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As part of our leisure transformation programme we are currently consulting about facilities at Abbey, Peterlee, Spennymoor and Teesdale. Have your say before 5.00pm on Friday 12 November 2021.

Exercise classes

Our leisure centres have a range of exercise classes to suit your needs, whether you're looking to ease yourself back with a gentle class or going full blast with a Metafit workout. Our seasonal outdoor programme will also continue into the autumn for those of you who enjoy the fresh air.



We are encouraging and recommending you continue to wear a face covering, unless exempt, in our leisure centres, to protect our staff and each other.

Exercise class timetable and booking information

You can view our current exercise timetable by visiting book online and select the 'book now' or timetable option. Classes can be booked up to seven days in advance. You can also view our exercise class descriptions to find out what each class involves. 

Please sign up to a free Thrive card to enable you to book classes online. 


If you attend exercise classes regularly you could save with a  Gym memberships, which includes exercise classes. 

Try our leisure centres for free with a three day complimentary pass. Simply call or visit your local leisure centre and ask for your free three day pass. 

Whether you prefer a workout in the gym, an exercise class or a dip in the pool our three day pass can help you find an activity that suits you. 

Indoor exercise classes

Our indoor exercise class programme offers a range of classes suitable for all abilities, from Pilates to HIIT workouts you can choose a workout to suit your fitness level. We also offer the popular Les Mills classes at most of our leisure centres. 

Outdoor fitness classes

Outdoor classes include Bootcamp, Bodycombat and Metafit. Outdoor classes are available at Meadowfield Leisure CentreRiverside Leisure ComplexShildon-Sunnydale Leisure CentreTeesdale Leisure Centre and Wolsingham Leisure Centre.

In the case of bad weather outdoor classes will be moved inside, wherever possible. 

Aqua classes

Our aqua classes are pool-based classes, using the resistance of the water and aerobic style moves. This is a great way to work out in a fun environment, while removing any impact on the joints. It is especially good for injury rehabilitation. Visit Aqua classes for more information. 

Gentle exercise

Our gentle exercise programme is great for people starting their fitness journey. Our coaches design gentle exercise to suit you and can include seated aerobics, standing aerobics and gentle movements. 

Move Easy

Our Move easy classes are designed to 'ease you in' or 'welcome you back' to physical activity. A 20-30 minute class performed in a social circle. Rest or join in at your leisure and be guided by our instructors on your fitness journey. There may be a social element too!

Community classes

Our community class programme 'Ways to wellbeing' is a programme which supports local community providers to offer beginner level activities for adults to improve their health and wellbeing. Visit Community classes to view the timetable. 

Virtual exercise classes

Keeping active has never been so important and we want to help you get moving.

We have teamed up with Technogym to launch a mix of live and on-demand fitness programmes on the Mywellness app. You'll find 100 pre-recorded classes from the fitness experts at Technogym alongside the familiar faces of fitness instructors and coaches from our leisure centres. You can also join our fitness instructors live for some of your favourite classes. Daily exercises, challenges and run programmes will continue to be available on the app.

Guidance on attending a fitness class

Please note our guidance for attending an outdoor class: 

  • Please wear suitable clothing for your activity, gloves are advisable for outdoor sessions. 
  • Bring your own water. 
  • Outdoor classes may be cancelled or moved indoors in wet and extreme weather conditions.  
  • View our exercise class descriptions for more detail on each class, including intensity levels. 
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