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Gym's in Darlo

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 7:12 pm
by Darlo_G
What gym's do people go to in Darlo. I currently go to Bannatynes, but for £50 a month, I kind of think that's a bit too much for gym membership.

Before I went to Bannatyne's, I was at the Blackwell, and that was a real s*** hole. That was nearly 6-7 years ago, so it might have changed now.

Is there any other decent gym's in and around Darlo (I need a gym that also has a Jacuzzi and steam / sauna room, so I can chill out for a while)?

Re: Gym's in Darlo

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:35 pm
by DIRTYDAVE
Don't go to the penthouse gym its crap. the dophine centre gym is nice but does not have the jacuzzi or sauna thats why your paying so much money

Re: Gym's in Darlo

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 9:17 pm
by PierremontQuaker03
I would like to know the answer this question! The only decent gym in Darlo is Bannatynes but 50 quid a month is way expensive. I am looking to pay 25 a month - plus I get 250 back from work.All the cheaper gyms are just full of meat heads aswell.

Re: Gym's in Darlo

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 9:59 pm
by ShrewsX
Might be worth looking beyond Darlo.

I joined the Leisure centre at Bishop Auckland, £20ish a month on a promotion price for off peak membership (I work shifts... so not fussed about that), including Jacuzzi, Pool and Sauna. Its not exactly a great gym, but it does the job. Its also not "full of Meatheads" which surprised me

Shrews

Re: Gym's in Darlo

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 10:24 pm
by Darlo_G
ShrewsX wrote:Might be worth looking beyond Darlo.

I joined the Leisure centre at Bishop Auckland, £20ish a month on a promotion price for off peak membership (I work shifts... so not fussed about that), including Jacuzzi, Pool and Sauna. Its not exactly a great gym, but it does the job. Its also not "full of Meatheads" which surprised me

Shrews
I've thought about that, but Bishop will be a bit too far out for me. By the time you take the cost of petrol into account, I might as well pay the 50 dabs at Bannatynes.

I seem to remember that the Newton Aycliffe sports centre (i think that's what you call it!), had a refurbishment about a year ago. Might have a look down there.

Darlo is s*** for sport / keeping fit. Lack of decent gym's / health clubs, a lack of football fields etc.

Re: Gym's in Darlo

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 10:49 pm
by cameron-darlo
if i were you, i would try the leisure centre in aycliffe.. i think they have a sauna and jacuzzi.. and not too expensive either.

Re: Gym's in Darlo

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 11:38 pm
by ShrewsX
Look at it this way, if you are considering joining an out of town Gym...

Don't just travel to Aycliffe/Bishop/Kuala Lumpur for the Gym. Make the journey worthwhile and kill two birds with one stone. If you need to go to the supermarket, instead of two "local" trips (one to the gym, one to the supermarket), you can justify doing ASDA or Morrisons at Bishop, and the Gym at the same time.

Or if you have friends who train with you at Bannatynes, if you all swap to Aycliffe/Bishop, you can take turns to drive? £50 a month does seem excessive!

Does anyone here use "Grants Gym?" Theres one at Bishop, and one next to Route 66 in Darlo I think?

Shrews

Re: Gym's in Darlo

Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 11:44 pm
by BUSHEAD
Dolly centres reasonable, a few friends of mind use the Hallgarth facilities.

Re: Gym's in Darlo

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:52 am
by Jazz Maverick
I used the fitness first at Preston industrial park,near Stockton, when I lived up north. Big, well equipped, never busy, and I payed about 35 quid. Pretty reasonable for the quality of the gym I thought.

Re: Gym's in Darlo

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:41 am
by SuperQuaker
Try to find an e-mail address for James Caan's office (him from dragon's den) I am sure I read he was starting an affordable chain of health clubs, probably annoying Bannatyne in the process! Might be able to find out if one is planned for our region anytime soon.

Re: Gym's in Darlo

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:13 pm
by canonlygetbetter
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Re: Gym's in Darlo

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:55 pm
by MB86DFC
I train at bannatynes and believe it would be a good gym and worth the 50 odd quid if it wasn't so overcrowded. im not bothered about the pool etc but the good cardio equipment and good selection of weights is its main selling point. Its open from 6.30am aswell which no other gym can offer.

The penthouse is good for those looking for heavy weights but has crap cardio facilities and bad opening times on a weekend. i was a member but left due to the poor repair of the equipment and overcrowding.

The dolly is ok i guess but has a bad selection of weights (dumbbells only up to 30kg and no free bench)

the new one at aycliffe is supposed to be cracking but i cant be arsed with the drive there.

I don't know too much about Grants, ive popped my head in a couple of times and have mated who train there. From what i can gather its a good version of the penthouse gym.


I've heard a rumour that a fitness first is being planned for the big empty space where the Ford Garage was opposite St Cuthberts on the town centre ring road. Now this is a while off but if it does open it will drive down the price at bannatynes and solve the overcrowding.

Re: Gym's in Darlo

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 7:32 pm
by quakermass
Ive joined the Gym at the Eden Arms Hotel off the a167 near Aycliffe for a 2 month trial membership. It's ok, the gym is only small but it has a treadmill and a rower which does me. The pool is decent enough and there's a sauna and jacuzzi.
Approx £30 a month peak rate but if you go online you can have 2 months trial for £49.
I used to be a member of the redworth hall paying £40 a month, but as usual, started off going three times a week and after a while found myself going once every 2 months so cancelled the membership. If your paying £50 a month it'll be cheaper to get liposuction.

Re: Gym's in Darlo

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:17 pm
by SuperQuaker
MB86DFC wrote: dumbbells only up to 30kg
ONLY! I don't think 95% of people would use a dumbell that heavy.

Re: Gym's in Darlo

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 12:32 pm
by Talc
I used to work at the memorial with a lad who ran the gym in the hospital. He is a great lad and would answer any questions, not sure the times or prices or equipment. If interested ring switch at DMH 380100, ask to be put through to theatres and ask for Mike Nixon.

Re: Gym's in Darlo

Posted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 8:53 am
by jazzydfc
I used to train at Bannatyne's but the price got a bit steep, then went to the Dolphin where I got sick of people sitting on equipment having conversation's with the person next to them, so now I go to the Penthouse, I know it's not great for Cardio but at £16 a month I can live with it.

Re: Gym's in Darlo

Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:03 am
by hall0a6
Try boxfit, it's only 25 a month

Gym's in Darlo

Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:32 am
by MB86DFC
The penthouse gym has been taken over and redeveloped and is looking very good, well worth a look

Re: Gym's in Darlo

Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:37 pm
by DL5
Mine's only a pound a time and pay as you go, £2 annual membership. Little converted community centre hall in Coundon.

Re: Gym's in Darlo

Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 11:50 pm
by Hilly
DL5 wrote:Mine's only a pound a time and pay as you go, £2 annual membership. Little converted community centre hall in Coundon.
Coundon as in Bishop Auckland?

Re: Gym's in Darlo

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:00 am
by mikkyx
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Re: Gym's in Darlo

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 2:17 am
by Hilly
mikkyx wrote:Love it when a spambot comes in, bumps an ancient thread which then gets serious replies and the discussion begins anew :D
Quite handy actually because Im on lookout for a gym to join!

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Re: Gym's in Darlo

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 8:42 am
by Christophano
Hilly wrote:
mikkyx wrote:Love it when a spambot comes in, bumps an ancient thread which then gets serious replies and the discussion begins anew :D
Quite handy actually because Im on lookout for a gym to join!

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Re: Gym's in Darlo

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:32 am
by DL5
Hilly wrote:
DL5 wrote:Mine's only a pound a time and pay as you go, £2 annual membership. Little converted community centre hall in Coundon.
Coundon as in Bishop Auckland?
Yes, it's only about 3 miles from where I live.

Re: Gym's in Darlo

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:07 pm
by Hilly
DL5 wrote:
Hilly wrote:
DL5 wrote:Mine's only a pound a time and pay as you go, £2 annual membership. Little converted community centre hall in Coundon.
Coundon as in Bishop Auckland?
Yes, it's only about 3 miles from where I live.
You learn something new everyday. Thought you lived in Darlo.

So whats it like then? Decent equipment? Just I'm thinking of joining the ones at Bishop Baths but thats like £25 a month.

Re: Gym's in Darlo

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:24 pm
by DL5
Hilly wrote:
DL5 wrote:
Hilly wrote:
DL5 wrote:Mine's only a pound a time and pay as you go, £2 annual membership. Little converted community centre hall in Coundon.
Coundon as in Bishop Auckland?
Yes, it's only about 3 miles from where I live.
You learn something new everyday. Thought you lived in Darlo.

So whats it like then? Decent equipment? Just I'm thinking of joining the ones at Bishop Baths but thats like £25 a month.
I thought my username gave it away :lol: I'm from Darlo but have been living in DL5 for the last 16years.

The gym isn't state of the art, but it's all you need, it's run by volunteers so is open for a couple of hours at lunchtime then on the evening most days. For the price you can't complain though, it has 2 x decent treadmills, bike, ski/stepper, rowing machine that have a computer and measures heart rate etc. There's lots of free weights and benches and several other bikes and bits of kit.

Re: Gym's in Darlo

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:38 pm
by Hilly
DL5 wrote:
Hilly wrote:
DL5 wrote:
Hilly wrote:
DL5 wrote:Mine's only a pound a time and pay as you go, £2 annual membership. Little converted community centre hall in Coundon.
Coundon as in Bishop Auckland?
Yes, it's only about 3 miles from where I live.
You learn something new everyday. Thought you lived in Darlo.

So whats it like then? Decent equipment? Just I'm thinking of joining the ones at Bishop Baths but thats like £25 a month.
I thought my username gave it away :lol: I'm from Darlo but have been living in DL5 for the last 16years.

The gym isn't state of the art, but it's all you need, it's run by volunteers so is open for a couple of hours at lunchtime then on the evening most days. For the price you can't complain though, it has 2 x decent treadmills, bike, ski/stepper, rowing machine that have a computer and measures heart rate etc. There's lots of free weights and benches and several other bikes and bits of kit.
Not a clue where DL5 is! Just presumed Darlo. Might have a look over and see what it's like.

Re: Gym's in Darlo

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:44 pm
by DL5
Hilly wrote: Not a clue where DL5 is! Just presumed Darlo. Might have a look over and see what it's like.
Ok, give me a shout if you're interested, it was originally only for people in Coundon and I got introduced by a mate who lives there but I don't think they're that fussy anymore as it's never that busy.

FYI DL5 is Aycliffe, I live Woodham/Cobblers hall area ;)

Re: Gym's in Darlo

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:36 pm
by jazzydfc
MB86DFC wrote:The penthouse gym has been taken over and redeveloped and is looking very good, well worth a look
The Penthouse has improved dramatically in the last month, brand new equipment, fresh paint and carpet, broken windows repaired and even the heating switched on. I was thinking of moving on when my membership was up for renewal but now I'll stay put.

Re: Gym's in Darlo

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:11 pm
by DFC123
http://thefitnesscentredarlington.com/


The Silver Membership allows the holder access to Ten classes (all classes included) for the sum of £30.00. There is no time limit on when you have to take the classes.

You can also pay as you go. Just pay at the reception for each class you do. The price is £3.50 per class, £1.50 per class thereafter (only on concurrent classes on the same day)

£25.00 per month for supervised training (12 month tie-in) or £35.00 per month for all classes (see timetable for classes) and supervised training (12 month tie-in)