On the "Bas-Vegas" retail park tucked away behind the fitness first (reviewed another time) is the Basildon David Lloyd, a pretty good standard example of what to expect from a David Lloyd with facilities going from the gym through t multiple pools and racket sports.
The facility is split over 2 levels, downstairs housing a lot of the rackets and pools while the majority of the gym like facilities are upstairs spread over one large floor. Along with this the ground floor has a restaurant and other use facilities that David Lloyds tend to offer including hair dresser etc.
The gym itself is spread out over one large area, the cardio equipment is bunched in the middle on one half the gym floor and on the other half is pushed over to the wall and window allowing for a Synergy to sit in the middle area and have enough room around it to exercise.
There is also a tiny stretching area poked to one side of the floor which is just some matts stuck together which was quite odd.
The weights area is laid out as a large L shape, with plate machines and benches down one side of the L and the other having the free weights and squat racks. There are a couple of high/low cable machines at this end with this kit but the majority of the cable machines sit at the other end of the floor which for doing legs if you want to move between isolation and something else involves a lot of walking (quite brutal).
The equipment here appears to have almost entirely been replaced with the recent round of refurbishments aside from the plate loading machines which are still hammer strength. There are two cages with deadlift pads, a separate squat rack and a good set of benches to make use of with duplicates of some dumbbell weights to minimize congestion.
The cable kit at the other end is all at least grouped in one place which is better in my opinion than having to quest to find where your particular machine is, having a good range of equipment and probably one of the more varied sets of cable kit I was very happy and found this area much quieter and was able to get along here quite nicely.
The cardio equipment is quite a standard set aside from a couple of seated cross trainers and the TV with a full race bike setup for up to 4 bikes to compete (this is quite fun and I think is used for classes).
The changing area didn’t see much of the refurbishment but isn't as worn as it could be from this and is reasonably well kept and the showers are still quite nice.
The wider facilities here are again a selling point with squash, tennis, indoor and outdoor pools this has the full set and having been in the summer they tend to get busy but not too bad.
As a summary it’s a really solid David Lloyd with a full set of facilities which did well from the refurbishment and has a good set of staff taking care of it. It’s location is easy to get too but can get busy if you are headed back towards Basildon after.
Can vary quiet a lot, having only trained in the mornings I don’t know about later but certainly there are times when equipment is heavily occupied.
I also encountered someone doing a 1.5 hour set on the shoulder press… I wasn’t amused.
Free weights area
3 squat racks (2 with deadlift platforms)
2 flat bench, 1 incline, 1 decline
4 free benches
Dumbells up to 50kg
Set of plate machines including (older hammer strength machines)
Cable machines including
Standard isolation/chest etc
Cable cross over
Indoor Tennis courts
Outdoor Tennis courts
Heated Outdoor Pool
Studios (inc spin)
Free weights area
As ever David Lloyd can vary by location on where your base is, recently talking to a friend they got a starting rate of
£90 for standard
£70 per person for couples
I have as other reviews had between £60-90 as the range and worth a haggle
Remember there is a premium over this for tennis/squash etc
Car park can get busy but not too bad
There is a car washing service here I have been recommended before as quite good for while you train
again it has wifi which is starting to be a bug of mine for TV while doing cardio - so quite happy here