Written on: 11/05/2007 by SpinningGirl (1 review written)
Erm, none really!!
Small, cramped areas. Bad instructors (although I've only experienced one).
First, to be fair, i am not a member of Third Space and have only paid one visit as a guest of a member. I am a member of Holmes Place.
First Impressions: Tatty and in need of some attention. The food / deli area was dirty and cramped and was like something akin to a railway fast food joint. Reception staff pleasant enough. Layout of the space is cramped and confusing with bad signage. Tiny stairways where you have to wait for whoever is going the opposite way to you to finish first. Changing rooms (female) - OK. Again cramped and not much sign of anyone cleaning and tidying which is a constant at Holmes Place. Nice range of toiletries but nothing to justify the cost.
Spinning class - very poor. Instructor did not check for injuries, beginners or anyone needing help with setting up their bike (which i don't - I'm a seasoned gym goer but these are essentials in welcoming people to the class). The pedal fell off my bike during the warm up. No help was offered and the bikes are not numbered for reporting problems. I was lucky that the pedal came off during the warm up - had i been standing or cycling at speed with a lot of resistance then i would definitely have suffered an injury. My friend and i spent the next 5 mins getting covered in grease and trying to repair the pedal before giving up.
The class itself is just in a corner or the gym so no "class feeling" and no control over lighting and mood. Instructor did not use a mic and i could not hear a word he said throughout the entire class. The class was badly constructed with an intense first 10 minutes or so (without real warm up) with the rest of the class declining in intensity. The reverse of what you would expect in terms of injury prevention and fitness improvement although interval training was included but with too long rest periods to gain real benefit. There were a good ten people in the class who had absolutely terrible technique on the bike. No effort whatsoever was made by the instructor to correct poor position on the bike (I'm sure my technique is not perfect but it's the instructors job to encourage you into the correct position and thereby get the most gain from the workout and minimise your risk or injury). The instructor had no rappor with the class and did not, in my opinion, motivate in anyway. The class was ultimately boring and the exercise technique repetitive with no structure. I agree with some of the other reviews I've seen here on instructors at Third Space - they seem to think it's their own personal training time.
Gym area - a few mats provided for stretching and cooling down - nothing special and again small and squashed in.
Showers - ok - nice hair products but low water pressure and tatty shower area.
Overall - Space is a big problem at this gym. Of course, it's Soho so I'm sure they're doing the best with what they have but i was just really disappointed. I'd heard a lot about this gym and was really looking forward to trying it, but the whole experience from start to finish was just so disappointing. I cannot believe they get away with charging what they do for a very poor gym with a few flashy gimmicks (live d.j. / climbing wall). I have been a member of Holmes Place for many years and, of course, all gyms have their problems and we all like to moan but, overall they are streets ahead of Third Space. I don't want to write a completely negative review and, as mentioned, my experience is only based on one visit so maybe i was just unlucky. Unfortunately, the only positive thing i can think of is that it has made me really appreciate Holmes Place!! Sorry Third Space.