As a general public center and up until a year or so ago just a swimming pool the center here has been through quite an impressive transformation to add a full gym facility!
As gyms go this tends to fit into what I would term a "community" gym, these are perhaps not as focused on your more "lifting" types and are setup to facilitate a more casual gym goer.
The facility itself is split across 2 floors, the ground floor with the swimming pool along with food/café and changing areas, the upper floor housing the gym area.
The gym area is not the largest even for a community center having been the main piece built on, the floor is split between cardio equipment which takes center place mainly with treadmills/bikes, stretching down one side and then free weights against the far wall.
As with most community centers there are no plate loading machines, no flat/incline/decline bench, just a smith machine and the free weights are limited to a max of 40kg. That said I was happy to find a squat rack with enough plates to load up a pretty good weight. The free weights dumbell area was a little squashed and probably not good for more than about 2 or 3 people at a time using wider ranges of motions.
This is again pushing people towards the isolation machines or dumbbell exercises, with a few free floating benches and 2 cable pulley machines which are a little close together it is a center which meets your needs. The isolation machines are a reasonable range covering the basic movements with a couple of lat pull down machines as well, it did feel like the setup though not extensive had been considered to give a maximum set of variety and his as many muscles with the space available as possible.
The stretching area is quite oddly placed just down one side of the gym, I get it needs to go somewhere but I was a bit confused and it was heavily populated with PTs instructing people and I never really got a spot on it.
The cardio equipment is set out well enough and have TVs which is fantastic compared to some locations that have gone a bit cheaper with these!
The two main challenges I had here were first off parking, it was totally rammed with the car park the same size as when this was just a community pool I had to park at a paid for carpark, I could still see the gym but this is another cost that would need to be considered.
The other challenge, the biggest one, was that to be a guest I had to sign up. Now this was free, but before I could go into the gym I had to complete about 40 minutes of online video instruction on how to use each machine!! After this I had to receive a card at the door when I arrived, pay to go in and then receive texts until the end of days offering me to sign up or do a class. This was something I fortunately had the time to do but was not a very easy gym to just get a guest pass and go, I get protecting themselves but for someone travelling this really doesn’t work. (note: this can all be done online though at any point and then collected which was a massive plus and far better than being trained on arrival)
All in for a new build in a small town its got what you need and gets the job done, the price is ok for a one off visit for me.
I trained in an evening here and it was quite busy.
The cardio equipment wasn’t too bad but the weights and cable kit were a queueing system for most of the time there.
I can imagine given the size of the weights area that it wouldn't take a lot to make it feel busy and with a thriving PT community I would pick your times carefully
Free weights area
Dumbbells up to 40kg
1 squat rack
1 smith machine
3 free benches
No plate loading machines
Cable machines including
Lat pull down
Free weights area
I signed up as pay as you go for free and then £6 a visit for a gym pay as you go
Aside from pay as you go the price ranges from £33 for students to £42 a month depending on what you want access to
I cannot impart how fiddly the online sign up process was and that I also had to get a card printed on arrival, this is not being a guest you must sign up to attend the gym.
The parking was crazy
It was a little bit of a sweaty box at the time I visited quite warm