I feel like I’m forever changing gyms but so far I haven’t found a gym that I’ve wanted to stick with, perhaps until now. For the last year, I have been a member of Virgin Chelsea and whilst it is literally four minutes from my door I have felt somewhat restless about moving, since returning from my Easter holiday.
The main reason is the swimming pool. Even though it’s a lovely pool and great to stretch your muscles in, I have been wanting something a bit longer for a while. That’s what happens when you spend every day for two weeks, swimming off a tropical island in The Philippines I guess!
Another reason is that the classes can get very busy, which means you have to be there super early to snag yourself a token. There are a few other reasons but I’m not going to bore you with a list. The point is that I’ve switched gyms and I feel so much better for it. I’ve moved to Virgin’s Kensington Club which apparently a few Chelsea folks tend to do – and I love it there.
The swimming pool is not only longer but it also has a spa vibe with loungers and a fabulous jacuzzi with jet streams to pummel your back after a hard day. There are heated recliners to relax on and generally, the gym is much bigger. Oh, and the changing rooms are very nice indeed.
The Kensington Club is also undergoing a bit of a refurb at the moment, which is due to take a couple of months. But once it is finished, there will be anti-gravity yoga and the spin studio will have surrounding images to visually take you outside.
Finally, the added bonus is that I can still visit Virgin Chelsea if I want to. I did this lunchtime because I love their Wednesday lunchtime spin class. In fact, with a Virgin Kensington card you can use most of the other Virgin gyms anytime you want and that includes the Chiswick Racquet Club which has an outdoor pool and plenty of tennis courts.
So as you can imagine, I’m very excited to have the best of a few worlds right now: the convenience of something on my doorstep when I need it and somewhere to escape to, which is only a short bike ride away.
I have a feeling that I don’t have to move gyms for a while now. Whoop!