Knowing my love of fitness, staying active and my recent ventures into triathlons and training, Fitness First invited me to check out their refurbished gyms and see what Team GB have got to play with when they train!
Fitbit Flex on my wrist to keep track of how active I was, I made the drive across the water to my ‘local’ Fitness First gym in Bromborough to test out their facilities. I reviewed the Fitbit Flex last year which you can check out if you’re interested to see how I’ve found that helpful in staying active – especially with a sedentary job. There are a couple of new features on the Fitbit app as well which are interesting including new ways to track activity levels, distance traveled or calories burnt.
First impressions count. My experience with the staff at Fitness First was top notch. There was a guy called Stu on shift who was very friendly, showed us around and was willing to explain any unfamiliar equipment. I liked how he obviously knew his stuff as well, it wasn’t just a job. I keep getting foam rollers recommended to me and noticing a whole bunch of rollers in the gym asked Stu about them. He had some great advice about how to use them and also explained the physiology behind them so I could understand the benefit to my body by incorporating them into my training pattern.
Obviously I can’t speak for the gents, but the ladies facilities were bright and clean with plenty of lockers. I quite liked that you can bring your own lock for the locker rather than having to pay to use a locker which I’ve experienced at other gyms previously.
There was a huge range of equipment available to use from rowing machines (one of my favourites), treadmills, cross trainers, weight machines, free weights, step machines, medicine balls… All the usual. But then there were some not so usual bits of equipment which was quite cool including boxing bags, gloves, boxing pads, sandbags and this intriguing and massive rope that looked like it belonged in a tug-a-war. Some enormous guy was swinging it around which was very entertaining to watch. Honestly it was like he was trying to use it for doubles skipping!
I’m not really a treadmill kind of girl so on the cardio front I opted for the rowing machines and did two sessions there resulting in 8km of rowing. My training buddies think I’m a bit mad… I actually did try the treadmill but lasted only about 30 seconds before I got bored! I also love using kettle bells so had a great time in the kettle bell room – although my muscles weren’t so happy about that enthusiasm the next day!
Overall I enjoyed my time at Fitness First as they had a wide range of equipment to play with, good facilities and no queues for equipment – even in peak hour after work. The overall atmosphere was nice, it wasn’t too ‘blokey’ and I felt comfortable as a woman in all the areas whether cardio or free weights. Unfortunately with a 30+ minute drive across the water, my ‘local’ Fitness First gym is a little bit too far away for me to visit regularly though!
Disclosure: Fitness First invited me and and a friend to visit their gym and see how active I could be using a Fitbit Flex. As always, this post represents my own thoughts and opinions. See my disclosure policy for more details.