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I actually rather liked TopNotch. Maintenence was a bit poor towards the end of the summer and the swimming pool heating breaking down and not being fixed was not good but the only thing that really bothered me was the awful music and constant terrible misogynist gansta rapper "music" videos where you couldn't use the treadmills or crosstrainers without constantly having some dopy "Ho's" tits and arse shoved in your face which I absolutely came to the end of the line with. It wasn't even good music to work out to and so loud I couldn't hear my iPod. That's the main reason I left in the end. And it was costing me £55 per month.
If the maintenence in the womens changing rooms had been better and the music and videos less awful or better yet totally absent so eveyone could bring their MP3 players and choose their own I'd probably have stayed on, especially if I could have got the £45 per month quoted elsewhere in this forum which I was never offered.
i agree the music and videos are godamn awful... so-called topnotch tv is pumped through the place, even in the showers and its nothing but the kind of rap and crap 14 year olds listen to...as a gym they need to modernise the equipment, completely refurb the mens changing rooms and put on some decent classes
but its cheap.....
I was a member of Topnotch London Bridge unfortunately, found the equipment outdated, pool dirty and not very inspiring.
I joined 37 degrees as a founder member and absolutely love it. The staff are really friendly, classes brilliant and the gym is really coming on after the few teething probs they had in the beginning. Def the best gym I have ever been a member of. Rates are a probs the most expensive in the area but well worth it!
Wouldn't go back to Topnotch if they paid me to use their gym especially after their manager has been so sly!
About the 37 degres gym prices and contracts...
I don't understand why they insist on a 12 months contract. They are not a mobile phone company that needs to recoup the cost of the handset they give you. It would be such an easy decision to join if they offered a month-to-month membership - I would probably join and stay a member for two years because I knew I could stop my membership if my circumstances changed.
My advice is to look for a gym that doesn't tie you in; in many gyms you can negotiate a better contract but remember to get a signed statement.