The family and I were recently invited to review our local Everyone Active Leisure Centre and we had such a great time. I had never heard of the group of centres before and I was really impressed by the one that we visited – the Westcroft Centre – who knew this place was only a few miles away?! Everyone Active have a brilliant ethos in that they are aiming for everyone to have at least 30 minutes of exercise, 5 times a week. 30 minutes is such a doable amount of time and I think it is great to spread that message, rather than making out like people need to have hour and a half long sessions for it to be effective – it doesn’t have to be at all.
First impressions started when I was looking online at the facilities and class timetable and I was so impressed. There is a huge variety. All different types of group exercise classes from spin and zumba to body pump and line dancing. There are different classes available in the pool too, as well as swimming lessons. Chloe and I got to try out one of the adult and toddler swimming lessons and it was so much fun. I’ve been quite rubbish and haven’t really done anything like that with her before (poor second child) but I would definitely consider taking her again – she had a great time (after she had settled in) and the teacher was brilliant, adapting things for Chloe as she wasn’t a regular attendee so not use to the structure. Most of the centres have a crèche but as you can imagine they get booked up quickly, so we weren’t able to try that out – I opted for evening workouts instead.
The gym area is massive and has such brilliant facilities. There is a reaction wall, huge amount of weights and matting areas (in two different spots so you can find a quieter area if you don’t want to be seen by many), plus lots of cardio facilities. There are spin bikes in the fitness are too, as well as a studio, plus the usual treadmills, bikes and cross trainers. The screens are really high-tec and modern touch screens with a variety of programmes and training plans. They are set up with freeview TV too which I think is brilliant. Time passes so much quicker when you’re running on the treadmill and watching a programme at the same time! The staff that interacted with me were all helpful and really friendly and cheery. You need to have happy people working in a gym right?!
The changing rooms are large with everything thing you need. Spacious lockers, family changing rooms with a drop down changing area for little ones, hairdryers etc. The only thing that threw me is that the lockers take a 20p piece – I have never come across this before and only had a £1 coin as that was what I was expecting haha. It could have done with being a little bit warmer – it is always awkward when you get out of the pool and you’re super cold in the changing rooms. Other than that though, no complaints.
The pool area is great. There is a smaller (shallower pool) where we had the swimming lesson and it was divided into two and school groups were having their swimming lessons too. Then there is the larger pool that is used for lane swimming or just general. You can even hire out the pool for parties and no-one else can use it at the at time – great idea.
If that isn’t enough, they also have a large sports hall area where you can play badminton or basketball etc – literally so much to do at the centre. Oh and free parking too – a must in my opinion!
Though the membership prices vary from site to site depending on facilities, I think the company are great and I would definitely consider membership – they have so much to offer. You can also get a non-member card, which is obviously free, but it gives you offers and discounts on certain things and you can just pay for things that you want to do as and when. You can book online too which I think is really useful.
You can find your local Everyone Active Centre HERE. Do you have one local to you?
*the membership was gifted in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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