Hi. Well in september I am joining a gym but not sure what one to join. There is a cheap one up road from me which is £25 per month but wondering if I pay more for a better/ bigger gym. I will be going 4 times a week.
What gym do you go to and how much does it cost? The one I am thinking of is a Bannatyne one.
I go to Virgin Active. I pay £39 per month. That includes large gym, a massive variety of classes, a swimming pool with sauna etc. It's a nice gym. If it was grotty, I'd be less likely to go, so it's kind of a motivational thing. I also pay £7 per month for each of my DCs and they get 2 hours every day (if I want them to) of activities with the kids club, plus unlimitted use of the pool, which is fab as we can all go together.
How many times a week, realistically, will you be able to go?
And do you want classes or are you happy pounding away on the machines on your own? If so, is there a decent range of tv channels to watch while you're running/stepping?
I've just cancelled my membership after 10 years.
The classes are aren't mainly at times I can get to (I work FT) so I was only going to 1 yoga class a week, and too busy to go any other time.
Plus, since we've had a dog which needs walking I'm getting plenty of exercise either walking or running with the dog. And we invested in a cross-trainer (bought it off eBay, it's an excellent one), which is in front of digital tv in a spare room.
But when dc were young, and I wasn't a free taxi driver for their own sporting activities, it was ideal because they could go in the free creche/kids' club while I worked out and then we'd all go for a swim or play tennis or squash together.
So, depends what your needs are - try to work that out first and don't tie yourself in for too long so you can cancel if you're not going enough to justify the fee.
I go to a Fitness First gym. I pay £19 a month, plus a £1 suppliment each visit (I could go to the next plan up, at £29 and no extra £1, but with going back to uni, I won't get the most out of it, so I'm paying more now, but if I go 2 times a week when back at uni, it pays for itself- a guest pass is about £10).
Anyway, for that money I get quite a large cardio room, good selection of weights, and all classes included. It also has a sauna/steam room. I'm very happy there.