The Pure Gym chain is a well-priced option for people of all shapes, abilities and fitness interests. Tucked away behind a row of bars to the west of Central Station, the St James branch is now one of my favourite places to go for a work-out.
Pure Gym is a large, clean gym which stretches over two floors. Downstairs is the main weight area as well as a fitness studio, lockers and staff offices. Above that is the cardio area, where long rows of treadmills, steppers, cross-trainers and bikes are book-ended by a stretching area and cycle studio to one end, and a sitting area to the other - here you'll find vending machines offering everything you need.
I've never needed to wait for a machine to be available!
I tend to stick with what I know when it comes to exercise, though in my experience the staff have always been friendly and happy to show me how a new machine works. On the one occasion I ventured to try the vibration plate it did more for my stomach muscles through laughter than it did for my glutes!
I usually visit between 4pm and 6pm on a weekday, and while the downstairs weights area can get a little full, I'm always spoilt for choice and space upstairs. In terms of cost, a significant financial benefit is that patrons are not locked into a fixed-term contract but instead commit to a rolling monthly payment. For £17.99 a month I can visit 24/7; access all fitness classes; use their lockers, showers and Wi-Fi and use the nutritional and fitness information available on the members' area of their website.
Pure Gym has an ever-expanding network of gyms across the UK. If you'd rather try before you buy, keep an eye on the website as they frequently run discounted or free trial memberships.
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