JJB Fitness is opening in Limerick next Monday. They have tours on at the moment, so I popped in for a look around.
First impressions are pretty positive. Its big enough, but seems cluttered. Lighting isn't great (its pretty dark with no natural light that I can remember), and the artificial lighting is like a bad 70s disco (lots of coloured lights).
+ Good free weights (up to 50kg).
+ Pool, 2 jacuzzis, aromatic steam room (eucalyptus)
+ Lots of weights machines (seemingly only one of each, though... the place was so badly lit I couldn't really pick individual machines out)
+ 2 aerobic studios (large rooms for aerobic/spinning etc. - one is fully kitted out with 20-30 bikes for spinning). 60 classes a week according to leaflet. All classes are free (first come first served)
+ Good lounge area for food/drink etc.
+ Very big changing rooms
+ Cost is better than my current gym:
€45 per month (Peak 06:00 to 22:00, 08:00 to 20:00 w/e)
€35 per month (Off Peak 08:30 to 16:30, 08:00 to 20:00 w/e)
€25 per month, 60+ Seniors (Off Peak Hours)
+ €15 joining fee if you join before opening date (27/06). €100 joining fee after opening date. Pay 2 months up front, DD kicks in on month 3. Minimum 6 month contract. Join before 27/06 to get €50 of vouchers for JJB Sports (in same building).
+ Lots of cardio equipment (didn't get exact numbers due to lighting).
+ Join here, and you can use any other JJB club for free.
+ Individual TV screens on all cardio machines, with choice of channels etc.
+ 20ft pool, 4ft deep, heated (30C)
- Badly lit
- Seemed cluttered.
Overall it seems better than my current gym, and its €10 a month cheaper. I'm going to go back later in the week to check out exactly what machines they have, but it looks very promising....
Does anyone have any experience of other JJB Fitness Clubs? Are they run well, or do they let machines stay broken for weeks on end?