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Warm and Welcoming!
Previously I'd been to Fitness First and I couldn't stand being near the machines because I inevitably end up sandwiched between a sweating 150kg mass of muscle with a murderous look in his eyes and the most gorgeous, Armani-model-esque man on the face of the planet. Needless to say, as an awkward, weak, struggling, red-faced, sweaty teenage-girl, I tended to avoid anything but the treadmills and yoga area because of this.
I was quite shy when I went into Body Shape with a friend who was a long-standing member. I'm 17 and I've been looking f...or an all-female gym for a little while. A lot of my friends had already joined and loved it. The woman who welcomed me, [name removed], was extremely attentive (without being intrusive or weird) to my particular goals - toning, a little bit of weight loss - and showed me around the gym. The overall atmosphere was one of calm, quiet determination and fun. The equipment was clean, relatively new and well-kept. The help-desk knew my friend by her first name, and treated customers like friends or friendly colleagues - in fact, it seemed like they all were friends. They have monthly check-ups for goals you might be working towards and 3 free training sessions a month, at least for my program (mature age student) they do. I'm so happy I've joined honestly, the gym seems to be a very warm, welcoming one, with lots of checkpoints and encouragement to reach your goals. Also, it's not nearly as expensive as some of the gyms in my area, and it's full of classes like Pilates, Cycling, Power Yoga, Boxing and Zumba. They even have a weekly outdoor running club which they run from Freshwater, right near where I live. They also have a sauna and a beauty salon in the change rooms, which I thought was a lovely finishing touch. The only thing I was kind of hoping for was a swimming pool, but I live near the beach and a pool, so it's not really such a big deal to me. Clean, welcoming, calm, caring, all-female, attentive, not crowded no swimming pool?
In need of a refurbishment
I went there for one year and while I did enjoy it there I did find a few things very annoying. The gym itself is clean and tidy the staff is ok. The equipment particularly the treadmills are extremely worn. They squeal, rattle and the walking part is worn and uneven. Some even cause me to fall over as the speed up and slow down erratically. There is equipment there that was out of order for the entire time I was there ( 2 treadmills). The elliptical machines were rattling and clanging for months before they were replaced. The cycling machine h...as been broken for the entire time I was there. The classes are good, crowded sometimes, the crèche is good as well. My experience was OK however due to the equipment state, I have changed gyms. Cleanliness, nice staff, nice atmosphere, women only gym. Equipment extremely worn and in need of replacement. Owners have not changed equipment at all despite it being needed. They need to understand that they are losing customers.
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