Newest Review: ... months at a time. Overall, if people are looking for a gym I would definitely recommend Virgin Active. The equipment is top quality, the ... more
a gym with a difference
Member Name: sarah1423
Advantages: staff are very friendly, very clean, great facilities
Disadvantages: no changing cubicles, steam room in locker rooms, quite expensive
I have been a member at a few gyms but for me nothing compares to virgin active.
Facilities- I am a member at their didsbury club and although its not the biggest gym aound you can have a great workout. All of their equipment it technogym which has to be the best brand there is, there is a decent range of free weights 1-50kg, resistance machines and cardiovascular equipment. They also have some original stuff which you wont find anywhere else such as TRX suspension training and VIPR (I suggest you look these up for more information). They have a spin studio with around 25 top quality bikes, two large studios upstairs and a mind and body studio, all of which contain top of the range equipment which is well maintained. They showers are lovely and contain hair and body wash and hair conditioner of a high quality. There is pleanty of space in the locker rooms but not changing cublicles which may put some people off.
Wet area- They have a 25m swimming pool which looks great as it is an infinity pool and has some lovely lighting around it, situated around the pool there is a sauna and jaccuzi aswell as sun loungers for chilling out on. In the male and female changing rooms there is a steam room, I think it would be better if both sex's could use the same one as you could go in there with different gender friends/your partner, but I guess they didnt have the space for this.
Classes- There is a huge range of classes from spin to mother and baby yoga. The classes are suitable for people of different abilities and they tell you the level on the timetable. All of the instructors are great at what they do and there is a real buzz in there. The classes usually last between 45 mins and 1.5 hours. There are also a few childrens classes which is a great idea because it means you can leave them in there whilst you do your workout. They also do an aqua aerobics class and I have seen posters saying there is going to be a new aqua zumba class. For the most popular classes you need to get tocken from reception beforehand this means there are not too many people in class.
Staff- Thw staff are what make virgin active so wonderful and unique, they are so friendly and helpful and go out of their way to personalise your gym experience. They are friendly without being too in your face. Everytime you go in you will see a lot of staff on the gym floor, This is good because if you have a question or need some help there is always someone around. They also create a great atmosphere.
Price- The price is slightly on the high side you could expect to pay £50 a month for a 12month contract for an adult but in my opinion it is well worth it.
Cafe/V-club- There is a cafe that brews starbucks cofe along with suppling high quality protein drinks and small meals/snacks, There is plenty of room and computers that are free to use, they also have a selection of daily papers. V-club is the crech that you can leave your children in whilst you use the gym, From what I have seen of this it looks very nice.
Cleanliness- I will finish off with another great factor, everything is spotless, they take great care of making sure the gym is clean and in good working order, it is one of the cleanest places I know!
To to summarise this is a wonderful gym that is great for anyone, come here for a fun workout.
Summary: a great gym that im sure evyone would love