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    Hi, I am aware there have been threads on this before, but they are quite outdated now so I wanted to know what people are using right now.

    I am a first year student and have been pretty disappointed with the LSE gym. What gyms are most people using? My accommodation isn't at Holborn, but I like using the gym when I come to campus, within a 10 minute walk.

    I saw Gymbox, it's pretty expensive but are any students using it as such? Also, they have all these annoying 1 year contract system (if you want to avoid the joining fee). If it's quite sociable then I guess I don't mind.

    The other ones I've heard about are: UoL gym near UCL, Fitness First, LA Fitness.
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    Yea, the LSE Union gym is pretty poor! Apparently they are building a new student centre soon though, and that will see new state of the art facilities? Doubt we will see it in our lifetime though!

    Personally, I would never join one of the rip off commercial gyms. Gymbox, Fitness First, LA Fitness, Virgin Active and the like... if your financial situation changes you will be in the poo because you will be tied into a contract.

    I am not a member yet, but will soon be signing up to the Jubilee Hall gym, which is run by Westminster Council. The nearest gym to LSE is in the Covent Garden market building, which has to be among the coolest buildings for a gym, and precisely 8 minutes walk from Houghton Street. As it is not for profit it is considerably cheaper than a lot of gyms in the area (£50 per month, I'm not sure if students get it any cheaper), and you are not tied into a contract so can end it whenever you like. I think you may be able to suspend your membership if you are going away as well, which could be handy for the summer holidays etc (at least this was the policy with a similar scheme I was a member of). There is a £35 joining fee as well. Alternatively, if you pay a £50 joining fee and the same monthly membership rate, you can join the UK Fitness Network, which means you can use any member gyms, of which there are loads in the south east.

    As I said, I'm not a member of the Jubilee Hall yet but I have had a look around and it is pretty nice. I was a member of the equivalent scheme run by Bromley Council and the gym I used, in Beckenham, is lovely, spacious, modern, good staff etc. If you join the Jubilee Hall trust you can also use the one for Houses of Parliment staff, one in Hampstead and one fairly close to Bankside. There is a similar scheme run by Camden council and the nearest gym to LSE is the Oasis Centre on Holborn, but I get the impression that is a bit more grubby! If your finances allow it though, I would just join the UK fitness network and then you can pick and choose where you go. If you google Jubilee Hall Trust and UK Fitness Network you can find out more. They don't have the same shiny marketing as the commmercial gyms, and may not have all the bells and whistles which immediately catch your eye when you go for the tour, but I think they are very good value.
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    Yea, the LSE Union gym is pretty poor! Apparently they are building a new student centre soon though, and that will see new state of the art facilities? Doubt we will see it in our lifetime though!

    Personally, I would never join one of the rip off commercial gyms. Gymbox, Fitness First, LA Fitness, Virgin Active and the like... if your financial situation changes you will be in the poo because you will be tied into a contract.

    I am not a member yet, but will soon be signing up to the Jubilee Hall gym, which is run by Westminster Council. The nearest gym to LSE is in the Covent Garden market building, which has to be among the coolest buildings for a gym, and precisely 8 minutes walk from Houghton Street. As it is not for profit it is considerably cheaper than a lot of gyms in the area (£50 per month, I'm not sure if students get it any cheaper), and you are not tied into a contract so can end it whenever you like. I think you may be able to suspend your membership if you are going away as well, which could be handy for the summer holidays etc (at least this was the policy with a similar scheme I was a member of). There is a £35 joining fee as well. Alternatively, if you pay a £50 joining fee and the same monthly membership rate, you can join the UK Fitness Network, which means you can use any member gyms, of which there are loads in the south east.

    As I said, I'm not a member of the Jubilee Hall yet but I have had a look around and it is pretty nice. I was a member of the equivalent scheme run by Bromley Council and the gym I used, in Beckenham, is lovely, spacious, modern, good staff etc. If you join the Jubilee Hall trust you can also use the one for Houses of Parliment staff, one in Hampstead and one fairly close to Bankside. There is a similar scheme run by Camden council and the nearest gym to LSE is the Oasis Centre on Holborn, but I get the impression that is a bit more grubby! If your finances allow it though, I would just join the UK fitness network and then you can pick and choose where you go. If you google Jubilee Hall Trust and UK Fitness Network you can find out more. They don't have the same shiny marketing as the commmercial gyms, and may not have all the bells and whistles which immediately catch your eye when you go for the tour, but I think they are very good value.
    Thanks for the reply, do you know if any other students are going to Jubilee Hall?

    Also, when I checked Gymbox, they said their prices are pretty negotiable if multiple people were to join together
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    I don't know how many students use the gym, but I don't really go to socialise, so don't take much notice of who else is at my gym. I imagine there are enough people for all sorts though. I thought my gym in Bromley was going to be full of either meatheads or yummy mummies, in reality it was neither, it was a good mix of people. Being in the centre of Covent Garden would attract a decent crowd, I imagine.


    Gymbox, LA Fitness and their ilk, it's like Hotel California, you can check out but never leave. It is a right pain to get out of your contract so yea they will try to entice you with sign up discounts, friend bonuses, free rucksacks which cost them £2 to make... but they will screw you over if you need some flexibility. Up to you of course, but if you google gym rip offs, or check out forums on websites like Money Saving Expert you will see how they are not very nice companies. Of course this is all in the small print of the contracts so people should really know what they are letting themselves in for, but I would avoid giving them a penny of my money in the first place. At the end of the day they are businesses, not charities, so its understandable them trying to squeeze what they can out of people willing to pay for it. If you are rolling in money and like the sound Gymbox, and can see yourself either being a member for ever or never having to rethink your gym membership, it's as good an option as any.
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    The best one would be at UOL union. I use to go there as it was really close to uni and there is no contract and can stop paying whenever I wanted. However sometimes it got really busy and had to wait for a machine to use and also quite a few LSE students started going.

    However if you are willing to travel to places like vauxhall or West Hampstead there is a gym called thegymgroup which is only £16 a month for new members and you can cancel anytime you want and I think its better than some of the gyms I have paid more money to use.

    There are also other cheap gyms around London such as fitspace (in holloway road) however most gyms around Holborn are quite expensive
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    I use the UoL Union gym, it's been great so far. Quite a few LSE people are members.
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    (Original post by caroline147)
    I use the UoL Union gym, it's been great so far. Quite a few LSE people are members.
    Which halls are you in? I think only Carr Saunders is close to that, isn't it? Also, do you go during uni time? So it's like a 15 minute walk?
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    (Original post by Chrisateen)
    The best one would be at UOL union. I use to go there as it was really close to uni and there is no contract and can stop paying whenever I wanted. However sometimes it got really busy and had to wait for a machine to use and also quite a few LSE students started going.

    However if you are willing to travel to places like vauxhall or West Hampstead there is a gym called thegymgroup which is only £16 a month for new members and you can cancel anytime you want and I think its better than some of the gyms I have paid more money to use.

    There are also other cheap gyms around London such as fitspace (in holloway road) however most gyms around Holborn are quite expensive
    Did you used to go during lectures?
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    (Original post by Haloalkane)
    Which halls are you in? I think only Carr Saunders is close to that, isn't it? Also, do you go during uni time? So it's like a 15 minute walk?
    I'm at Passfield, it's a 2 min walk from there. It's close to Carr-Saunders too, yeah, and the intercollegiate halls. I normally go from halls but I've walked up when I've had 2 hour+ breaks from uni stuff. The walk takes 15-20mins, depending on how fast you walk
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    (Original post by Haloalkane)
    Did you used to go during lectures?
    No but sometimes I have a bit of time in between lecture and classes and it only takes a 15min walk from the LSE or 10min bus ride from Aldwych to Russell Square
 
 
 
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