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Hello,

Any current Exeter gym members? Would be glad if you can share about your experience and reviews on the gym. E.g; Cleanliness, Class & machines availability, Crowds, value for money etc.
Original post by EilLudwig
Hello,

Any current Exeter gym members? Would be glad if you can share about your experience and reviews on the gym. E.g; Cleanliness, Class & machines availability, Crowds, value for money etc.


http://sport.exeter.ac.uk/healthandfitness/russellseal/#The Russell Seal Fitness Centre

That's their latest build, and if you look around that site you'll find out plenty about the facilities.

My personal verdict of the place, well it's the best equipped gym I've ever used, although I do know a few guys who are heavily into weight training who are a bit disappointed with the amount of free weights available. In terms of the quality of the equipment, it's all virtually brand new, I believe almost all of it was purchased for the start of this academic year, and it is well looked after by the staff there.

Price, if you just want free access to the gym then it's about £240 per year, and £300 for gym plus other sports facilities. Not cheap by any stretch, but one hell of a lot cheaper than most gyms around where I live in Bristol and is a much better facility than any of them too.

As for how busy the place is, well obviously it's pretty damn busy most of the time, after all there are over 10,000 students at the University, so you'd expect any gym to be busy. So if you do go during peak times you may well find yourself having to wait around for certain bits of equipment but it's open for long enough hours that it's easy to get in either early morning or late evening when it's quieter.
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Original post by officelinebacker
http://sport.exeter.ac.uk/healthandfitness/russellseal/#The Russell Seal Fitness Centre

That's their latest build, and if you look around that site you'll find out plenty about the facilities.

My personal verdict of the place, well it's the best equipped gym I've ever used, although I do know a few guys who are heavily into weight training who are a bit disappointed with the amount of free weights available. In terms of the quality of the equipment, it's all virtually brand new, I believe almost all of it was purchased for the start of this academic year, and it is well looked after by the staff there.

Price, if you just want free access to the gym then it's about £240 per year, and £300 for gym plus other sports facilities. Not cheap by any stretch, but one hell of a lot cheaper than most gyms around where I live in Bristol and is a much better facility than any of them too.

As for how busy the place is, well obviously it's pretty damn busy most of the time, after all there are over 10,000 students at the University, so you'd expect any gym to be busy. So if you do go during peak times you may well find yourself having to wait around for certain bits of equipment but it's open for long enough hours that it's easy to get in either early morning or late evening when it's quieter.


Wow thanks for the information! I'm not really sure if I should pay 300 for the gym because the accomdation I want to stay in -printworks already have one mini gym and I can just shower after workout etc haha. The perks of school gym is prolly more equipment and the wide array of classes available. I heard from people that the school's gym shower is quite dirty though so it kinda makes it less attractive haha.
The comments about the dirty equipment may be referring to the other gym which is quite old and on a different campus to the Russell seal fitness suite x
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Original post by Siangoodwin32
The comments about the dirty equipment may be referring to the other gym which is quite old and on a different campus to the Russell seal fitness suite x


Hi again, are you a member from Russell seal fitness at the campus? Is it worth paying that much? Also, how far is the gym from st'luke campus?
It is a fantastic gym it depends what your doing though. I lift weights and so the free weight section is rubbish but in terms of machines and cardio it's fab. St.lukes is the campus sports science, medicine and business are based on and the gym is on campus and not far away at all. St. Luke's is a small campus! Streatham campus had the Russell seal gym and that's 20 minute walk away from st.lukes x
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Original post by Siangoodwin32
It is a fantastic gym it depends what your doing though. I lift weights and so the free weight section is rubbish but in terms of machines and cardio it's fab. St.lukes is the campus sports science, medicine and business are based on and the gym is on campus and not far away at all. St. Luke's is a small campus! Streatham campus had the Russell seal gym and that's 20 minute walk away from st.lukes x


I see:tongue: Alright thanks! Btw are the school accommodation true to the photos on the uni's site?
Yehhh pretty much! Where you looking at staying? Your doing sports science so Rowan croft is the closest to st.lukes campus x
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Where logistically would be the best place to stay around St. Lukes, in terms of sociability, logistically convenient to attend lectures, but also close enough to a decent gym where I can lift? I'm thinking on going self-catered, en suite. Plus I'll be bringing my bike, so i don't mind cycling. Any advice would be awesome!
James Owen court it a decent accommodation. It is a 5 minute cycle from lectures at St.Lukes campus or a 10 minute walk. It is in the middle of St Lukes and the other campus which is called Streatham and that is were the big new gym is. They are ensuite, self catering and are around £122 a week. Good location for when your drunk stumbling home from arena or timepiece (thats where most uni students go like sports society nights and student nights in arena). It is a 5 minute walk from those clubs. Rowancroft is literally a 2 minute walk from St Lukes but it is the opposite way to town so its a 10-15 minute walk into town and a 20 minute walk to other campus but if you have a bike shouldn't bother you too much about distance. I know someone in Rowancroft court and that is £99 a week i think and it is fine, they have to share 2 a bathrooms though. I couldn't deal with sharing a bath room but it saves a lot of money. Rowancroft is around £130 a week and Rowancroft court is in the same place you just have to walk round a corner to get to it from the main Rowancroft bit. Lafrowda and Holland Halls and Duryard are miles away from St Lukes these are all next to Streatham, on Streatham campus or on the other side of Streatham campus to St Lukes. Accom on campus is obviously more expensive, Holland hall goes up to £230 a week and you have to move out during christmas, easter and obviously summer breaks as these become hotels for people visiting for courses at the university etc. So if you are doing sports science, medicine or a PGCE or business then stay near St Lukes campus.
Hey, I'm more or less certainly going to firm my Exeter offer and I was wondering about the comments re. the free weights; the virtual gym tour showed 4 half-racks and some olympic lifting platforms which seemed to be right up my street; was wondering as to why some are saying the free weights section is not up to par, cheers
Well I just think for a massive gym the free weight section is disappointing. I go to fitness first at the moment and the free weights there aren't very good either. But in relation to the size of the gym it's not very big. There are more cardio and resistance machines than anything. The squat rack is always taken as it is in any gym. Very rare you can use an Olympic bar and a smith machine as they are always taken but isn't every gym like that!!
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Original post by CaptainBrown
Hey, I'm more or less certainly going to firm my Exeter offer and I was wondering about the comments re. the free weights; the virtual gym tour showed 4 half-racks and some olympic lifting platforms which seemed to be right up my street; was wondering as to why some are saying the free weights section is not up to par, cheers


What are you planning on studying mate?
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Original post by Siangoodwin32
Well I just think for a massive gym the free weight section is disappointing. I go to fitness first at the moment and the free weights there aren't very good either. But in relation to the size of the gym it's not very big. There are more cardio and resistance machines than anything. The squat rack is always taken as it is in any gym. Very rare you can use an Olympic bar and a smith machine as they are always taken but isn't every gym like that!!


Thanks for the advice! How far away is fitness first from st lukes? What would you say are the quietest times for the gyms?
Original post by jayrayatt
What are you planning on studying mate?


History+Ancient History, you?
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Original post by CaptainBrown
History+Ancient History, you?


Oh sweet stuff! Sports science.

If we both find ourselves at Exeter, I may have found myself a lifting partner! 👍
Original post by jayrayatt
Thanks for the advice! How far away is fitness first from st lukes? What would you say are the quietest times for the gyms?


Fitness first is about 20-30 mins from there I know someone who works there and does PT sessions for free for me so i use that gym :smile: the gyms are always busy! Obviously after lectures around 4-8 it's mega busy as everyone finishes either 4 or 6. But in the day it's slightly quieter but still can get busy x
Original post by jayrayatt
Oh sweet stuff! Sports science.

If we both find ourselves at Exeter, I may have found myself a lifting partner!


Sweet
Original post by Siangoodwin32
Fitness first is about 20-30 mins from there I know someone who works there and does PT sessions for free for me so i use that gym :smile: the gyms are always busy! Obviously after lectures around 4-8 it's mega busy as everyone finishes either 4 or 6. But in the day it's slightly quieter but still can get busy x


Okay sweet! Thanks for all the info! Do sports science students have any lectures seminars etc on streatham campus at all, or is it all based on St Lukes? x
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Original post by EilLudwig
Hello,

Any current Exeter gym members? Would be glad if you can share about your experience and reviews on the gym. E.g; Cleanliness, Class & machines availability, Crowds, value for money etc.

St Lukes gym is very small. and mainly used by mainly students who will just occupy machines doing nothing accept using their mobiles, and causing blocks in the system. They sulk if you ask them to free up their comfortable 'seats'.

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