Welcome to Orangefield Park
Orangefield Park is buzzing with energy over the weekends and the perfect spot for our group fitness sessions. The park is part of the Connswater Community Greenway so lots of interesting areas to explore wildlife near by but we’ll be on the higher ground away from the wetlands.
We’re not far from Guilt Trip, which is perfect for a well-deserved post-session coffee (we’ll leave it to you if the donut is well-earned too).
If you fancy coming out to exercise amongst the grass and trees then head on down for a free trial and find out how our members get fit.
Helen is running One Element Belfast and became the franchise owner following 4 years of being a member at Wandsworth Common in London.
She is keen to bring the positive One Element ethos to the Orangefield sessions by getting the best out of members and ensuring they have fun while doing so.
Directions & transport
Orangefield Park is in east Belfast and is shaped like a triangle in the east corner of the Grand Parade and Castlereagh crossroad. We train at the Grand Parade entrance opposite Dixon Playing Fields but you can also get access from Dunraven Park.
If heading NE from Ladas drive the entrance is just after the Go Petrol Station. If coming via the Comber Greenway it’s a quick cycle down from the North Road exit or 10 minute walk. Guilt Trip coffee shop is another landmark – 5 minutes walk and you’ll often find us here after training.
Bus: 5A, 5B, 31
North Road Glider stop is a 10 min walk from here
Look out for: Our Trainers will be wearing a clearly marked One Element t-shirt with ‘Trainer’ on the back and have a One Element Flag in the ground.
Our elite team
What gives you the most satisfaction from One Element? It's got to be the friendships that come from One Element. I've made some great friends through the training sessions and socials and this is why I've set up the franchise in Belfast. I'm keen to encourage others to get the same experiences and the same highs from exercising in the outdoors, seeing this gives me the most satisfaction.
Best meal you have ever had? My favourite meal is Sunday lunch at home - seasonal veg from Mum's garden and tatties roasted by Dad!
What do you do in your free time? I love to go for walks and I'm at my happiest when spending time by the sea or in the sea in Donegal. When I'm not outdoors I love to cook, do yoga, read and listen to the radio - all with a glass of wine!
What is your favourite quote? I tend to say this to anyone who's listening before a dip in the Irish Sea: 'You may not always like the person who goes into the water but you always like the person who comes back out.' It's supposed to encourage more folk to get in! I read it in an article about a bunch of hardy Wicklow swimmers and it's stuck with me ever since.
What to expect
You will be greeted by your One Element Trainer (wearing a One Element top with ‘Trainer’ on the back) and introduced to some of the long-term members.
Every session begins with a warm up, gradually building in intensity to ensure you are suitability prepared for the session ahead. The warm up also provides a great opportunity to chat to some of our members and find out more about One Element and what keeps them coming back.
Our trainers and members know each other by name and will be motivating each other throughout the session and you’ll soon feel included. You’ll see the supportive and positive atmosphere we’ve created and soon settle into the session.
One Element training is deliberately challenging, you can do as much or as little as you like, there’s no need to worry about your fitness level. There is no peer pressure – you alone will feel how hard to push yourself.
Once the session starts you’ll see our members have hugely varying levels of fitness but they all train together and you’ll be encouraged to take training at the pace that works for you. The main body of the session lasts about 45 minutes and differs every week. We finish each hour-long session with a spot of core training and a good stretch.
At the end of the session the Trainer will have a chat with you to find out how you found it, run through the membership options with you and answer any questions you may have.
Depending on the session, some of our members may go for a coffee, brunch or a drink afterwards so please feel free to join them.
You will leave a One Element training session feeling energetic and positive – that’s a promise! If you don’t believe it, join us on Instagram to see the latest feel-good pics.
From post-training coffees, brunch and drinks to ski trips and sporting and socialfitness events, there’s something for everyone because we know training with your friends works.
I joined One Element ten years ago having done no exercise until a couple of years before my retirement at the age of 65. I have found the One Element sessions great fun and have made such a difference to my flexibility, shape and wellbeing.
Currently I am training 4 times a week with emphasis on weights and only wish more of the more mature would join me. Training outside helps the immune system and I have far fewer colds than many of my friends! Now at 76 I love my sessions and the social aspects and hope it will keep me feeling young!