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    Gyms in Wandsworth

    Im moving to London (United Kingdom) SW18 soon as was wondering if there were any recommended gyms in the area?

    I want all the basics, Squat, Dumbells and good machines etc. Don't really want a health club because I only weight train, and don't really want to travel more than two miles. I also dont like queuing for machines much. Does anyone?!

    Any suggestions welcome - thanks a lot.
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    Jon,

    Try this place physicalculture.co.uk

    It's in SW15.
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    Originally Posted by OscarZaydok View Post
    Jon,

    Try this place physicalculture.co.uk

    It's in SW15.
    Thanks - Looks good. Do you know anything about it?
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    I have never used it but some of my friends from South London have and they said it was very good. The man who runs it posts on another forum, drdarden.com. He goes by the name Physcult or something similar. If you post there I'm sure he will spot your post and reply. drdarden.com is a HIT forum (Arthur Jones school of thought) but the gym owner appears open minded about different training methods. If you visit the gym let me know how it goes.
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    I go to Virgin active in wandsworth.

    Pretty good gym. But get really busy
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    Great - Thanks for the advice. Ill give Virgin a miss as paying that much money and being over-crowded doesn't appeal to me. Its far too expensive. The other place looks much better.
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    Thanks for the referral Oscar. Much appreciated.

    The gym pretty much caters for whatever you want to do, we can certainly accommodate HIT workouts as we have good quality MedX machines, which are pretty much the same as Hammer Strength.

    Hammer/Nautilus/MedX are all the work of Gary and Arthur Jones and they are all pretty much bullet proof, especially if you compare them with the brands now available in the Health Clubs, which will predictably be the cheapo Techno Gym, Matrix or if your lucky the cheapest of the Life Fitness range. In our area EVERY other place has Techno Gym (for various membership prices) Quite funny really that people pay the highest prices to use the cheapest gym kit. I presume people just end up using the freeweights when they are in these high price clubs. Thats certainly what I would do.

    You can can get a good overview of whats happening at our gym here

    facebook.com/physical.culture
    facebook.com/pages/Physical-Culture-Gymnasium/125429742622?ref=ts
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    You can also get a good feel of the the gym and its background on our thread at UK Muscle

    uk-muscle.co.uk/general-conversation/80805-physical-culture-gym-putney.html
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    The gym was founded in 1928 and is actually located in SW15, but Putney is in Wandsworth SW18 so its not far to come at all. Quite a few of our members are from Southfields and Earlsfield in Wandsworth. I think we must be the only Wandsworth Gym left?

    I cant actually post any links or pictures yet because I havnt made the minimum of 30 posts here. For now, If people are interested they can see the gym on the uk-muscle thread or via our Facebook page. Thanks again for the referral
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    Originally Posted by OscarZaydok View Post
    I have never used it but some of my friends from South London have and they said it was very good. The man who runs it posts on another forum, drdarden.com. He goes by the name Physcult or something similar. If you post there I'm sure he will spot your post and reply. drdarden.com is a HIT forum (Arthur Jones school of thought) but the gym owner appears open minded about different training methods. If you visit the gym let me know how it goes.
    Your correct Oscar, Im interested in, and up for anything Physical Culture related. We have had many top Bodybuilders/Powerlifters/Strongmen/Weightlifters/Olympic and National & International Athletes through the doors over the last 83 years, so Ive seen pretty much everything that can be done in a gym.

    There is always new stuff being tried in the gym world, which is what keeps it interesting. Somethings are a little whacky, but at the end of the day its all just one big experiment, and valid lessons can be gained from experiment, even if its what not to do.
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    I take it thats a good thing? Thanks Jonny
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    Originally Posted by MHUK84 View Post
    I go to Virgin active in wandsworth.

    Pretty good gym. But get really busy
    Lol used to go there. repped.

    I now go to Lillie road fitness center, it's ok but i'm a newbie lifter, for an experienced lifter I wouldn't recommend it. I'm going to uni this next academic year so i'll find a decent lifting gym then.
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    Originally Posted by Hydro.ZX View Post
    Lol used to go there. repped.

    I now go to Lillie road fitness center, it's ok but i'm a newbie lifter, for an experienced lifter I wouldn't recommend it. I'm going to uni this next academic year so i'll find a decent lifting gym then.
    Lillie Road Fitness Centre in Fulham isnt too far away either. Its pretty close really.

    Lillie Road used to be OK for Weights back in the 1980's but they changed it up and went all Health Clubby
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    Hi Physcult (Chris?)

    Good to see you on this forum. I just checked out the link you gave for your gym's history, interesting place!

    Where do you see the London gym scene going in the next decade or so? From a layperson's point of view the market seems very competitive for newcomers.
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    Hi Oscar, Yes its Chris. Im not sure whats going to happen with the London Gym scene, if we look at whats been happening, I dont think its been brilliant for hardcore bodybuilding or the weight training traditional gyms. I dont think there are any gyms in Wandsworth, and SW London in general doesnt appear to have many left at all.

    Cross-fit type gyms seems to be picking up a little, with private studios popping up here and there, the same with MMA and Fighting type gyms, but as for traditional weight training places the Health Clubs seem to be wiping them out. Especially now we have Budget Health Clubs.

    Many of the old school gyms have long gone, but some are seemingly doing well. If they really excel and specialise in something that separates them from the health clubs, I think they should be ok provided the rents don't get out of hand. Sav at Muscleworks specialising in bodybuilding, and Dave at Genesis with the Powerlifting come to mind - both are exceptional in their areas of expertise so the Corporate chains cant out-perform them on anything other than maybe price.

    Gyms outside of London also seem to also work ok - Essex and Kent seem to have their fair share of decent gyms. Weight training is more popular than ever but most people can get by in their local health club, they will complain about it, but at the end of the day 1000's of them will pay £69 pcm + £30 joining fee to use the cheapest Techno Gym equipment. Its pretty much the same reason why all our high streets have Starbucks, Next, River Island, Gap, McDonalds, etc etc - they're all ok, for an ok price - nothing great though, mediocrity suits most of the people much of the time.
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    Originally Posted by OscarZaydok View Post
    Jon,

    Try this place physicalculture.co.uk

    It's in SW15.
    I think I should be able to add some links now for anyone who is interested in gyms around Wandsworth, Putney SW15 area . Here you go

    http://www.physicalculture.co.uk/
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    And heres our Facebook page which gives a better overall view than our website http://www.facebook.com/physical.culture
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    Originally Posted by physcult View Post
    And heres our Facebook page which gives a better overall view than our website http://www.facebook.com/physical.culture
    Hi,

    What is the cost of membership?

    Are you still limiting memberships?
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    Heres one of our Power racks and the other one is an open Hammer Strength Rack
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    Originally Posted by MHUK84 View Post
    Hi,

    What is the cost of membership?

    Are you still limiting memberships?
    Membership is still at £39.99 PCM if your joining up and there is definitely room for more members at the moment. Come down for a free trial workout if you want?
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    Heres a cool recommendation back in 97
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    Originally Posted by physcult View Post
    Membership is still at £39.99 PCM if your joining up and there is definitely room for more members at the moment. Come down for a free trial workout if you want?
    I may just do that.

    Can i just turn up to do a trial session?
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    Damn I wish I knew about this a year ago. It looks pretty good. I was living in Southfields and looking for a decent place but I never came across this one. Ended up joining SOHO gyms because it was near work.
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    Originally Posted by MHUK84 View Post
    I may just do that.

    Can i just turn up to do a trial session?
    Let me know when you are coming by email so I can keep an eye open for you. Its by appointment only, we dont have walk -ins.

    email is gym@physicalculture.co.uk
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    Originally Posted by fat_tyre_flyer View Post
    Damn I wish I knew about this a year ago. It looks pretty good. I was living in Southfields and looking for a decent place but I never came across this one. Ended up joining SOHO gyms because it was near work.
    Soho gyms are pretty good. We are more a traditional, small local gym, so its going to be a different type of thing. We just cater for the basics. Im sure Soho gyms are more 'colourful'.
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    You can get a good idea of the gym in the video footage of one of the personal trainers

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