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Fitness Classes

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Our Fitness Classes In Swansea


At the Dragon Hotel we certainly know how to kick off the start of a new week with the introduction of MOTIVATION MONDAY!  We are now holding 30 minute Fat Burning, Metabolism Boosting Classes that are high on results and low on time.

Reach your health and fitness goals faster with our Personal Trainers who are holding small group training classes every Monday  at 6.00pm.  We keep the class small so you get plenty of attention from our trainers.

The 30 minute group sessions will be a personal ‘circuit style’ training session, with sessions including ‘High Intensity Interval Training’.

Class costs are £3 Health Club Members     £5 Non-Members

So book your place now on this amazing class that will transform your training regime, your whole outlook on health & fitness, and reap all the rewards!

Please contact the Health Club on 01792 657111 to confirm your place!



Come along to our class every Monday at 2pm and Thursday at 6.30pm.  45 minutes of fun, low impact exercise aimed at improving fitness, toning muscles and building strength.

Members £3    Non-Members £5

You can also park at the hotel for free plus you can use our towels and take advantage of our sauna after the class!

T: 01792 657111

Personal Training

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

The Dragon Hotel is proud to boast some of the best Personal Trainers in Swansea and South Wales. Here’s some more information on our top team.

Louise Morris

LouiseI am mum to a teenage son, who is my inspiration to stay fit and healthy. I have always enjoyed going to the gym, but I was a believer the longer I stayed in the gym doing cardio the more I would benefit. I also believed that I could have a biscuit with my cup of tea “as I had earned it”. Needless to say I didn’t change body shape and stayed unhappy!!

Then I met two fantastic ladies in the fitness industry, one being Tara Hammet, who shed some much needed light on the best way to train and eat for optimal results. This inspired me to educate myself further to achieve the physique I wanted and to be healthy and happy. I completed Level 2 Gym instructor and then Level 3 Personal Trainer, and i have achieved level 1 Precision Nutrition . I am keen to research fitness, health and well being; we are constantly learning how food and fitness affects the human body.It isn’t all about physical appearance.

I love my position as Health Club Manager here at The Dragon Hotel and being able to pass on what I have learned to motivate, educate and help get others achieve the results they desire. I absolutely love pushing clients through our one to one sessions, motivating my ladies through our Aqua class on a Monday @2pm, and a Thursday evening @6.30, and also getting the most out of people with tough sessions in our Group Pt Hiit workouts.

Dean Williams (HFC)Dean Williams

Dean is a Health and Fitness enthusiast with over 8 years experience in the industry. Having worked at various Gyms and studios across Swansea he has gained much experience and knowledge working alongside some of Swansea’s top Personal Trainers. Always looking to expand his knowledge and experience within the industry, Dean is currently working towards advanced nutritional and exercise referral Qualifications.

Personal Training is not only his job but is also a hobby for Dean and you will often find him training himself or clients at the Dragon Health club. Dean’s specialist focus is on Weight loss ‘Helping people reach their fitness goals and achieve their ambitions gives me a great sense of achievement’.

Dean is also a keen rugby player having represented Wales at Age group rugby and having also played for the Ospreys U16, U18 and U20’s. Coaching aspiring rugby players is an ambition of Deans, putting into practice past experiences, he also offers sports specific goal setting and training advice.

Personal training slots are available with Dean, to book a session or for any further information about training with Dean call the Dragon Health Club.

Tom Abraham

Tom is a keen fitness enthusiast and always looks for new ways to train on his own fitness and nutrition and in order to help others reach and over exceed their goal. Tom enjoy’s taking part in all sports, has a black belt in karate a sport that he has participated in since the age of 7. This is how he learnt to improve his own training in order to reach his peak at international level where Tom represented Wales. This in turn inspired him to help others to improve their health and fitness.Tom also enjoy’s surfing when ever possible and is keen to try out new sports. Tom still attends various courses to gain as much knowledge in the field of health and fitness as possible.

Personal training slots are available with Tom, to book a session or for any further information about training with Tom call the Dragon Health Club

Tara Hammett

TaraTara is one of Swansea and South Wales’s leading and most passionate Personal Trainers.  Her enthusiasm, dedication and infectious motivation is spreading not only in The Dragon Hotel Health Club but throughout Wales, the UK and internationally with individuals following her online tips and advice. Tara has also been a finalist in the Top Ten Exorex Personal Trainer of the Year 2011 and the Top six in the National Fitness Awards Personal Trainer Award 2012.

Alongside her day job, Tara visits local care homes helping elderly and mentally ill residents through enjoyable activities. She regularly writes articles for newspapers and magazines, has been the motivational force behind the local radio stations 6 week diet programme helping the recruits and presenters lose hundreds of pounds. The programme will enter its third series in the New Year; this has been in addition to encouraging hundreds of listeners across South Wales. Tara has also helped launch online lifestyle channels and

Tara launched her first book, called Tara’s ‘Healthy Handbook’ in February this year with copies being bought from all around the world.  Tara has also been appointed as the Fitness Expert for Admiral. Tara helps to promote health and fitness to all employees across the Admiral and sites in Swansea, Cardiff and Newport with regular updates on her intranet page.

Personal Training sessions start at £15.  To book a session with any of our team you can call us direct on 01792 657111 or email us at

A day in the life of Hazel – Accounts Assistant Extraordinaire!!

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

‘Step into my shoes’ she says, ‘and live a day like mine,

I’ll guarantee that by the end you’ll need a glass of wine!!

For all my days are filled with chores that no one else can do –

Well, yes they can but the point is this: I just don’t trust them to!!’


Everyday she lays out the clothes the children are to wear,

And makes sure Mark is up to speed on how to do their hair.

Woe be tide if he should fail, the consequences great,

And nervously he wrings his hands and waits to learn his fate.


Off she trots to work to chase up payments with great pleasure,

No debtor stone remains unturned; with her they’ve met their measure.

With Irish lilt she lays the law, her tone causes a sweat,

For they all fear her wrath if payment terms have not been met!


So here it is in black and white: she truly is a wonder

She captains home and work alike, and leaves no room for blunder,

Pay heed all readers: leave no room for excuses or mistakes,

Lest you shall feel the sharp edge of the tongue of Hazel Lakes!!


Tara Jives Away With Second Place!

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

This weekend I took part in the most INCREDIBLE experience of my life. Strictly Swansea was the most magnificent event and I feel so lucky to have been part of it. The journey was so emotional, I was nervous, scared, anxious but also very very excited!

Many months ago Blanche Sainsbury, the Managing Director of SWWMedia had a lightbulb moment about a Strictly event and I was so excited that I was asked to dance. Taking on a challenge and learning a new skill is right up my street, but never in my life would I have predicted that it would soon become one of the biggest highlights of my life.

Tara  & BlairMario and Rebekah from DeMarco’s Dance School in  Swansea have been amazing. They are the most incredible instructors and now wonderful friends and I can’t thank them enough for all the effort they have put in to teaching me, and all the others who were dancing on the night. My new Strictly family!

I also feel like the luckiest girl to have been teamed up with the amazing Blair Crewther. We got on like a house on fire from day 1. Blair had a hard task of putting up with me over the months, but he is the most patient, professional and fabulous person (and an amazing dancer btw) and with the help of Mario and Rebekah, somehow managed to turn me into a dancer! We have had so much fun along the way and have become brilliant friends.Rumba

The night was a huge success and I was over the moon with my Rumba performance with Blair.

Strictly 10

We had the highest score of the night with an amazing 10 from Mark Jermin, 9 from Camilla Dallerup and 10 from Kevin Sacre! Wowweee!

I was so happy to get to the final with the lovely Melanie Walters and along with Lara Johnson, who was so fab the judges decided to choose her with a wild card; we had a really tough Jive in the dance off. It was one of the hardest workouts even for me as a Personal Trainer in Swansea but the best fun too!! Melanie was the winner of the night, and I was proud to have come second and delighted to have raised £300 for my chosen charity Tan Yr Allt Service Users Fund.

Now my amazing journey is over I have the Post-Strictly Blues. I want to go back in time. (In fact, Blair is also amazing by day and is a scientist – so I’m putting all my faith in him to invent me a time machine pronto!!) I miss my lessons, I miss Mario & Rebekah, I miss my new friends that also went through the same journey as me and I miss Blair. Sooooooo…that can only mean one thing!!! I’ve got to keep at it.

Strictly Swansea may be over for me now, but the journey was too amazing to leave there. The dancing shoes are with me to stay and I can’t wait to see what exciting memories they will see me through in the future!!

Keeeeeep Dancing!

Tara xxxx

…and now the news!!

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

BONG – Payslip requests increase.  Accounts Assistant Kelly Palmer has been forced into hiding, following  a surge of employees requesting paperwork.  Today she issued a press release asking for staff of  The Dragon Hotel to remain in their posts and stand together!!

BONG – Tragedy has struck in the Helen John household (Accounts Manager).  Beloved Norman the hamster, who has for the last 18 months entertained friends, family and blog readers passed away peacefully.  This sad news has indeed caused a cloud to hang over the accounts office.

Norman was a happy soul,  he had his faults as we all do.. and was under going therapy for his nut addiction and biting habit.   Forensic reports showed traces of nut in his bloodstream and tiny nut particles hidden under his bed.  Police are not treating his death as suspicious. The family have asked people to respect their privacy at this difficult time.

BONG – Administrator airs her assests.  The people of Briton Ferry were shocked and outraged when Kelly Allen dared to bare all in a comedy play written by Eric Chappell.  The shapely sex bomb suggestively sauntered onto the  stage and bared her bootie in  a blatantly bold display.  Members of the public are being treated for shock and their families have been informed.

…and now the weather

Cold and damp for the remainder of the week, followed by cold and damp!!

They Are All Barking Mad!

Friday, September 28th, 2012

It’s the pitter patter of four tiny feet for Louise our reservations manager as she has a new addition to the family!!Flo

Flo the British Bulldog is new to the Reservations team here, and is busy at work..

It’s a hard life being a dog!Flo hard at work

Flo is only 8 weeks old, so Louise is now her substitute Mama.

Flo likes nothing more than having her belly tickled and biting your toes!

Flo is originally from North Wales but is now a fully fledged Swansea Jack, even down to her toes being black & white!

Hopefully when Flo is big enough you will see her strutting the green at Crufts!

Ironman Wales

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Rob Iron Man

On Sunday 16th September our Health Club Deputy Manager Rob Crabtree competed in the Ironman Wales race in Tenby, Pembrokeshire. The event consisted of a 2.4 mile sea swim, 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile marathon to finish. This was also his first ever Ironman race and coincidentally his first marathon.

Rob completed his first Ironman in 12hrs 03mins, beating his target by 57 minutes. He also raised money for Help for Heroes, so if you would like to donate, please come along to the club or donate online at


Swim time: 1:03:21

Bike time: 6:38

Run Time: 4:03


He is now an Ironman, and will never let us forget it (bragging rights)!

Huge congratulations Rob for such an achievement!

Team Member of the Month – Tanisha Williams

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Once again, it’s time for us to honour a Team Member whose actions and efforts have impressed and inspired us.  There was no hesitation or debate within the team that the very special and deserving person to take the title Team Member of the Month for August was the lovely Tanisha Williams – Conference & Banqueting Supervisor.  Tanisha has been the recipient of this award on a number of occasions now which goes to show how valued she is.

Tanisha has been with us at the Dragon Hotel for 8 years and has worked her way up through the ranks to her most recent promotion to full time Conference & Banqueting Supervisor.  Her dedication to the role and to providing first class customer service is inspirational.

Tanisha is also the Queen of Christmas tree decorating which was beautifully demonstrated at our recent ‘Christmas in September’ event.

Tanisha Williams

T-aking the initiative, you never do complain,

A-lways happy, never glum, in sunshine or in rain

N-ever do you quibble when tasks are big or small

I-nspiring all around you, you’re a credit to us all!

S-miling as you work, with quiet grace you serve,

H-elpful to guests and staff alike, this honour you deserve

A-n inspiration to us all, and also you are really tall!!

Thank You

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

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Join our Loyalty Club

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

A new initiative which enables loyal hotel guests to maximise on their allegiance by earning more for their money spent here at The Dragon Hotel.

It’s our way of giving back, of saying thank you for your custom and support.

For further information click here