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400,000+ READERS leisure opportunities 20 AUGUST – 02 SEPTEMBER 2013 ISSUE 613 Daily news & jobs: www.leisureopportunities.co.uk First Tabata classes to launch at Fitness First


New high intensity interval training workout Tabata will be launched across London from 1 September 2013, with Fitness First health clubs being the first in the world to offer the officially endorsed, scientifically backed sessions. Tabata’s fir st com-


merci al arrangement – between Universal Pictures International Entertainment (UPIE), fi tness pro- gramme producers Big Shot Productions and Fitness First – will see the workout ini- tially available as both group exercise classes and small group training sessions at 50 Fitness First clubs in London. Te official Tabata system was developed


way to increase both aerobic and anaerobic fitness. Each 20-minute class will


include mobilisation, as well as warm up and cool down routines. Instructors will be introduced to new routines and moves every 12 weeks to ensure participants are kept actively engaged and motivated. For the UK launch of


Te group exercise classes have been rolled out in 50 Fitness First clubs in London


by Japanese scientist Professor Izumi Tabata while he was working with the Japanese Olympic speed skating team on their fitness programme. Te Tabata method consists of a


Meliá reveals twitter experience hotel in Spain


Meliá Hotels International, has unveiled a new programme to makes its Sol Wave House Hotel, located on the beach of Magaluf, Spain, the first ‘Twitter experience hotel’. Te main engine of the whole expe-


rience is a virtual community called #SocialWave, which is only available from the hotel’s wifi, which guests can access from their mobile or electronic device. Two Twitter Concierges are devoted exclusively to meet guest requests via Twitter and generate con- versation in this virtual community, acting as a link between all of them.


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combination of 20 seconds of intense exercise, followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated eight times over a four-minute period. According to its developers, Tabata has been scientifically proven to be the most effective


Grassroots sport worth £11.78bn a year


A new report has revealed that grassroots sport accounts for more than half of sport’s contribution to the English economy, which as a whole, brings in £20.3bn annually. The research, commissioned by Sport


England, showed that £11.78bn of sport’s contribution to the economy comes from people playing sport and to sports-related expenditure such as sports equipment and coaching. A further £8.5bn was contributed by the


sector from people watching sport live or on TV, sports-related TV subscriptions and sports gambling. Sport also accounts for 2.3 per cent of all employment in the UK, with more than


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Grassroots sports helps save on healthcare costs


440,000 people having sport-related jobs. Te research has also revealed that grassroots sport generates significant healthcare savings, with an estimated £1.7bn saved. Details: http://lei.sr?a=x3Y2x


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Tabata, Fitness First’s instructors will work with a qualified Tabata master trainer to ensure they are fully equipped to deliver the 20-minute classes. Te workouts will feature weight moves that raise heart


rate in order to get participants up to their maximum heart rate over the crucial four-min- ute Tabata section of the workout.


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