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Cheaper than the other gyms and, as local legend would have it, more friendly, St. John's was a council-run gym until a couple of years ago, after which time its franchise was taken by Fusion, which has several other gyms in the UK.
It can occasionally be frustratingly amateur - there'll be promotions from time to time that you'll ask gym staff about, only to find they haven't heard anything about them - but its heart is in the right place.
Young and old go to this gym. You'll have early morning yuppies getting in 30 minutes on the exercise bikes at 7am, young parents taking their children to swimming classes throughout the day, heart classes for retirees also during the day, teenagers pumping iron in the late afternoons (bring nose plugs), and harassed-looking commuters sweating on the treadmills in the evenings. You know how sometimes you can go to the gym and feel out of place, because everyone is so young, toned and perfect? You won't have that problem here; it's full of regular people trying to drop a few kilos.
And a good selection of classes, too. Spinning, Body Balance, Yoga, Tai Chi, Body Pump whatever takes your fancy, really. It's a really good way to meet friends.
... and I don't mean that in the dodgy 1970's do you swing? way.
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