Fitness First offered us a free week’s worth of training – as we have just moved out to Melbourne – and wanted to try out a new gym. The pull of Fitness First for us was its’ relative ease in location (there are gyms all over the city) and being able to visit a number of them. However the gym we visited for the week was Flinders’ Street. Right in the centre of the CBD.
It a platinum club, which is more of a premium club, and we presume because of the popular location.
First opinions as we walked in were WOW (genuinely) – due to the sheer amount of equipment. Now maybe all gyms in Australia are like this (however we doubt it) – but there was about 500% more equipment that any gym we have visited in London. And there was space to use it. For example, a whole area you can use for ropes, a huge area with free weights and bar stands for squatting. For example, no waiting and hurrying over as there is only one in the whole gym – there are tons of them. With colour coded weights, plenty of them, and mirrors around them to ensure form is correct. Although one thing that hasn’t changed half way across the world are those posing men in vests – yes we can see you just staring at yourselves as you pull up that dumbbell. There were also two huge floors of fitness first to experience, with specific rooms for different classes. There is also an outside area you can do your weights session in AND as summer is here they are starting outdoor classes as well – hello vitamin D endorphins.
The other thing which truly amazed us was the TRX station – there were over 20 TRX sets. There is literally no excuse not to use them – they also offer TRX classes, therefore encouraging people to use them and how to use them properly. We had a go at one of these classes and it was intense, really intense. We also learnt some new TRX moves, and we thought we knew a few!
Other classes we went to were; kettle bells (completely new for both of us), HIIT warrior classes (HiiT with longer durations of exercise and shorter breaks) and the variations on spin/rpm (classes ranging from 30min to 1hr).
Personally we felt the spin classes which were just 30min were a touch too short for us – but for beginners and people extremely short of time I guess they are a good alternative. However as triathletes used to longer rides we were just warming up and it was time to cool down. Needless to say the spin room was excellent, with top of the range spin bikes which were really smooth and actually progressively increased the resistance instead of jumping about. There was also a huge screen at the front of the class which played videos of cycling down roads all over the world. Unfortunately this didn’t sync with the actual class you were taking so was more of a distraction currently – but once this gets synced up (and apparently it will be) it will be hugely motivational. Tour de France here we come.
We tried to experience a range of instructors in our classes, and couldn’t complain about any of them. Motivational and they get to wear beautiful 2XU kit – so much so we’re now desperate for a pair of those leggings. They just look so good. (Lycra addicts). There is nothing more motivational than actually aspiring to be like the instructor in front of you.
Changing rooms are spacious with lots of showers, and really good powerful hot showers. Girls they also have the essentials like hairdryers, straighteners AND curling irons – making that all important workout before work even easier as you can get ready afterwards. They even have irons and ironing boards. Pure luxury! A small downside (and we mean we are struggling to moan here) is that you have to pay a small fee to use a towel; otherwise you have to bring your own – which can be annoying.
Currently we are weighing up whether we will join the club – with our main focus being on finding and joining a triathlon club for both the specific training , coaching and social aspect. Although we would like to follow strength and conditioning programme, realistically we have to focus on one club at a time. However for those less sports specific individuals we would 100% recommend it. It’s easy, it’s huge, it has tons of classes, the equipment is top notch, and the trainers are spot on.
*All views are completely and utterly our own