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TwinkleToesStrikesAgain · 12/03/2022 22:54

How much would you expect to pay for a gym without classes and then one with glasses? Do you expect it to have parking or do you factor in 30 minutes trying to find a space and the cost of parking?

I just can't find one that isn't a massive faff. The closest ones are 15 min drive away but quite limited, the best one is 30 mins in no traffic but almost impossible to get a parking space plus I'd need to sell a kidney.

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PuggyMum · 12/03/2022 23:02

Local leisure centre. I pay £24 a month for swim / classes / gym / sauna. Tonnes of parking. Never an issue getting into the classes.

Pre kids I joined a posh gym. £60 a month. Struggled to get in the classes as were so limited. Was worth it for the gym when I was on Mat leave as they had a crèche. Was a Godsend.

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RedskyThisNight · 13/03/2022 11:55

My local gym is £20 a month. There are some classes. That's just a gym though - no pool etc.
Local leisure centre with pool and classes is £30 a month.

Both have free parking. I wouldn't be wanting to spend ages looking for parking. Actually ideally I wouldn't be driving to the gym at all.

Depends what you want out of your gym though. I am happy with small and no frills (actually I prefer it to big and frills, but expensive to pay for frills) as a I come in, do a workout and go away again. I value convenience over facilities. If it took me a round trip of an hour just to get to and from the gym, I would not bother and exercise differently in the hour instead. I only swim occasionally so a gym without a pool and paying separately for swimming works out better for me. Your priorities may be different.

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OxanaVorontsova · 13/03/2022 12:09

10 mins drive free parking £15 a month with classes, no pool. I’ve been a member at a much more expensive one and there’s no difference in the equipment. Parking is better at the cheaper one.

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notacooldad · 16/03/2022 21:15

The membership for our council gym allows you access to 3 gyms with weights, pools, stream and sauna running track and all the classes plus the use of gyms in neighbouring borough’s.. car parking is free for about 3 hours in most of the centres. It costs £28 a month.

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emmathedilemma · 17/03/2022 12:59

It depends what you want from a gym. I'm happy to pay more (list price is £73 a month but I pay less through a corporate scheme) for somewhere that is a 10min walk from my front door, has free parking should I require it, has a 25m pool, is clean and tidy, well maintained equipment, good showers, lockers that lock and friendly welcoming staff and members. I use it because I enjoy going. I've tried one of the big cheap chains and it was just soulless by comparison.

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MsMartini · 17/03/2022 13:21

I think convenience really matters if you want to build a routine.

I would try out your closest - ask them about day passes or try hussle or class pass.

Prices vary hugely.

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Finlandandsweden · 17/03/2022 13:27

£70 per month but I pay half. Loads of parking, pool, classes, lovely staff. 20 min drive away. They'll be prising my gym membership card from my cold dead hand

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dementedpixie · 17/03/2022 13:28

Council run sports centre with access to all of the other council run centres in the local authority- £35/month. Plenty of parking.

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Tiger401 · 17/03/2022 13:29

I pay £101 a month (DL) but with discount due to having a partner on it too, if it was just me it would be £124.

I think it's overpriced

But I want: spa, sauna, steam, swim, classes, top of the range equipment.

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WreckTangled · 17/03/2022 13:30

Our council run gym is 15 minutes drive away, has a pool, classes, squash courts and an ok gym. I get a student discount so it's £32 when I'm not training it's just an nhs discount which makes it £40 a month. I think normal price is about £45 a month?

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WreckTangled · 17/03/2022 13:31

Oh yes free plentiful parking too

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notacooldad · 17/03/2022 16:56

But I want: spa, sauna, steam, swim, classes, top of the range equipment

We get all that (all the gyms have had a complete refurbishement ) we also get a 2 x1 hour pt sessions a month, badminton courts for a vey small additional fee and use of a running track for £28 a month . I pay £17 due to working for the county council. Paying over a 100 quid seems a huge coast to me!

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Plantsandpuddlesuits · 17/03/2022 17:00

We have a family pass for £100 a month. Includes swimming gym all classes sauna steam etc.

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devildeepbluesea · 17/03/2022 17:00

I pay £15 pm (with corporate membership discount) for a council run gym with classes, although not that many classes, nor are they that convenient for me time wise. The gym is excellent though and parking is fine.

I’m looking about for somewhere else though. Ideally I’d like somewhere with pool and steam / sauna but there’s only one place in my city that offers that now and it’s (a) the opposite side of town and (b) extortionate.

I’ll probably end up at another council which offers pool and more classes. Paying around £25pm.

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garlictwist · 17/03/2022 17:11

There's no way I'd go to the gym if I had to drive there, especially half an hour! The only gyms I'd consider are those en route to work or near my house.

I was a member of the gym at work (a university) and went every day but cancelled my membership when I started wfh as there's no way I'd be arsed to go

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DaisyWaldron · 17/03/2022 17:14

I stopped using a gym in lockdown and haven't rejoined. I spent £100 on a second hand foldable rowing machine and do bodyweight strength and flexibility training with a free app. I can get out of bed, make a cup of tea and start exercising before I'm even properly awake. It's saved me so much time and money, and I don't get frustrated waiting for the equipment I want to use.

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MsMartini · 17/03/2022 17:20

OP, if you like classes but no gym is handy, what about ones in parks? I go to a weekly bootcamp in my local park and there are loads of others there as well (boxing, running, tai chi). And very locally there are also Pilates, yoga etc in community buildings. And you get the buzzy/social aspect of group exercise if that appeals, so could combine with Les Mills on Demand at home, or something like that.

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TwinkleToesStrikesAgain · 17/03/2022 20:47

The local leisure is 10 mins drive (opposite direction to work) and only £35 a month but in the trial week I had I never managed to get a slot in a class (I think you have to ring to book at 00:01 or something. At the weekend there isn't enough parking and the council issues parking tickets with gay abandon. The one on the way to work (20 mins drive) is £60 a month for a small pool, 4 treadmills, 3 bikes, a small weights room and no classes. I was a member when pregnant as I only really used the pool but it's used for child's swimming lessons until 7pm and they've stopped the free towels.. The fab one in the city I work at is probably 30mins drive if no traffic, 45 mins more often, parking is a bloody nightmare but you won't get a ticket but it's > £100 a month and the classes seem to be more during the day than outside 9-5. There's another centra council gym which looks but traffic and the multistory carpark doesn't have spaces when you want them.

There is a boot camp on the cricket grounds where I live but it's not my thing. Yoga is during the weekday in the village hall. I haven't really clicked with online classes owing to the fact that I've got about 1 metre by the side of my bed by about 2.5 metres so enough room for my yoga mat but my desk is also next to my bed (it replaced my bedside table when we moved to WFH). I have started running but I really could do with some strength training I think.

I can't complain - I have a car. If you needed to get a bus to get to the gym, well, that wouldn't happen at all!!!

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AuntieMarys · 17/03/2022 20:54

I pay £40 a month for gym, pool, classes, sauna, steamroller. Loads of free parking, coffee shop, bar.

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AuntieMarys · 17/03/2022 20:54

Steam room

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TwinkleToesStrikesAgain · 17/03/2022 20:59

@AuntieMarys what I'd give for a gym with a steam room. Before kids I lived in a different city and had a £75/month membership of a great gym. I used to go at 8pm and it was practically empty. I loved that place. It didn't have classes but I lived in the steam room. I used to get into my pyjamas when changing out of my swimming cossie after I'd finishes and I slept so well (maybe the before kids bit helped too?)

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Zazdar · 17/03/2022 21:05

I pay around £140 a month including all classes and a trainer. Rural so no parking issues but it is ten miles away. There are no closer options at all.

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Gladioli23 · 17/03/2022 21:11

I pay £70 and there is free parking where I have never not got a space, and there are 2 pools, loads of classes and a massive well equipped gym. It's a lot of money but it's also lovely, and I go approx 4 times a week (sometimes 3, sometimes 5)

I used to go to the council gym, which was quite a lot cheaper (£40) but the classes and the pool were in different places 2 miles apart so you could go to the gym and then a class, or the gym then the pool, but not do a class and then go for a swim. The pool was only open directly after work one day a week, otherwise it didn't open til 6:30pm. Oh and you had to pay for parking at £1 an hour so realistically £2 a time unless I cycled there - which I usually did do because I resented paying for parking but then I ended up just not going if the weather was crap... If I had always driven I think it would have cost me the same as my current more expensive membership!

It doesn't really sound like any of those options are suitable tbh OP. Is it weather you want to escape from? Other than swimming this is one of my primary motivations so the idea of an outdoor boot camp type thing doesn't really interest me.

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PilatesPeach · 17/03/2022 21:19

It depends where you live and what sort of gym it is or maybe it is a club eg in my town there are various gyms eg Pure gym, the Gym that cost around £20 a month and have a few 30 minute classes included but no pool and people mainly use it to pump iron and use the machines.
There is a Council leisure centre £40 a month all classes included though not a great timetable in my opinion with a big gym but a run down pool and run down changing rooms.
There is a Village gym around £75 a month average size pool, loads of classes, nice gym nice changing rooms.
There is also a David Lloyd club - a premium one I believe it is around £160 a month might be £200 but has a nice spa, lots of classes and they run from early morning through the day and in the evening eg youj will have 4 yogas a day and 4 pilates just in the holistic studio and a nice cafe/bar area and 3 pools.
Depends what you want really.
The quietest is the Council run one. If you just want the gym you go to a cheaper place and if you want classes it is not really the best one.

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PenStation · 17/03/2022 21:20

I pay £30 per month for unlimited gym, pool, sauna and steam room. What I really like is that there is no contract so I can cancel over the summer months when I’m exercising outdoors and start again in September. Do check the terms and conditions if you want to give one a try. Some tie you in.

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