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DAvid Lloyd Gyms

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nailpolish Tue 01-May-07 13:39:16

any good?

what are they like for children?

general prices?


moondog Tue 01-May-07 13:40:35

Becoming a lady who lunches are ya then?

Tutter Tue 01-May-07 13:41:14

i suddenly have the theme tuen from haorld lloyd in my head

nailpolish Tue 01-May-07 13:41:15



this is the nearest gym to my new house

i obv. cant keep going to my current one

littlemissbossy Tue 01-May-07 13:45:11

I used to go to David Lloyd when I lived nearer Leeds
The facilities were good, excellent gym equipment, good range of classes, tennis lessons etc. It was ok at first - although £70+ a month + extra if you wanted your children to go - probably more now.
They had a creche but charged by the hour and there were usually things going on for children activities in the holidays, swimming lessons, etc. There was also an outdoor pool, lovely in the summer.
The downside was there were never any instructors around when you needed them - unless you wanted to pay for a personal trainer.

nailpolish Tue 01-May-07 13:46:24

so would you recommend?

i think prices have come down, im sure they said £63

moondog Tue 01-May-07 13:46:55

Have you found a house then?

nailpolish Tue 01-May-07 13:47:49

yes we have bought one

littlemissbossy Tue 01-May-07 13:50:41

is that for offpeak membership?
a couple of friends still go to the one in Leeds and I'm sure they pay more than that but they can go any time
if it's the nearest one to your house and it's convenient, then go for it
BTW you had to give THREE months notice to stop your membership

DrDaddy Tue 01-May-07 13:51:12

We're members of the one just outside Bristol (Long Ashton) which is FANTASTIC for kids. In fact, it's a very family-oriented club, which from our experience of clubs is quite rare. The clubroom is normally full of families giving their kids tea and in the summer they run around outside, play in the outdoor or indoor pool, or in the soft play. DW pays to put DS1 in the creche once a week - about £7 p.h. I think....
We pay about £110 for couple membership (both DSs still under paying age, but see below...)

One recent downside:
David Lloyd as a company has made a decision to start charging children over the age of 3 £6 a month for no extra benefit. Naturally, there's been a bit of furore around this one, including me pointing out that it's nothing more than a tax!

nailpolish Tue 01-May-07 13:59:47

hmmm its quite dear isnt it

i shall have a look round and a hard think


GrumpyOldHorsewoman Tue 01-May-07 14:01:42

My sister goes alot with her 8 month old DS because it has a great creche and she can work out/swim in peace. She got my mum a trial there, and now mum has joined too. They say that it's great in the summer with loads of families taking advantage of the great facilities and outdoor pool. My sister has 2 other Ds's and they all go during the holidays and stay just about all day. They love it.

nailpolish Tue 01-May-07 14:02:44

i cant imagine an outdoor pool in Edinburgh...

the creche is quite expensive

shall have to check the funds

DrDaddy Tue 01-May-07 14:03:00

Oh...btw, the price is different if you have "racquets membership" or not. So, if you don't play tennis, then you can get standard membership. I think ours includes "racquets", so it may be cheaper than I quoted...

nailpolish Tue 01-May-07 14:05:24

i dont think i would be interested in raquet stuff tbh drdad

the dds might tho, when they are older (they are 2 and 4 at the mo)

i swim every day and i like classes like pilates

its SO convenient,
that to me is v important for motivation etc

piglit Tue 01-May-07 14:05:56

We were members of David LLoyd until recently. Very very pricey - £110+ per month.

Do you and the polishettes like swimming? I would recommend you join Drumsheugh Baths. It has a (small) gym and a wonderful pool. Really lovely place. I spent most of my childhood there.

Check it out

Blandmum Tue 01-May-07 14:06:55

Ours is excellent. We don't have raquets membership. they run a fab kids club on Sat and Sun mornings. Pool excellent. Gym great facilities and never too full. nd it isn;t full of the Beautiful

Nice for lunch as well.

The kids have to pay (£15 a month I think) but they get lots of stuff organised for them. Classes through the week as well as theweekend stuff

nailpolish Tue 01-May-07 14:07:27

oh piggie!!!!!!!

i swim every day

thanks, i am off to read it

nailpolish Tue 01-May-07 14:08:10

how old are yurs mb?

what age do classes etc start for wee ones

piglit Tue 01-May-07 14:08:53

My dad has been a member for 55 years! I love it.

nailpolish Tue 01-May-07 14:11:33

its nice and central piglit

looks SO relaxing

Blandmum Tue 01-May-07 14:12:48

7 and 10.

i think the classes start at 5?

mckenzie Tue 01-May-07 14:13:23

we practically live at our local DL.
Saturday DS does 2 hours of free children's activites (football, games and arts and crafts) while DD goes in the weekend creche which she loves (4.50 for one hour). DH and i go in the gym or for a run and then we all go swimming.
Sunday morning DS does 45 mins of a group tennis session (he won 13 free sessions in a draw) while DH and I take it in turns to exercise.
Tuesday morning I take DD swimming with our friends and we stay for lunch and a play afterwards (soft play area).
Wednesday I go swimming in the outdoor pool.
Thursday I do the running club while DD goes in the creche and then she and I go swimming.
Friday DS has a swimming lesson there while I drink coffee and DD plays with her friends in the soft play area and then they both have the buffet tea usually as an end of week treat.
and then it's saturday again!

We pay £113 per month but that will go up when DS is 6 in June and also when they bring the new fees in for the under 6 age bracket. Not cheap I know.

You can save money by getting an off peak membership if you think you'll just use it monday to friday day time (if it's mainly for you rather than a family thing).

Like a lot of big set-ups, they do have some downsides. We don't have a family changing room at the moment for example. The food in the restaurant can sometimes be a bit hit and miss.
But on the whole, we love it and feel that it's worth it. We also have made some really good friends there and on saturday and sunday we are like our own little club inside the big DL club.

nailpolish Tue 01-May-07 14:16:46

thanks mckenzie

i think i AM planning on using it more through the week (just now anyway)

i will be taking the dds swimming or they can go in the creche while i go to class

dh isnt bothered about gyms

nailpolish Tue 01-May-07 14:17:10

how much is an off peak then?

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