Freelance writer, artist and editor based in Crouch End, London
Published December 5th 2012
Despite Easygym coming highly recommended by a colleague of mine, I have to admit I was still sceptical. Not about the gym-going experience exactly, or even necessarily the expense, but more the hassle involved.
There's the sign-up process with the form clarifying all your past and present health problems or potential future problems; the minimum contract duration of 6 months to a year that you have to co-ordinate with your current living/financial/motivational situation; and then there's finding time for an "induction" with the awkward 15 minutes of being taught how to use equipment that is, quite frankly, pretty intuitive, then being judged by the hugely enthusiastic, hugely fit and, well, huge personal trainer for not being able to handle level 15 on the cross-trainer for longer than a couple of minutes without looking like a particularly ripe tomato. It's usually a long and arduous process that leaves you wondering if you should have saved yourself the headache and just gone for a jog round the park.
Not with Easygym. You can sign up online. It takes about 5 minutes, then you can start immediately. Perfect if, like me, once you've decided to join you need to get down there quickly – preferably the same day – before you change your mind.
There's no minimum contract length, all you have to do is contact your bank to cancel the direct debit and you can leave at any time. The cheapest membership option is £17.99 a month, and you can even buy a day pass for £5 to try before you buy. When you register you're given a pin number that allows you access to the gym – no waiting around for an ID card. It's a clean, friendly environment with TVs on all the cardiovascular equipment, and there's even a women's only zone on Monday-Thursday nights. All-in-all, it's easily the most comfortable and hassle-free gym I have ever used.