Ragdale Hall has scooped another award for its burgeoning trophy cabinet, this time for its renowned fitness offer. Readers of Spa Finder recently voted it amongst the top 10 spas in the world for fitness programmes, alongside a selection of the giants of the global spa industry.
‘This is a fabulous honour and most gratefully received, as we put a lot of effort into this aspect of the business in order to ensure our guests are able to take part in many varied activities, some unique to us and all taught to a high standard. It’s particularly rewarding to note we are the only UK spa to make the top 10 list’, comments Senior Manager, Dean Hodgkin, the man behind Ragdale Hall’s fitness philosophy. With a timetable currently featuring classes such as Samurai, Drums Alive, Magical Musicals, Aromaball and Yoqua, Ragdale Hall’s guests are familiar with the workout boundaries being stretched as Fitness Manager, Chris Chambers and his Team constantly seek to keep exercise fresh with new and innovative fitness formats. Continues Dean, ‘Putting fun into fitness in not just a motto for us, but a way of life. We recognise that our guests come from different backgrounds and with varying fitness levels but our aim is always the same, to inspire them through an exciting, entertaining and educational fitness experience.’
Having been voted Best International Fitness Presenter at a global industry event in New York in 2007, it’s fair to assume Dean has a good handle on all things fitness, but the beauty of Ragdale Hall’s ever evolving fitness programming is that the staff are key in developing new ideas and guest feedback is the lifeblood of the fitness department. ‘We have a great formula of scheduling special events weeks when we can trial new themed workouts and then survey our guests to establish what they think. Popular classes make it onto the regular timetable and not so popular ones go back to the drawing board, it’s a very simple process’, said Dean.
With recent group exercise creations including the resistance training class Behind Bars, a skipping workout called On The Ropes, a unique marriage of old and new in Yogabody and Cycology, the spinning class that can only be described as meditation in motion, you never know quite what to expect, but you can be sure it’ll put sweat on your brow and a smile on your face…..especially if you consider Zest Magazine recently voted Ragdale Hall the best spa for Value For Money!