WHICH IS THE BEST GYM IN CENTRAL LONDON?

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    Mar 31, 2010 9:02 AM GMT
    I realise that the majority of users on this site are Americans but if there are any Londoners out there would you please shed some light on this headline?
  • Laurence

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    Mar 31, 2010 11:04 AM GMT
    Depends on what you're looking for.

    The YMCA is great for classes, had good instructers, and isn't expensive. It is very inclusive though and it's facilities are used by older people and children (not the weights room) and gets very busy in the evenings.

    Lots of the other central gyms have better weights and machines, but crappier class timetables and are very GAY.

    How long are you in London? What are your workout requirements?

    Loz
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    Mar 31, 2010 11:58 PM GMT
    I toured most of the gyms in central london today and was pretty disapointed! I will just stay at my current gym in south london icon_sad.gif.

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    Apr 01, 2010 3:43 PM GMT
    i have heard paris gym in vauxhall is pretty good, not sure how central is that.
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    Apr 04, 2010 1:49 PM GMT
    Volconox saidI toured most of the gyms in central london today and was pretty disapointed! I will just stay at my current gym in south london icon_sad.gif.



    did you check out Gymbox? I used to use Fitness First but will never turn back.

    the atmosphere at Gymbox is great, djs playing and everyone there is actually there to work out not show off (something I found at Fitness First)

    defo worth checking out if you haven't already
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    Apr 04, 2010 1:51 PM GMT
    I'd tell you to go to one in Chelsea but its about 1500gbp per month LOL.

    gymbox is ok.
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    Apr 04, 2010 2:37 PM GMT
    I suppose it depends a bit on what you're looking for and your budged. The Third Space near Piccadilly Circus is very good (especially the classes), although it's a bit expensive.
    The Bankside Healthclub near London Bridge is also good - if you don't care about classes.
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    Apr 16, 2010 9:26 PM GMT
    Soho gyms in Clapham is excellent =- best equipment in London. Used to use Virgin Activ e in Clapham which was great if you're bothered about Molton Brown in the shyowers and fresh towelds!
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    May 16, 2010 4:03 PM GMT
    Soho Gym Covent Garden is very central, spacious and has a massive range of free weights and machines. I've been a member of FF, Virgin, Paris Gym and now Soho. Soho is by far the best so far.
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    May 16, 2010 4:44 PM GMT
    rob1981 said
    Gymbox is great, djs playing


    Wait.
    You have DJs to play at your gym? Seriously?
    I guess I can see how that would appeal to some (more power to 'em), I've just never heard of it and find the picture of it kind of hilarious. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 17, 2010 12:34 PM GMT
    What's too gay? The cruisiest (is that a word) gym I've been too was FF Covent Garden. The fact that I walked in on two guys getting jiggy in the sauna kind of put me off.

    As for Virgin Active (Slut Passive) I find they just don't have enough free weights and get so busy in the evenings and weekends you might as well not bother going.
  • kew1

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    May 17, 2010 6:20 PM GMT
    Alistair_London saidWhat's too gay? The cruisiest (is that a word) gym I've been too was FF Covent Garden. The fact that I walked in on two guys getting jiggy in the sauna kind of put me off.



    Same branch's sauna, guy opposite started wanking (one tug's just stretching it).I didn't know whether to say something or ignore him (the only thing I could think to say was "don't cum on the floor"), & he just left as he didn't get a reaction.
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    May 29, 2010 2:05 PM GMT
    kew1 said
    Alistair_London saidWhat's too gay? The cruisiest (is that a word) gym I've been too was FF Covent Garden. The fact that I walked in on two guys getting jiggy in the sauna kind of put me off.



    Same branch's sauna, guy opposite started wanking (one tug's just stretching it).I didn't know whether to say something or ignore him (the only thing I could think to say was "don't cum on the floor"), & he just left as he didn't get a reaction.


    Virgin Active Broadgate is rampant.

    The Barbican branch is worse - upstairs changing room is like Chariots!
  • tumtitums

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    May 30, 2010 11:24 PM GMT
    i think its best to avoid gyms that have a gay reputation unless you are specifically looking to pick up sex
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    Jun 15, 2010 9:52 AM GMT
    I find straight gyms are usually more cruisey than gay ones. All those "straight", married guys, who don't know where else to go for a bit of fun.
    Oddly enough, I was told by one of the managers at Soho Gyms, that the worst branch for "inappropriate behaviour" was also the one which had a predominantly straight membership.



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    Jan 03, 2012 1:36 PM GMT
    I would agree that Soho Gyms are the best (6 branches). They have the best range of freeweights. They can be cruisy but, I'm only ever there to train so it doesn't bother me.

    Jubilee Hall is also good and a American guy I met over the holiday told be they do inexpensive day passes. Again, good freeweights.

    Equinox is coming to London April/May 2012. The first Equinox site outside the US I think. I was told by the Manager of the Miami Beach branch that it will be in the Picadilly area.... so pretty central.

    Hope this helps