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Auchinleck Rd, Cumnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland.

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      06.01.2010 19:17
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      Visions Leisure Centre, Auchinleck Road, Cumnock.

      http://www.visionsleisure.com/

      Cumnock used to have a fantastic big open air swimming pool which was closed in the early 90's leaving the town with practically no facilities. A local committee was formed in 1996 to raise money to build a state of the art complex for the area which was finally opened in 2004. The following is my review of the facility.

      PRICES: Adult swim £2.90 Junior/Unemployed/Concession £2.10
      Steam/Sauna/Spa £5.25
      Gym £4.75 Aerobics £3.30
      Swim Spectator £1.05 Junior/Concession £0.55
      Anual Gold (everything) £378 or £31.50 Month
      Couple $703.80 or £58.65 Month
      Pool only £315 or £26.25 Month
      Concession £288.60 or £24.05 Month

      OPENING TIMES: Mon/Thurs 7:30am till 10pm
      Tues/Wed/Fri 12pm till 10pm
      Sat/Sun 9am till 5pm
      Last admission is 1 hour before closing.

      POOL: The complex has a well lit and nicely appointed 25 metre swimming pool which is usually not overly busy, admittedly its a small pool but the aesthetics of the pool room are pleasing and the water is always warm, things are not too strict with regard to floats and diving masks but the area is well stewarded and is not plagued with idiots.

      SANUA/STEAM/SPA: The Sauna holds around 10 people and is reliably warm with good steam production, very relaxing and well finished, the steam room is again set up for ten people, it takes a bit of getting used
      to the humid atmosphere and the steam jet is usually infused with menthol crystals which really clear the airways, The spa holds six comfortably and gives a nice relaxing bubble massage however the temperature is never the same twice and can be either too hot or too cold. The changing/shower area is nicely tiled and well laid out, the area is very clean and always has someone washing something.

      GYM: This is my own area of interest and is an excellent multipurpose gym suitable for fitness fans and weight lifters, please note it is not a "bodybuilding" gym even though we have tried to encourage this and does not really cater for genuine powerlifting so there are no steroid users and no grunting during lifts. Anerobically we make do with a free weight Smith Machine which can go to 150 kilos and is ample for working any body part, we have dumbells which max out at 25 kilos, we have asked for an increase to 50 kilos and this is in the pipeline, they have good leg press and leg extension/curl machines along with all the other machines that beginners use ie. pec deck, chest press, shoulder press. The abcoaster provides a great abdominal workout and they have a punching bag for a good cardio finish. Aerobically every machine under the sun is available from treadmills to cross trainers to rowing machines and bikes all of which provide a small television and full read out of pulse and calories burnt etc.... Every piece of equipment is of a high quality and the gym is perfectly laid out. The gym users are friendly as are the instructors who are trained to a high standard and offer personal programs and advice to anyone who asks.

      IN GENERAL: Additional facilities include an automated back massage table and a spray tan booth. The complex has been warmly welcomed by the local community and it is well used but never too busy, price wise it is about average against places with similar facilities and has what I can only describe as a family atmosphere about it. If you feel like joining but are put off by the thought of walking into a gym for the first time don't because you'll be welcomed.

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