£1.5m gym opens offering easy rates for exercise

Bit by bit, some things are coming together. Thus, opening on London Road, West Croydon, in the past couple of weeks, is easyGym, where £1.5 million has been spent on refurbishment and equipment at the site of the Fitness First which was closed by the 8/8 riots in 2011.

West Croydon's newest facility: £17.99 per month for easyGym

West Croydon’s newest facility: £17.99 per month for easyGym

The business model is a low-cost gym based on the easyJet concept of Stelios Haji-Ioannou, and has an opening offer of no joining fee, flexible membership arrangements with no fixed contracts, charging from just £17.99 per month.

That’s considerably less than half of the basic £44 a month charges at the recently opened, council-owned Waddon Leisure Centre.

The future's bright: The very orange interior of easyGym Croydon

The future’s bright: The very orange interior of easyGym Croydon

The easyGym chain provides state of the art gym equipment and Preva Media – an innovative entertainment system allowing members to access more than 70 channels, browse the internet and hook up their iPod directly to your own personal monitor built into their exercise machines.

Access to Preva Media will be free for the first three months – though then, just as with every little “extra” on an easyJet flight, the charges will kick in, and mount up.

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