Keep healthy and have fun wherever you’re based in Banburyshire, with these public and private sports centres and gyms.
Leisure Centres & Swimming Pools
There is a good selection of leisure centres in the area, with the largest and most central being Spiceball Leisure Centre in Banbury. Bicester, Brackley, Chipping Norton and Shipston-on-Stour also have their own facilities. You can expect to find swimming pools, gyms, sports halls and courts, all with modern equipment and good facilities. Banbury and Chipping Norton also have their own outdoor swimming pools; Banbury Open Air Pool at Woodgreen and The Lido respectively.
Gyms & Personal Trainers
With gyms only becoming more popular as the years go by, there are many choices for you in Banburyshire, from council run services to private clubs and 24 hour access gyms. Most gyms have state of the art equipment and training areas, but look around to see what the best membership option is for you. If you prefer a more tailored service then look for a personal trainer that can schedule sessions at your own leisure.
Boxing & Martial Arts
An excellent way to keep fit and healthy is to enrol in a boxing class or become a member of a martial art club – which is a also great way to involve the whole family. Some gyms offer boxing classes and conversely there are boxing gyms that focus on general fitness by incorporating boxing training. Martial arts are a fantastic way to condition the whole body and also gain certain mental and physical disciplines that you wouldn’t get from a gym, such as respect for fellow combatants, focus on method and technique and possibly the study of eastern traditions. These classes can also be used for self-defence and general fitness so do look around for a class that would suit what you’re looking for. Spit’n’Sawdust, a gym run by local legend and former champion boxer and kickboxer Dave Earle, has been featured in Men’s Health Magazine as one of the World’s Best Gyms!
Spas & Wellness Retreats
Fitness is often only half of what it takes to condition body and mind, so take time out to balance the mental and physical elements of your life. Sometimes you need to pamper yourself, because relaxation and time spent in mindfulness is essential to a greater quality of life. There are a few 4 & 5 star hotels out in the countryside, that offer various spa and health packages to suit your needs.