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5 Comments for Dom’s Top 10 Health Clubs in London

  1. Sven | June 12, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Dear Dom,
    been a member at VA Broadgate for 1 1/2 years and it was certainly my favourite gym so far. As I don’t like to talk to anyone during my sessions I really enjoyed the ignorant PTs, no offence – pretty to look at and don’t ruin the illusion of a gorgeous hunk by talking to you. The pool is indeed fab, one of the biggest I have seen in LDN. Looking for a new gym at the moment, so this was quite helpful. Any average fee details avaliable ?
    Thx Clarisse

    • Dom | June 12, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      I decided not to list prices as this could get me into deep water with the health clubs. They often have a range of offers, which change from time to time, so anything I list would go out of date pretty fast. It’s best if you contact each club directly to find out their membership fees.

      If you like the Broadgate Club, you should definitely check out Citypoint Club, and also Nuffield. I imagine these would be roughly in the same price range as Broadgate club.

  2. Paulo | June 20, 2012 at 8:49 am

    These gyms sound ok but if you want a serious bodybuilding gym there’s nothing in London that comes even close to matching Golds Gym in Venice California. When I was in the states a few years ago I joined this gym and also got good personal trainer package with serious nutrition advice included.

    Golds Gym Venice CA is famous for Arnie and tourists go to see it. I’ve never been in a gym so huge (like aircraft hanger or warehouse, on 2 levels too) Although it’s smelly noisy, dirtycrowded after work in the 5pm rush-hour till around 7pm for me it’s benefits outweight these negatives. You get the biggest selection of free weights, loads of machines even ones i never seen before in my life and punchbags area outside.

    Proper bodybuilding gym where there are always a lot of huge guys real serious bodybuilders. These best gyms in London in this blog are all about luxury and clean locker rooms and architect designed interiors. Golds is none of that, it’s a huge hardcore bodybuilding gym and for me that’s the best.

    • Dom | June 24, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      hi Paulo, yes this gym in the States sounds good, but I don’t think any gym should be dirty! This is one of the main complaints of gym-goers in the UK. I’ve been a member of many gyms where the locker rooms are not cleaned often enough (they really need someone going round every hour cleaning up the discarded towels, plasters, drinks bottles, empty shampoo bottles, used cotton buds, disposable razors, it’s mind-boggling the rubbish that accumulates).

      One good thing about most of the gyms in London that I’ve used, is the quality of the personal trainers and gym instructors, really impressive on the whole. You’ll always get a few whose hearts are not in it (but you get that in any profession), or with bad attitudes, but the majority in my experience are great.

      If you’re after a bodybuilding gym in London, see my bodybuilding page in the Sports & Activities section of this website.

  3. Eduard | April 12, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Hey Dom,

    Check out our review of 200 Aldersgate – the new gym by Virgin Active Classic – it is no ordinary gym!