2016: Saint or Sinner?
Ah, January… a month of tough decisions.
The festive holidays have passed and it turns out – apparently – that this means it’s no longer socially acceptable to polish off a selection box before breakfast or swig a bottle of port until gout sets in. Next it’s your hectic social schedule that takes a hit and family members start to look at you questioningly each time you reach into the fridge for that beer/pork pie/yule log while nonchalantly proclaiming, ‘Oh well, it’s Christmas!’
It’s not. It’s January. And you’re left with a right ol’ dilemma on your hands: is it time to fix up and look sharp? Or do you carry on regardless?
Whether you choose to go down the righteous path of fitness, wellbeing and vitality, or opt to keep the party going with another naughty month of self-indulgence, we’ve got both sides covered with our Saint or Sinner guide to New Year in Sheffield!
So, dear reader, what will it be? Don’t worry, we won’t judge…
What is it? Momentum Leisure Club on St Georges Close (opal 2) offers up a wide variety of facilities for exercise, relaxation and recovery. With a swimming pool, steam room and sauna, regular classes like HIIT, LBT, boxing, circuits and abs – as well as a gym boasting a range of new equipment (squat rack and weights, dip/pull-up station, 2 olympic bars and kettle bells), there are so many ways to keep fit here. Pop in to see all of the facilities for yourself.
What are the benefits? With personal training in both 1hr or more affordable ½ hr sessions, you’ll get all of the motivational assistance you need without the costly price tag!
How much? Day passes start from £7 and memberships from £25 a month.
Find out more: www.facebook.com/MomentumLeisureClub
Roll With It
What is it? Roller Derby is a fast-paced, full contact team sport played on roller-skates. The aim of the game is to get one of your players – the jammer – to lap as many opposition players as possible. The only problem is that the opposition are trying to do the same thing whilst being able to block your jammer, so in effect both teams play offense and defence simultaneously. Got it?
What are the benefits? It’s a fun sport that gives a full aerobic workout, just be prepared to pick up some bumps and bruises on the way. Both Sheffield teams pride themselves on inclusivity so people of any ability are encouraged to give it a go.
How much? The first session with the Inhuman League is free while Sheffield Steel Rollergirls regularly have new intake sessions, also free.
Find out more: www.sheffieldsteelrollergirls.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep On Runnin’
What is it? The Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon will be taking place on Sunday 10th April and attracts runners of all abilities and raises huge amounts for charity. The course starts and finishes in the city centre and follows a hilly but scenic route complete with stunning views of the Peak District for those who conquer the climb to Ringinglow.
What are the benefits? Running is the easiest sport to take up – there’s no expensive equipment needed, all you have to do is pop on a pair of trainers and get going. Even if you’re a super-slow jogger, you’ll burn at least 10 calories per minute of running. By signing up for an event like the half marathon it gives you something to aim towards meaning you’re more likely to keep your motivation and fitness levels up.
How much? General entry for the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon is £28. Some good, free running routes can be found on walkjogrun.net.
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What is it? There are few better ways to shed pounds than with boxing training. Whether you just enjoy throwing a few haymakers at a punch bag or you’re interested in the interval training then Sheffield boxing centre offers both training and sparring lessons.
What are the benefits? Boxing training sessions are designed to literally make you fighting fit. It builds strength, speed, agility, hand-eye coordination and endurance with a one hour session burning 500-1000 calories. It is also proven to relieve stress as the intense exercise releases endorphins that help boost mood.
How much? Sheffield Boxing Centre offers one-off sessions at £4 or an offer of £10 per week for as many workouts as you’d like.
Find out more: Visit their website at sheffieldboxingcentre.co.uk or organise a personal training session by calling 07747070783.
Get To The Gym
What is it? Gym Plus is a state-of-the-art fitness centre located in Crookes and offering a wide-ranging fitness experience for great value. Don’t worry if motivation is an issue or if you’re simply not much of a ‘gym-goer’, there’s a dedicated team of fitness instructors at hand to find the workout suited to your needs.
What are the benefits? Whether you’re seeking to shift that Xmas weight, increase cardio fitness or build muscle, going to the gym offers the obvious physical benefits but also has positive psychological impacts such as reducing stress and improving self-confidence.
Find out more: facebook.com/GymPlusSheffield
What is it? The team-oriented assault course phenomenon is coming to Yorkshire. The 12km courses are designed to push groups to their absolute limits with the race taking place on difficult terrain and using obstacles inspired by military courses – basically think ninja warrior in a swamp.
What are the benefits? Tough Mudder prides itself on being one of the most challenging assault courses you can do; it will test your physical strength, mental grit and camaraderie, but with such a challenge comes a huge sense of accomplishment. Many people opt to raise some money for charity and complete the course for a good cause.
How much? Currently priced at £79 for Saturday August 6th and £69 for Sunday August 7th. It may seem a bit early to be thinking about it but prices go up at the end of January and you’ll probably want to get in a bit of training at some point too.
Find out more: www.toughmudder.co.uk
What is it? Similar to indoor climbing, bouldering is done on shorter walls without a rope or harness. The routes are graded by difficulty and as such it is as much about balance and gymnastic ability as it is about strength and stamina. Sheffield is home to some of the best climbing facilities in the country with Climbing Works being home to one of the largest bouldering centres in the world.
What are the benefits? Upper body strength and core muscles will get a really good workout and you’ll use more complex moves than on a traditional climbing wall when tackling the higher graded routes. Bouldering is also a sport that will test your grey matter as problem-solving is important when working out the best route to take.
How much? There’s a compulsory induction session for new climbers which costs £20 but for the price you’ll get shown the ropes by a qualified instructor. Registration for competent climbers is £3.
Find out more: www.climbingworks.com
Climbing Works is in Centenary works on Little London Road, S8 0UJ. Tel 0114 250 9990
24 Hour Power
What is it? Anytime Fitness is a gym located in Sheffield city centre, one of over 60 now open in the UK. What makes this gym different is that members have access to facilities 24 hours a day via their own security access key – ideal for those with more obscure working patterns, or students up late working to tight deadlines.
What are the benefits? The benefits of joining are in many ways obvious, with cutting edge strength training and cardio equipment available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, most Anytime Fitness gyms also offer personal trainers who can support you in a disciplined exercise regime and build your confidence.
Find out more: www.anytimefitness.co.uk 0114 303 0224
What is it? Studies show that if you look good on the outside, you’ll feel great on the inside. So why not start the year by pampering yourself and looking your best? City centre salon Wax Inc offers a range of treatments from HD brows, semi-permanent lashes and shellac and gel nails. But what they really specialise in is extreme waxing for both men and women, using the best premium products. Their friendly and down to earth staff are completely professional, making you feel completely at ease and never embarrassed or nervous.
What are the benefits? Regular waxing ensures long periods of time without hair and minimal ingrown hairs.
How much? Prices vary depending on what you want, head to www.wax-inc.co.uk for full details.
Find out more: Call 0114 327 2850 or email: email@example.com. You can find them at 1 Tudor Square 67-69 Surrey Street, Sheffield S1 2LA.
What is it? A sure-fire way to drop weight after the holidays, the team at Body Transformer Boot Camp guarantee that with some hard work you will feel stronger and fitter in 28 days – or you get your money back!
What are the benefits? The four week program will get you 45 minutes of fat burning fitness sessions 3 times a week with one of the country’s leading fat loss experts, a nutritional program to follow and workout videos to do at home. Losing weight will help you to feel fitter, more flexible and energetic in everyday life.
How much? There are a wide range of programmes and prices on offer. Head to www.bodytransformerbootcamp.co.uk for the full info.
Find out more: Sign up at the website (listed above) or contact Radek on 07921196881.
What is it? Burgers. Booze. Music. Chips. Good Times. If this sounds like your idea of heaven, Fear X Loathing could well become your favourite city centre spot. It’s time to ditch the diet here and go big or go home. With a selection of mammoth burgers and other mouth-watering grub on offer, just throw in their extensive beer and cocktail menu and you’ll never want to leave!
Tempted yet? Sinning never tasted so good than with the juicy double bacon cheeseburger – filthy in the best way possible.
What is it? If you’re not ready for the party to end just yet, there’s plenty of merrymaking still to be had in the bars and clubs of Sheff. Stop moping around, get on yer gladrags and hit the town!
Tempted yet? Here’s just a small taster of what’s going on!
Plug, Jan 8th: OTR – A journey through trance classics
O2, Jan 10th: Quadrophenia Special
Leadmill, Jan 28th: Rawkus – Leadmill’s pop punk, metal, hardcore and alternative night.
To the Boozer!
What is it? Nothing says ‘winter chilling’ like a cosy traditional pub with a roaring fire, hand-pulled ales and a wide array of hearty pub grub on offer. One of the city’s ‘hidden gem’ pubs, The Red Deer offers all of the above and provides a perfect hideaway from the brisk January weather.
Tempted yet? All meat and veg on the menu is locally sourced with daily specials supplementing the selection of snacks, mains, burgers, sandwiches and desserts. The beer selection changes weekly and mulled wine or hot spiced apple juice is available for those seeking a tipple on a cold day.
What is it? The Green Room on Division Street offer what is touted by many to be the best breakfast in town, though it’s not one for the faint of heart – or any underlying heart conditions for that matter. Scientifically proven (sort of) by experts (Exposed staff) to be the best hangover cure ever.
Tempted yet? If you’re not much of a breakfast person, make sure to check some of their regular nights on offer over January, including gigs, pub quizzes and the popular Mod For It events.
Get Your Fingers Dirty
What is it? Smoke BBQ serves up a real meat feast from their open-pit barbecue, offering a host of US-style ribs, steaks and burgers for the true carnivores out there.
Tempted yet? Reckon you and a pal could handle one of their famous sharing platters? We’re talking pulled pork, baby back ribs, barbecue turkey leg, chicken thighs and hot link sausage here. You want the meat? YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE MEAT!
Shake it off!
What is it? The Common Room offer a range of tasty American milkshakes for you to slurp on, with flavours including strawberry, vanilla, Oreo, Reese’s and more.
Tempted yet? Give your shakes an extra kick and ask the bartender to add a drop of the right spirit or liqueur and, hey presto, you’ve got yourself a hardshake!
Who Ate All The Pies?
What is it? They’re serious about their pies at The Broadfield. And you’ll see just why once you’ve bitten through the soft filling and into the meaty centre: will all just suddenly make sense. The drink selection ain’t too shabby either!
Tempted yet? Their selection of *award-winning* pies come served with handmade chips, mushy peas and, of course, Henderson’s Relish is in plentiful supply. When it comes to comfort food, what more does tha want?!
Replenish the stock!
What is it? Nestled in The Moor Market, Beer Central is an independent retailer offering customers a range of top quality bottled beers and mini kegs, perfect to re-stock the supplies post-Christmas!
Tempted Yet? As well as having friendly and helpful staff, the shop has also been shortlisted for Independent Beer Retailer of the year by the Drinks Retailing Awards hosted in February. We’ll drink to that!
Cheer The Beer!
What is it? Beer X Festival, organised by SIBA, is returning to the Steel City for the fourth time on the weekend of the 16-19th March, showcasing over 250 of the best cask, keg, bottled and canned British beers.
Tempted yet? On top of indulging in a plethora of drink, ‘Food Street’ will once again feature an array of street food traders, ready to settle all those drunken munchies!
What is it? You’ll do well to find better pizza or cocktail concoctions anywhere within these seven hills than at the Picture House Social on Abbeydale Road.
Tempted yet? Throw in a games room with three tournament standard ping pong tables, late-night DJs on a weekend plus regular gig events and you’ve got your social life pretty much covered for a month.
What is it? A bi-monthly night market, usually featured on Arundel Street but occasionally popping up in places like Park Hill and Burton Road in Kelham Island. Expect a huge variety of award-winning street food from around the world.
Tempted yet? Live music, DJs and art exhibitions are always on hand to entertain. Keep an eye on the website for the next event!