David Lloyd Club,Southampton
Telephone: 0238 074 7160
Address: The David Lloyd Club, Off Browhill Way,Frogmore Lane, Southampton, Hampshire SO16 OXS
I've been a member of David Lloyd, Southampton to for the last six months and so far I've been very impressed.
I've been a member of a number of gyms, but this is by far the best and for me it represents great value for money.
The gym itself is massive and has lots of equipment. I've never had to queue for any of the cardio vascular machines as there are so many of each one. There are also some less common machines which it is great to try.
The classes that I have attended have always been well run and enjoyable. In particular I like the Keiser Cycling (spinning) classes as they are fast paced with some great music. I also enjoy the pilates and aquaerobics classes. The timetable is comprehensive and classes seem to be at convenient times. One thing that has changed recently is that the club no longer prints timetables for classes, although this isn't really a problem as it is available online.
In addition to the gym and studios David Lloyd have two adult swimming pools- one indoor and one outdoor. The outdoor one is an absolute joy when the sun is out, and both are heated to a pleasent temperature. The changing facilities are always clean and warm and the showers are excellent.
There is a cafe/ restaurant at the site, ideal if you fancy a coffee or a snack post-work out. There is also a small sports shop where you can pick up work-out essentials as well as a hair and beauty salon to pamper yourself if you're so inclined.
David Lloyd is certainly not cheap, but I think that the range and standard of the facilities makes if great value for money for anyone looking for a high spec health club and gym.
I believe there are also excellent racquet sport facilities at the club although I've never used them myself.....
The Southampton club opened in April 2001 on a 12-acre site on the western edge of the city, with convenient motorway access for members who do not live locally. The facilities include a health and fitness suite, dance studio, six indoor and four outdoor tennis courts, four badminton and three squash courts, large indoor and outdoor pools, sauna and steam rooms, etc. There is a popular bar, lounge and restaurant area for those who want to put the calories back again after exercise! There are many other facilities including a nursery and crèche. The equipment and layout are really first class, and the well-trained staff are invariably helpful. Membership is quite expensive but nevertheless the club has attracted people from a wide variety of ages and backgrounds, which makes for a good atmosphere. I have been trying to think of something to criticize, so here goes. Large areas of the grounds were recently covered in mulch and planted with a variety of shrubs. Unfortunately, the annual and perennial weeds were not treated with weed killer, and if this is not done soon the surroundings will turn into an untidy mess. Since writing the above criticism of the surroundings, a lot of work has been done to eliminate the weeds and plant or turf the grounds, which now are beginning to look quite good. Overall, I would now rate this as an excellent club with comprehensive facilities.