Tuesday 9th August brought a day full of fitness for the two newest members of our team. Whilst the rest of the office were sat (or standing thanks to our standing desks) at their desks, Ruth and Gabby spent the day checking out some of the local gyms in the area.
First stop: The Gym Reading Central. As the name suggests, the gym is located in the centre of Reading and is perfect for commuters as well as easily accessible for those who live in Reading. While it was low-cost, the gym was high spec and the advanced technology on offer is apparent as soon as you walk through the doors. Greeting us on arrival were the entry pods - slightly daunting at first sight but proved easy to use! Simply enter your uniquePIN, step inside and boom, the pod doors open and off you pop.
A definite appeal of The Gym is their open floor plan, complemented by the light and airy environment (the air conditioning definitely brought some welcome relief after 20 minutes on the step machine – a lot harder than it looks)! With several treadmills, cross trainers, bikes, free weights, weight machines and TRX, it’s easy to see how the gym attracts so many members. Thevariety and quantity of machines is a big plus and the spacious layout makes the atmosphere feel inclusive and welcoming.
A special mention goes to The Gym staff member Sarah who approached us and helped us work out some equipment. This definitely made our experience even better.
An hour and 45 minutes later after doing some cardio alongside triceps workouts, leg presses and abdominal crunches, we headed off to the second gym on our list: Pure Gym. Slightly further out of central Reading but still situated near the train station, the location isn’t too bad.
Similar to The Gym, Pure Gym offered the same type of entry pods. But what struck us most when we entered this gym were the funky neon lights on the ceiling! Talk about party central!
Again, this gym boasted similar high spec machines to The Gym along with a few added extras including the Power Plate, which naturally we had to try some cool moves on (guided by a poster thankfully).
After checking out their facilities and doing some more weights and cardio, we were feeling pretty hungry, so after a quick fuel stop, we headed towards Bracknell to check out Absolutely Fitness.
Taking advantage of the free parking, we pulled up outside and headed into the gym. In contrast to the previous gyms, Absolutely Fitness had opted against an open floor plan and instead chose a dedicated weights area (which was heavily male dominated), a free weights area and a ladies-only gym which comprised treadmills, a few weight machines and some free weights.
Although the main weights area looked slightly intimidating, they did have a mini trampoline in the ladies-only section which was definitely a highlight of the gym.
Overall, we had an absolute blast and not to be biased towards our lovely client The Gym Group, we felt that overall the location, atmosphere, range of equipment and price for a monthly membership made The Gym a definite 10/10.