“ Formerly JJB Fitness Clubs. „
The male changing rooms are always dirty. The cleaners don't wash their hands after they clean the toilets. The staff do not wash their hands after using the toilet, including those working on the drinks bar.Very often there is no soap in the male showers. They always run out of paper roll to clean sweat off the machines.When machines break down they don't get repaired for ages.
Dw glasgow fort Speed lane!Told by managmet up to 5 can be in thisLane at a time ! Really !
I wouldn't advise joining them at all. Despite decent facilities, seems that they do not care about the customer whatsoever. On the day I joined, I was promised a call from one of their instructors to advise me whether I can use the gym at all, because of my injury, but didn't get one in two months until I requested to see someone in the flesh. After that, I was supposed to use my personal trainer session and once more, I was assured that a personal trainer would call me to arrange for a meeting - NEVER HAPPENED.
They drawn the line when I went on a 2 months suspension and was informed that that the term will last from the day I issue the form till the day I want to come back, but when I did come back I was advised that I would have to pay till the end of the month as I issued the form half way through the month and I should have used my membership for the month I have issued the form in!!!!
WHY WASN'T I TOLD THAT IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!!
That's why, STAY AWAY OF THEM
I had to come on to give everyone an update of this gym.
I am becoming more and more frustrated everytime I visit.
Over the last two years things have been on a very steady decline.
Basically my list of problems is ever increasing with each visit, with nothing being done to rectify anything.
In the last couple of years the sky tv was taken away, which led to the projector screen then being taken away. This screen was the only reason I could use the treadmill for more than 20 mins at a time without being deathly bored.
The next thing that has taken its toll on me is the fact that on many occasions the music being played in the gym is so quiet that I couldn't even tell you what song was actually on!
Apart from these niceties my biggest problem with this gym is how long machines are broken for before repair. Having a machine out of action for a month because of a broken cable is just not acceptable to paying customers.
Next on my list is how often one of the water machines are of no use, and even when they are both functioning, one of them is always providing warm water.
Recently they even decided to remove the wet bags from the shower area. Seriously, how much can this possibly save them compaired with the annoyance they are providing their paying members.
Since I'm on a roll here I might as well add about the dirtiness in the changing rooms and how creepy the supposed cleaner is.
Actually after reading this back, I'm gonna have to go cancel my membership tomorrow.
Such a shame, this gym has a massive potential, but obviously the management are too busy counting their pennies to worry about keeping their members.
DW fitness is one of the better value gyms and they do special offers for students and certain workplaces - so make sure you check whether you qualify for any of these. For the student membership, doing a part time course is enough to qualify for that rate. They also have special offers with no joining fees and have trial memberships where you can join for a few weeks and so what you think - keep your eyes open for these!
I've been a member a few times on and off. I've very rarely used the actual gym - I mainly use it for the classes and the swimming pool which are great. I have used a number of the gyms in a few different towns and always found them to be clean and consistent. Sometimes the swimming pool is warmer at one gym than at another.
If swimming is your thing, do check the times that they hold classes in the pool - there is usually a lane still open but it's like swimming in a very choppy sea when aqua aerobics is on. Also, if you like to swim in peace, check the times of the children's swimming lessons or you may be in for lot of noise! Many a time I have had the pool to myself though which is lovely.
The classes are very good - you need to book in advance for some of the most popular ones.
I've always found the staff to be very helpful - always looked after my cossie when I've left it behind in the changing room!
All in all I would recommend DW fitness.
Cold showers, 1 spa permanently out of order, the other always full. All for £38 a month
The Dundee Dw gym itself is ok. Probably the best in Dundee but for what I pay, I'm increasingly unhappy. The changing and shower rooms tend to be a little dirty and are far from luxuroius and spacious as advertised. The toilets are often smelly and the hand dryers never work properly. In the gym the equiptment is dirty and machines can lie broken for long periods. I recently asked one of the managers if someone could clean one of the treadmills as it was covered in sweat. He said it wasn't that bad and walked away. Someone did come to clean it up who I believe the manager had asked grudgingly. The gym is quite big with lots of different kinds of equiptment and good floor space for warm up/cool down and circuit and bodyweight exercises. The coffee bar are is good and the staff are all prety friendly. Overall, I think that DW can do more. A cleaner more up beat environmnet (music can be low), and new equipment - weights area is in need of attention. It's not quite critical but if they operate now they can maybe save it.
I joined the gym before it openend and was promised a lot for £33 a month which was reasonable .
On opening the gym area was first rate although ,with just being new, a little crowded at peak times .
The pool area is rather small but would cater for most . the hot tub is poor and the timer system is rather annoying . FX in Gateshead have by far the best pool area of all the gyms in the area! There is no clock in the pool area and no shelving in the shower area so no place to put my specs!
Things just need better thought out and some customer insight might have been a good idea !
My biggest issue with the gym is the closure of the coffee shop area.The gym shuts at 10pm but you better get your coffee or drink by 9.15pm to be safe.We AKED FOR COFFEE AND JUICE 30 minutes before closure time but were told sorry closed ? Now if this was their own business I think I would have been served . Not
only wll this cost the loss of coffee sales etc but will also cost members in the long run . I bet Dave W would have served me . Gym 5 stars, 2 stars max all other areas.
Just joined my nearest DW and had my first session in there this morning.
This gym (and so I assume the other gyms in the DW chain) are very up to date with a huge variety of state of the art equipment (such as power-plates), knowledgable staff and just generally has a very 'fit' and 'clean' atmosphere. Other facilities include a pool which isn't very big but perfectly fine for a relaxing post-workout swim, complete with jacuzzi and steam room. The changing room is very spacious and clean, with plenty of shower cubicles so you won't have to worry about queueing at peak times.
For those who need a bit of motivation or just want to try something a bit different, there are a good choice of classes (free for members) and their membership costs are very competitive. For example, I have an off-peak student membership which costs just £19.95, no joining fee. All new members are also entitled to an induction and a personalised plan.
I can't wait to go again tomorrow :)
Hi I have been a member at dw miltonkeynes since it opened in December 2009 although doing martial arts for 10 years this is the first gym I have joined and I am absolutely loving it. I do mainly classes but I do use the gym I have not lost much weight but my body shape and fitness levels are much improved.the gym itself is very clean all the staff are very helpful and always very cheery the pool isnt huge but never seems to be packed we do have a free carpark the only problem is when the football is on it can be a bit of a nightmare but apart from that I would defenitly recommend dw it's
Affordable ,clean,very friendly.The main thing is to enjoy your workout and at dw you certainly can so what are you waiting for people come and join it won't cost an arm and leg just hard work and sweat
DW Fitness Bury is the best value for money club I have ever been to.Friendly helpful staff. The trainers approach you during workouts to ask how you are progressing and will offer to book you in for another session. Also they don't mind spending a good two hours with you during that session providing that they have the time.The pool is beautifully lit and so is the steam room.
This gym is new to the Carlisle area and has some stiff competition in terms of both standards and prices. The local Bannatynes gym is the most luxurious around while the smaller leisure centre gyms only charge £30 per month so are hard to beat on price.
I currently have corporate membership and pay £33.50 per month. This includes peak access to all the gym and the swimming areas. The opening hours are really convenient- 06:30-22:00. I always go before work and the early opening means that I can get in and do a good workout before it's time to head to the office.
There is a decent length swimming pool, but unfortunately it is not very wide so 6 or so people will almost fill it and if one of those is a splasher...! However, if you pick quieter times of day you can often have the place to yourself. After a swim there is a lovely steam room, very spacious with twinkly lights in the ceiling and aromatherapy scents in the steam, very relaxing! There are also two Jacuzzis which are a nice way to end your visit.
There is a sunbed facility which is very reasonable at £1 for 2 minutes and can be used on a pay as you go basis. The sunbed is located in the changing rooms within a large cubicle so there's plenty of room to get dressed.
The staff are all very friendly and well -trained and there is always someone available to help you out if you need help with any machines.
Overall I think this gym is great value for money at around £8 a week for unlimited swimming and gym. I go every week day at the moment so to pay as you go at other gyms would be costing me around £100 a month!
DW Fitness Clubs were known as JJB gyms before but that has changed now. You can join up for a number of different deals from here including 27 pounds per month that is the package I am on.What do you get here? A massive swimming pool, huge gym, personal trainers, steam rooms and a hell lot more stuff inside this gym. You are provided with free parking outside the gym so their is no hassle coming here.
The cost is a little too much and inside they also sell products here for high prices looking to make money of us members of the gym.Being a member at the gym here I get to use all the different machines with no hassle at all here. There are so many options here of using different machines as they have many of the same one available here. The fitness club is open late till around 11 in my local.
Men and women are both treated right here and no sexual discrimination is allowed here at all.I have been so happy coming here to use the gym and has no problems at all with their service. The gym is already fantastic for using but I wish they reduced the prices a little bit!
Students can benefit from cheaper prices at the gym though as the prices for students are cut down here. This is the best gym I have been to so far in my life. I never have to wait to get on a machine here unlike other gyms!
The prospect of a summer spent hiking in the Andes and rainforests of Venezuela inspired me last October to do something about my general level of fitness following two years of teaching and being largely inactive had not done wonders for my waistline or stamina, friends were already a member of the JJB fitness centre in Northampton and I had used the facilities a couple of times so instead of rejoining my old gym Cannons I went for the newer JJB one, partly because it looked clean and well equipped but also on a like for like basis it was the cheapest one in town.
Just one point to note, JJB have been taken over and moving forward this chain of gyms will be known as DW Fitness Clubs after their new owner, and the original founder of JJB, Dave Whelan who is also chairman of Wigan Athletic. I will use the new name for the rest of the review and will ask the Dooyoo bots to change the category title.
DW Fitness Clubs are the type of club where you can get a varied workout due to the wide range of facilities that are housed all under one roof, another perk with this type of gym is that the one in Northampton is located beneath the sports shop which is real useful if you get to the gym without a towel or socks as you can pop upstairs to buy the missing item, as a member you also get 10% off any purchases. When I joined there was no joining fee and paying for the whole twelve months n advance meant you only actually paid for eleven, the monthly subscription is £27 per month for off peak hours and £37 for peak membership, as I have to attend after 16.00 in the evening I needed to opt for peak membership. Prices do vary from club to club and your membership is only valid for the club you join and not any of the other ones. Opening times are from six in the morning to ten at night weekdays and they have slightly shorter opening hours on a Sunday and Bank Holiday.
For me the facilities are excellent. There is a large open space that is roughly divided up into three distinctive areas; it is rectangular in shape and at one end looks out over the swimming pool, at the other there is a Japanese style exercise room which is used mostly for yoga and other stretching types of classes. At this end is the warm up mats which also have a number of abs-crunch machines and Pilate's balls as well as some other strength equipment like medicine balls and dumb bells.
The centre area is the largest and is where all of the cardio machines are located, what I like about this gym is that there are plenty of machines so only at its busiest times would you struggle to find something to use when it comes to the cardio workouts, there are plenty of treadmills and cross trainers as well as rowing machines and both upright and seated bike machines. These are all pretty standard bits of equipment found it all gyms, in addition to these there are some step walking machines that are split in two and move up and down independently like one of those funhouse obstacles you get at the fair, there are also some vertical step machines that replicate climbing stairs and some leg machines that sort of replicate a skating action, lots of variety and interspersed in this area are cardio weight machines.
At the far end of the gym there is the free weigh area where all the "roid" abusers and meat heads are located, needless to say that is not somewhere my puny body belongs or wants to venture. Still it is very well equipped and given the gym is only just shy of its third birthday everything is in good working order and most machines if out of order are fixed quickly.
Music is piped in and there are plenty of TV screens showing different channels, some of the cardio machines have their own screens as well, you need to bring in your own ear phones to get audio or like I do opt for your own music on an MP3 player. The temperature in the gym is pretty constant and well air conditioned, not too cold you risk muscle pulls but not over heated either.
Other facilities include two exercise rooms for classes which are all free and very varied with a full time table; I have not opted for any of these at present but will do in the future. The other facility I use a lot is the swimming pool, it is a 20m pool and very blue, all the tiles are different shades of blue, it is a constant depth to allow walking and running in, one lane is roped off and the rest of the pool is open with wide steps to allow you easy access. On pool side there are two hot tubs and a steam room both are which are great to relax tired muscles in.
One of the things I really like about this gym compared to my old one is how clean it is, the cleaning staff are on the go all day and night and it is very clean, especially the shower area and poolside, the lockers are large and spacious and require £1 which is refunded when you leave. The changing rooms are well designed with plenty of space in them and there is a separate family changing room for when people take their young children swimming.
Finally the staff are pretty friendly and helpful although there are a couple who work in the café area who could maybe crack a smile every now and again but the others are always pleasant and able to give advice, you ca also book a private session with some of the trainers as well which looks like jolly hard work.
Overall I would definitely recommend the gym, it has quite a big membership and there are the usual mix of gym bunnies who spend lots of time flashing flesh, guys who spend lots of time looking in the mirror and flexing and then the rest of us who look knackered most of the time and regret that cream bun we had at work earlier that day. Most of the regulars I see I now have names for which explains the title by the way, needless to say I do not plan to share most of these names as they are not always complimentary.
Thanks for reading and rating my review.
Just to avoid any confusion JJB Fitness Clubs have just recently changed their names after a buy out to DW Fitness Clubs after the new owner Dave Whelan, the original founder of the JJB empire he has now bought back the gyms and renamed them. I'm a member of the one in Northampton which is located in town on a shopping park so there is good parking which is free and is subject to a three hour limit, the only drw back is that the car park is very busy as on the site there is a Toys R Us and British Homestores.
The club is only about three years old and is very modern, there is a big fitness area with lots of cardio machines, a free weight area and ecercise weight machines. I is a spacious area and thereare plenty of bikes and treadmills and I have never had a problem getting access to a machne even on the busy Monday nights.
There are lots of exercise classes as well and these are varied and the timings are good as well with plenty of choice. There are three exercise studios including ne relaxation room in the style of a Japanese exercise room.
The swimming pool is very blue and nice and wam with a steam room and two hot tubs as well. What I really like about the gym is how clean it is, the cleaning staff do an excellent job. The training staff are helpful but seem mostly motivated topush the personal training sessions.
It si open from early morning to late at night and the monthly membership payable by direct debit is about £36, I actually took out a one year membership which gave me one month free by paying in advance and as I go at least four times a week I get my money worth.
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