Set quite randomly as are the other businesses on the edge of a round about just off the end of the A329 is Anytime Fitness Woodley. It is a small but very complete little gym which I was really pleased and welcomed into on my visit!
The gym itself is not huge, spread out over one floor the main space is split out with changing/reception at one end, the cardio style equipment in the middle and then working through cable machines to the functional equipment and free weights. Again this place is not huge but it really does try to have one of everything which I really appreciated and they have (at least when its not busy) made it feel quite open for all the equipment they have in there.
Given that this is a 24 hour gym and a low cost one we are not looking at somewhere that has a café or has a swimming pool, the caveat you have to remember with the 24 hour gyms is the healthy and safety to allow that all night workout does limit some equipment and facilities.
The weights area is nestled in the back of the gym, with dumbbells going up to 40kg and 3 free weight benches it has enough equipment for the quiet times but the space itself is small so I wouldn’t like it during peak. There are an annoying lack of mirrors beyond the major one opposite the free weights area.
The main kicker with the facility is that it only has 1 cage which must act as squat rack, bench, incline bench and decline bench for all barbell activities. If you are anything like me and want at least one of these in a workout you could find a long wait, especially as there is only 1 smith machine. This did feel like the main let down here as they could have squeezed another in and really boosted the facility for at least what I needed.
There was a surprising amount of plate loaded equipment which was nice to see with chest press, leg press and even a leg extension plate load which I haven't seen in any other chain gym yet! Along with these you also had a range of cable equipment which all did the job, there are only a couple of cable cross over machines and they are not the wider apart ones so chest fly's need to be tight.
The cardio equipment is actually not that numerous, they have a few cross trainers and running machines along with rowers and bikes but again I could imagine at peak time this being heavily used and hard to get on if you want one thing in particular. The kit itself was good and felt very clean which was a nice change from some other places.
All of the equipment felt fantastically new and clean, I have to say a couple of bits felt a little.. Cheap? The calf raise I used was a little bit wobbly but I think I am just trying to find faults.
The one annoyance I did have is that the speaker they had doing occasional… frequent announcements was damned loud and right next to me and occasionally appeared to just ping for no reason.
The rest of the facilities as I have said were pretty light, there is no "changing room" instead there are shower/toilet pod things which I think there were 4? In a rush this could be annoying but given the size of the gym probably not too bad.
One downside though is that the lockers are tiny!! This is not a gym where they are expecting you to setup camp, train, shower, eat, live etc. This is a transactional and cheap gym to get you in and out with training done, I don't object at all to that you just need to be aware that a big bag may need to be hauled around with you.
All in I have to say I was impressed what they have done with the space and how new it feels. I will re-visit at some point and see if it still feels as fresh!
I went totally out of peak this time, it was dead quiet.
I would guess that even a few more people could make this place feel horrific so I would check it out first if I were you.
Free weights area
1 squat racks
4 free benches
Dumbells up to 40kg
Set of plate machines including
Cable machines including
Standard isolation/chest etc
Cable cross over
1 studio with spin bikes
Free weights area
Boxing bag (singular)
About £35 a month plus a sign up fee. You can get discount codes but I havent found one yet
They do a 3 day free pass, strong recommendation to use it though its only during staffed hours so checking out for an early morning or late night session for how busy will be tough
The parking is really odd and also kind of limited I would imagine it could be tricky if the restaurant next door was busy!
There is no wifi I could find which was sad
It is a 24 hour gym which isn't to be sniffed at if your schedule is odd! This is small and perfectly formed and getting access to that any time is awesome