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      03.10.2001 04:22
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      I am not exactly an exercise person. But having just moved to a new area I resolved to get fit. After days of trawling around the local gyms to find the least intimidating, I think I have finally done it. My main criteria was a gym which offered good value for money, but most importantly it had to be a place that I would feel comfortable in, and have a good range of classes. Total Fitness UK seems to fit this description. The staff show you around the gym, and then don't try to push you into making a decision about joining then and there. Maybe this is because they don't have to: the gym sells itself. They have a huge range of exercise classes - although I wouldn't recommend the tai chi class, as the instructor seemed unwilling to explain the moves to beginners. This can make the class a little pointless. Other classes which they offer are aimed at different levels, and include: spin, spin circuit - popular with men and women, step, aquarobics, boxercise, toning classes - bodymax for the more enthusiastic, khai-bo, ahtanga vinyasa yoga - which is really popular, and a running club. They are also starting dance classes, and the timetables get apdated and added to fairly frequently. As well as these classes aimed at adults, they also offer a good range of junior fitness, and swimming lessons. The gym area has a good range of equipment - although I only use the cross country stepper, bicycle, and treadmill. They have a couple of areas with toning machines, and a weights area upstairs. There is also a separate ladies gym with most of the equipment available in the rest of the gym. In addition to the gym classes and equipment, there are also three pool areas, a standard pool for lengths, a smaller pool where the aquarobics takes place, and a hydrotherapy pool. Plus sauna, steam room and jacuzzi. Something for everyone really. The staff are mainly friendly and approachable, and you can be helped al
      ong with your regime by a personal trainer. Or not. No pressure, which seems to make a change! The joining fee can be a little on the expensive side, but check that the company that you work for isn't included in their list for discounted membership. Mine was and this can make the experience altogether more affordable!

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        21.06.2001 18:04
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        Background: Total Fitness gyms have been popping up all round the country over the past few years. The Liverpool establishment is located within the retail park just off Edge Lane (the main route into the city from the M62 motorway). My reason for joining this gym was simple. I got a large discount off the joining fee thanks to a corporate discount arrangement and also, it is about 200metres away from my workplace. General: The costs of joining are as follows: £180 joining fee. A lot of companies / NHS etc… get discount – my fee was only £39. You should check with them before signing up. It costs £35 / month to use the gym and this gives you full access to all facilities between 0700h and 2200h, 7days a week. There is an off-peak rate of £24 / month which gives you access in between 0900h and 1700h. Facilities: The first thing to happen when you join is that you get a basic fitness assessment. This comprises a measurement of your pulse rate, your blood pressure, a health questionnaire, weight measurement and then a discussion of what you are aiming to get from the gym. The Liverpool gym has a 25m swimming pool and a smaller leisure pool. There are solariums and saunas around the pools and also gender-exclusive ones in the respective changing areas. The poolside steam room is splendid and has a cold plunge-bath to jump into afterwards (should you feel like it). My favourite is the hydrotherapy pool. This is big enough for about15 people at a time and has various jets of water and bubbles to soothe away the aches. It also has a couple of water-cannon type jets which are very powerful. An excellent way to wind down after a work out. It has numerous cross-trainers, fitness bikes, rowing machines, treadmills, steppers and a ‘moving staircase’, all situated on two floors. It has a large area of free weights, and a large number of weights machines (ranging from pec-decks and Lat-pull
        down machines through to thigh toners and hamstring machines). The machines are what I call ‘anatomically grouped’, meaning the machines for one body area are all located next to each other. Around the cardiovascular machines are a number of TV’s with various programs on and also, a local radio station is played over the PA system – quite a good one, in as much as it plays songs and doesn’t have yappy DJ’s pissing you off all the time. There are a couple of large studios where a number of classes ranging from step and circuits (that old ‘knackerer’) to various aspects of martial arts take place. There is also a female only gym – I’m not sure what’s in there though. The changing rooms are very clean, although they can get a bit minging during peak times – not surprising and that’s not a criticism. There are about 20 or so shower cubicles in the mens, and the first two have a splendid cold water-douche – pull the handle and grit your teeth! There is also a small canteen which I’ve not tried and you can buy all sorts of sports kit from reception ranging from swimming hats (obligatory, by the way) to sweat towels. There are a huge range of classes to get involved in, as I hinted at earlier – I can’t list them all, but I’m sure they cover everything you’d expect. My only gripe is that the Liverpool centre doesn’t have any squash courts – other ones do though and membership is for any of the UK gyms so you could go elsewhere for this. All in all, it is a very slick place – very pleasant atmosphere with state-of the art kit. There are a number of air-coolers keeping the temperature down and I’ve never really had to queue too long to use any of the machines or weights. If you’re serious about wanting to go to a gym to keep fit, then I don’t think £35 / month is excessive (although I am awa
        re that it is not exactly cheap either). Personal Note: I have suffered quite a few rugby injuries this season and I aim to get fully fit before the start of next season. This fine gym has all of the necessary kit to allow me to do so. However, it can be difficult to concentrate at times and as in any place like this, there is a fair bit of oggling going on from both sides – be warned.

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          21.01.2001 18:16

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          I am not exactly an excercise person. But having just moved to a new area I resolved to get fit. After days of trawling around the local gyms to find the least intimidating, I think I have finally done it. My main criteria was a gym which offered good value for money, but most importantly it had to be a place that I would feel comfortable in, and have a good range of classes. Total Fitness UK seems to fit this description. The staff show you around the gym, and then don't try to push you into making a decision about joining then and there. Maybe this is because they don't have to: the gym sells itself. They have a huge range of excercise classes - although I wouldn't recommend the tai chi class, as the instructor seemed unwilling to explain the moves to begginers. This can make the class a little pointless. The staff are mainly friendly and approachable, and you can be helped along with your regime by a personal trainer. Or not. No pressure, which seems to make a change! The joining fee can be a little on the expensive side, but check that the company that you work for isn't included in their list for discounted membership. Mine was and this can make the experience altogether more affordable!

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