January is the month when the most gym memberships are purchased. It’s probably the month when most of us stop going, too. Undaunted, Jemima Forbes threw her trainers and trackies into a bag and checked out what’s on offer at The Y Club Gym in Castlefield.
The Y Club in Castlefield was one of the first gyms in the city centre so while it may be less modern than other more upmarket gyms, is a large and friendly health club with customer service at its core.
With its central location, long sporting history, wide range of programmes and extensive facilities, it has something to offer for all ages and levels. From swimming, trampolining, and martial arts for kids to exercise classes for the over 50s and everything in between, The Y Club have classes and facilities that can aid in sports training, weight loss, relaxation and help you get a beach body for the summer. I’ll be reviewing all aspects of The Y Club beginning with how it could motivate newcomers or returning gym goers with busy schedules or just a lack of confidence and enthusiasm to exercise.
One of the best things about being a member of The Y Club has to be the complimentary personal trainer session for each new member. If you’re feeling unenthusiastic, are unsure how to use the machines or have no idea what kind of exercise is right for your body or health aspirations, this is the perfect way to answer any niggling questions, increase motivation and develop an effective exercise routine that, with a little persistence, will hopefully achieve results.
Many people shy away from these sorts of services but I would strongly recommend taking advantage of it! The session begins with a few health necessities such as questions about medical history, a blood pressure test and a body fat monitor check. After establishing what areas of the body you would like to improve upon, your instructor will take you into the main gym to begin a short warm up. From here, you’ll be shown which equipment and exercise moves will work best for you and how to perform them properly so they are benefiting your body.
My session with instructor, Reece, lasted over an hour and included trying out a whole range of equipment from rowing machines to balance boards. And the best thing about the session? All the exercises I tried were written down with detailed instructions so I had no chance of or excuse for forgetting them and I could easily do them again without supervision.
This session at the start of your membership should get you off to a good start and hopefully persuade you to return. If you do have further questions, the friendly staff at The Y Club are always happy to help and you can even take advantage of their follow up programme reviews to see if you are making progress and to learn further exercises.
The Y Club also have over 70 scheduled classes throughout the week ranging from Yoga and Pilates to Muay Thai Boxing and intensive indoor boot camps as well as the small, but generally quiet, swimming pool and indoor running track. If competitive sports are more your thing, check out their Rugby Fives courts or take part in badminton, basketball, wrestling or netball sessions in the indoor sports hall.
If the range of facilities or complimentary personal trainer service aren’t enough to entice you then perhaps the membership price will. A full membership with access to all facilities and no extra cost for classes will only set you back £36 a month (or £420 for the year) and family membership (for 2 adults and 2 children) costs just £66 a month (or £750 for the year).
Corporate rates are also available for some companies and if you just fancy attending a couple of classes to begin with, they cost £5 per session.
The Y Club is open from 6am every week day (with classes beginning at 7am) and closes at 10pm, offering everyone flexibility in attending their favourite classes or having a quick workout before or after work.