July 10, 2011

Jenkins Gym and Les Mills Lower Hutt

Wherever you exercise you will find people with annoying gym habits but finding the gym that suits you will do a lot to alleviate the annoyance.

Though it will be a while before the trains are up and running in all their glory I found them helpful getting to and from Jenkins Gym. Station village doesn't seem convenient for people living in Petone or Lower Hutt but the complex backs on to Western Hutt station on the Melling line which, if your office is in town, makes the gym a stop on your way to or from work. Les Mills is in the middle of Lower Hutt which may or may not be on your way home from work, there are also branches in town (The Terrace and Tarankai Street).

Jenkins Gym plays music that makes you feel young again (Eye of the Tiger, Bad, Can't Get Enough, Do You Wanna Get Funky) while Les Mills plays modern music rather loudly. Both offer cardio equipment and weights. Jenkins runs a limited range of Les Mills classes as well as Pilates and Ab classes, the venue isn't flashy but the teachers are good and there are always spaces. Les Mills runs the full range of Les Mills classes in a large studio with coloured lights, classes tend to be very busy.

Points of difference between the two: Les Mills has a womens gym and sauna, sophisticated cardio equipment with headphone jacks and TV channels, straighteners and TV screens on the mirrors in the changing rooms. Jenkins gym is cheaper and for two hours each weekday morning for $2 you could use their childcare which would equal the price of a Les Mills membership.

If you are looking for no frills fitness then Jenkins Gym is the place to go, if you want and can afford something flashier then Les Mills is for you.

You can find Jenkins Gym and Les Mills both on the web
Price (weekly): $10 (JG), $20+ (LM)

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