3 Reading Lane, Hackney, London E8 1GQ
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5 reviews of Virgin Active Health Clubs in English
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One of the worst things is their failure to respond to customer feedback. They claim that they will respond to comments in 48? hours , but the reality is that they just shred them.
There are cheaper gyms without frills nearby. I wouldn't mind paying more if there were some consistency, but this place seems to be sliding down the hill, so I'm thinking of leaving.
I've been a member since the gym opened as a Holmes Place and sadly things have really gone downhill since Virgin took over. There are no perks for long term members, not even Guest Passes (although anyone can get one online!) The whole place desperately need refurbishing and a deep clean. The classes are crowded with filthy mats and insufficient equipment. Many of the gym machines don't work and they have got rid of the Ellipticals altogether. If you complain they contact you but nothing is ever done. Seriously thinking of leaving.
This gym is very good, with lots of good courses and very enthusiastic and well-trained teachers. It has a ladies gym too, which can be nice if you want a little more privacy (as a lady, of course). Although the weight machines are a little bit dated, they work perfectly fine, and personally I don’t mind that at all. The good thing about VA gyms is that you are allowed to use other gyms as well, although with my plan (student membership), this is restricted to four times a month (per gym that is, so that still gives you plenty of options). There also have sun beds, a sauna (which I love) and a steam room. Unlike some bigger VA gyms, they don’t have a pool, unfortunately, and there’s no cafe and internet access (they do have a hot drinks machine in the foyer, but that doesn’t look too special to me). Since it’s a local gym though, I don’t really think it needs those anyway. The staff is always really nice and welcoming, and Farzana at the reception knows every member by name! Quite amazing. All in all, I really feel this is a welcoming gym where I always enjoy my workout. Oh and of course, they will give you a free introduction and personal training plan with follow-up three months or so later.
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