness industry.”

Howard Broad, Horizon Chief Executive added ‘For a leisure provider operating from Havant and Waterlooville, it’s a great achievement to be shortlisted in this national fitness awards competition for the second year running. The team at Horizon have worked tirelessly to deliver a fantastic new gym at Havant Leisure Centre which has been much appreciated by our members and as a charity we are proud of the high standard of facility we have provided to the local community’.

This summer, June 2015, we also opened our brand new facilities at Waterlooville Leisure including a new three storey gym and studio, indoor play Centre with party rooms and a new café.

Waterlooville Gym Now Open


June 15th 2015

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Horizon Leisure Centres opened its new three-storey gym and 50-capacity studio today at Waterlooville Leisure Centre.

The gym is part of the long awaited two-phase extension plan that will increase and improve the range of leisure facilities available to the community which is set to transform the Waterlooville Leisure Centre originally built in 1991.

Howard Broad, Chief Executive of Horizon Leisure Centres said ‘Having opened a hugely successful new gym at Havant Leisure Centre last July, I am extremely proud to be opening another fantastic new gym within a year at our Waterlooville Centre.

The uniquely designed gym and studio at Waterlooville is part of a 3 million pound extension that will also see a fabulous new indoor children’s play centre (called World of Play) open in July as well as a Cafe and fully refurbished main reception area.

To help meet the expected increase in usage customers will be pleased to know that significantly more parking spaces is being provided.

As a charity, we are dedicated to improving and developing our leisure centres in order to enable more people to become more active more often and to ‘Make Life Better’ for our users.”

The fantastic new air-conditioned gym contains over 150 state-of-the-art work stations from leading equipment supplier Life Fitness. The modern naturally-lit gym will enable users to improve their health and fitness levels with supportive instructors guiding individuals through their fitness journey to reach their personal goals.

The cardio-vascular area has treadmills, stationary bicycles, rowers, cross trainers, exciting new Power Mills and two new everlasting staircases. Resistance equipment covers every muscle group in the body and comprises a great selection of free-weight machines and weights alongside a functional training area.

The spacious new air-conditioned exercise studio means there will be a bigger and wider range of group fitness classes. Horizon Leisure Centres have programmed a wide-range of over 50 classes a week at Waterlooville Leisure Centre with pay-as-you-go options making the classes accessible for everyone.

Harry Abbott a member Horizon Leisure Centre said “Having been a member of Waterlooville Leisure Centre since December 2014, I am extremely excited for the opening of the new gym and the additional facilities it will bring.

The greater selection of free-weight machines and weights will be particularly useful. It will be motivating to have new equipment to incorporate into my work outs to ensure I can constantly challenge myself and push towards achieving my fitness goals.”

Despite the significant investment made by Horizon, membership prices have been frozen in order to encourage greater participation and help improve the health and well-being of the community.