Three months ago I had never been to a gym – aside from a couple of legs, bums and tums sessions just before I got married. I had never used machines in a gym – never even used a changing room in a gym – but earlier in the summer something clicked. I wanted to not just lose weight, or tone up, but I wanted to make a lifestyle change.
So I joined Pure Gym and aimed to start going to the gym regularly. I would always try to go three times a week but due to childcare this was sometimes twice a week and there were a couple of occasions where I didn’t go for a week or two – when we went on holiday and again at the start of the new school term when our new routine took some getting used to.
But, Pure Gym has been consistent for me. The one that I go to, in Camberley, is one of many Pure Gyms around the country. It’s easy to find in the town centre and has parking close by – as well as lots of local public transport options and even bike racks right outside. It’s a convenient option for anyone in Camberley and the surrounding areas.
When I first went to Pure Gym I expected there to be a reception, to have to speak to people and be let in and out but the great thing about Pure Gym is that you can visit at any time of the day – or night – and never speak to anyone if you don’t want to. You access the gym and changing rooms with an 8 digit code that you are given when you sign up online. I’m always in my own little bubble when I go to the gym and this is perfect for me – going in, working out and then leaving again.
You can join an induction class when you first go to the gym that will show you what part of the gym to use for different aims – building muscle, losing weight etc. I had an induction and felt confident afterwards that I could use the machines properly and have the work out that I needed with my own goals in mind.
Pure Gym also has a lot of classes throughout the week – with morning, day time and evening sessions to fit in with anyone’s routine. I love going to Spin classes after work and have seen that Spin is also available early in the morning and at lunchtime – so they really do cater for everyone. All of the Pure Gym classes are run by fully qualified personal trainers who can also be hired to work with you on personal training sessions.
At Pure Gym I’ve been using a wide range of machines and love the cardio options available. There have always been free rowing machines, running machines and cross trainers whatever time I have visited the gym.
I’ve also used a lot of the weight machines which are something I wouldn’t have tried without the induction but I am so glad that I can now use them regularly. All of the machines have diagrams on them, making it simple to try new things. Most important of all, the machines are all well maintained, letting you work out in the best conditions and completely safely too.
As well as machines, Pure Gym has many areas to exercise. There are places to warm up and stretch, doing exercise routines and to try something new.
Pure Gym’s changing rooms are clean and bright, nice to use and with enough space even at peak times. There are also plenty of lockers in the gym – both in and out of the changing rooms although it would be nice if there were more lockers in the changing rooms.
For someone with a busy life, trying to fit a gym membership around work and childcare, Pure Gym ticks every box. It’s there when I need it – whether that’s after work or in the early hours of the morning – and it’s a nice environment to visit and exercise too. As a woman visiting the gym by myself I have never felt intimidated or nervous, just comfortable to exercise for as long as I want to each time.
Pure Gym lets me carry on my membership as long as I want to, I can cancel at any time and it costs just £17.99 a month. They do charge a joining fee but often have no joining fee promotions – like they do at the moment. Plus, if you live in one place and work in another area you can have a multi-gym membership to allow you to access more than one gym to suit your lifestyle.
Before joining Pure Gym I didn’t know what to expect and had nothing to compare it to. But now, having looked at the cost of other local gyms and what they offer I realise that Pure Gym is a really affordable gym with everything I need. There really isn’t anything else I could ask for. Plus, now that I am in such a good routine with the gym, Hubby has signed up to Pure Gym too. It really has changed our lives.
Disclosure: I have been working with Pure Gym for the last three months for the purpose of this review however, I have loved using the gym and it is now such a part of my lifestyle that I have chosen to continue my membership. As always, all opinions are my own.