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Wellness Suite

At Duncan Edwards and Halesowen leisure centres

Our Wellness Suites are fully equipped with state of the art Shapemaster toning machines. Each machine uses power assisted technology which provides help to move specific areas of the body with low impact support.

How do the machines work?

There are twelve machines in total; each one having a specific use so that customers can exercise particular areas of concern with ease. This circuit-based session is bookable in 60 minute slots enabling you to access each piece of equipment. It also allows you recovery time between each piece of kit. 

These low impact exercises can be used by people of any age and of any ability. The toning machines will particularly be useful for people who require physiotherapy or are rehabilitating after surgery. Our fully trained advisers will be on hand to ensure the correct use of each piece of equipment.

How will the Wellness Suite benefit my health?

Our Shapemaster equipment will assist with the following: 

  • Side flexor: The Side Flexor machine provides a superb exercise targeting the oblique muscles, firming and flattening of the abdominal wall. The internal and external obliques are diagonal muscles which lie underneath the rectus abdominus are targeted. These muscles are responsible for twisting actions. The erector spinae muscles are also used, therefore strengthening the lower back. This unique exercise combination will provide fast results, providing tone and strengthening abdominals

  • Hipster: The Hipster provides a great exercise for the hips and glutes, facilitating a movement known as ‘swim kicks’. The user can opt to lie on their front or their back when using this machine. When used whilst lying on the back, it helps to stretch the hamstrings and will improve strength of the gluteal muscles. When used whilst lying on the front, it will gently assist alternate hip extension and also enable a gentle lower back exercise.

  • Seated climber: The Seated Climber is predominantly a cardiovascular machine which exercises both the upper and lower body, combining a lateral pulldown and shoulder press movement with a leg stepping action. It helps to shape and strengthen the deltoids and larger muscle groups of the upper back, whilst improving posture and increasing cardiovascular fitness.

  • Chest and legs: The Chest & Legs machine assists flexion and extension of all four limbs. The ability to move easily from sitting to standing is important for functional independence and requires strength within the extensor muscles groups. The push down action of the legs will strengthen the thigh & gluteal muscles. The rowing action of the arms will strengthen the arm & shoulder muscles.

  • Tricep dip and leg curl: The Tricep Dip and Leg Curl machine strengthens the muscles of the upper arm and thigh. During the push down phase of the upper limb movement, the triceps muscle will be activated. This muscle is important for reaching activities and pushing up from a low chair. During the pull up phase of the upper limb movement, the biceps muscle is used. This muscle group is very important for lifting and carrying activities.

  • Side bend stepper: The Side Bend Stepper exercises the major muscle groups (both upper and lower extremity), works the heart and lungs helping to raise energy levels and increase oxygen supply to the cells. It also helps to improve coordination.

  • Rotary torso: The Rotary Torso assists in the rotation of the trunk, hips and shoulders. Rotation of the trunk is one of the first movements to decline as part of the ageing process. This is further accelerated in people with neurological changes. Reduced trunk rotation leads to loss of arm swing during walking, reduced balance, back pain and stiffness. The Rotary Torso helps to reverse or minimise these changes.

  • Flys and thighs: The Flys & Thighs machine firms inner and outer thighs, helps to strengthen and shape the chest and shoulder areas, and increases mobility in the hip and shoulder joints. The upper body performs an upright fly exercise targeting the pectorals, whilst legs are performing abductor and adductor exercises, helping to strength the hips and thighs.

  • Cross cycle: The Cross Cycle promotes lower limb movement, and flexion and extension of the upper limbs. This exercise will promote strengthening of the thigh and shoulder muscles and improves aerobic fitness.

  • Tummy crunch: The Tummy Crunch is a multifunctional machine which exercises the abdominals and lower back, whilst mobilising the hip and knee joints, and gluteal muscles.

  • Ab pullover: The Ab Pullover provides a combination of stretching and strengthening which helps to improve shoulder and hip flexibility and strengthen the muscles of the abdomen and back.

  • Relaxer: It is important to cool down gradually at the end of an exercise session. The Relaxer offers vibratory stimulation which promotes relaxation at the end of an exercise session. Several physiological benefits are associated with vibration therapy. Research studies indicate that it can increase bone density, improve standing balance, reduce pain and decrease stiffness. These physiological responses will benefit the symptoms associated with long term conditions and the ageing process.

  • New for 2024 - Pickleball Coach and Play session
    Pickleball Pickleball is a fun sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Played on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net, two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, over a net. A court can be hired for casual bookings for any age group. Lifestyle, Student, and Junior members can now book pickleball as part of their membership. Pickleball Coach and Play Session is starting fortnightly from Tuesday 13 February, 6-7pm for a limited period. Designed for beginners, this session requires no prior experience, and you don't need to be a centre member to participate. Court hire and equipment are included in the price. Just £15.00 for 90 minutes. Limited places are available, secure yours at: https://www.worcestershirepickleball.com/stourbridge-pickleball
  • Swimming Lessons
    A range of swimming lessons take place during term-time with our experienced, fully qualified swimming instructors. Please note - during some school holidays intensive lessons take place. Details will be available on the Crystal Leisure Centre homepage in the run up to the holidays.
  • Gym
    Our Gym has a great choice of equipment and has been designed to provide everyone with the ultimate workout environment. To book a gym induction please call 01384 812912.
  • Fitness Classes
    The centre runs a wide range of fitness classes to suit all abilities, including body conditioning, functional fitness, circuit training, spin, aquafit, metafit, pilates and yoga. We also offer a range of Les Mills classes such as Bodypump, Bodyjam, Bodyattack, Bodybalance, Bodycombat.
  • Badminton, Pickleball, Squash, Table-tennis, Netball, Basketball and Five-a-side
    Sports hall and squash court opening hours: Sports hall opening hours Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 10.00pm (last admission 9.00pm) Saturday and Sunday, 9.00am - 6.00pm (last admission 5.00pm) Squash court opening hours Monday to Friday, 8.40am - 10.00pm (last admission 9.20pm) Saturday and Sunday, 8.40am - 6.00pm (last admission 5.20pm)   Badminton The centre has eight badminton courts that can be individually hired for casual or club bookings for any age. Badminton coaching The centre also runs badminton coaching sessions suitable for all abilities. The sessions which take place throughout the week are suitable 16 year olds and above and are taught by a qualified Badminton England Coach, so, if you want to improve your technique, shot selection and tactics, come along and give it a go. Sessions take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10.00am - 12.00pm. Pre-booking is not necessary. Pickleball Pickleball is a fun sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Played on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net, two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, over a net. A court can be hired for casual bookings for any age group. Squash and racketball The centre has two squash courts that can be individually hired for casual or club bookings for any age group. Table-tennis The centre has table-tennis facilities that can be hired for casual bookings for any age group. Five-a-side football The centre has a sports hall for five-a-side football, which can be hired for casual or club bookings for any age group. Netball/basketball The centre has courts that can be individually hired for casual or club bookings for any age group.
  • Soft Play Suite
    The Soft Play Suite is a fully equipped soft play structure with a dedicated toddler area, two tier junior area with slides, stepping stone run and spider web crawl. Children aged 7 years and under are allowed on the equipment. All children must be accompanied by a responsible/adult guardian for the duration of their session.
  • Children's Activities and Birthday Parties
    Children's Activities - we host a range of activities and courses for children both in term time and during school holidays. Birthday Parties - If you're having a Birthday Party we can help. Let us take the strain out of hosting a birthday party.
  • Clubs
    A number of clubs meet at the centre on a weekly basis offering additional activities outside of those offered by the Crystal Leisure Centre.

Please note: Spectators are not permitted in the Wellness Suite. If you require a carer to be present with you during your session, exceptions apply.

Wellness Suite contact numbers                          

Duncan Edwards Leisure Centre - 01384 812339                           

Halesowen Leisure Centre - 01384 813713

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