Shock closure of Fitness First in Southampton

Daily Echo: Fitness First in Southampton, which will close within two weeks Fitness First in Southampton, which will close within two weeks

SHOCKED members of a popular Southampton gym have been told it is closing within two weeks.

Struggling chain Fitness First has announced it is shutting the Shirley Road branch as it attempts to cut huge losses.

The news sparked “uproar” among the thousands of upset members when they discovered their £25-a-month subscriptions would be ended within a fortnight.

Philip Austin, who has been using the gym for three years, said he was “very disappointed” by the news.

The 50-year-old company director, from Marchwood, said: “As a gymnasium it was probably one of the best in the area.

“I feel sorry for the staff because they do work hard and it was a friendly club. The people there were really helpful and there was no stuffiness there.

“Apparently there was an uproar in the club when people heard. It was a busy club and it will be missed.”

Poole-based Fitness First, which runs 417 centres across the UK, Germany, Australia and Asia, announced earlier this year it had entered a company voluntary agreement (CVA) to sell 67 of its British clubs as part of a restructuring to save the business.

The chain was saved from administration when landlords agreed to slash rents by around 70 per cent in a deal that saw its £600million of debt wiped out.

But last month it posted a pre-tax loss of £671.5million for the 12 months to October 2011, compared with a loss of £82.9million for the year before.

Fitness First confirmed the Southampton branch, which has been open since 1998 and has 2,364 members, is closing on December 12 as part of the chain’s restructuring.

Amongst the personal trainers at the gym is world champion bodybuilder Marina Cornwall.

In letters sent to members, bosses apologised to customers for the short notice ahead of the closure and promised refunds for anyone who has pre-paid their subscriptions.

The company added it will “continue to work hard with the club landlord” to find a new operator for the gym.

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5:27am Tue 4 Dec 12

saint61 says...

A compaby is losing money yet attempts to first sale and now close one club that makes a profit. Although with the losses that have just been posted the only question is when will the remainder close.
A compaby is losing money yet attempts to first sale and now close one club that makes a profit. Although with the losses that have just been posted the only question is when will the remainder close. saint61
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6:10am Tue 4 Dec 12

freemantlegirl2 says...

Those poor staff losing their jobs before Christmas ;(

i don't know why members are moaning though, they've been promised refunds,, it's not as if it's closed overnight and they haven't a chance to get refunded or collect their belongings, say goodbye etc. The company seems to be operating responsibly by avoiding going completely bust.

It's the staff i feel sorry for :(
Those poor staff losing their jobs before Christmas ;( i don't know why members are moaning though, they've been promised refunds,, it's not as if it's closed overnight and they haven't a chance to get refunded or collect their belongings, say goodbye etc. The company seems to be operating responsibly by avoiding going completely bust. It's the staff i feel sorry for :( freemantlegirl2
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6:44am Tue 4 Dec 12

Lockssmart says...

Try walking and swimming and eating healthily.
Try walking and swimming and eating healthily. Lockssmart
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7:03am Tue 4 Dec 12

arthur dalyrimple says...

the credit lines don,t excist any more ,the avalanche is beginning.
the credit lines don,t excist any more ,the avalanche is beginning. arthur dalyrimple
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8:35am Tue 4 Dec 12

Peoples Choice says...

What a shame!! Where will my vein friends now 'Check In' on Facebook to?!??
What a shame!! Where will my vein friends now 'Check In' on Facebook to?!?? Peoples Choice
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8:54am Tue 4 Dec 12

gazdance says...

It's "vain" not "vein".
It's "vain" not "vein". gazdance
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8:55am Tue 4 Dec 12

Huey says...

Peoples Choice wrote:
What a shame!! Where will my vein friends now 'Check In' on Facebook to?!??
5hitness First.
[quote][p][bold]Peoples Choice[/bold] wrote: What a shame!! Where will my vein friends now 'Check In' on Facebook to?!??[/p][/quote]5hitness First. Huey
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8:57am Tue 4 Dec 12

loosehead says...

I use to use Ftness First but didn't like the manager that took over she drove many people away from the club.
I remember when it had a bar & many business men/women would work out then meet clients take them into the bar & do business.
This bought in revenue through out the day.
they stopped selling alcohol made that area open planned so no divider between it & the gym & lost those business customers to David LLoyds.
The actual Gym is far better than LA fitness but if you swim then LA's got a pool.
I hope some one steps in & runs this club maybe City Gym can take over this Gym?
I use to use Ftness First but didn't like the manager that took over she drove many people away from the club. I remember when it had a bar & many business men/women would work out then meet clients take them into the bar & do business. This bought in revenue through out the day. they stopped selling alcohol made that area open planned so no divider between it & the gym & lost those business customers to David LLoyds. The actual Gym is far better than LA fitness but if you swim then LA's got a pool. I hope some one steps in & runs this club maybe City Gym can take over this Gym? loosehead
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9:00am Tue 4 Dec 12

gazdance says...

Sad news that the club is closing down. I've been a member for nearly seven years and enjoy it. The facilities are good and there was a good range of motivational classes.

There has been talk for quite some time that this branch was, at the very least, being sold to another operator so it is surprising that its just closing with no replacement gym chain apparently willing to step in a take over.

I wouldn't be surprised if it reopens but whether that's short term will be quite frustrating to not know, for some.

Typical for some readers to be sniping though - don't you understand that a lot of people these days just enjoy going to a gym to keep fit and socialise? It's not vain or a replacement for walking or healthy eating but a supplement to those thisgs.

Fingers crossed it reopens soon. It's the easiest gym for me to get to by far and I'd rather not have to join the likes of LA Fitness.
Sad news that the club is closing down. I've been a member for nearly seven years and enjoy it. The facilities are good and there was a good range of motivational classes. There has been talk for quite some time that this branch was, at the very least, being sold to another operator so it is surprising that its just closing with no replacement gym chain apparently willing to step in a take over. I wouldn't be surprised if it reopens but whether that's short term will be quite frustrating to not know, for some. Typical for some readers to be sniping though - don't you understand that a lot of people these days just enjoy going to a gym to keep fit and socialise? It's not vain or a replacement for walking or healthy eating but a supplement to those thisgs. Fingers crossed it reopens soon. It's the easiest gym for me to get to by far and I'd rather not have to join the likes of LA Fitness. gazdance
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9:05am Tue 4 Dec 12

fantasanta says...

another business that cant operate within a budget , never mind them ,who is the £671m owed to ? they are the victims .
folding a company is not without consequences further down the food chain ,you can bet the lot will go in short succession and take a lot of suppliers with them , its irresponsible to trade with that level of debt and should be regulated , customer service counts for nothing if the management cant control the finances.
at what point do you decide that your level of debt is so high that you just dump it and disown your responsibility ?
another business that cant operate within a budget , never mind them ,who is the £671m owed to ? they are the victims . folding a company is not without consequences further down the food chain ,you can bet the lot will go in short succession and take a lot of suppliers with them , its irresponsible to trade with that level of debt and should be regulated , customer service counts for nothing if the management cant control the finances. at what point do you decide that your level of debt is so high that you just dump it and disown your responsibility ? fantasanta
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9:07am Tue 4 Dec 12

nobbythesheep says...

But if you said to them you were leaving in 2 weeks they would expect payment for that month and the next.
But if you said to them you were leaving in 2 weeks they would expect payment for that month and the next. nobbythesheep
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9:23am Tue 4 Dec 12

jeebuscripes says...

In other news, a restaurant has closed its doors in Grimsby.
In other news, a restaurant has closed its doors in Grimsby. jeebuscripes
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9:37am Tue 4 Dec 12

RageAgainstTheMachine says...

gazdance wrote:
It's "vain" not "vein".
Gazdance.... im glad you said it! as i was wondering who likes peoples veins?
[quote][p][bold]gazdance[/bold] wrote: It's "vain" not "vein".[/p][/quote]Gazdance.... im glad you said it! as i was wondering who likes peoples veins? RageAgainstTheMachine
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9:48am Tue 4 Dec 12

elvisimo says...

obsolete/ dated business model, lack of investment, tired facilities - this is why the likes of Pure Gym and The Gym are doing so well.
obsolete/ dated business model, lack of investment, tired facilities - this is why the likes of Pure Gym and The Gym are doing so well. elvisimo
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10:09am Tue 4 Dec 12

hulla baloo says...

RageAgainstTheMachin
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wrote:
gazdance wrote:
It's "vain" not "vein".
Gazdance.... im glad you said it! as i was wondering who likes peoples veins?
Vampires?
[quote][p][bold]RageAgainstTheMachin e[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gazdance[/bold] wrote: It's "vain" not "vein".[/p][/quote]Gazdance.... im glad you said it! as i was wondering who likes peoples veins?[/p][/quote]Vampires? hulla baloo
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10:14am Tue 4 Dec 12

bigfella777 says...

Its was never going to survive when the other big gyms are only £15.99 a month now, it was a good gym back in the day, I had sex in the jacuzzi once.
It always makes me laugh that people will sit queued up in traffic jams to go and ride a stationery bicycle, get on a real bike and feel the rush.
Its was never going to survive when the other big gyms are only £15.99 a month now, it was a good gym back in the day, I had sex in the jacuzzi once. It always makes me laugh that people will sit queued up in traffic jams to go and ride a stationery bicycle, get on a real bike and feel the rush. bigfella777
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10:25am Tue 4 Dec 12

fat_doughnut says...

Did the echo actually ask any one of the members? I was a member at Fitness first and was trying to get out of my £35 pound a month (not £25 as they say here) contract.

If you are late with your payment it jumps to 50 and the trainers are forced to be pushy sales staff.
Did the echo actually ask any one of the members? I was a member at Fitness first and was trying to get out of my £35 pound a month (not £25 as they say here) contract. If you are late with your payment it jumps to 50 and the trainers are forced to be pushy sales staff. fat_doughnut
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10:27am Tue 4 Dec 12

fantasanta says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Its was never going to survive when the other big gyms are only £15.99 a month now, it was a good gym back in the day, I had sex in the jacuzzi once.
It always makes me laugh that people will sit queued up in traffic jams to go and ride a stationery bicycle, get on a real bike and feel the rush.
yeah too much info thanks , cant you keep it to yourself ,like ,Mr Savile !!
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Its was never going to survive when the other big gyms are only £15.99 a month now, it was a good gym back in the day, I had sex in the jacuzzi once. It always makes me laugh that people will sit queued up in traffic jams to go and ride a stationery bicycle, get on a real bike and feel the rush.[/p][/quote]yeah too much info thanks , cant you keep it to yourself ,like ,Mr Savile !! fantasanta
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10:27am Tue 4 Dec 12

loosehead says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Its was never going to survive when the other big gyms are only £15.99 a month now, it was a good gym back in the day, I had sex in the jacuzzi once.
It always makes me laugh that people will sit queued up in traffic jams to go and ride a stationery bicycle, get on a real bike and feel the rush.
So your the idiot that lost us the jacuzzi then?
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Its was never going to survive when the other big gyms are only £15.99 a month now, it was a good gym back in the day, I had sex in the jacuzzi once. It always makes me laugh that people will sit queued up in traffic jams to go and ride a stationery bicycle, get on a real bike and feel the rush.[/p][/quote]So your the idiot that lost us the jacuzzi then? loosehead
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10:31am Tue 4 Dec 12

fantasanta says...

loosehead wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Its was never going to survive when the other big gyms are only £15.99 a month now, it was a good gym back in the day, I had sex in the jacuzzi once.
It always makes me laugh that people will sit queued up in traffic jams to go and ride a stationery bicycle, get on a real bike and feel the rush.
So your the idiot that lost us the jacuzzi then?
i think he might have been on his own !
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Its was never going to survive when the other big gyms are only £15.99 a month now, it was a good gym back in the day, I had sex in the jacuzzi once. It always makes me laugh that people will sit queued up in traffic jams to go and ride a stationery bicycle, get on a real bike and feel the rush.[/p][/quote]So your the idiot that lost us the jacuzzi then?[/p][/quote]i think he might have been on his own ! fantasanta
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10:40am Tue 4 Dec 12

grazzer says...

ls the Bournemouth Echo short of news today as this article is obviously from the SOUTHAMPTON Echo?
l do not recognise the names of any of the bloggers on this article so they are obviously from the Southampton area.
What exactly is the point?
ls the Bournemouth Echo short of news today as this article is obviously from the SOUTHAMPTON Echo? l do not recognise the names of any of the bloggers on this article so they are obviously from the Southampton area. What exactly is the point? grazzer
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10:40am Tue 4 Dec 12

For pity sake says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Its was never going to survive when the other big gyms are only £15.99 a month now, it was a good gym back in the day, I had sex in the jacuzzi once.
It always makes me laugh that people will sit queued up in traffic jams to go and ride a stationery bicycle, get on a real bike and feel the rush.
You could get a nasty paper cut from a stationery bicycle...
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Its was never going to survive when the other big gyms are only £15.99 a month now, it was a good gym back in the day, I had sex in the jacuzzi once. It always makes me laugh that people will sit queued up in traffic jams to go and ride a stationery bicycle, get on a real bike and feel the rush.[/p][/quote]You could get a nasty paper cut from a stationery bicycle... For pity sake
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10:46am Tue 4 Dec 12

fat_doughnut says...

They can't make a profit with minimum takings of £709,200 a year plus money for personal training extra classes and drinks.
They can't make a profit with minimum takings of £709,200 a year plus money for personal training extra classes and drinks. fat_doughnut
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10:49am Tue 4 Dec 12

fat_doughnut says...

grazzer wrote:
ls the Bournemouth Echo short of news today as this article is obviously from the SOUTHAMPTON Echo?
l do not recognise the names of any of the bloggers on this article so they are obviously from the Southampton area.
What exactly is the point?
Maybe because the company is based in Poole? Don't know.
[quote][p][bold]grazzer[/bold] wrote: ls the Bournemouth Echo short of news today as this article is obviously from the SOUTHAMPTON Echo? l do not recognise the names of any of the bloggers on this article so they are obviously from the Southampton area. What exactly is the point?[/p][/quote]Maybe because the company is based in Poole? Don't know. fat_doughnut
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10:57am Tue 4 Dec 12

rickey says...

fat_doughnut wrote:
grazzer wrote:
ls the Bournemouth Echo short of news today as this article is obviously from the SOUTHAMPTON Echo?
l do not recognise the names of any of the bloggers on this article so they are obviously from the Southampton area.
What exactly is the point?
Maybe because the company is based in Poole? Don't know.
Because its the same story in the Southampton Daily Echo and they have joined the comments. Don't know why its in the Bournemouth Echo unless they are short of news!
[quote][p][bold]fat_doughnut[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]grazzer[/bold] wrote: ls the Bournemouth Echo short of news today as this article is obviously from the SOUTHAMPTON Echo? l do not recognise the names of any of the bloggers on this article so they are obviously from the Southampton area. What exactly is the point?[/p][/quote]Maybe because the company is based in Poole? Don't know.[/p][/quote]Because its the same story in the Southampton Daily Echo and they have joined the comments. Don't know why its in the Bournemouth Echo unless they are short of news! rickey
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11:00am Tue 4 Dec 12

John T says...

jeebuscripes wrote:
In other news, a restaurant has closed its doors in Grimsby.
That sounds fishy.
Bournemouth's investigative Echo reporters are trawling the net for more information before they release this vital news!
[quote][p][bold]jeebuscripes[/bold] wrote: In other news, a restaurant has closed its doors in Grimsby.[/p][/quote]That sounds fishy. Bournemouth's investigative Echo reporters are trawling the net for more information before they release this vital news! John T
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11:34am Tue 4 Dec 12

VIVERS says...

loosehead wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Its was never going to survive when the other big gyms are only £15.99 a month now, it was a good gym back in the day, I had sex in the jacuzzi once.
It always makes me laugh that people will sit queued up in traffic jams to go and ride a stationery bicycle, get on a real bike and feel the rush.
So your the idiot that lost us the jacuzzi then?
what a plonker, all those people lazing around in your bodly fluids after a good workout and i was one of them, your just a discusting individual do what you want in your own jacuzzi but in a health club. barff.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Its was never going to survive when the other big gyms are only £15.99 a month now, it was a good gym back in the day, I had sex in the jacuzzi once. It always makes me laugh that people will sit queued up in traffic jams to go and ride a stationery bicycle, get on a real bike and feel the rush.[/p][/quote]So your the idiot that lost us the jacuzzi then?[/p][/quote]what a plonker, all those people lazing around in your bodly fluids after a good workout and i was one of them, your just a discusting individual do what you want in your own jacuzzi but in a health club. barff. VIVERS
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11:50am Tue 4 Dec 12

loosehead says...

VIVERS wrote:
loosehead wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Its was never going to survive when the other big gyms are only £15.99 a month now, it was a good gym back in the day, I had sex in the jacuzzi once.
It always makes me laugh that people will sit queued up in traffic jams to go and ride a stationery bicycle, get on a real bike and feel the rush.
So your the idiot that lost us the jacuzzi then?
what a plonker, all those people lazing around in your bodly fluids after a good workout and i was one of them, your just a discusting individual do what you want in your own jacuzzi but in a health club. barff.
Vivers It was Bigfella not me so why reply to my post?
[quote][p][bold]VIVERS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Its was never going to survive when the other big gyms are only £15.99 a month now, it was a good gym back in the day, I had sex in the jacuzzi once. It always makes me laugh that people will sit queued up in traffic jams to go and ride a stationery bicycle, get on a real bike and feel the rush.[/p][/quote]So your the idiot that lost us the jacuzzi then?[/p][/quote]what a plonker, all those people lazing around in your bodly fluids after a good workout and i was one of them, your just a discusting individual do what you want in your own jacuzzi but in a health club. barff.[/p][/quote]Vivers It was Bigfella not me so why reply to my post? loosehead
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11:51am Tue 4 Dec 12

loosehead says...

fat_doughnut wrote:
They can't make a profit with minimum takings of £709,200 a year plus money for personal training extra classes and drinks.
The Gym area is also hired out by Martial Arts & other groups
[quote][p][bold]fat_doughnut[/bold] wrote: They can't make a profit with minimum takings of £709,200 a year plus money for personal training extra classes and drinks.[/p][/quote]The Gym area is also hired out by Martial Arts & other groups loosehead
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12:13pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Finbarr Finkelstein says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Its was never going to survive when the other big gyms are only £15.99 a month now, it was a good gym back in the day, I had sex in the jacuzzi once. It always makes me laugh that people will sit queued up in traffic jams to go and ride a stationery bicycle, get on a real bike and feel the rush.
Well done Bigfella777 you certainly shifted the angle of this story
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Its was never going to survive when the other big gyms are only £15.99 a month now, it was a good gym back in the day, I had sex in the jacuzzi once. It always makes me laugh that people will sit queued up in traffic jams to go and ride a stationery bicycle, get on a real bike and feel the rush.[/p][/quote]Well done Bigfella777 you certainly shifted the angle of this story Finbarr Finkelstein
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12:41pm Tue 4 Dec 12

bigfella777 says...

Finbarr Finkelstein wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Its was never going to survive when the other big gyms are only £15.99 a month now, it was a good gym back in the day, I had sex in the jacuzzi once. It always makes me laugh that people will sit queued up in traffic jams to go and ride a stationery bicycle, get on a real bike and feel the rush.
Well done Bigfella777 you certainly shifted the angle of this story
You cant beat the bubbles mate.
[quote][p][bold]Finbarr Finkelstein[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Its was never going to survive when the other big gyms are only £15.99 a month now, it was a good gym back in the day, I had sex in the jacuzzi once. It always makes me laugh that people will sit queued up in traffic jams to go and ride a stationery bicycle, get on a real bike and feel the rush.[/p][/quote]Well done Bigfella777 you certainly shifted the angle of this story[/p][/quote]You cant beat the bubbles mate. bigfella777
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12:54pm Tue 4 Dec 12

JLC U Later says...

Thank goodness.

My cousin Miffy works for the Health and Safety Executive and was up in arms at the damage that this company were doing to their "Safety First" campaign.

In a sample of 100 children aged 8-14 83% of them answered "fitness" rather than "safety" when asked what came first. These dillution of the message is directly attribitable to 97% of all acidents that children have.

Perhaps we'll find the world a safer place to be with these inconsiderate oafs closed down.
Thank goodness. My cousin Miffy works for the Health and Safety Executive and was up in arms at the damage that this company were doing to their "Safety First" campaign. In a sample of 100 children aged 8-14 83% of them answered "fitness" rather than "safety" when asked what came first. These dillution of the message is directly attribitable to 97% of all acidents that children have. Perhaps we'll find the world a safer place to be with these inconsiderate oafs closed down. JLC U Later
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12:57pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Adrian XX says...

I am a member of FF and I can't say it is fantastic. Many changes have occurred since it opened when it was a good gym. As someone has said, they scrapped the bar and made the gyms more open plan - this is a mistake - the atmosphere is pretty bad now. They also introduced FF dance and rap TV - the station that pipes all the incredibly annoying music and advertising into the place. How about going back to the 6CD changer you used to have? - there was always better music in those days.

I think FF has to go one of two ways - it can either become the ryanair of gyms: ditch all TVs, music, classes and personal trainers and charge £9.99 per month or go more upmarket - refit the bars in a cosy separate room and serve simple food too.
I am a member of FF and I can't say it is fantastic. Many changes have occurred since it opened when it was a good gym. As someone has said, they scrapped the bar and made the gyms more open plan - this is a mistake - the atmosphere is pretty bad now. They also introduced FF dance and rap TV - the station that pipes all the incredibly annoying music and advertising into the place. How about going back to the 6CD changer you used to have? - there was always better music in those days. I think FF has to go one of two ways - it can either become the ryanair of gyms: ditch all TVs, music, classes and personal trainers and charge £9.99 per month or go more upmarket - refit the bars in a cosy separate room and serve simple food too. Adrian XX
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1:09pm Tue 4 Dec 12

elvisimo says...

Adrian XX wrote:
I am a member of FF and I can't say it is fantastic. Many changes have occurred since it opened when it was a good gym. As someone has said, they scrapped the bar and made the gyms more open plan - this is a mistake - the atmosphere is pretty bad now. They also introduced FF dance and rap TV - the station that pipes all the incredibly annoying music and advertising into the place. How about going back to the 6CD changer you used to have? - there was always better music in those days. I think FF has to go one of two ways - it can either become the ryanair of gyms: ditch all TVs, music, classes and personal trainers and charge £9.99 per month or go more upmarket - refit the bars in a cosy separate room and serve simple food too.
missed the boat I suspect. Already have Easygym who are opening soon plus Pure Gym plus The Gym.
[quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: I am a member of FF and I can't say it is fantastic. Many changes have occurred since it opened when it was a good gym. As someone has said, they scrapped the bar and made the gyms more open plan - this is a mistake - the atmosphere is pretty bad now. They also introduced FF dance and rap TV - the station that pipes all the incredibly annoying music and advertising into the place. How about going back to the 6CD changer you used to have? - there was always better music in those days. I think FF has to go one of two ways - it can either become the ryanair of gyms: ditch all TVs, music, classes and personal trainers and charge £9.99 per month or go more upmarket - refit the bars in a cosy separate room and serve simple food too.[/p][/quote]missed the boat I suspect. Already have Easygym who are opening soon plus Pure Gym plus The Gym. elvisimo
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1:11pm Tue 4 Dec 12

loosehead says...

Adrian XX wrote:
I am a member of FF and I can't say it is fantastic. Many changes have occurred since it opened when it was a good gym. As someone has said, they scrapped the bar and made the gyms more open plan - this is a mistake - the atmosphere is pretty bad now. They also introduced FF dance and rap TV - the station that pipes all the incredibly annoying music and advertising into the place. How about going back to the 6CD changer you used to have? - there was always better music in those days.

I think FF has to go one of two ways - it can either become the ryanair of gyms: ditch all TVs, music, classes and personal trainers and charge £9.99 per month or go more upmarket - refit the bars in a cosy separate room and serve simple food too.
Adrian I paid extra to take out a discount for when ever I took up membership I went abroad to live for a year came back tried getting the discount on my membership & got no where.
I remember the bar area/tea,coffee area when it was separated by a wall ( stud) There were comfortable sofas & chairs in there then along came a refurbishment out went the wall out went the sofas in came open planning.
the bar went food went. we had staff assisting you & keeping an eye on safety they went & in came the rule of the personal trainers.
I was told it was Marina that insisted on the bar going don't know if that's true?
The standard of the personal trainers can be questioned.
I remember Chris as manager & I can remember the woman who took over as she's the reason I left Fitness First.
It could/was a good club run very badly & catered more for personal trainers than users
[quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: I am a member of FF and I can't say it is fantastic. Many changes have occurred since it opened when it was a good gym. As someone has said, they scrapped the bar and made the gyms more open plan - this is a mistake - the atmosphere is pretty bad now. They also introduced FF dance and rap TV - the station that pipes all the incredibly annoying music and advertising into the place. How about going back to the 6CD changer you used to have? - there was always better music in those days. I think FF has to go one of two ways - it can either become the ryanair of gyms: ditch all TVs, music, classes and personal trainers and charge £9.99 per month or go more upmarket - refit the bars in a cosy separate room and serve simple food too.[/p][/quote]Adrian I paid extra to take out a discount for when ever I took up membership I went abroad to live for a year came back tried getting the discount on my membership & got no where. I remember the bar area/tea,coffee area when it was separated by a wall ( stud) There were comfortable sofas & chairs in there then along came a refurbishment out went the wall out went the sofas in came open planning. the bar went food went. we had staff assisting you & keeping an eye on safety they went & in came the rule of the personal trainers. I was told it was Marina that insisted on the bar going don't know if that's true? The standard of the personal trainers can be questioned. I remember Chris as manager & I can remember the woman who took over as she's the reason I left Fitness First. It could/was a good club run very badly & catered more for personal trainers than users loosehead
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1:12pm Tue 4 Dec 12

loosehead says...

elvisimo wrote:
Adrian XX wrote:
I am a member of FF and I can't say it is fantastic. Many changes have occurred since it opened when it was a good gym. As someone has said, they scrapped the bar and made the gyms more open plan - this is a mistake - the atmosphere is pretty bad now. They also introduced FF dance and rap TV - the station that pipes all the incredibly annoying music and advertising into the place. How about going back to the 6CD changer you used to have? - there was always better music in those days. I think FF has to go one of two ways - it can either become the ryanair of gyms: ditch all TVs, music, classes and personal trainers and charge £9.99 per month or go more upmarket - refit the bars in a cosy separate room and serve simple food too.
missed the boat I suspect. Already have Easygym who are opening soon plus Pure Gym plus The Gym.
where are these gyms please?
[quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: I am a member of FF and I can't say it is fantastic. Many changes have occurred since it opened when it was a good gym. As someone has said, they scrapped the bar and made the gyms more open plan - this is a mistake - the atmosphere is pretty bad now. They also introduced FF dance and rap TV - the station that pipes all the incredibly annoying music and advertising into the place. How about going back to the 6CD changer you used to have? - there was always better music in those days. I think FF has to go one of two ways - it can either become the ryanair of gyms: ditch all TVs, music, classes and personal trainers and charge £9.99 per month or go more upmarket - refit the bars in a cosy separate room and serve simple food too.[/p][/quote]missed the boat I suspect. Already have Easygym who are opening soon plus Pure Gym plus The Gym.[/p][/quote]where are these gyms please? loosehead
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1:13pm Tue 4 Dec 12

saint61 says...

does anyone know how much LA FITNESS and DAVID LLOYD charge for their peak membership?
does anyone know how much LA FITNESS and DAVID LLOYD charge for their peak membership? saint61
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1:18pm Tue 4 Dec 12

-stiv- says...

At least we'll be able to park at the post office now.

Driving to a gym to do exercise is madness.
At least we'll be able to park at the post office now. Driving to a gym to do exercise is madness. -stiv-
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1:21pm Tue 4 Dec 12

loosehead says...

saint61 wrote:
does anyone know how much LA FITNESS and DAVID LLOYD charge for their peak membership?
Don't know about all prices at LA fitness but I was quoted £26 a month?
Was a member at David LLoyds & had restricted hours ( day time) & that was £55 a month I think full membership is about £100. I hope that helps?
[quote][p][bold]saint61[/bold] wrote: does anyone know how much LA FITNESS and DAVID LLOYD charge for their peak membership?[/p][/quote]Don't know about all prices at LA fitness but I was quoted £26 a month? Was a member at David LLoyds & had restricted hours ( day time) & that was £55 a month I think full membership is about £100. I hope that helps? loosehead
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1:23pm Tue 4 Dec 12

loosehead says...

-stiv- wrote:
At least we'll be able to park at the post office now.

Driving to a gym to do exercise is madness.
only if your using the post office or you could be in trouble
[quote][p][bold]-stiv-[/bold] wrote: At least we'll be able to park at the post office now. Driving to a gym to do exercise is madness.[/p][/quote]only if your using the post office or you could be in trouble loosehead
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1:23pm Tue 4 Dec 12

elvisimo says...

loosehead wrote:
elvisimo wrote:
Adrian XX wrote: I am a member of FF and I can't say it is fantastic. Many changes have occurred since it opened when it was a good gym. As someone has said, they scrapped the bar and made the gyms more open plan - this is a mistake - the atmosphere is pretty bad now. They also introduced FF dance and rap TV - the station that pipes all the incredibly annoying music and advertising into the place. How about going back to the 6CD changer you used to have? - there was always better music in those days. I think FF has to go one of two ways - it can either become the ryanair of gyms: ditch all TVs, music, classes and personal trainers and charge £9.99 per month or go more upmarket - refit the bars in a cosy separate room and serve simple food too.
missed the boat I suspect. Already have Easygym who are opening soon plus Pure Gym plus The Gym.
where are these gyms please?
The Gym are in the old TK Maxx space( high Street), Pure Gym and in Bitterne and i think another one to open shortly, Easygym - just know they have signed up to a site (maybe this one?)

No contracts and all about £15.99 a month plus new fit out and new kit.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: I am a member of FF and I can't say it is fantastic. Many changes have occurred since it opened when it was a good gym. As someone has said, they scrapped the bar and made the gyms more open plan - this is a mistake - the atmosphere is pretty bad now. They also introduced FF dance and rap TV - the station that pipes all the incredibly annoying music and advertising into the place. How about going back to the 6CD changer you used to have? - there was always better music in those days. I think FF has to go one of two ways - it can either become the ryanair of gyms: ditch all TVs, music, classes and personal trainers and charge £9.99 per month or go more upmarket - refit the bars in a cosy separate room and serve simple food too.[/p][/quote]missed the boat I suspect. Already have Easygym who are opening soon plus Pure Gym plus The Gym.[/p][/quote]where are these gyms please?[/p][/quote]The Gym are in the old TK Maxx space( high Street), Pure Gym and in Bitterne and i think another one to open shortly, Easygym - just know they have signed up to a site (maybe this one?) No contracts and all about £15.99 a month plus new fit out and new kit. elvisimo
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1:25pm Tue 4 Dec 12

loosehead says...

elvisimo wrote:
loosehead wrote:
elvisimo wrote:
Adrian XX wrote: I am a member of FF and I can't say it is fantastic. Many changes have occurred since it opened when it was a good gym. As someone has said, they scrapped the bar and made the gyms more open plan - this is a mistake - the atmosphere is pretty bad now. They also introduced FF dance and rap TV - the station that pipes all the incredibly annoying music and advertising into the place. How about going back to the 6CD changer you used to have? - there was always better music in those days. I think FF has to go one of two ways - it can either become the ryanair of gyms: ditch all TVs, music, classes and personal trainers and charge £9.99 per month or go more upmarket - refit the bars in a cosy separate room and serve simple food too.
missed the boat I suspect. Already have Easygym who are opening soon plus Pure Gym plus The Gym.
where are these gyms please?
The Gym are in the old TK Maxx space( high Street), Pure Gym and in Bitterne and i think another one to open shortly, Easygym - just know they have signed up to a site (maybe this one?)

No contracts and all about £15.99 a month plus new fit out and new kit.
I was looking at the one in town but I live in Lordshill & to use that gym I would have to drive or get a bus.
this would make it dearer that David lloyds & I can't afford that.
if they have parking I would happily join that gym
[quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: I am a member of FF and I can't say it is fantastic. Many changes have occurred since it opened when it was a good gym. As someone has said, they scrapped the bar and made the gyms more open plan - this is a mistake - the atmosphere is pretty bad now. They also introduced FF dance and rap TV - the station that pipes all the incredibly annoying music and advertising into the place. How about going back to the 6CD changer you used to have? - there was always better music in those days. I think FF has to go one of two ways - it can either become the ryanair of gyms: ditch all TVs, music, classes and personal trainers and charge £9.99 per month or go more upmarket - refit the bars in a cosy separate room and serve simple food too.[/p][/quote]missed the boat I suspect. Already have Easygym who are opening soon plus Pure Gym plus The Gym.[/p][/quote]where are these gyms please?[/p][/quote]The Gym are in the old TK Maxx space( high Street), Pure Gym and in Bitterne and i think another one to open shortly, Easygym - just know they have signed up to a site (maybe this one?) No contracts and all about £15.99 a month plus new fit out and new kit.[/p][/quote]I was looking at the one in town but I live in Lordshill & to use that gym I would have to drive or get a bus. this would make it dearer that David lloyds & I can't afford that. if they have parking I would happily join that gym loosehead
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1:28pm Tue 4 Dec 12

-stiv- says...

fantasanta wrote:
another business that cant operate within a budget , never mind them ,who is the £671m owed to ? they are the victims .
folding a company is not without consequences further down the food chain ,you can bet the lot will go in short succession and take a lot of suppliers with them , its irresponsible to trade with that level of debt and should be regulated , customer service counts for nothing if the management cant control the finances.
at what point do you decide that your level of debt is so high that you just dump it and disown your responsibility ?
Stop putting spaces before punctuation !
[quote][p][bold]fantasanta[/bold] wrote: another business that cant operate within a budget , never mind them ,who is the £671m owed to ? they are the victims . folding a company is not without consequences further down the food chain ,you can bet the lot will go in short succession and take a lot of suppliers with them , its irresponsible to trade with that level of debt and should be regulated , customer service counts for nothing if the management cant control the finances. at what point do you decide that your level of debt is so high that you just dump it and disown your responsibility ?[/p][/quote]Stop putting spaces before punctuation ! -stiv-
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1:51pm Tue 4 Dec 12

bigfella777 says...

loosehead wrote:
elvisimo wrote:
loosehead wrote:
elvisimo wrote:
Adrian XX wrote: I am a member of FF and I can't say it is fantastic. Many changes have occurred since it opened when it was a good gym. As someone has said, they scrapped the bar and made the gyms more open plan - this is a mistake - the atmosphere is pretty bad now. They also introduced FF dance and rap TV - the station that pipes all the incredibly annoying music and advertising into the place. How about going back to the 6CD changer you used to have? - there was always better music in those days. I think FF has to go one of two ways - it can either become the ryanair of gyms: ditch all TVs, music, classes and personal trainers and charge £9.99 per month or go more upmarket - refit the bars in a cosy separate room and serve simple food too.
missed the boat I suspect. Already have Easygym who are opening soon plus Pure Gym plus The Gym.
where are these gyms please?
The Gym are in the old TK Maxx space( high Street), Pure Gym and in Bitterne and i think another one to open shortly, Easygym - just know they have signed up to a site (maybe this one?)

No contracts and all about £15.99 a month plus new fit out and new kit.
I was looking at the one in town but I live in Lordshill & to use that gym I would have to drive or get a bus.
this would make it dearer that David lloyds & I can't afford that.
if they have parking I would happily join that gym
Get a bicycle, same old thing, people driving to gym's , it defeats thy whole object.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: I am a member of FF and I can't say it is fantastic. Many changes have occurred since it opened when it was a good gym. As someone has said, they scrapped the bar and made the gyms more open plan - this is a mistake - the atmosphere is pretty bad now. They also introduced FF dance and rap TV - the station that pipes all the incredibly annoying music and advertising into the place. How about going back to the 6CD changer you used to have? - there was always better music in those days. I think FF has to go one of two ways - it can either become the ryanair of gyms: ditch all TVs, music, classes and personal trainers and charge £9.99 per month or go more upmarket - refit the bars in a cosy separate room and serve simple food too.[/p][/quote]missed the boat I suspect. Already have Easygym who are opening soon plus Pure Gym plus The Gym.[/p][/quote]where are these gyms please?[/p][/quote]The Gym are in the old TK Maxx space( high Street), Pure Gym and in Bitterne and i think another one to open shortly, Easygym - just know they have signed up to a site (maybe this one?) No contracts and all about £15.99 a month plus new fit out and new kit.[/p][/quote]I was looking at the one in town but I live in Lordshill & to use that gym I would have to drive or get a bus. this would make it dearer that David lloyds & I can't afford that. if they have parking I would happily join that gym[/p][/quote]Get a bicycle, same old thing, people driving to gym's , it defeats thy whole object. bigfella777
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1:54pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Over the Edge says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Its was never going to survive when the other big gyms are only £15.99 a month now, it was a good gym back in the day, I had sex in the jacuzzi once.
It always makes me laugh that people will sit queued up in traffic jams to go and ride a stationery bicycle, get on a real bike and feel the rush.
I bet you and your right hand got all hot and bothered on that sad occasion.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Its was never going to survive when the other big gyms are only £15.99 a month now, it was a good gym back in the day, I had sex in the jacuzzi once. It always makes me laugh that people will sit queued up in traffic jams to go and ride a stationery bicycle, get on a real bike and feel the rush.[/p][/quote]I bet you and your right hand got all hot and bothered on that sad occasion. Over the Edge
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2:24pm Tue 4 Dec 12

High Treason says...

igfella777 says...
10:14am Tue 4 Dec 12

"I had sex in the jacuzzi once"
That in itself is enough to guarantee I never visited the club. Pity the poor souls who used the jacuzzi after you. YUK!
igfella777 says... 10:14am Tue 4 Dec 12 "I had sex in the jacuzzi once" That in itself is enough to guarantee I never visited the club. Pity the poor souls who used the jacuzzi after you. YUK! High Treason
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2:27pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Subject48 says...

@bigfella

The gym is not only for doing cardio. Yeh course you can run outside and ride a bike but you cant lift weights. Unless you have a very heavy bike you can bench.... At gym you can do cardio+lifting programs.

If all someones after is just to loose weight then gyms not necceasary. Bike and run will work much better then cardio in gym. wind resistance, traction etc.

Subject48 said:

people who gym it up and exercise regulary should get tax discounts.

Discuss.
@bigfella The gym is not only for doing cardio. Yeh course you can run outside and ride a bike but you cant lift weights. Unless you have a very heavy bike you can bench.... At gym you can do cardio+lifting programs. If all someones after is just to loose weight then gyms not necceasary. Bike and run will work much better then cardio in gym. wind resistance, traction etc. Subject48 said: people who gym it up and exercise regulary should get tax discounts. Discuss. Subject48
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2:37pm Tue 4 Dec 12

BarrHumbug says...

Just in case anyone was interested, a gym up in Warrington also closed recently. I didn't use it as I don't live or work there but I thought the Bournemouth Exho should be impartial and report gym closures from other regions outside Bournemouth and Poole as well.
Just in case anyone was interested, a gym up in Warrington also closed recently. I didn't use it as I don't live or work there but I thought the Bournemouth Exho should be impartial and report gym closures from other regions outside Bournemouth and Poole as well. BarrHumbug
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3:21pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Cheapshot says...

I left FF over a year ago and went to Pure Gym...best decision i ever made! bigger gym, better facilities, nicer people and the staff members actually help you...on top of all that, its £8 a month cheaper! I'm surprised FF lasted this long.

I feel sorry for those losing their jobs this close to Xmas though...that's gotta suck!!
I left FF over a year ago and went to Pure Gym...best decision i ever made! bigger gym, better facilities, nicer people and the staff members actually help you...on top of all that, its £8 a month cheaper! I'm surprised FF lasted this long. I feel sorry for those losing their jobs this close to Xmas though...that's gotta suck!! Cheapshot
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3:30pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Peoples Choice says...

gazdance wrote:
Sad news that the club is closing down. I've been a member for nearly seven years and enjoy it. The facilities are good and there was a good range of motivational classes. There has been talk for quite some time that this branch was, at the very least, being sold to another operator so it is surprising that its just closing with no replacement gym chain apparently willing to step in a take over. I wouldn't be surprised if it reopens but whether that's short term will be quite frustrating to not know, for some. Typical for some readers to be sniping though - don't you understand that a lot of people these days just enjoy going to a gym to keep fit and socialise? It's not vain or a replacement for walking or healthy eating but a supplement to those thisgs. Fingers crossed it reopens soon. It's the easiest gym for me to get to by far and I'd rather not have to join the likes of LA Fitness.
Its ' things' not 'thisgs'
[quote][p][bold]gazdance[/bold] wrote: Sad news that the club is closing down. I've been a member for nearly seven years and enjoy it. The facilities are good and there was a good range of motivational classes. There has been talk for quite some time that this branch was, at the very least, being sold to another operator so it is surprising that its just closing with no replacement gym chain apparently willing to step in a take over. I wouldn't be surprised if it reopens but whether that's short term will be quite frustrating to not know, for some. Typical for some readers to be sniping though - don't you understand that a lot of people these days just enjoy going to a gym to keep fit and socialise? It's not vain or a replacement for walking or healthy eating but a supplement to those thisgs. Fingers crossed it reopens soon. It's the easiest gym for me to get to by far and I'd rather not have to join the likes of LA Fitness.[/p][/quote]Its ' things' not 'thisgs' Peoples Choice
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3:45pm Tue 4 Dec 12

loosehead says...

bigfella777 wrote:
loosehead wrote:
elvisimo wrote:
loosehead wrote:
elvisimo wrote:
Adrian XX wrote: I am a member of FF and I can't say it is fantastic. Many changes have occurred since it opened when it was a good gym. As someone has said, they scrapped the bar and made the gyms more open plan - this is a mistake - the atmosphere is pretty bad now. They also introduced FF dance and rap TV - the station that pipes all the incredibly annoying music and advertising into the place. How about going back to the 6CD changer you used to have? - there was always better music in those days. I think FF has to go one of two ways - it can either become the ryanair of gyms: ditch all TVs, music, classes and personal trainers and charge £9.99 per month or go more upmarket - refit the bars in a cosy separate room and serve simple food too.
missed the boat I suspect. Already have Easygym who are opening soon plus Pure Gym plus The Gym.
where are these gyms please?
The Gym are in the old TK Maxx space( high Street), Pure Gym and in Bitterne and i think another one to open shortly, Easygym - just know they have signed up to a site (maybe this one?)

No contracts and all about £15.99 a month plus new fit out and new kit.
I was looking at the one in town but I live in Lordshill & to use that gym I would have to drive or get a bus.
this would make it dearer that David lloyds & I can't afford that.
if they have parking I would happily join that gym
Get a bicycle, same old thing, people driving to gym's , it defeats thy whole object.
when I go to a gym I spend 60mins on treadmill,45mins on cross trainer 30 mins on cycle then I do weights.
riding a bike to town with out adequate places to store it would be crazy.
I use to walk from Lordshill to FF & work out then do shopping & walk back.
I use to ride into BAT every night & home again plus go to Rugby training twice a week & play on Saturday.
So besides finding a cheap tart as surely that's the only type of woman who'd have sex in a public place or a rent boy exactly what did you do in the gym BIGFELLA?
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: I am a member of FF and I can't say it is fantastic. Many changes have occurred since it opened when it was a good gym. As someone has said, they scrapped the bar and made the gyms more open plan - this is a mistake - the atmosphere is pretty bad now. They also introduced FF dance and rap TV - the station that pipes all the incredibly annoying music and advertising into the place. How about going back to the 6CD changer you used to have? - there was always better music in those days. I think FF has to go one of two ways - it can either become the ryanair of gyms: ditch all TVs, music, classes and personal trainers and charge £9.99 per month or go more upmarket - refit the bars in a cosy separate room and serve simple food too.[/p][/quote]missed the boat I suspect. Already have Easygym who are opening soon plus Pure Gym plus The Gym.[/p][/quote]where are these gyms please?[/p][/quote]The Gym are in the old TK Maxx space( high Street), Pure Gym and in Bitterne and i think another one to open shortly, Easygym - just know they have signed up to a site (maybe this one?) No contracts and all about £15.99 a month plus new fit out and new kit.[/p][/quote]I was looking at the one in town but I live in Lordshill & to use that gym I would have to drive or get a bus. this would make it dearer that David lloyds & I can't afford that. if they have parking I would happily join that gym[/p][/quote]Get a bicycle, same old thing, people driving to gym's , it defeats thy whole object.[/p][/quote]when I go to a gym I spend 60mins on treadmill,45mins on cross trainer 30 mins on cycle then I do weights. riding a bike to town with out adequate places to store it would be crazy. I use to walk from Lordshill to FF & work out then do shopping & walk back. I use to ride into BAT every night & home again plus go to Rugby training twice a week & play on Saturday. So besides finding a cheap tart as surely that's the only type of woman who'd have sex in a public place or a rent boy exactly what did you do in the gym BIGFELLA? loosehead
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3:53pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Hdg end mo says...

I'd prefer giving my cash to greggs fitness is so last year staying in is the new going out!!! :-)
I'd prefer giving my cash to greggs fitness is so last year staying in is the new going out!!! :-) Hdg end mo
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3:59pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Cheapshot says...

Hdg end mo wrote:
I'd prefer giving my cash to greggs fitness is so last year staying in is the new going out!!! :-)
Sausage and bean pastie?

Breakfast of champions!
[quote][p][bold]Hdg end mo[/bold] wrote: I'd prefer giving my cash to greggs fitness is so last year staying in is the new going out!!! :-)[/p][/quote]Sausage and bean pastie? Breakfast of champions! Cheapshot
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4:56pm Tue 4 Dec 12

HannahPT@Accolade says...

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5:03pm Tue 4 Dec 12

elvisimo says...

loosehead wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
loosehead wrote:
elvisimo wrote:
loosehead wrote:
elvisimo wrote:
Adrian XX wrote: I am a member of FF and I can't say it is fantastic. Many changes have occurred since it opened when it was a good gym. As someone has said, they scrapped the bar and made the gyms more open plan - this is a mistake - the atmosphere is pretty bad now. They also introduced FF dance and rap TV - the station that pipes all the incredibly annoying music and advertising into the place. How about going back to the 6CD changer you used to have? - there was always better music in those days. I think FF has to go one of two ways - it can either become the ryanair of gyms: ditch all TVs, music, classes and personal trainers and charge £9.99 per month or go more upmarket - refit the bars in a cosy separate room and serve simple food too.
missed the boat I suspect. Already have Easygym who are opening soon plus Pure Gym plus The Gym.
where are these gyms please?
The Gym are in the old TK Maxx space( high Street), Pure Gym and in Bitterne and i think another one to open shortly, Easygym - just know they have signed up to a site (maybe this one?) No contracts and all about £15.99 a month plus new fit out and new kit.
I was looking at the one in town but I live in Lordshill & to use that gym I would have to drive or get a bus. this would make it dearer that David lloyds & I can't afford that. if they have parking I would happily join that gym
Get a bicycle, same old thing, people driving to gym's , it defeats thy whole object.
when I go to a gym I spend 60mins on treadmill,45mins on cross trainer 30 mins on cycle then I do weights. riding a bike to town with out adequate places to store it would be crazy. I use to walk from Lordshill to FF & work out then do shopping & walk back. I use to ride into BAT every night & home again plus go to Rugby training twice a week & play on Saturday. So besides finding a cheap tart as surely that's the only type of woman who'd have sex in a public place or a rent boy exactly what did you do in the gym BIGFELLA?
apparently this unit is actually being taken by Easygym.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: I am a member of FF and I can't say it is fantastic. Many changes have occurred since it opened when it was a good gym. As someone has said, they scrapped the bar and made the gyms more open plan - this is a mistake - the atmosphere is pretty bad now. They also introduced FF dance and rap TV - the station that pipes all the incredibly annoying music and advertising into the place. How about going back to the 6CD changer you used to have? - there was always better music in those days. I think FF has to go one of two ways - it can either become the ryanair of gyms: ditch all TVs, music, classes and personal trainers and charge £9.99 per month or go more upmarket - refit the bars in a cosy separate room and serve simple food too.[/p][/quote]missed the boat I suspect. Already have Easygym who are opening soon plus Pure Gym plus The Gym.[/p][/quote]where are these gyms please?[/p][/quote]The Gym are in the old TK Maxx space( high Street), Pure Gym and in Bitterne and i think another one to open shortly, Easygym - just know they have signed up to a site (maybe this one?) No contracts and all about £15.99 a month plus new fit out and new kit.[/p][/quote]I was looking at the one in town but I live in Lordshill & to use that gym I would have to drive or get a bus. this would make it dearer that David lloyds & I can't afford that. if they have parking I would happily join that gym[/p][/quote]Get a bicycle, same old thing, people driving to gym's , it defeats thy whole object.[/p][/quote]when I go to a gym I spend 60mins on treadmill,45mins on cross trainer 30 mins on cycle then I do weights. riding a bike to town with out adequate places to store it would be crazy. I use to walk from Lordshill to FF & work out then do shopping & walk back. I use to ride into BAT every night & home again plus go to Rugby training twice a week & play on Saturday. So besides finding a cheap tart as surely that's the only type of woman who'd have sex in a public place or a rent boy exactly what did you do in the gym BIGFELLA?[/p][/quote]apparently this unit is actually being taken by Easygym. elvisimo
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5:49pm Tue 4 Dec 12

loosehead says...

elvisimo wrote:
loosehead wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
loosehead wrote:
elvisimo wrote:
loosehead wrote:
elvisimo wrote:
Adrian XX wrote: I am a member of FF and I can't say it is fantastic. Many changes have occurred since it opened when it was a good gym. As someone has said, they scrapped the bar and made the gyms more open plan - this is a mistake - the atmosphere is pretty bad now. They also introduced FF dance and rap TV - the station that pipes all the incredibly annoying music and advertising into the place. How about going back to the 6CD changer you used to have? - there was always better music in those days. I think FF has to go one of two ways - it can either become the ryanair of gyms: ditch all TVs, music, classes and personal trainers and charge £9.99 per month or go more upmarket - refit the bars in a cosy separate room and serve simple food too.
missed the boat I suspect. Already have Easygym who are opening soon plus Pure Gym plus The Gym.
where are these gyms please?
The Gym are in the old TK Maxx space( high Street), Pure Gym and in Bitterne and i think another one to open shortly, Easygym - just know they have signed up to a site (maybe this one?) No contracts and all about £15.99 a month plus new fit out and new kit.
I was looking at the one in town but I live in Lordshill & to use that gym I would have to drive or get a bus. this would make it dearer that David lloyds & I can't afford that. if they have parking I would happily join that gym
Get a bicycle, same old thing, people driving to gym's , it defeats thy whole object.
when I go to a gym I spend 60mins on treadmill,45mins on cross trainer 30 mins on cycle then I do weights. riding a bike to town with out adequate places to store it would be crazy. I use to walk from Lordshill to FF & work out then do shopping & walk back. I use to ride into BAT every night & home again plus go to Rugby training twice a week & play on Saturday. So besides finding a cheap tart as surely that's the only type of woman who'd have sex in a public place or a rent boy exactly what did you do in the gym BIGFELLA?
apparently this unit is actually being taken by Easygym.
How much do they charge?
[quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: I am a member of FF and I can't say it is fantastic. Many changes have occurred since it opened when it was a good gym. As someone has said, they scrapped the bar and made the gyms more open plan - this is a mistake - the atmosphere is pretty bad now. They also introduced FF dance and rap TV - the station that pipes all the incredibly annoying music and advertising into the place. How about going back to the 6CD changer you used to have? - there was always better music in those days. I think FF has to go one of two ways - it can either become the ryanair of gyms: ditch all TVs, music, classes and personal trainers and charge £9.99 per month or go more upmarket - refit the bars in a cosy separate room and serve simple food too.[/p][/quote]missed the boat I suspect. Already have Easygym who are opening soon plus Pure Gym plus The Gym.[/p][/quote]where are these gyms please?[/p][/quote]The Gym are in the old TK Maxx space( high Street), Pure Gym and in Bitterne and i think another one to open shortly, Easygym - just know they have signed up to a site (maybe this one?) No contracts and all about £15.99 a month plus new fit out and new kit.[/p][/quote]I was looking at the one in town but I live in Lordshill & to use that gym I would have to drive or get a bus. this would make it dearer that David lloyds & I can't afford that. if they have parking I would happily join that gym[/p][/quote]Get a bicycle, same old thing, people driving to gym's , it defeats thy whole object.[/p][/quote]when I go to a gym I spend 60mins on treadmill,45mins on cross trainer 30 mins on cycle then I do weights. riding a bike to town with out adequate places to store it would be crazy. I use to walk from Lordshill to FF & work out then do shopping & walk back. I use to ride into BAT every night & home again plus go to Rugby training twice a week & play on Saturday. So besides finding a cheap tart as surely that's the only type of woman who'd have sex in a public place or a rent boy exactly what did you do in the gym BIGFELLA?[/p][/quote]apparently this unit is actually being taken by Easygym.[/p][/quote]How much do they charge? loosehead
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7:58pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Izeze says...

fantasanta wrote:
loosehead wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Its was never going to survive when the other big gyms are only £15.99 a month now, it was a good gym back in the day, I had sex in the jacuzzi once.
It always makes me laugh that people will sit queued up in traffic jams to go and ride a stationery bicycle, get on a real bike and feel the rush.
So your the idiot that lost us the jacuzzi then?
i think he might have been on his own !
Obviously a (complete) member!
[quote][p][bold]fantasanta[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Its was never going to survive when the other big gyms are only £15.99 a month now, it was a good gym back in the day, I had sex in the jacuzzi once. It always makes me laugh that people will sit queued up in traffic jams to go and ride a stationery bicycle, get on a real bike and feel the rush.[/p][/quote]So your the idiot that lost us the jacuzzi then?[/p][/quote]i think he might have been on his own ![/p][/quote]Obviously a (complete) member! Izeze
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11:41pm Tue 4 Dec 12

coster1960 says...

It is a big disappointment and yes Fitness First have treated their customers and instructors dreadfully.

I would just like to say a big thanks to the studio instructors in particular Eddie, Sarah, Dianne, Paul and Marina whose professionalism, enthusiasm and friendly approach have made it great fun and I owe them for getting me fit, keeping me fit for 6 years and keeping the club going which has been deteriorating since the day I joined. (mmm...doesn't sound too good that)

Thanks also to all the regular members who come in all shapes, sizes, ages and quirks! It has been a very friendly place to train. There has been lots of good humour and many laughs and I have loved every minute of it. The closure is a great loss to us all.

It is the people that make a club and FF lost touch with that long ago. They do not deserve to survive.

So to the faceless management who have never listened to any customer feedback, and have never been seen let alone engage with the members I say get lost.

Lets hope that the site re opens with a new operator that values its members and we can continue at Shirley.
It is a big disappointment and yes Fitness First have treated their customers and instructors dreadfully. I would just like to say a big thanks to the studio instructors in particular Eddie, Sarah, Dianne, Paul and Marina whose professionalism, enthusiasm and friendly approach have made it great fun and I owe them for getting me fit, keeping me fit for 6 years and keeping the club going which has been deteriorating since the day I joined. (mmm...doesn't sound too good that) Thanks also to all the regular members who come in all shapes, sizes, ages and quirks! It has been a very friendly place to train. There has been lots of good humour and many laughs and I have loved every minute of it. The closure is a great loss to us all. It is the people that make a club and FF lost touch with that long ago. They do not deserve to survive. So to the faceless management who have never listened to any customer feedback, and have never been seen let alone engage with the members I say get lost. Lets hope that the site re opens with a new operator that values its members and we can continue at Shirley. coster1960
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7:32am Wed 5 Dec 12

jeebuscripes says...

Thye should have been called 'Profits First'.

Greedy b*****ds.
Thye should have been called 'Profits First'. Greedy b*****ds. jeebuscripes
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11:27am Wed 5 Dec 12

MaxxieO says...

As a member of FF for two years, it is a shame that it is closing, as it's a good gym and the staff are usually good. I feel very sorry for them, as they were only given two weeks' notice and losing your job just before Christmas is not good.
All the cardio machines were replaced last year so perhaps another gym operator will take it over. For me, it is quite handy as I wanted to move to one of the cheaper gyms in the city centre so I don't have to worry now about breaking any contracts. I was paying over £30 a month at FF and those new gyms are half the price.
However...I was told that no less than SEVEN interested parties offered to take it over but the landlord was uncooperative and apparently wants to use the building for other purposes. Perhaps he will evict the sorting office below, demolish the building and build some more wooden prefab flats like the ones currently going up next door on the former Hendy's garage site.
As a member of FF for two years, it is a shame that it is closing, as it's a good gym and the staff are usually good. I feel very sorry for them, as they were only given two weeks' notice and losing your job just before Christmas is not good. All the cardio machines were replaced last year so perhaps another gym operator will take it over. For me, it is quite handy as I wanted to move to one of the cheaper gyms in the city centre so I don't have to worry now about breaking any contracts. I was paying over £30 a month at FF and those new gyms are half the price. However...I was told that no less than SEVEN interested parties offered to take it over but the landlord was uncooperative and apparently wants to use the building for other purposes. Perhaps he will evict the sorting office below, demolish the building and build some more wooden prefab flats like the ones currently going up next door on the former Hendy's garage site. MaxxieO
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11:41am Wed 5 Dec 12

loosehead says...

MaxxieO wrote:
As a member of FF for two years, it is a shame that it is closing, as it's a good gym and the staff are usually good. I feel very sorry for them, as they were only given two weeks' notice and losing your job just before Christmas is not good.
All the cardio machines were replaced last year so perhaps another gym operator will take it over. For me, it is quite handy as I wanted to move to one of the cheaper gyms in the city centre so I don't have to worry now about breaking any contracts. I was paying over £30 a month at FF and those new gyms are half the price.
However...I was told that no less than SEVEN interested parties offered to take it over but the landlord was uncooperative and apparently wants to use the building for other purposes. Perhaps he will evict the sorting office below, demolish the building and build some more wooden prefab flats like the ones currently going up next door on the former Hendy's garage site.
Has anyone told the Post Office that?
I was quoted less a month at LAFitness but it took a friend of mine 3years to stop them taking money from his account so I'm very wary of them.
David LLoyds is far to dear & City Gym when I went there never had proper changing rooms & antiquated machinery I tried the Millbrook school gym but again no real changing rooms & old machinery.
looked at the gym in town but as I'm not willing to walk to town & back after working out I need free parking or that works out as dear as David LLoyds.
FF didn't ask the members about the rest area(tea/coffee bar) but said the refurbishment was in line with other of their gyms.
We had idiots having sex with tarts & some silly woman fully clothed in her gym kit in the jacuzzi so that's why they said it had to go.
the showers were always going hot & cold.
in the beginning it had great staff & was a great place to go but they lost that but I can't see why they went bust?
[quote][p][bold]MaxxieO[/bold] wrote: As a member of FF for two years, it is a shame that it is closing, as it's a good gym and the staff are usually good. I feel very sorry for them, as they were only given two weeks' notice and losing your job just before Christmas is not good. All the cardio machines were replaced last year so perhaps another gym operator will take it over. For me, it is quite handy as I wanted to move to one of the cheaper gyms in the city centre so I don't have to worry now about breaking any contracts. I was paying over £30 a month at FF and those new gyms are half the price. However...I was told that no less than SEVEN interested parties offered to take it over but the landlord was uncooperative and apparently wants to use the building for other purposes. Perhaps he will evict the sorting office below, demolish the building and build some more wooden prefab flats like the ones currently going up next door on the former Hendy's garage site.[/p][/quote]Has anyone told the Post Office that? I was quoted less a month at LAFitness but it took a friend of mine 3years to stop them taking money from his account so I'm very wary of them. David LLoyds is far to dear & City Gym when I went there never had proper changing rooms & antiquated machinery I tried the Millbrook school gym but again no real changing rooms & old machinery. looked at the gym in town but as I'm not willing to walk to town & back after working out I need free parking or that works out as dear as David LLoyds. FF didn't ask the members about the rest area(tea/coffee bar) but said the refurbishment was in line with other of their gyms. We had idiots having sex with tarts & some silly woman fully clothed in her gym kit in the jacuzzi so that's why they said it had to go. the showers were always going hot & cold. in the beginning it had great staff & was a great place to go but they lost that but I can't see why they went bust? loosehead
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2:50pm Thu 6 Dec 12

New Forest Health and Leisure says...

Hi all. Have you considered Totton Health and Leisure? It really is worth a look. Recently refurbed gym, new changing facilities, 45 group exercise classes a week, sauna, steam, PT, 25m pool and more. If you don't want to commit that's fine as you can pay as you go but memberships start from £20 a month student, £37 corporate, £33 off peak, £44 peak. FREE 7 day passes are up for grabs - just pop in with your FF membership card. newforest.gov.uk/lei
sure
Hi all. Have you considered Totton Health and Leisure? It really is worth a look. Recently refurbed gym, new changing facilities, 45 group exercise classes a week, sauna, steam, PT, 25m pool and more. If you don't want to commit that's fine as you can pay as you go but memberships start from £20 a month student, £37 corporate, £33 off peak, £44 peak. FREE 7 day passes are up for grabs - just pop in with your FF membership card. newforest.gov.uk/lei sure New Forest Health and Leisure
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8:35pm Thu 6 Dec 12

loosehead says...

New Forest Health and Leisure wrote:
Hi all. Have you considered Totton Health and Leisure? It really is worth a look. Recently refurbed gym, new changing facilities, 45 group exercise classes a week, sauna, steam, PT, 25m pool and more. If you don't want to commit that's fine as you can pay as you go but memberships start from £20 a month student, £37 corporate, £33 off peak, £44 peak. FREE 7 day passes are up for grabs - just pop in with your FF membership card. newforest.gov.uk/lei

sure
exactly where's that?
has it got a large car park?
[quote][p][bold]New Forest Health and Leisure[/bold] wrote: Hi all. Have you considered Totton Health and Leisure? It really is worth a look. Recently refurbed gym, new changing facilities, 45 group exercise classes a week, sauna, steam, PT, 25m pool and more. If you don't want to commit that's fine as you can pay as you go but memberships start from £20 a month student, £37 corporate, £33 off peak, £44 peak. FREE 7 day passes are up for grabs - just pop in with your FF membership card. newforest.gov.uk/lei sure[/p][/quote]exactly where's that? has it got a large car park? loosehead
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11:47am Fri 7 Dec 12

New Forest Health and Leisure says...

Its in Water Lane next to Totton College - SO40 3GX. Car park is reasonable and free.
Its in Water Lane next to Totton College - SO40 3GX. Car park is reasonable and free. New Forest Health and Leisure
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4:26pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Bowmore says...

If the membership of the Southampton gym is typical then to make a to eliminate the losses made in the last year profit the would have to be charging almost £100 a month. For a company of this size and nature to make a loss of £671.5 million in one year would seem to indicate some very poor management at the board level.
If the membership of the Southampton gym is typical then to make a to eliminate the losses made in the last year profit the would have to be charging almost £100 a month. For a company of this size and nature to make a loss of £671.5 million in one year would seem to indicate some very poor management at the board level. Bowmore
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6:14pm Mon 10 Dec 12

loosehead says...

Bowmore wrote:
If the membership of the Southampton gym is typical then to make a to eliminate the losses made in the last year profit the would have to be charging almost £100 a month. For a company of this size and nature to make a loss of £671.5 million in one year would seem to indicate some very poor management at the board level.
You had a receptionist who was also suppose to run the tea/coffee bar you had a sales manager who sat on their bum in the office you had a new members manager sat on bum you had sales team plus a manager you had a Polish lady as a cleaner.
You had no one working out in the gym ensuring peoples safety.
you had personal trainers who thought they ran the place.
they had people coming in & running classes.
you had a martial arts school hiring the gym.
so 2,500 members paying £35-45 a month so either those office workers were on a heck of a pay day some one has been syphoning off the funds some where
[quote][p][bold]Bowmore[/bold] wrote: If the membership of the Southampton gym is typical then to make a to eliminate the losses made in the last year profit the would have to be charging almost £100 a month. For a company of this size and nature to make a loss of £671.5 million in one year would seem to indicate some very poor management at the board level.[/p][/quote]You had a receptionist who was also suppose to run the tea/coffee bar you had a sales manager who sat on their bum in the office you had a new members manager sat on bum you had sales team plus a manager you had a Polish lady as a cleaner. You had no one working out in the gym ensuring peoples safety. you had personal trainers who thought they ran the place. they had people coming in & running classes. you had a martial arts school hiring the gym. so 2,500 members paying £35-45 a month so either those office workers were on a heck of a pay day some one has been syphoning off the funds some where loosehead
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