2012 was Britain’s great summer of sport – and Manchester workers and residents were able to get theirs off to a flying start with our PiccFit sessions in the heart of Manchester.
Fun, friendly and best of all free, PiccFit was the perfect way to encourage people to get out and about in the city centre. Taking place in Piccadilly Gardens, our informal sessions with local expert trainers meant participants could just drop in at lunchtime, after work or at the weekend, try something new and find a great new way to get fit in the fresh air.
PiccFit was all about promoting community fitness in Manchester and making the most of the Piccadilly Gardens as an open space to be enjoyed.
The free fitness sessions ran daily from Saturday 5 May – Friday 15 June.
All equipment was provided and there was no need to book in advance – this was a drop-in format, signposted by large PiccFit flags in the gardens.
One of the most effective, fun and exciting ways to add strength and develop muscle tone by using your whole body in ground-based exercises suitable for beginners upwards.
Instructor: Steve Dawson
Fully qualified trainer Steve is a recent Gold Medal winning Kettlebell Sport Athlete and Coach, with wide-ranging experience in finding the most effective training methods.
A fun alternative to the gym environment, this wonderfully varied open-air fitness programme mixes cross fitness training with partner exercises and team games.
Instructor: James Clark
James has many years’ experience as a leading fitness trainer and nutritionist, with a fantastic reputation throughout the North West.
Designed to be challenging but fun, Primal Fitness workouts are based around ‘functional movements’ – carrying, pushing and pulling – giving you real world strength and fitness.
Instructors: Simon Whyatt & Fernando Ajmad
Personal trainer Simon and former international swimmer Fernando both have wide experience and a true passion for helping people achieve their goals.
This unique circuits-style class provides a test for the whole body, designed to help with weight loss, improve strength and cardio fitness – predominantly using just your own bodyweight with
a little help from the Piccadilly surroundings.
Instructor: Mat Leigh
With 15 years in the fitness industry, Mat has worked with athletes from all backgrounds from Martial Arts to Ice Hockey. He is currently based in South Manchester working with clients at his “Sweat Shed” facility.
This is a diverse style of yoga, easily adaptable to all levels of fitness and concentrating on a combination of breathing with stretching, muscle building and cardio exercises to music.
Instructor: Kristina Hohage
German-born Kristina carried out her training in Ubud, Bali and also studies yogic philosophy – she refers to her brand of yoga as ‘Rock the Mat’!
Exhilarating, energetic and easy-to-follow, Zumba is the world’s largest dance-fitness programme that combines hot Latin-inspired dance moves with burning calories.
Instructor: Guillaume Pochon
French Zumba instructor Guillaume took up teaching Zumba after spending his sports-madteenage years practising judo and karate.
Instructor: Amy Kime
Amy is a dance expert who specialises in helping people get fit, lose weight and tone up but who areunsure of how or where to start.
Concentrating on those areas we love to hate, these classes will introduce you to a variety of new exercises designed to slim, tone and burn off those calories where it matters most!
Instructor: Ross Fitzpatrick
A personal trainer at Pure Gym, Ross has a keen interest in all aspects of fitness and exercise and takes pride in helping people achieve their goals.
A varied workout designed to increase your metabolism, boost general fitness levels and achieve your fitness goals.
Instructor: Steven Phillips
Having lost a lot of weight and improved his own fitness dramatically, Steven became a personaltrainer to help others achieve the same great results.
This military style class will push your fitness boundaries, help you lose weight, and become toned, stronger and fitter.
Instructors: Sean Cookney & Anthony Towey
Sean and Anthony specialise in a combination of ex-RAF conditioning and boxing pad work to help people get fit in a fun environment.
It’s often said that laughter is the best medicine – find out why with these fun, playful sessions of gentle stretching, yoga, and relaxation designed to encourage everyone to laugh together.
Instructor: Robin Graham
Robin has been developing his class since 1999, mixing scientific analysis with contemporary creative ideas to bring laughter to a global audience.
Kettlebell Conditioning with Steve Dawson in Piccadilly Gardens
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