Fitness February – a month of activities

Posted on 24-01-2018 by Sarah Hinksman

It’s a wrap! Fitness February was fantastic!

Thank you to everyone that was a part of it – each and every person who took part, those who helped organise sessions, and to our partners, the venues, coaches and instructors.


Feedback, questions or ideas are welcome – @birminghamlgbt | activate@blgbt.org

And if you have taken part in any of our #FitFebBrum or other sports and fitness activities, please help us by filling out this short, anonymous survey.

Here’s what went on

Try something new with Birmingham LGBT for Fitness February: A month-long programme of free sports, activities and fitness tasters for the LGBT Community in Birmingham, offering something every single day for you to try.
Relax, workout, meet people, learn new skills, do something exciting!

Play Badminton . Go Running . Go Swimming . Try Swimming for Triathlon . Practice Yoga . Go Walking . Play Rugby . Play Water Polo . Do Ballet . Do Bollywood Dancing . Go Line Dancing . Play Football . Do Aerobics . Go Indoor Climbing . Do Karate . Get Fencing . Lift Kettlebells . Do Boxercise . Play Table Tennis . Join in Circuits . Try Pilates . Play Roller Derby

Plus an all-welcome sports after-party in Birmingham City Centre Saturday 24 February, hosted by the LGBT sports clubs:
Starting at 4:45pm in Eden to watch the 6 Nations Rugby
Followed by the all-important Disco Nap before….
9pm – Meet at The Fox
Around 10pm – pub crawl around Birmingham’s Gay Village (likely venues include the Loft and Sidewalk)
Around 11pm – Eden for Mary Mac

Look out for the branded tops of the Moseley Shoals, Birmingham Blaze, Birmingham Bulls and Birmingham Swifts or follow the Bulls on Twitter for updates on the party’s location on the night.

Facebook event for the party

If you have any questions, contact activate@blgbt.org
Keep up to date with the timetable on here and via Twitter @birminghamlgbt

Activate is…. Birmingham Blaze FC, Birmingham Bulls RFC, Birmingham LGBT, Birmingham Swifts, Midlands Out Badminton, Moseley Shoals and Bluefins & Rainbow Rambles, supported by Sport England.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
01 02 03 04
Pagoda B1 7pm: Run with the Swifts

LGBT Centre B1 6:30pm: Line dancing

LGBT Centre B1 5:30pm: Beginners yoga

LGBT Centre B1 6:45pm: Improvers yoga

Aston Uni B7 10:30am: Midlands Out Badminton taster

Budokan B1 3pm: Karate taster *

Moseley Road B12 12:30pm: Swim session with the Shoals

LGBT Centre B1 1pm: Kettlebells

LGBT Centre B1 2:30pm: Boxercise

05 06 07 08 09 10 11
LGBT Centre B1 6pm: Strength circuit LGBT Centre B1 11am: Beginners’ yoga

LGBT Centre B1 6:30pm Table tennis

Heartlands Academy B7 7pm: Rugby taster with the Bulls

MAC B12 7pm: Running technical session with the Swifts

LGBT Centre B1 8am: Pilates

Goals Birmingham B7 8pm: Football taster with Blaze

Moseley Road B12 8pm: Swim session with the Shoals

Moseley Road B12 8:30pm: Water polo taster with the Bluefins

Pagoda B1 7pm: Run with the Swifts

LGBT Centre B1 6:30pm: Line dancing

LGBT Centre B1 5:30pm: Beginners yoga

LGBT Centre B1 6:45pm: Improvers yoga

Aston Uni B7 10:30am: Midlands Out Badminton taster

BMAG B3 11am: Rainbow Rambles walk

LGBT Centre B1 4:30pm: Bollywood dance

Moseley Road B12 12:30pm: Swim session with the Shoals

LGBT Centre B1 1pm: Kettlebells

LGBT Centre B1 2:30pm: Boxercise

Linden Road B30 4pm: Trans swim session with TAGS

12 13 14 15 16 17 18
LGBT Centre B1 6pm: Trans aerobics LGBT Centre B1 11am: Beginners’ yoga

Heartlands Academy B7 7pm: Rugby taster with the Bulls

MAC B12 7pm: Running technical session with the Swifts

LGBT Centre B1 8am: Pilates

Goals Birmingham B7 8pm: Football taster with Blaze
Moseley Road B12 8pm: Swim session with the Shoals
Moseley Road B12 8:30pm: Water polo taster with the Bluefins

Pagoda B1 7pm: Run with the Swifts

LGBT Centre B1 6:30pm: Line dancing

LGBT Centre B1 5:30pm: Beginners yoga
LGBT Centre B1 6:45pm: Improvers yoga
Aston Uni B7 10:30am: Midlands Out Badminton taster

LGBT Centre B1 1:30pm Yoga for anxiety *

Budokan B1 3pm: Fencing taster *

Moseley Road B12 12:30pm: Swim session with the Shoals

LGBT Centre B1 1pm: Kettlebells

LGBT Centre B1 2:30pm: Boxercise

Redpoint B19 3:30pm: Indoor climbing*

Play Football B19 6pm: Football taster with Blaze

19 20 21 22 23 24 25
LGBT Centre B1 6pm: Old-school aerobics Uni of Bham B15 7:30am Swimming for triathlon intro

LGBT Centre B1 11am: Beginners’ yoga

LGBT Centre B1 6:30pm Table tennis

Heartlands Academy B7 7pm: Rugby taster with the Bulls

MAC B12 7pm: Running technical session with the Swifts

LGBT Centre B1 8am: Pilates

Goals Birmingham B7 8pm: Football taster with Blaze

Moseley Road B12 8pm: Swim session with the Shoals

Moseley Road B12 8:30pm: Water polo taster with the Bluefins

Pagoda B1 7pm: Run with the Swifts

LGBT Centre B1 6:30pm: Line dancing

LGBT Centre B1 5:30pm: Beginners yoga

LGBT Centre B1 6:45pm: Improvers yoga

BRB B5 10am: Ballet Active session with the Birmingham Royal Ballet

Aston Uni B7 10:30am: Midlands Out Badminton taster

LGBT Centre B1 1:30pm Yoga for anxiety *

LGBT Centre B1 4:30pm: Bollywood dance

The FitFeb AFTER PARTY

Eden Bar B5 4:45pm: Watch the Six Nations Rugby
B5: 9pm The Fox, 10pm pub crawl, 11pm Eden Bar

Harry Mitchell Leisure Centre B67 12noon: Roller derby taster*

Moseley Road B12 12:30pm: Swim session with the Shoals

LGBT Centre B1 1pm: Kettlebells

LGBT Centre B1 2:30pm: Boxercise

Redpoint B19 5pm: Indoor climbing*

Play Football B19 6pm: Football taster with Blaze

26 27 28
LGBT Centre B1 6pm: Boxercise circuit LGBT Centre B1 11am: Beginners’ yoga

LGBT Centre B1 6:30pm Table tennis

MAC B12 7pm: Running technical session with the Swifts

LGBT Centre B1 8am: Pilates

Goals Birmingham B7 8pm: Football taster with Blaze

Moseley Road B12 8pm: Trans swim session with TAGS

* Booking required, see below for details

 


 Badminton programme

Come and play badminton with Midlands Out Badminton.
Whether you’re a regular player, returning to the sport, or have never seen a shuttlecock in your life, these sessions are for you.
The four FitFeb Saturday taster sessions are free and run from 10:30-12:30 – come along to one or more. There’s the benefit of an experienced coach to show beginners the ropes and teach you the game.

Day: Saturdays
Date/s: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm
Location: Sir Doug Ellis Sports Centre, Aston University, Woodcock Street, Birmingham, B7 4BL
Session details:

All levels badminton session, with beginner coaching available

Go straight to the sports hall to the left of reception – Midlands Out Badminton have booked the whole sports hall so just come in and say ‘Hi’.
Changing, showers and lockers are available.
You don’t need to book – just turn up.

midsoutbadminton@gmail.com |www.facebook.com/MidlandsOutBadminton


Rugby programme

Give rugby a go with FitFeb taster sessions from Birmingham Bulls RFC. Whether you’ve never held a rugby ball before, played at school, or know exactly how to tackle – these sessions are for you.
Day: Tuesdays
Date/s: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th ***Cancelled because of bad weather***
Time: 7-8.30pm
Location: Heartlands Academy, Great Francis Street, B7 4QR
Session details: All levels rugby session, with beginner coaching available

These sessions are suitable for anyone over the age of 18 who’d like to try rugby, or has played before whether a little or a lot.
Please wear Trainers or Moulded Studs (no metal studs) along with T-Shirt and Shorts
You don’t need to book – just turn up.

www.pitchero.com/clubs/birminghambullsrfc/ | www.facebook.com/birminghambullsrfc | @BrumBullsRFC


Running programme

This February, try out a run with the Birmingham Swifts. Whatever your ability, sessions are friendly and supportive.
Day: Tuesdays
Date/s: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
Time: 7pm
Meeting point: At the MAC, Cannon Hill Park, Queen’s Ride, B12 9QH
Session details: Running – led technical session

The Tuesday sessions are suitable for anyone who can jog or run for ten minutes.
Please wear suitable footwear and sport clothes (and a sweatshirt if it is cold).
There are toilets in the MAC.
You don’t need to book – just turn up.

Day: Thursdays
Date/s: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd
Time: 7pm
Meeting point: On the Pagoda Island, Holloway Circus, B1 1EQ
Session details: Group run

The Thursday sessions are suitable for people who can jog or run for twenty minutes or longer.
Please wear suitable footwear and sport clothes (and a sweatshirt if it is cold).
It’s possible to get changed, and leave bags, at the Birmingham LGBT Centre.
And there’s drinks and food at The Fox afterwards.
You don’t need to book – just turn up.

Day: Saturdays
Date/s: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
Time: 9am
Meeting point: Opposite the Garden Tea Rooms B12 9QH
Session details: Cannon Hill parkrun (5k)

The Swifts will be at Cannon Hill parkrun every Saturday during FitFeb. It’s an individual timed 5k, suitable for people who can jog or run for around thirty minutes. Join us for breakfast at the MAC afterwards.
Please wear suitable footwear and sport clothes (and a sweatshirt if it is cold).
Register with parkrun in advance but you don’t have to book a particular Saturday .

info@birminghamswifts.co.uk | www.birminghamswifts.co.uk | @BhamSwifts


Swimming programme

Get swimming with the Shoals this February! Sessions are relaxed and sociable and have exclusive use of the Moseley Road pool.
Everyone is welcome at the Shoals’ sessions, but if you identify as trans or gender non-conforming and would like to swim with others who do too, take a look at the TAGS sessions below too.
Day: Wednesdays
Date/s: 7th 14th 21st
Time: 8.00-8.30pm
Location: Moseley Road Pool, Balsall Heath B12 9AN
Session details: Moseley Shoals Social Swim with coach

The Shoals invite you to join them for free FitFeb swims.
These three Wednesday sessions have a coach invited to assist any swimmers who would like to improve.
The 8-8.30pm swims are followed by water polo tasters 8.30-9pm.
The swim sessions are suitable for any level: being able to swim a 22m length preferable, but possible to swim half a length and stay in shallow water.
There are individual changing cubicles with larger cubicles available, and M/F and accessible toilets in individual cubicles.
There is an accessible toilet and a hoist available.
BSL level 1 to aid deaf swimmers.
Car parking is free on-street outside or nearby, Edward Road. Buses 8 or 50.
You don’t need to book – just turn up.

Day: Sundays
Date/s: 4th 11th 18th 25th
Time: 12.30-1.30 pm
Location: Moseley Road Pool, Balsall Heath B12 9AN
Session details: Moseley Shoals Social Swim

The Shoals invite you to join them for free FitFeb swims.
The sessions are suitable for any level: being able to swim a 22m length preferable, but possible to swim half a length and stay in shallow water.
These February Sunday sessions are offering a dedicated women’s lane (everyone is welcome at all sessions).
There are individual changing cubicles with larger cubicles available, and M/F and accessible toilets in individual cubicles.
There is an accessible toilet and a hoist available.
BSL level 1 to aid deaf swimmers.
Car parking is free on-street outside or nearby, Edward Road. Buses 8 or 50.
You don’t need to book – just turn up.

Moseley Shoals has been swimming around Birmingham since forming over 12 years ago. The group is friendly and social, offering the chance to meet up for a splash about or a rigorous swim.

Photo taken at the pool
Derren says; “It’s a fantastic way to make friends.”

Moseley Shoals also swim on Mondays, 8:30pm at Sparkhill (public session). If you’d like to join them on a Monday, pay on entry at the pool (£6) for your swim and sauna and the Shoals will refund your first session after the swim.
Group info and profiles | www.moseleyshoals.org.uk | @moseley_shoals


TAGS swims

Day: Wednesday
Date/s: 28th
Time: 8-9pm
Location: Moseley Road Pool, Balsall Heath B12 9AN
Session details: TAGS Swim

TAGS invite you to join them for free FitFeb swims. TAGS (Trans and Gender Nonconforming Swimming Group) provides the trans community with a safe space to swim regularly.
The swim sessions are suitable for any level, you can stay in shallow water.
There are individual changing cubicles with larger cubicles available.
There is an accessible toilet and a hoist available.
Car parking is free on-street outside or nearby, Edward Road. Buses 8 or 50
You don’t need to book – just turn up.

Day: Sunday
Date/s: 11th
Time: 4-5pm
Location: Linden Road Pool, Bournville, B30 1JR
Session details: TAGS Swim

TAGS invite you to join them for free FitFeb swims. TAGS (Trans and Gender Nonconforming Swimming Group) provides the trans community with a safe space to swim regularly.
The swim sessions are suitable for any level, you can stay in shallow water.

www.tagswim.co.uk | robertatrans21@gmail.com


Swimming for triathlon programme

If you can swim 100m freestyle (front crawl) and have maybe even thought about doing a triathlon (an event combining swimming, cycling and running), here is an opportunity to swim in the University of Birmingham’s new pool and take your swimming to the next level with this swimming for triathlon session.
This session is supported by Birmingham Running, Athletics and Triathlon club (the BRATs!).
Day: Tuesday
Date: 20th
Time: 7:30-8:30am
Location: Sport & Fitness, University of Birmingham, (A38/Edgbaston Park Road) Edgbaston, B15 2TT
Session details: A coached intro to swimming for triathlon

A chance to be coached by the University’s professional triathlon coach, who will help start you on your tri journey.

Please book via Eventbrite if you want to attend this session. Book for Triathlon Swimming


Walking programme

Get walking with Rainbow Rambles in FitFeb. Rainbow Rambles host regular easy walks around Birmingham which are popular with a wide variety of people from beginners to more experienced walkers.
Rainbow Rambles FitFeb event page.
Day: Saturday
Date/s: 10th
Time:  11am to 2pm (meet from 10:30)
Meeting point: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (B3 3DH main entrance)
Session details: FitFeb Rainbow Ramble

The route is an easy and very varied 2 mile tour. It includes some steps. Please wear clothing and footwear suitable for all weathers.
You don’t need to book – just turn up.

Andrew 07779 379 578 | RainbowRamblesUK@gmail.com | Other dates in 2018 | Rainbow Rambles Facebook Page


Water Polo programme

Give water polo a go with the Bluefins – combining teamwork, strategy and swimming, if you’ve ever wondered what this is about, now is the time to find out! And if you’re an experienced or returning player, come and try our sessions and show us your moves.

Day: Wednesdays
Date/s: 7th, 14th, 21st
Time: 8:30-9pm
Location: Moseley Road Pool, Balsall Heath B12 9AN

Session details: Water polo taster with the Moseley Shoals and Bluefins

Taster sessions with a coach, aimed at swimmers who can swim a full length.
There are individual changing cubicles with larger cubicles available, and M/F and accessible toilets in individual cubicles.
There is an accessible toilet and a hoist available.
BSL level 1 to aid deaf swimmers.
Car parking is free on-street outside or nearby, Edward Road. Buses 8 or 50.
You don’t need to book – just turn up. These sessions take place immediately after the Shoals’ social swim from 8-8:30pm, so why not do both?

www.moseleyshoals.org.uk | @moseley_shoals


Yoga

Come along to the Birmingham LGBT Centre this February to try out yoga. Yoga is a great way to nurture your body, mind and breath, offering far more than just a physical work out.
Day: Tuesdays
Date/s: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
Time: 11am-12noon
Location: The Vault Fitness Studio, Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, B1 1EQ
Session details: Beginners Yoga

These Tuesday beginner sessions for FitFeb are suitable for anyone new to yoga and will offer an introduction into the different components of yoga, including pranayama (breath work), asana (postures), vinyasa (flowing sequences) and yoga philosophy.
You don’t need to book – just turn up.

Day: Fridays
Date/s: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Location: The Vault Fitness Studio, Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, B1 1EQ
Session details: Beginners Yoga

These Friday beginner sessions for FitFeb are suitable for anyone new to yoga and will offer an introduction into the different components of yoga, including pranayama (breath work), asana (postures), vinyasa (flowing sequences) and yoga philosophy.
You don’t need to book – just turn up, although it’s best to arrive a little early.

Day: Fridays
Date/s: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd
Time: 6:45-7:45pm
Location: The Vault Fitness Studio, Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, B1 1EQ
Session details: Improvers Yoga

These yoga progression sessions are aimed at people who already have some experience of yoga.
You don’t need to book – just turn up.

Day: Saturdays
Date/s: 17th, 24th
Time: 1:30-2:30pm
Location: The Vault Fitness Studio, Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, B1 1EQ
Session details: Yoga for Anxiety

Special yoga sessions aimed at people who are dealing with anxiety issues.
Please book via Eventbrite if you want to attend either of these sessions:
Book for 17 February
Book for 24 February

Yoga instructor in the Vault


Ballet with the BRB

Move, dance and get fit with the Birmingham Royal Ballet this February!

Day: Saturday
Date/s: 24th
Time: 10am-12noon
Location: Studio 5, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Thorp Street, B5 4AU
Session details:

Ballet active taster with the Birmingham Royal Ballet.Based on ballet techniques and Birmingham Royal Ballet’s extensive repertory, ballet active is a class designed to provide a gently aerobic programme that tones and stretches the body while improving coordination and musicality.

Bring with you comfortable sports-wear, socks and indoor trainers, there are individual M/F toilets in individual cubicles which can be used to get changed.

You must be over the age of 18 to participate.

Please book via Eventbrite if you want to attend this session. Book for Ballet


Bollywood Dance

Tell a story, learn to dance and have a great workout at the same time with Bollywood Dancing.
Day: Saturdays
Date/s: 10th, 24th
Time: 4:30-6pm
Location: The Vault Fitness Studio, Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, B1 1EQ
Session details: Bollywood dancing event page

Bollywood dancing has an element of fun and storytelling to it. At the end of learning a routine, you don’t just learn the moves and have a fantastic workout, but you’ve devised a piece, a performance. The music always help brighten your mood, and encourages everyone, irrespective of abilities to join in!

You don’t need to book – just turn up.

Line dancing

Learn different steps and moves to different pieces of music with our Line Dancing sessions this February!
Day: Thursdays
Date/s: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd
Time: 6:30-9pm
Location: The Vault Fitness Studio, Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, B1 1EQ
Session details: Line dancing session

Line Dancing is a form of choreographed dance performed to music. You will be taken through a sequence of different steps and movements which are performed as a group in a line. Focusing mainly on movements of the legs and feet, learn all kinds of steps that you’ll be practicing even when you leave!
You don’t need to book – just turn up.

Football programme

Give football a go with Birmingham Blaze! Whether you have played before or are completely new to dribbling, heading and kicking balls, these free taster sessions are a great way to try football in FitFeb!
Day: Wednesdays
Date/s: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
Time: 8-10pm
Location: Goals Birmingham, Star City, Unit 31, Watson Road, Birmingham, B7 5SA
Session details: Football tasters

There’s no need to book, but a buddy system for new players is available if you let Blaze know you are coming.

Day: Sundays
Date/s: 4th*** cancelled ***, 11th*** cancelled ***, 18th, 25th
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Play Football, 20 Great King St North, B19 2LF
Session details: Football tasters

There’s no need to book, but a buddy system for new players is available if you let Blaze know you are coming.
Apologies for the cancellations of the sessions on Sunday 4th and 11th: the first because Blaze had to reschedule a match for that day and the second because the team needed a rest after a Saturday fixture.

Photo of NathanNathan says about Blaze;
“From my first day I loved it and wished I started earlier”
Birmingham Blaze info and profiles | info@birmingham-blaze.co.uk | www.birmingham-blaze.co.uk | @blazefc


Aerobics

Work as much or as little as you need in our low impact Aerobics class. Tone, strengthen and get active!
Day: Mondays
Date/s: 12th, 19th
Time: 6-7pm
Location: The Vault Fitness Studio, Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, B1 1EQ
Session details: 12th Feb: Trans and non-binary aerobics session
19th Feb: Old school aerobics for all

Aerobic classes, cardio-based and low-impact. No matter what your ability, these can help to lift your mood whilst improving coordination and overall fitness levels.
These classes involve toning movements, with some low-intensity strength activities.
You don’t need to book – just turn up.

Indoor Climbing

Come and try Indoor Climbing this February. Learn techniques, challenge your grip and strength and have a great time!
Day: Sundays
Dates 18th, 25th
Times 18th 3:30-4:30pm, 25th 5-6pm
Location: Redpoint Birmingham Climbing Centre, 77 Cecil Street, B19 3ST
Session details: Indoor climbing tasters event page

Meet other people and challenge your body with indoor climbing. These fun, supervised sessions get you started with this sport. This taster session is intended as introduction to the sport – come along and try it out.
Please book via Eventbrite if you want to attend either of these sessions:
Book for Sunday 18th at 3:30pm
Book for Sunday 25th at 5pm

Karate

Combining technique, focus and precision with lots of teaching during this session. If you’ve ever wanted to try Karate, now is the time to come along!
Day: Saturday
Date/s: 3rd
Time: 3-4pm
Location: The Budokan, 31-33 Sutton Street, Birmingham, B1 1PE
Session details: Karate taster

A form of martial arts, learn the movements, techniques and Karate uses of kicks, punches, blocks, strikes, and grappling using all parts of the body.
The group will be working in a matted area, so no shoes are required and socks can be worn initially for the general ‘warm-up’. Please wear loose comfortable clothing, changing rooms with showers are available. Jewellery will need to be removed for the session only. For safety, finger and toe nails should be kept short and blunt.
Please book via Eventbrite if you want to attend this karate session: Book for karate.

Fencing

Don’t miss the chance to try this fantastic sport that combines strategy and technique with speed and agility!
Day: Saturday
Date/s: 17th
Time: 3-4pm
Location: The Budokan, 31-33 Sutton Street, Birmingham, B1 1PE
Session details: Fencing taster

Learn all about Fencing moves and techniques during this session. Challenge your focus and ability, it is the perfect time to come and try out such a fascinating sport!

The group will be working in a matted area, so no shoes are required and socks can be worn initially for the general ‘warm-up’. Please wear loose comfortable clothing, changing rooms with showers are available. Jewellery will need to be removed for the session.

Please book via Eventbrite if you want to attend this session. Book for Fencing


Kettlebells

Learn how to safely use Kettlebells, increase your strength and have lots of fun during a Kettlebell session. Come to learn as a beginner or push your limits as an improver!
Day: Sundays
Date/s: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
Time: 1-2pm
Location: The Vault Fitness Studio, Birmingham LGBT Centre
Session details: Kettlebells

The class consists of working through a range of different exercises that will work multiple muscle groups simultaneously. No matter if you are a beginner or advanced, we have a range of weights to suit your abilities. This will drive your fitness levels up sky high and challenge your entire body.
You don’t need to book – just turn up.

Boxercise

These classes involve using boxing methods and techniques for fitness. Work in pairs, individually and as a group during each session. All abilities are welcome!
Day: Sundays
Date/s: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
Time: 2:30-4pm
Location: The Vault Fitness Studio, Birmingham LGBT Centre
Session details: Boxercise for all

Each class is different, with a focus on padwork and footwork. Along with this we also work on bodyweight, coordination and agility exercises to improve our boxing skills, accuracy, core strength and power. No matter what your ability, if you’re someone who wants to get fit through boxing and interval training whilst having fun, then this is the class for you!
You don’t need to book – just turn up.


Table Tennis

A workout full of agility, speed and lots of fun! Come along and try to keep up with your opponent!
Day: Tuesdays
Date/s: 6th, 13th *cancelled*, 20th, 27th
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Location: The Vault Fitness Studio, Birmingham LGBT Centre
Session details: Table tennis session

A sport consisting of two or four players who hit a lightweight ball back and forth across a table using small bats. Improve your coordination, speed and agility whilst having fun. The faster you move – the better the workout!
You don’t need to book – just turn up for part or all of a session.


Circuits

This is a whole body workout structured in the form of a circuit. Learn all types of exercises from bodyweight and cardio, to strength and balance. Beginners, come for an introduction and regulars, come to improve and learn more!
Day: Mondays
Date/s: 5th, 26th
Time: 6-7pm
Location: The Vault Fitness Studio, Birmingham LGBT Centre
Session details: 5th Feb: Strength Circuit
26th Feb: Boxercise Circuit

Usually in the form of interval training, perform one exercise for a certain amount of time before moving onto another. A quick, fun way to get stronger and fitter in all areas of your body!
You don’t need to book – just turn up.


Pilates

Pilates is a great class for your posture and core, keeping the essential muscles mobilised and strong for life.
Day: Wednesdays
Date/s: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
Time: 8-9am
Location: The Vault Fitness Studio, Birmingham LGBT Centre
Session details: All levels Pilates class

Pilates involves small, controlled movements and you work through a variety of exercises. A lot of the class is done lying down – but you will definitely feel the difference!

You don’t need to book – just turn up.

Roller Derby

The Birmingham Blitz Dames invite you to try out roller derby this February. This action-packed contact team sport is played on roller skates on an oval track. The taster will get you started with skating, agility and safe falling!


Day: Sunday
Date: 25th
Time: 12noon-2pm
Location: Harry Mitchell Leisure Centre, Broomfield, Smethwick, West Midlands B67 7DH
Session details: Roller derby taster with the Birmingham Blitz Dames

Get skating with the Blitz Dames. To book your place, email newrecruits@birminghamblitzdames.co.uk with your shoe size. Skates and pads are provided.
Wear comfortable clothing you can move and sweat in, and bring a drink or refillable bottle.

Roller Derby event page | https://birminghamblitzdames.co.uk/ | newrecruits@birminghamblitzdames.co.uk

Headshot of Kitty

Kitty: Photo by Morgan Silk

Kitty says; “I love the feeling of freedom I get when I strap on a pair of skates and go racing round dodging people”


If you have any questions about any of these sessions, get in touch on activate@blgbt.org