10 post-lockdown Liverpool sports, activities and classes you can sign up to right now
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After a year of lockdowns, we’ve all now got our walking legs, but what about other sports and activities to get us moving or just give us a new challenge?
There’s tons of stuff we can do in Liverpool – but if you’re not sure what there is (or what you fancy) take a look at this lot…
There’s no shortage of places to go if you want to get your gloves on and get into the ring on Merseyside.
Boxing is a great way to keep fit and offers great discipline for those who take part.
No Limits ABC in Stanhope Street in the Baltic offers boxing training from beginners onwards (minimum age 8). Single classes cost £5.
Lee Butler’s Ravin’ Fit
The work out that feels like a night out is back as DJ Lee Butler has relaunched his famous Ravin’ Fit. It really is the most fun, exhilarating work out there is. The classes launched in early 2018 and gradually developed into what it is today.
You can book now for your next calorie-burning rave with classes happening across Merseyside from 23 June.
Visit the website to book yours.
Open water swimming
It seems to be the latest go-to sport for those who can brave the icy cold waters – although Liverpool Watersports Centre says summer temperatures for the water are around 20 degrees so that doesn’t sound TOO bad (and they do hire wetsuits for anyone who wants them).
You need to be a competent swimmer to get in the ‘salty’ waters of the Mersey, but if you fancy practising your breaststroke or freestyle in a wilder setting than the local pool, then this could be for you.
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No we don’t mean building a wooden barrier between you and next door – this, as Liverpool Fencing Club says, is ‘swords an all that’. Its mission is to improve participation of the sport across the region and support those who want to practice seriously and competitively.
The Club meets every Monday at Liverpool College and offers beginners courses to guide you through the basics. It costs £40 covering 10 hours of fencing over five weeks.
It’s not taking new members on until it has further guidance on social restrictions lifting BUT, if things stay on track, it says it will be looking to start a beginners course in early July.
We all love to get creative and if you fancy channelling your inner Picasso or you’d love to develop a therapeutic and useful skill, dot-art offers a host of classes in iconic venues around the city.
You can study sketching in Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral or Calderstones Park, learn about lino printing, or study landscape painting at The Reader in Calderstones Park. There are classes where you can find out more about basic drawing techniques or find out how to capture the perfect photo in locations around the city, and more.
The City of Liverpool Trampoline Gymnastics Academy has produced two Olympic reserves, six individual Senior British Champions and 21 Age Group British Champions…though you’re not expected to be at that level! The Academy, based in Hunts Cross, has classes to suit all ages and abilities, and trained coaches ready to provide the right coaching for you.
It’s hoped adult classes – normally held each Thursday between 6-8pm, offering fun and fitness on the trampoline, fast-track, tumble track and pit, with no experience needed – will be back in early July providing further restrictions go as planned on June 21, so keep an eye on the website or give them a call on 0151 486 3331. Cost will be around £7.50 per session.
Sit on Top Kayaking/Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
Again, the place to head to is Liverpool Watersports Centre in Queens Dock. The sit on kayaks are user-friendly and ideal for beginnners, especially families who want to give it a go.
Obviously you need to pre-book, and take a towel, old spare trainers, shorts and a T shirt – they’ll provide you with a buoyancy aid and give you a safety brief before you go off and have fun.
There are a fair few activities not available at LWC as yet due to restrictions – sailing, canoeing, windsurfing and more – but stand-up paddle boarding IS back too, and that’s one of the fastest growing sports which works on core fitness and strength. LWC has a range of boards if you think this is more for you, and they do offer instruction.
A sport you can dive into easily, with loads of pools across the city and beyond, offering recreational swimming and lessons for those who want to learn or perfect their stroke.
One of the best if you really want to get practising that breaststroke is Liverpool Aquatics Centre which, while many leisure centres have a 25m pool, has a 50-metre full length pool with eight lanes – just like those in the Olympics!
Swimming is a great all-over body workout, using nearly all your muscles. For more details about swimming go to www.liverpool.gov.uk/lifestyles/find-a-centre or call in at your local leisure centre.
A martial art designed to keep you fit and teach you a great discipline. Classes include pad work, fitness, technical patterns and drills, self-defence, sparring and/or board-breaking.
Instructors at North West Spirit Taekwondo in Liverpool aim to help students of all ages build confidence, improve fitness, learn self-defence – and have fun! Classes are held four days a week in Garston and, while it is currently only open to members, the club is hoping to invite anyone to go along and enjoy a free trial lesson or watch a class again SOON (keep an eye on its website).
YinYan Yoga and Pilates
You don’t have to be able to do the perfect plank or be a master of the down dog, in fact it doesn’t matter how unfit or inflexible you are, you’ll be surprised how much you can benefit from classes in yoga, Pilates and more.
YinYan is back with classes in iconic buildings and secret spaces throughout Liverpool and sharing its passion – ‘your health’. The aim is to help you get healthier, happier and energised, improve your strength, flexibility, balance, focus and concentration.
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