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Average User Rating
4.4 / 5
- 5 star:14
- 4 star:14
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:0
The perks of being a Tastemaker, I willed myself out of bed on a Sunday (after a very late saturday!) and resisting the urge to spend it in the park in a summer dress, I donned on my workout gear and headed to the very swish and swanky Another Space studio....and you know what, I was glad I did! A first time "spinner" I enjoyed the class thoroughly, the instructor mixed up the routine well and the up tempo beats kept the adrenaline high. This is got me to take up spinning. Besides the class, the studio is fab with all the amenities and more.
Another Space has jumped on the fitness concept bandwagon - much like Barry's and 1Rebel - but for me they don't do quite enough to warrant the super high price tag. It's nice, don't get me wrong, but for £20, it certainly isn't 5 stars. If I could give half stars, which I really wish I could, it would be 3.5.
Worth noting that I only did a spinning class. The others might be much better, but it's unlikely that any yoga session is going to be worth £20.
There were some great things about the gym: the entrance space really is nice - open, bright and welcoming; the staff were really friendly and the instructor in particular did a great job; and the changing rooms were good, although the 'extras' - deodorant, nice shower gel, decent hair dryer - are just becoming hygiene factors in this style of gym now.
So my gripes.
Firstly, there were definitely too many bikes in the room. I nearly knocked the weights out the hands of both people next to me at one point. There's no excuse for this - just take a bike out of each row.
Secondly, I didn't think the bikes were great. One of my main issues with spinning in general is that it's hard to judge how hard you're going, but there are better bikes out there that can show this as you go, letting you stick to a certain level. When I go to a 1Rebel class I'm in tatters after but at the end of this I felt OK because I couldn't judge the intensity.
Thirdly, and this might be a bit personal, but I didn't like the upper body exercises whilst cycling. Maybe because I wasn't used to them, but it was so awkward to do the exercise and keep peddling at a decent speed. Some of the repetitive movements also lacked appreciation of the obstacles a man has when moving back and forth on a small bike seat.
But, the main issue which can't be ignored, is the price. Although my session was free, which is very nice of TimeOut, I just wouldn't go back for £20 (it gets a bit cheaper with multiple sessions but not cheap enough). They didn't excel, which you have to in this market.
Unfortunately you've got to up your game and be better than your competitors to get the big 5* treatment, and you've certainly got to put on a session that exceeds the one I can get at my £10 monthly membership gym.
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