recommend a gym in Vancouver?

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    Jun 09, 2007 11:07 PM GMT
    can anyone recommend a gym for me in Vancouver?
    thanks
  • UncleverName

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    Jun 10, 2007 4:27 PM GMT
    It depends what you are looking for.

    I go to Fitness World (usually the Davie/Howe one), which has it's pros and cons.

    Pros:
    * you can go to any fitness world in the lower mainland, and there are three downtown.
    * One of them is 24 hours (4 days a week) which has been quite convenient for me many times
    * For the first two years, it's reasonable ($50 per month or so). After two years, it's disgustingly cheap ($25 a month for me)
    * There are hot guys there to motivate you while you work out.
    * There are many free classes

    Cons:

    * It's extremely busy at most times I want to work out (either before 10AM, or between 5PM and 9PM). You basically have to wait at least 15 minutes to get on a tread mill during those hours, no matter what.
    * I don't think that the personal trainers there are particularly bright or knowledgeable.
    They are friendly though. Well, some of them sound like they know some of what they're doing, but some of the exercises they have people do make me seriously wonder.
    * The staff basically ignores you unless you make yourself a problem for them.

    The only other gym I would strongly recommend (except for the price) is the YWCA. The gym is top notch, and it's usually very quiet. It's also got a pool and a hot tub all included, plus lots of quiet rooms to do stretching in, when not being used for classes.

    Hope that helps.
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    Jul 05, 2007 1:41 PM GMT
    Ever consider Pantheon Gym on Hornby? It's a pretty large gym and isn't too crowded (but I haven't been there in a long time). It may be slightly more pricey than Fitness World or World's Gym, but I guess it's an initiative to keep numbers down. Good luck in your search.
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    Jul 05, 2007 4:11 PM GMT
    Hi-Vancouver is about to become a premier place to train because of the Winter Olympics in 2010. I still can't wrap my head around a Speedskating Oval in Richmond, that being said there are some pretty smart engineers and architects-so it's gonna be better than the Olympic Oval in Calgary or in Montreal.
    Oops I'm off topic.

    it depends on what you want the gym for? In your likes you said you like to swim for example. Perhaps the Vancouver Parks and Recreation multisport facility may overall get you a better bang for your buck. For example you can swim at the Vancouver Aquatic Centre, play squash at the west end community centre on Denman-multifacility passes.
    I also believe they maintain the public facilities quite well.
    As I say you have access to a larger variety of fitness pursuits: Yoga, hockey,swimming, inline skating in the summer.

    Are you in university now? UBC SFU have excellent facilities and with the 2010 Olympics coming this is only going to get better-)case in point The University of Calgary).BTW Calgary has the best athletic training facilities in Canada-nobody comes remotely close.


    Also where do u live in the Lower mainland?
    West Vancouver has a few great multisport facilities-all brand new BTW. North Shore has come along.
    When I lived in New West I trained at the Canada Games pool(multisport).

    Oh yeah, IMHO, any gym that charges an initiation fee (I call them f@ck you fees) to join isn't worth your time. Vancouver Parks and Recreation exists because of your tax dollar-you've already paid for it so to speak check them out you wont be disappointed. Fitness World there's more mould there than in a Insulin manufacturing facility. cheers mate and happy training!!
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    Jul 05, 2007 4:11 PM GMT
    Hi-Vancouver is about to become a premier place to train because of the Winter Olympics in 2010. I still can't wrap my head around a Speedskating Oval in Richmond, that being said there are some pretty smart engineers and architects-so it's gonna be better than the Olympic Oval in Calgary or in Montreal.
    Oops I'm off topic.

    it depends on what you want the gym for? In your likes you said you like to swim for example. Perhaps the Vancouver Parks and Recreation multisport facility may overall get you a better bang for your buck. For example you can swim at the Vancouver Aquatic Centre, play squash at the west end community centre on Denman-multifacility passes.
    I also believe they maintain the public facilities quite well.
    As I say you have access to a larger variety of fitness pursuits: Yoga, hockey,swimming, inline skating in the summer.

    Are you in university now? UBC SFU have excellent facilities and with the 2010 Olympics coming this is only going to get better-)case in point The University of Calgary).BTW Calgary has the best athletic training facilities in Canada-nobody comes remotely close.


    Also where do u live in the Lower mainland?
    West Vancouver has a few great multisport facilities-all brand new BTW. North Shore has come along.
    When I lived in New West I trained at the Canada Games pool(multisport).

    Oh yeah, IMHO, any gym that charges an initiation fee (I call them f@ck you fees) to join isn't worth your time. Vancouver Parks and Recreation exists because of your tax dollar-you've already paid for it so to speak check them out you wont be disappointed. Fitness World there's more mould there than in a Insulin manufacturing facility. cheers mate and happy training!!
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    Jul 05, 2007 4:16 PM GMT
    I'm also interested in spreading the word about: Parkour.
    go to youtube and insert Parkour to find out what I am on about.
    Vancouver is an excellent place for this art.
    Training in a box limits your athletic developement- as I say though just do it
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    Jul 05, 2007 4:22 PM GMT
    Just a small note about any university facility, although equipment is adequate, these gyms tend to get really crowded during the entire day.
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    Jul 05, 2007 4:24 PM GMT
    Otherwise, good points by ybwc.
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    Jul 05, 2007 4:48 PM GMT
    I have always been curious about Pantheon. I knew it was upscale and perhaps thats why I didnt check it out.
    UBC is closer to the NAAM lol well pretty close at least. Patheon is reasonably close to HON's. lol

    University gyms are, in fact, busy. I just like to say that the majority tend not to stay very long: i.e. under an hour.

    good point whatsyourname

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    Jul 06, 2007 12:33 AM GMT
    Pac Gym is reasonable but never sign up on a month-to-month basis, which holds true for all gyms. I think I paid $99 each month for 4 months (yikes!!).

    The worst thing about any university gym is that you have an abhorrent amount of people that stands around chatting with their friends, showing off to their friends, and/or uses improper technique. It's become a social gathering place rather than an actual workout facility. However, my experience is limited to only SFU and U of Michigan.