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Fitness classes

Whether you're a beginner or looking to take your fitness to the next level there's something for everyone in our classes.

See our Leisure centres re-opening page for information on how to use our leisure centres safely and the changes in how you will enter, move around and leave the building.

Book a class or gym session

You can only return to your leisure centre if you login or register to book your class, gym or weights session online in advance (you can book up to seven days in advance). This includes Young Lifestyle member sessions. To see available sessions and classes, select 'Classes'.

You can also contact your leisure centre to book over the phone if you have a leisure membership only. See our Fitness classes page to view our timetables.

Non members

If you don't have a leisure membership, you can still book and pay for your sessions online but you must have a Thrive card. Login or register to book your class, gym or weights session online.

If you don't have a Thrive card, you can order this online free of charge, using the promotion code COMEBACK. Simply request your leisure centre membership online and select 'Leisure Card Adult' (normally £5). Once you've placed your order, you'll be given your membership number so you can register to book your session and we'll give you your card next time you visit the centre.

Lost cards (members and non members)

If you've lost your card, please email We'll order a replacement card for you, and also give you your membership number so that you can login or register to book your session.

Information about your session

Gym slots are one hour in length. This includes time taken to enter and leave the building, and we aim to give you a workout time of 50 minutes.

You can book up to two sessions in a day, either fitness classes, gym or weights sessions or a combination of these. At the end of each session, you must leave the leisure centre and re-enter, following our entry procedure.

As part of our interim Covid-19 fitness class programmes, you can book any class in any leisure centre regardless of what group your membership is in. We have changed the names and descriptions of some of our fitness classes - see our Fitness classes.

Cancel if you can't attend

Please remember to cancel your class or session if you're not able to attend. If possible give a minimum of 12 hours notice, so that someone else can book the place. Login to your account, as if you are going to book your class, gym or weights session online to cancel your session.

How to use the leisure centres safely

We have extra staff in our leisure centres to support you in following the new arrangements.

We have signs in place to help you move safely around the centre and have a strict cleaning regime in place along with extra hand sanitiser and cleaning stations.

Some of our gym equipment has been moved and safety screens put in place to help you socially distance, and we are limiting the numbers of people and movement during classes.

What you must know before you arrive

To ensure your safety and the safety of others, you must:

  • Pre-book your gym sessions and classes (you can book up to seven days in advance).
  • Arrive five minutes before your session start time - if you arrive late, you will have to re-book a later session.
  • Arrive wearing clothing sutable for your activity - changing rooms and showers are closed and lockers are not available.
  • Bring your own mats and blocks for fitness classes and belts and chalk for the gym as these are not provided. Where available you can buy mats in our centres for £10.
  • Bring your own drink - water fountains are not available.

Please do not attend if you are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19 - see what to do if you think you have coronavirus, which includes common symptoms.

How to enter the building

  • Follow social distancing signs that are displayed outside and inside our leisure centres.
  • You may need to queue outside until your session is due to start. 
  • Our staff will give you guidance on entering the building.
  • On entering, you must sanitise your hands, scan your card and check-in with our team. When you check-in, we'll confirm that we have your correct details, so that we can support NHS test and trace.

How to leave the building

  • You must leave the building before the end of your booking slot - please make sure you are ready to leave ten minutes before the end. We will work with you to help you leave on time.
  • If you are attending a fitness class, your coach will tell you when to leave the building.

Additional support

If you require extra support to access our leisure centres, or if you attend with a carer please contact your leisure centre to arrange.


Class availability may change - when you book your class, gym or weights session online, you will see what's available.

Abbey leisure centre

Monday 9.15am to 10.00amPilates
 5.15pm to 5.45pmMetafit
 6.15pm to 7.00pmCyclenergy
Tuesday 8.15am to 9.00pmCyclenergy
 9.15am to 10.00amBody Balance
 10.15am to 11.30amYoga
 12.15pm to 1.00pmGentle Functional
Wednesday 9.15am to 10.30amPilates
 7.15pm to 8.00pmCyclenergy
Thursday 8.15am to 9.00pmBody Balance
 9.15am to 10.00amFunctional
 6.15pm to 7.00pmPilates
 7.15pm to 8.00pmZumba Step
Friday8.15am to 9.00amCyclenergy
 9.15am to 10.30amPilates
 10.15am to 11.30amYoga
 3.15pm to 4.00pmGentle Functional
 5.15pm to 6.00pmFunctional
Saturday10.15am to 11.00amCyclenergy

Consett leisure centre

Monday9.45am to 10.30amStrength (Body Blast)
 10.45am to 11.30amGentle Functional
 1.15pm to 2.30pmYoga
 5.15pm to 6.00pmBody Combat
 6.15pm to 7.00pmPilates
 7.15pm to 8.00pmCyclenergy
Tuesday 9.45am to 10.30amZumba (Core)
 12.15pm to 1.00pmPilates
 5.15pm to 5.45pmMetafit
 6.15pm to 7.00pmFunctional 
 7.15pm to 8.00pmCyclenergy
Wednesday 9.45am to 10.30amStep (Dance)
 10.45am to 11.30amGentle Functional
 12.15pm to 1.00pmTai Chi & Qi Gong
 5.15pm to 5.45pmMetafit 
 6.15pm to 7.00pmPilates
 7.15pm to 8.00pmCyclenergy
Thursday 9.45am to 10.30amStep
 9.15am to 10.00amTai Chi & Qi Gong
 10.45am to 11.30amGentle Functional
 12.15pm to 1.30pmYoga
 5.15pm to 6.00pmStrength (360)
 6.15pm to 7.00pmCyclenergy
 7.15pm to 7.45pmMetafit
Friday9.45am to 10.30amCyclenergy
 10.15am to 11.00amPilates
 11.15am to 12.00pmStep (Fit Step Dance)
 5.15pm to 5.45pmHIITSTEP
 6.15pm to 6.45pmBody Combat 30
Saturday8.15am to 8.45amMetafit
 9.15am to 10.00amCyclenergy
 10.15am to 11.00amFunctional (Core) 
Sunday4.15pm to 5.00pmCyclenergy

Freeman's Quay leisure centre

DayClass Start TimeClass
Monday 11.15am to 11.45amMetafit
 12.15pm to 1.00pmBody Pump
 5.15pm to 6.00pmHIIT
 6.15pm to 7.00pmPilates
Tuesday 9.15am to 10.00amPilates
 6.15pm to 7.00pmCyclenergy
Wednesday 5.15pm to 6.00pmPilates
 6.15pm to 7.00pmPilates
 7.15pm to 8.15pmYoga
Thursday12.15pm to 1.00pmBody Pump
 7.15pm to 8.00pmBody Pump
Friday11.15am to 12.00pmGentle Functional
 12.15pm to 1.00pmCycle Energy
Saturday8.15am to 8.45amMetafit
 9.15am to 10.00amCyclenergy
Sunday8.15am to 9.00amYoga
 11.15am to 12.00pmBody Pump

The Louisa centre

Monday 6.45am to 7.30amCyclenergy
 9.15am to 9.45amHiit Steps
 10.15am to 11.00amPilates
 5.15pm to 5.45pmMetafit
 6.15pm to 7.00pm(Strength) - Iron Fit
Tuesday 9.15am to 9.45amPilates (PiYo)
 10.15am to 11.00amGentle Functional
 12.15pm to 12.45pmMetafit
 5.15pm to 5.45pmMetafit
 6.15pm to 7.00pm(Strength) Iron Fit
Wednesday 6.45am to 7.30amCyclenergy
 9.15am to 10.00am(Strength) Iron Fit
 5.15pm to 5.45pmPilates (PiYo)
 6.15pm to 6.45pmMetafit
 7.15pm to 8.00pmFunctional - Booty
Thursday 9.15am to 10.00amGentle Functional
 12.15pm to 12.45pmMetafit
 5.15pm to 5.45pmMetafit
 6.15pm to 7.15pmPilates
 6.15pm to 6.45pmHiit Steps
Friday6.45am to 7.30amCyclenergy
 12.15pm to 1.00pm(Strength) Iron Fit
 5.15pm to 5.45pmMetafit
Saturday9.15am to 9.45amMetafit
 10.15am to 11.00am(Strength) - Iron Fit
Sunday8.15am to 9.00amCyclenergy
 9.15am to 10.00amFunctional 
 4.15pm to 4.45pmMetafit

Meadowfield leisure centre

Monday 10.15am to 11.00amGentle functional 
 12.15pm to 1.00pmCyclenergy 
 2.00pm to 2.45pmPilates 
 5.15pm to 5.45pmHIITSTEP
 6.15pm to 7.00pmBodypump
Tuesday 9.15am to 10.00amBodycombat 
 5.15pm to 6.00pmBodypump
 6.15pm to 7.00pmBodypump
Wednesday 9.15am to 10.00amHIITSTEP
 10.15am to 11.00amFunctional
 12.15pm to 1.00pmPilates 
 6.15pm to 7.00pmFunctional
 7.15pm to 8.00pmCyclenergy 
Thursday 9.15am to 10.00amCyclenergy 
 12.15pm to 1.00pmStrength 
 12.15pm to 1.30pmYoga 
 5.15pm to 5.45pmHIITSTEP
 6.15pm to 7.00pmBodybalance 
 7.15pm to 8.00pmBodypump 
Friday9.15am to 10.00amBodycombat
 10.15am to 11.00amBodypump
 6.15pm to 7.00pmPilates
Sunday9.15am to 10.00amBodycombat 
 10.15am to 11.00amFunctional
 12.15pm to 1:00pmBodybalance 

 Newton Aycliffe leisure centre

Monday 8.15am to 9.00amCyclenergy
Tuesday 9.15am to 10.00amPilates 
 5.15pm to 6.00pmFunctional 
 6.15pm to 6.45pmHIITSTEP
Wednesday 9.15am to 10.00amBodypump 
 5.15pm to 6.00pmLegs, Bums and Tums
 6.15pm to 7.00pmCyclenergy
 7.15pm to 8.00pmPilates 
Thursday 9.15am to 10.00amBodypump 
 11.15am to 12.30pmYoga 
 5.15pm to 5.45pmHIIT
 6.15pm to 7.00pmCyclenergy
Friday9.15am to 10.00amPilates 
Saturday9.15am to 9.45amHIITSTEP/HIIT
 10.15am to 11.00amStrength 

Shildon-Sunnydale leisure centre

Monday 12,15pm to 1.00pmPilates 
 5.15pm to 5.45pmHiitstep 
 6.15pm to 7.00pmCyclenergy 
Tuesday5.15pm to 6.00pmCyclenergy
 6.15pm to 7.30pmYoga (from 3 November)
Wednesday 9.15am to 10.00amGentle Functional
 5.15pm to 6.00pmPilates 
 6.15pm to 7.00pmCyclenergy
Friday 9.15am to 10.00am Gentle Functional
 3.15pm to 4.30pmYoga

Spennymoor leisure centre

Monday 9.15am to 10.00amStrength
 11.15am to 12.00pmGentle functional 
 5.15pm to 5.45pmHIITSTEP
 6.15pm to 7.00pmZumba 
Tuesday 8.15am to 8.45amHIITT 
 9.15am to 10.30amYoga
 1.15pm to 2.00pmFunctional/Gentle 
 5.15pm to 6.00pmBodycombat 
 6.15pm to 7.00pmCycleenergy
 7.15pm to 8.00pmFunctional movement
Wednesday to 8.00amBodypump 
 10.15am to 11.00amCyclenergy 
 1.15pm to 2.00pmGentle functional 
 5.15pm to 5.45pmHIITSTEP
 6.15pm to 7.00pmZumba
 7.15pm to 8.00pmStrength
Thursday 9.15am to 10.00amPilates 
 10.15am to 11.00amBodycombat 
 5.15pm to 5.45pmHIIT
 6.15pm to 6.45pmHIITSTEP
 7.15pm to 8.00pmCycleenergy 
Friday9.15am to 10.00amCyclenergy 
 11.15am to 12.00pmGentle functional 
Saturday8.15am to 9.00amCyclenergy
 9.15am to 10.00amBodycombat 
Sunday8.15am to 9.00amCyclenergy
 9.15am to 10.00.amBodypump

Teesdale leisure centre

Monday 11.15am to 12.00pmgentle functional 
 5.15pm to 5.45pmHIITT
 6.15pm to 7.00pmCyclenergy 
 7.15pm to 8.00pmPilates 
Tuesday 9.15am to 10.00amCycleenergy 
 10.15am to 11.00amFunctional  
 5.15pm to 6.00pmStrength
 6.15pm to 6.45pmHIITSTEP 
Wednesday 9.15am to 10.00am Functional 
 12,15pm to 1.00pmPilates 
 6.15pm to 7.00pmPilates 
Thursday 12,15pm to 1.00pmCyclenergy 
 1.15pm to 2.30pmYoga
 6.15pm to 6.45pmHIITSTEP 
Friday9.15am to 9.45amHITSTEP

Class descriptions

We have changed the names and descriptions of some of our fitness classes. Your coach has designed your class to be as static and effective as possible to maintain social distancing.  

Aerobic fitness

Enjoy our Cyclenergy and Bodycombat classes within this genre. Cyclenergy is a high-intensity workout on a stationary bike which improves the cardio vascular system, body composition and a class you can set your own pace. Bodycombat is a mixed martial arts class choreographed to music, Kick and punch your way to fitness and fun. 


At some of our facilities we have Zumba and Zumba step. Inspired by Latin dance and music a form of exercise/dance to high tempo music, fun energetic and social.  

Functional and Gentle Functional movement

To capture a lot of our classes such as leg/bums and tums and Gentle circuit/aerobics we have renamed these classes to 'functional' to welcome everyone. These classes will focus on movements based on real-world biomechanics. Taking the body through all planes of movement and taking care of our joints and core. 


Our HIIT classes now include Metafit/HIITSTEP and our coaches very own blend of HIIT class. 30 minutes long to work as hard as you can! Body weight exercises designed to keep you burning calories long after your workout is complete. HIITSTEP is new to us and is an award-winning workout designed to give you great results with great beats! 

Legs, bums and Tums

Legs, bums and Tums is a full-body aerobic toning workout that will make you work up a sweat. Designed to target common problem areas (legs, bums and tums), LBT classes will help you to build muscle and tone up.

Mind and Body

Our mind and body sections will include Pilates/Yoga and Bodybalance to help clear and de stress. Pilates works on a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance. Pilates emphasizes on posture alignment, core strength and muscle balance. Yoga will improve respiration, energy and vitality, great for centring the mind and increasing flexibility. Bodybalance encompasses Tai-chi, yoga and Pilates choreographed to music, relaxing and strong at the same time. 


Move across, in front and behind the step to rhythmic music. Our instructors will make sure you are put through your paces while providing you with various exercises to suite your ability. This class is great for improving fitness whilst also toning the body, co-ordination and Balance.

Strength class

Strength is very important at this time. This class will encompass either body weight exercise or hand weights and will follow a structure to help you build muscle in a unique way. Bodypump is part of our strength group, choreographed to music Bodypump helps you become lean and tone muscle- your kit will be at your station for the class. 

Stretch & Tone

Stretch & Tone is a low impact, low intensity workout that will tone your muscles, increase your range of motion and flexibility, and help you to relieve stress. Through a series of stretching and toning exercises set to great music.


If you have a leisure centre membership, we recently wrote to you to explain your membership options (in light of COVID-19). You will have either received this by email or post.

Your membership options include:

  • Option 1: From 1 September 2020, we will automatically restart all direct debits payments. If you have already paid in full for any membership, the period of the closure will be added to the end of your contract.
  • Option 2: We understand that not everyone is ready or able to come back so you have the option to freeze your membership for up to three months. If this is your preferred option please let us know by no later than 20 August by emailing us at: - please include your full name, address and membership number. You can unfreeze your membership at any time.

If you make the come back and decide that it still isn't time for you to return you have the option to freeze your membership again if you inform us before the 20 August. We want you to come back when you feel it's safe to do so.

If you have not heard from us by 10 August, please email, and include your name and membership number. Your membership number is on your Thrive card. 

If you are interested in becoming a member, see our  page for more information or contact one of our centres to arrange an induction.

Young lifestyle memberships

Young lifestyle members can now book any session in the gym, this now does not have to be a specific young lifestyle session. This will be in place throughout the summer holidays.

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