Whose New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier after an indulgent Christmas? Maybe you’re going vegan for Veganuary or decided to redouble your family’s efforts to save the world any way you can, and let’s be honest, it does need some saving!

After a bit of a health scare two years ago, our Chris gave up the booze, cut out the cigarettes and chocolate and joined his local gym. Utilising some of the money he was saving from not drinking and smoking to have a one to one session with a PT at least once a month at his local gym.

“I heard a lot of positive stuff about Newport Live and jumped at the chance to try their facilities at the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales,” said Chris.

“Then they told me I’d be joined by our #SWNTM winners, who already look amazing – Isabel is a sprinter and runs for a team in Swansea and Joseph regularly goes to the gym. No pressure on me then I thought at the age of 35 – cough cough!

“Upon arriving I was blown away by the facilitates at the Velodrome, the equipment is second to none and the choice of apparatus is perfect for both the beginner and advanced fitness fanatic.

“The session, which lasted just over an hour, included a session on the bike, walker and some boxercise including some kicks which I absolutely loved. Voice’s Chris joins the gym!

“Chatting to my trainer I was amazed to hear that a session like this, once a month, was all included in Newport Live membership, given that a one to one would normally cost between £20 and £40 – this was great value I thought to myself and my trainer really cared about my personal goals of what I wanted to achieve, pushing me whilst understanding my, shall we say, limitations!

“My verdict... if you’re looking to get this year off to a great start, join Newport Live!” Thinking of shaping up this year with Newport Live? Here are six quick fire questions Chris asked during his session:

How much is membership of Newport Live?

Newport Live membership starts from as little as £20.40 a month or if you get one of our annual supersavers, you get three months free.

Can you use all the Newport Live sites, and where are they located?

With our full fitness membership you can attend all of our gyms, pools and classes at Newport Centre, the Regional Pool & Tennis Centre, the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales, the Active Living Centre in Bettws and we also have some classes at The Riverfront Theatre.

Is it true you get a session with a fitness advisor every month as part of the price?

Yes, as part of Newport Live membership you can have a weekly 1-to-1 with one of our fitness instructors as well as other personal support.

If you join Newport Live, what other benefits do you get?

Personal support also includes health checks and programmes. Members can also take advantage of 2-for-1 cinema tickets at the Riverfront Theatre as well as discounts on show and performances.

I hear you can use the swimming pools to, is that true?

Yes, as part of our full membership you can also use our pools – or if you only want to swim, we have a membership for that too!

What’s new for 2020?

In 2020 we have a brand-new class, FloatFit – a brand new body workout on the water using the world’s first floating exercise mat: the Aqua Base. We will also be enhancing our health checks with the introduction of the InBody which goes beyond your weight and delivers body composition analysis.

If you’ve got some new fitness goals for 2020, Newport Live have flexible fitness options. No matter if you workout regularly or are a total beginner, they’re here to support you.

You also get 1 to 1 support included and can have a health check, programme or weekly session with a trainer as part of your membership.

Newport Live membership includes access to unlimited public swimming, over 120 weekly group exercise classes, Small Group Training, racquet sports, 2-for-1 cinema tickets and discounts on shows at the Riverfront Theatre.

If you join in January, you can also win a year’s membership for free. Find out more at www.newportlive.co.uk/fitness


Newport Live and the Voice are giving one lucky winner the chance to win a six-month membership with Newport Live. Membership includes swim, gym, group exercise classes, 1-to-1 support, racquets, 2-for-1 cinema tickets, discounts on Riverfront Theatre tickets and more! We’ll be following our lucky winner to find out how they’re getting on their fitness journey in 2020.

To win six months membership, all you need to do is answer this simple question:

What’s the name of the new water workout class that launches this January?

A) Aqua Life.

B) Float Fit.

C) Balance Buoy.

Send your answer along with your contact details to voice@wearevoice.co.uk by no later than 5pm on Friday, January 31.

T&Cs: One winner will receive six months’ Newport Live fitness membership. Over 18s only. Only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not be considered. The prize is not transferable, and no cash alternative will be offered. No travel expenses associated with this prize are included. No purchase necessary. The winners will be contacted by phone or email with details of how to redeem their prize.

You also agree that if you are one of the winners that we can use your details in publicising the result of the competition, including using your name.

You also agree to appear in monthly articles in the Voice about your fitness journey and experiences. Competition is not open to members of Newport Live staff, volunteers, directors or their immediate families. Newport Live reserves the right to withdraw or amend this competition at any time without prior notice.