Hello Spartans, Welcome back. Today we are doing a gym review. This review is especially close to home as its one of my bases of operation within London. Firstly I will neither endorse nor actively promote the facility this is a fact by fact and an insiders’ perspective of when and if to use this gym.
How will I assess the gym?
- Gym structure
- Pricing and transport
- Equipment available
- Pros and cons
Fundamentally pure gym is a self-service gym. The design of the gym floor layout was about maximising gym floor usage as opposed to maximise movement potential. What I mean is that someone measured the space and said this fits here and let’s have 8 of them in a line.
As a budget gym it is purposefully built to maximise membership with its low pricing and high equipment count.
Being a chain however means that a high standard of input does come from maintaining the brand standard. This also shows in the club uniform and aesthetics.
All membership enquiries are done via a members service team because Pure gym doesn`t have a reception and all memberships are completed online or through the kiosk portal system at the front of the gym.
Every member is sent a security access code as the gym has a series of security pods that secure the front entrance.
The gym is open 24 /7!
No contract to lock you to the gym.
Pricing and Transport
The Price is £19.99 a month. For the area this is a good price as it’s within range of multiple stations and modes of transport. Stations such as Stockwell, Wandsworth Road, Clapham Junction and Vauxhall.
- Personal Training
- Members Classes
- Paid Classes
- Pure loser
- Indoor cycle
- Unlimited club access with membership
- Free initial exercise induction
- Free Wi-Fi
The gym has a team 15+ personal trainers and 2 managers.
Lambeth has some 220+ pieces of equipment. Including;
- Kettelbells ranging from 4 to 20kgs
- Dumbells From 6 to 36KGs
- 2 squat and bench racks
- 2 smith machines
- Stability Balls
Lambeth runs over 22 types of class and induction these include
- Group personal training £5
- Pure Box-fit
- Pure Cycle
- Pure Circuits
- Pure LBT (Leg, Bums & Tums)
- Pure Abs
- Pure Stretch
And many more classes which run from 30 mins to 1 hour and based on the price of the gym the classes work out so cheap. Let’s say each month is 30days and now let’s divide the cost of the gym by 30 days’ worth of hours.
720 hours and a membership of £19.99 = per hour that’s 0.0277 pence.
That`s ridiculously cheap for the class and 90% come free with membership.
Pros and cons
- One of the cheapest gym memberships in London
- Open 24 hours
- No contract to use gym
- Easy to sign up and cancel membership
- Caters to most
- Classes are both great and free (0.0277 is literally nothing)
- Personal trainers available round the clock
- Can be within central London in 15mins
- Perfect for pre and post rehab
- Caters to all specialises in none
- Not for bodybuilders as limited amount of free weights
- Class waiting list, classes fill up fast
- Being cheap means anyone and I mean anyone can use it
- Peak time between 6:00pm and 8:30pm
- Very few functional stations or bits of kit
- PTs although will help if they can are generally with clients
- No space for specialised training
If you seek a cheap and cheerful gym and have little to no knowledge of exercise, this is the place to start. If you, are more specialised in your training i.e. powerlifting or MMA. Perhaps try and come in the gaps between peak times to maximise your routine or just try new stuff. The gym itself is a jack of all trades as it serves its purpose which is to cater to low income and high end in the same space. The staff are mostly friendly and the management do the best with what they have. If you are looking to improve your sport directly either check out the trainer profiles or look to another gym type.
Ben – Founder Spartan’s Lane – http://www.spartanslane.com
212 Wandsworth Road
Borough of Lambeth