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Local gyms...?

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Joined 29-04-2007
Posted on Monday, 30 April, 2007 - 10:17 am:   

Hello, my girlfriend and I have just moved to the HOP and were wondering where the nearest gym is which provides classes as well as machines, weights etc.

Many thanks
Joined 16-07-2004
Posted on Monday, 30 April, 2007 - 11:16 am:   

don't know about local gyms but I use the Fitness First at London Bridge (Cottons) and since it's a mere 10 mins on the train from HOP to LB it's pretty handy. It is, however, one of their "Platinum" gyms so a bit more expensive than a local one might be (if you can find a local gym that is!).
Joined 12-02-2007
Posted on Monday, 30 April, 2007 - 12:17 pm:   

There is a gym at the Ladywell pool in Ladywell... although I don't use the gym so have only seen people using the facilities from the bus... there is also a Fitness First (I think) gym above the weatherspoons pub in Lewisham TC... that always appears to be busy (again I have observed this time from the bus stop opposite).
Joined 26-04-2006
Posted on Monday, 30 April, 2007 - 01:27 pm:   

Dulwich Leisure centre in East Dulwich, (Goose Green)is good. It's an upgraded Victorian pool. It's not swanky but it's very well equipped. I know a coule of HOP people (myself included) who use it as their "local" whilst we await the grand opening of the Forest Hill Pool. It's walkable from the Devonshire Rd end of HOP, I'd say.
Joined 20-01-2007
Posted on Monday, 30 April, 2007 - 01:35 pm:   

There is also the Bridge at Lower Sydenham and if you are prepared to drive (or cycle) Amida at Beckenham which has excellent facilities (huge pool and spa), tennis courts, big gym, loads of classes (cost 81 for member and 58 for partner) so not cheap but recommended (good restaurant too).
Joined 29-09-2006
Posted on Monday, 30 April, 2007 - 02:30 pm:   

There's the new Forest Hill Community sports centre on Dacres Road. tionsCentre/PressReleases/NewCommunitySportsCentre OpensInForestHill.htm
Joined 28-06-2006
Posted on Monday, 30 April, 2007 - 03:11 pm:   

The colleges in Dulwich are good, cheap and all have ok gyms and pools, plus use of outside and inside courts.
Joined 21-04-2005
Posted on Monday, 30 April, 2007 - 03:34 pm:   

St Dunstan's College on Stanstead Road runs a community gym. Very reasonable apparantly.
Joined 12-11-2006
Posted on Monday, 30 April, 2007 - 07:54 pm:   

I'm with LA Fitness in Sydenham, not the best, but has everything you need.

Be interested in finding out more about the St Dunstan's College gym ???
Joined 05-12-2005
Posted on Monday, 30 April, 2007 - 07:58 pm:   

theres a place hidden in dulwich hamlets ground nr sainsburys
Joined 18-04-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 01 May, 2007 - 01:30 pm:   

Whilst nothing against the Gym craze I am against people who drive to Gym's.
If people walked more there would be no need for most of the Gym's.
Planners should only allow disabled parking spaces at these places.
That is my rant for the day.
Joined 21-04-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 01 May, 2007 - 02:15 pm:   

Foolsgold, I've tried phoning St Dunstan's but didn't get a reply. The swimming pool and gym were available to the community at one time, a friend of mine used the gym regularly after work and I believe it was 'cheap as chips.' I used the swimming pool a couple of times on Saturday mornings.

Also, Forest Hill Secondary School in Dacres Road, I think, operates the same sort of arrangement. I'm not at all sure of the facts here but I think some schools take up a government initiative and get extra money for sports if they open their facilities to the community after school hours. You could probably check it out on Lewisham's website.
Joined 21-04-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 01 May, 2007 - 03:07 pm:   

I now have a phone number for the St Dunstan's Leisure Centre as it is called. It's open after 6pm and it's 020 8690 3228.
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 01 May, 2007 - 03:57 pm:   

There is also one at the bottom of David's Road but it depends on what you want a gym for - to ponce around reading a book on a exercise bike at 2mph or to have a full on workout. It isn't the most modern gym but has all the weights and machines one could use to flex the muscles and also has classes upstairs.
Failing that the Bridge is very good and has excellent facilities.
Joined 12-11-2006
Posted on Wednesday, 09 May, 2007 - 06:41 pm:   

Thanks Dotcom, will check that out.

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