Ashridge: The Lifestyle Centre

The Lifestyle Centre offers a health and fitness experience like no other. Situated in the stunning grounds of Ashridge Country Estate, few leisure facilities can boast such an amazing setting in which to achieve your fitness goals. Originally Ashridge Priory, the huge Neo-Gothic estate has a proud sporting tradition, having once been used by Henry VIII as a hunting lodge, as well as playing host to Henry Cotton as their golf club professional during his Open Championship-winning years.

This picturesque setting can be found just outside of Berkhamsted, making The Lifestyle Centre a perfect choice for anyone looking to lose weight, build muscle or just improve their health in Hemel Hempstead, Tring, Little Gaddesden, Great Gaddesden or Leighton Buzzard and surrounding areas.

The Lifestyle Centre aims to provide a personal, intimate and unique approach to health and fitness. We strive to ensure everyone and anyone is welcome, and to make your health and fitness goals our number one priority. We offer an unrivalled selection of classes, both indoor and outdoor, alongside expert training and guidance from our in-house trainers and class leaders.

As well as our superb gym facilities, The Lifestyle Centre also has a stunning 16 metre heated indoor pool with beautiful views over the estates magnificently maintained gardens, a spa and sauna with massage facilities, three tennis courts, a squash court and a pitch and putt golf course. We also have ten mountain bikes for exploring the exquisite woodland surrounding Ashridge.

The Lifestyle Centre at Ashridge boasts a first class selection of gym equipment, with over fifty pieces of high-spec apparatus designed to cater to all levels of health and fitness. Split across three rooms, whatever your goal is, this is the place to achieve it.

Cardio Suite
Our air-conditioned cardio suite is the perfect place to improve your cardiovascular fitness. The cardio suite looks out over our pool area with magnificent views of Ashridge’s stunning gardens, making those lung-busting sessions just a little bit more pleasant. With Cybex treadmills, cross-trainers, elliptical trainers, Concept 2 rowing machines, stationary bikes and recumbent bikes, you can get your heart pumping in a way that suits you.

Resistance Room and Free Weights Area
If you’re looking to tone up, build muscle or give your cardio sessions a little boost, look no further than our state of the art resistance training area. With a power cage, Smith machine, free weights in two kilo increments up to 25kg and in one kilo increments up to 10kg, an Olympic bar, an E-Z bar, assisted pull-up, kettlebells, medicine balls, a power bag, twelve resistance stations covering all major muscle groups, a large stretching area with mats and exercise balls, a double cable machine with a pull up bar with a comprehensive range of cable attachments as well as two benches, you’ll never be looking for equipment at The Lifestyle Centre.

At The Lifestyle Centre, we pride ourselves on being able to cater to all levels of fitness and ability. This is clear to see in our wide range of classes on offer, all run by our fully qualified, helpful and friendly instructors both inside our state of the art gym and outside in Ashridge’s breathtaking grounds,
enabling us to offer a class schedule unlike any other gym. All classes are free to members unless otherwise specified.

MONDAY

Aqua Aerobics 11:30 -12:15, 12:45-13:30
Aqua is a good form of exercise for any shape, size or fitness level. Gentle on the joints whilst giving you resistance.

Power Hour 18:30 -19:30
This circuit style class is great for those who love hard work and variation but struggle with co-ordination.
You can work at your own pace and learn new moves.

TUESDAY

Body Conditioning 09:15 -10:15
Low impact workout designed to firm and tone your whole physique, using free weights, resistance bands/tubes, balls,
hoops and mat based exercises.

Fitness Pilates 12:00 -13:00
A conditioning exercise program which incorporates the principles of traditional Pilates whilst giving you a great body workout.

WEDNESDAY

Mix ‘n’ Match 18:00-18:45
A fun combination class incorporating some of the principles listed here: high/low impact aerobics, steps, weights/bands and mat based exercises.

Yoga 19:20-20:20
A vinsaya flow yoga class is designed to increase strength and flexibility as well as boosting physical and mental wellbeing. The class will build heat and strength while maintaining a good awareness and focus on the breath. Through intention, asanas (postures), pranas (energy/breath) and meditation you will leave the class feeling energised and refreshed.

THURSDAY

Easy Pilates 10:00-10:45, 11:00-11:45
A gentle version of Pilates for all shapes, sizes and ages. Suitable for anyone needing rehabilitation.Traditional mat-based exercises designed to help you focus on correct posture and breathing techniques whilst adding precise muscle movements to improve your flexibility, mobility, balance and personal strength.

Traditional Pilates 12:00 -13:00, 13:00-14:00
Traditional mat-based exerscises designed to help you focus on correct posture and breathing techniques whilst adding precise muscle movements to improve your flexibility, mobility, balance and personal strength.
All abilites welcome.

Spinning 18:00-18:45
Spinning is a fun studio cycle class focusing on cardiovascular fitness. Great for fat burning, leg tone and improving cardiovascular fitness.
All abilites welcome.

FRIDAY

Yoga 13:45-14:45
A vinsaya flow yoga class is designed to increase strength and flexibility as well as boosting physical and mental wellbeing. The class will build heat and strength while maintaining a good awareness and focus on the breath. Through intention, asanas (postures), pranas (energy/breath) and meditation you will leave the class feeling energised and refreshed.

We also offer a free, online, personalised health and fitness programme at www.rcnvitality.org.uk.

MARK RUNICLES

Fitness Coach

“I have always worked in the fitness industry and as a sports therapist. I have a passion for cycling which has taken me around the USA and Canada competing in a cycling team. From is experience I am able to create specialist cycling training programmes for individuals wanting to improve their fitness.”

Sports Therapy
BAWLA Certificate
Sports Massage Therapy
Fitness
Nutrition

Harvey Biggar

Fitness Coach & Personal Trainer

“I’ve recently qualified as a personal trainer and sports masseuse and have a passion for the fitness industry,I studied at west Herts college for 3 years gaining experience and good knowledge about the fitness and sport industry. I offer a wide range of variety here at Neal Training from a sports massage to a 1-2-1 personal training session designing the programme to your needs and keeping you motivated throughout the sessions. I believe determination, consistency and hard work will reach you towards your goals in the fitness industry. A one hour workout is 4% of your day, let’s start now.”

Level 3 personal trainer

Level 3 masseuse

Level 2 gym instructor

Level 2 circuit training

The Lifestyle Centre’s stunning swim, spa and sauna complex has to be seen to be believed. Looking out over Ashridge’s award-winning gardens with floor to ceiling panoramic windows, swimming in our 16 metre indoor heated pool is an absolute pleasure.

We also have a sauna, spa and steam room to relax and unwind after a hard workout, or just after a hard day’s work.

The Lifestyle centre is also proud to be able to offer individual Swimming Lessons with our highly recommended instructor Kathryn Birdsell, as well as offering an Aqua Aerobic class. For more information on swimming lessons please contact us, and for information on classes please see our class schedule.

As part of The Lifestyle Centre’s committment to being able to offer a range of activities suitable to all ages and abilities, as well as our gym, swimming pool, mountain biking and hiking equipment, we have a squash court, three tennis courts and table tennis tables. All of our facilities are free to use for members and we are able to provide all racquets and balls.

The Lifestyle Centre has 11 fully maintained mountain bikes on site which are free for members to hire and explore the stunning 2,000 acre woodland at Ashridge Country Estate.

As well as the Grade II listed building housing Ashridge Business School, there are many unmissable parts of Ashridge best explored by mountain bike. From the Golden Valley to the Bridgewater monument (climb the 172 steps to the top for a breathtaking view of the countryside!) and a large herd of deer in amongst the ancient and rare specimen trees, mountain biking at The Lifestyle Centre offers an unrivalled experience, not to be missed.

Also included in membership of The Lifestyle Centre is use of the 9 hole pitch and putt golf course, yet another facility that sets us apart from other health clubs. Unfortunately The Lifestyle Centre does not have golf clubs available to hire so you will need to bring your own to be able to use our course.

Saj Fayyaz

Manager

“ I Have worked in the fitness industry for 8 years, driven by my passion for health and fitness.I managed corporate/private gyms in the UAE, but much prefer the interpersonal connectivity involved in a smaller, more community oriented gym. I am level 3 Personal trainer and have practiced many sports, my favorite of which being Cricket, which I played for Chesham. I still try to train when i have the chance. I joined Neal Training as I prefer the variety of the job, being able to manage 2 different gyms, get involved in Heart rate variance and explore the huge potential of the Vitality program. Feel free to come and speak to me in the gym if you have any questions, and ill be happy to answer! ”

Harvey Biggar

Fitness Coach & Personal Trainer

“I’ve recently qualified as a personal trainer and sports masseuse and have a passion for the fitness industry,I studied at west Herts college for 3 years gaining experience and good knowledge about the fitness and sport industry. I offer a wide range of variety here at Neal Training from a sports massage to a 1-2-1 personal training session designing the programme to your needs and keeping you motivated throughout the sessions. I believe determination, consistency and hard work will reach you towards your goals in the fitness industry. A one hour workout is 4% of your day, let’s start now.”

MARK RUNICLES

Fitness Coach

“I have always worked in the fitness industry and as a sports therapist. I have a passion for cycling which has taken me around the USA and Canada competing in a cycling team. From is experience I am able to create specialist cycling training programmes for individuals wanting to improve their fitness.”

Alannah Guy

Personal Trainer and Sports Therapist

“I am currently working part time at The Lifestyle Centre as well as completing my studies for my degree in Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation. I am a qualified Level 3 Personal Trainer and a Level 5 Sports Masseur. I am enthusiastic, and want to work with people to develop appropriate programmes to assist them in achieving their personal goals. There are lots of opportunities at the centre for a range of exciting sports and I would be happy to help and advise on any of these to enable you to reach your full potential. ”

Ellie Humphreys

Sales and Marketing

“I work part time at The Lifestyle Centre doing general reception and admin jobs. I am also responsible for working on Sales and Marketing with Sonny. Although I don't have any fitness qualifications, I am interested in general and Health and Wellbeing. I am currently undertaking a masters at Westminster University studying for an MA in Design for Communication. I split my time from reception and the office upstairs if you see me about feel free to come and say hi! ”

Syanne Day

Receptionist

“I graduated from English National Ballet School in 2015 with a Diploma in Professional Dance. I have performed with English National Ballet on many occasions in different productions of their Swan Lake at The London Coliseum and most recently at The Royal Albert Hall. I also danced in a production of Coppélia with ENB2 which toured the UK performing in theatres across the country. I do a lot of teaching, including a variety of dance classes, workshops and private tuition for young aspiring dancers. I have a passion for dance and the fitness industry as a whole and I really believe that, with the right dedication, you can truly feel the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.”

Email: info@nealtraining.com
Phone: 01442 841450
Address: The Lifestyle Centre
Ashridge Business School
Berkhamsted
HP4 1NS
Opening Times: Monday – Thursday (6:30 am – 9:30 pm)
Friday (6:30 am – 8 pm)
Saturday & Sunday (7 am – 7 pm)