Your Questions About BMF Answered

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What is a typical class like?

There is no ‘typical’ class. Each instructor is different and each session is varied to stop both your mind and body getting bored. It’s a whole body workout designed to improve your stamina, speed, agility and strength in a fun and interesting way. We guarantee that some of the exercises we do will be completely new to you. At each class participants are divided into ability groups of around 15 people. Classes start with a warm up followed by at least 50 minutes of individual, pairs and team exercises, we end with a cool down and stretch.

Instructors and members are a friendly bunch and are always keen to welcome a new face. We make sure that each individual works to their own level of fitness within the group. It’s a real skill, but our instructors have year’s worth of experience.

What is a BMF Running Club like?

The running club is an hour long session which focuses on members running skills. Sessions involve developing power, speed and endurance.

All abilities are catered for and instructors who teach the lessons have specialist knowledge on the subject. The class is run at a gentler pace with explanations on what each exercise achieves. Greens come away from some of the interval circuits breathing hard and but don’t worry blues are given a scaled down choice too.

The terrain is mixed using paths, grass, and features of the park.

Is there a minimum age?

Yes. You need to be 16 years and over to participate in a BMF class.

Do I need to check with a doctor before I go to a class?

You should complete and sign our health questionnaire (it’s part of the free trial class registration process) and hand it to your instructor before you start your first class. Women who are pregnant should check with their GP before starting any classes.

Do I need to be super-fit?

No – but you do need to be committed to improving your level of fitness with a good workout. Don’t worry if you lack motivation – we’re here to help you get fit. We cater for all levels of fitness by dividing the class into ability groups, blue for beginner, red for intermediate and green for advanced. We have equal numbers of men and women at our classes of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels. Members’ ages range from 16 to 70.

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Do I need to attend a fitness assessment before I start?

No, just turn up to any class for your free trial. It’s a good idea to have a look at the fitness assessment page to give you a rough guide as to what group you might fit into. Most people start in the Blues. If you’re unsure, speak to the instructor when you arrive at the venue and they’ll recommend which group will suit you best.

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What should I wear? Do I need any specialist equipment?

A decent pair of outdoor running shoes is all you really need. Fashion trainers are not advisable as they offer little support or grip and you may run the risk of injury if you wear them to a class. Other than that, an old t-shirt on top and shorts, tracksuit bottoms or running leggings are ideal. Some exercises involve getting down on the ground so be prepared to get a little bit dirty – it’s part of the fun! Unfortunately we can’t guarantee the weather but we can guarantee that you’ll be sweating by the end of each session so make sure you have something warm to put on after the session has finished. Some people also like to wear a lightweight base layer, gloves and a hat during winter months.

If possible, please arrive in your kit as changing facilities in parks are limited – though we do try to position our meeting points close to public conveniences.

Specialist equipment – Apart from a good pair of running shoes any equipment required for the exercises will be supplied by the instructor.

How long are the sessions?

The classes are an hour long. This includes a warm up, a cool down and stretches.

Will I be shouted at?

No, you will not be shouted at directly. However, our instructors will call out instructions and words of encouragement to keep the class motivated, so everyone gets the most out of their work out. They are a friendly bunch, and they love a bit of banter. But, ultimately our instructors are there for you to achieve your health and fitness goals.

I've registered on the website, do I need to book my free trial class?

No, once you’ve registered online, you can select any session on the timetable to come along to for a great work out. Just turn up at the meeting point in your kit 10-15 minutes before the start time.

Where do I put my valuables?

Please try to avoid bringing valuables to the classes but if you have to do so, you may use the instructors’ or the British Military Fitness vehicle to store your valuables/change of clothing etc.

Do I have to register?

Yes, you can register by filling in the online form at any time. You will then receive an email with further instructions.

Do I need to bring my own water?

You’re welcome to bring your own water and/or isotonic drinks for before or after the session. The instructors do carry plenty of water and there will be water breaks during the class. Please make sure you are hydrated before you arrive.

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It's raining / snowing; will there still be a BMF session today?

BMF train in all weather conditions, so long as it is deemed safe to do so.  We adapt our style of training to the elements around us.  Should it be necessary to cancel any sessions, we inform our members at the earliest opportunity.  If you have unsubscribed from these communications previously and would like to receive them again, please send an email to fitness@britmilfit.com. If you are ever in doubt, please do check the park web page held on our website.

Can I use parks other than the one I registered to?

Yes, we ask that the park you use the most frequently is your “home park”.  It is this park where your name will appear on the register, however, if visiting any other park/venue please let the instructor know you are visiting and the name of your “home park” and they will ensure your attendance is recorded.

Can I take a friend along with me to a session if they haven't used BMF before?

Yes, your friend will be offered a free trial class and then at the end of the class will be invited to join.

What can I do if I miss any of my BMF sessions?

If your membership type is one class per week, and you happen to miss a week, so long as you have an active direct debit in place, this class can be made up the following week, by attending two classes that week.  Any missed classes are carried forward for a maximum period of 12 weeks.

Can I suspend my membership within the 6 month minimum term?

If suspension is due to an injury or for a medical reason we will ask for medical proof in order to suspend during your contract for a max of 6months. The membership will automatically restart on the 1st day of the following month.  Suspensions will start and end at the beginning and end of any month.

Can I transfer my membership to another person if I can't use it anymore?

No, memberships are for personal use only and are non transferable

Is a medical letter from my physio sufficient proof of injury?

Yes, so long as the letter is on headed note paper and signed by the physio and it states your rest periods, this is more than acceptable.

I'm pregnant, can I continue with my BMF sessions?

We do not recommend you train after your first trimester, however, we will, at your request, put your membership on hold for a period of 12 months, so you can recommence training after the baby is born.

Can I cancel my monthly membership at any time?

We have two types of contract, one which is a 6 month minimum term and is the best value for money regarding membership, however you cannot suspend (unless for injury or medical reasons) or cancel within the first 6 months.

The other is our monthly membership, which is a slightly more expensive, but gives the flexibility of being able to suspend or cancel after your first monthly payment has been debited.

To cancel any type of membership you need to contact the office either by telephone or by emailing/writing to us.  The notice period is 7 days prior to the end of the month in order to cancel the membership for the next month.  Anything less than 7 days notice will mean that your membership will be cancelled at the end of the next month. When we have processed the cancellation request, we will email you (so it’s important to make sure we have your correct email address on the system).  If you do not receive an email within 5 working days from the date you sent in your request, please do contact the office to ensure it has been received.

How is my payment calculated if I join mid month?

If you join mid month you will be charged a pro-rata payment for the remaining days of the month. 

This payment is debited from your account 5-10 days from when your membership start, but is calculated from your start date to the end of the month. 

If you are commencing membership less than 7 days before the end of the month, your pro-rata payment and your full next month’s payment are likely to be incorporated together, making your initial payment slightly higher, but your following month’s payment will be the regular monthly fee, for the membership you have chosen.

Please note if you have chosen a membership level with minimum 6 month term, the pro-rata payment does not form part of this 6 months minimum term.  Your minimum term is for 6 full payments and after this time your membership will continue unless you choose to suspend or cancel it.

Session block - Can I suspend my session blocks due to injury?

Yes, you can suspend your session blocks for a maximum period of one month if you have been injured or for medical reasons.  If a longer period of time is needed we will require a medical note.  It is worth noting that Session Blocks have a life span of 12 months

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