Virgin Gyms

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2003/08/15 12:26:04 (permalink)

Virgin Gyms

I've got a virgin gym opening up round the corner from me they say they use techno olympic bars and have a lot of free weight s and cardio machines, which sounds great, anyone use one already? what are they like?

I'm going down saturday to have a look.

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    RE: Virgin Gyms 2003/08/15 15:00:26 (permalink)
    Not sure what a techno bar is, but I would say as long as
    they have an adequate supply of freeweights and cardio equipment as you say then go for it. Also squat racks are a must at any gym :)
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    RE: Virgin Gyms 2003/08/15 15:07:54 (permalink)
    I heard that virgin gyms were exclusively equiped with 'intelligent' machines that personalise your workout, but I've never been in one to verify this.
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    RE: Virgin Gyms 2003/08/15 15:17:17 (permalink)
    Yeah not bothered about those machines.

    I've tried a few chain gyms before and it was pretty awful, I asked the guy who was showing me round where the squat rack was and he had to ask another memeber of staff what it was! he then asked me if I wanted any personal training! *LOL*

    I'm looking for somewhere that your left alone and have enough room and rubber matts, weights and a few treadmills.

    The place I'm at at the moment is perfect however they don't have any treadmills just rowers, which is a shame :(

    Anyway I'll let you know how it goes...
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    RE: Virgin Gyms 2003/08/15 15:32:19 (permalink)

    Make sure that the Gym has plenty of free weights. From the website it looks like Virgin are trying to cater for everyone.
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    RE: Virgin Gyms 2003/08/18 09:08:34 (permalink)
    i train at virgins but i'm looking to change gyms. Few good points in our gym (manchester): lots of space, all free weights that you need, not too busy, squat rack free most of the time, punch bags, free cardio studios to do farmers walk in...

    few negatives: loads of posers, squat rack not adjustable, weight plates are very small (works my botton DL position very well!), people stare at you when doing things like deadlifts, farmers walks, heavy lockouts, bottom position benching/narrow grips, well, people seem to stare at you all the time! And above all this one is fairly cheap compared to many other chain gyms, 24£/month.
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    RE: Virgin Gyms 2003/09/27 14:29:51 (permalink)
    I trained at the Virgin in Leeds once and hated it, freely moving plastic handles on all the dumbells, no decent area to work in and all the plates are about 12 inch diameter as opposed to 18 inch.
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