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Member Name: laurasavon
Member Advice on Gyms and Fitness Centres
Advantages: Cheap with no commitment
Disadvantages: No swimming pool
I had often considered joining a gym and looked at a local gym attached to a hotel, they had a very nice heated swimming pool, all of the usual gym equipment, weights room and a studio for classes with varying times including before and after work. All sounded very good until they confirmed the price, £60 per month with a 12 month contract!! For someone who had never been to a gym before a 12 month was a long commitment if it didn't suit me. I decided against this gym as much as it was very nice the price and commitment was more than I wanted to sign up to.
Not long after I saw signs for a Pure Gym opening in my area, a little dubious of the £10.99 rolling monthly contract I thought I would go and find out a little more. The gym is basic with no swimming pool; however, they do have all of the equipment you would expect to see in a gym, a separate weights area and fitness studio for classes. The gym is open 24 hours a day, although it is not staffed from midnight to 5am so the changing rooms are closed during this time.
How do they keep the prices down - everything is communicated online, classes are free but must be booked online and places are limited, no staff overnight (CCTV cameras and an emergency help button), you have to take your own padlock to use the lockers and take your own towel.
Summary: If you want a basic gym then try Pure Gym