A few of you have asked me about my membership at David Lloyd after reading my embarrassing blog about getting my kit off there recently. Two things I am proud to be known for:
‘Mummy Jojo is not someone who lives by the boundary of keeping a stiff upper lip’ Evening news
I only review places that I genuinely enjoy.
Said by me – you will just have to take my word for it
So if I go for a meal and it sucks: it will not go on my website or any of my columns. Simple as that. I ain’t giving names but I will give a genuine shout out to El Cartel where I enjoyed a mexican street food lunch the other week – oh baby. You can’t book though so arrive sharp. The coconut margaritas are bang on. I digress.
Before I joined David Lloyd, I was a member of Urban Village and before that the Scotsman. In January of this year it all changed. I came to David Lloyd for a 4th birthday party and was offered a trial pass. I was hooked. Let me give you the low down as to why I decided to join.
David Lloyd isn’t just a gym, it’s a community. It’s a place I can take my kids to let off steam and a place I can sign my friends in to save us paying £10 a time at other Edinburgh soft play venues with notoriously bad coffee. The club does a great cappuccino – phew for that.
It also saves my house being trashed from all those play dates.
The soft play is the perfect size for my 4 year old and nearly 2 year old. They also have ipads with games, a lego table and art table. If the kids are happy then I am happy. I have signed 9 year olds in who have enjoyed it. There is something for everyone.
My 4 year old loves taking credit for other kids work. Whoever left this on the arts and crafts table – great job!
Adult only zone
Adult only – now we are talking and breath. The staff often comment about how relaxed I look when I am in the club alone. David Lloyd is a place I love to work when I am kiddie free. If I need things to be quiet then I can sit in the adult only zone. Sometimes I like to sit in the main lounge – they play great tunes. It’s ideal because I can fit in a quick workout after or at least a trip to the hot tub.
A place I can meet family and friends to see the fireworks – that was some show guys. It was so good that our 1 year old is still having nightmares. Bang bang.
The outdoor pool
David Lloyd is a place I can go with a good book and soak some rays. They even take drinks orders by the pool. Mental note to cancel those flights to Ibiza #partyatthegym.
This was the perfect afternoon for me after running 26.2 miles in May. I am a total water baby. There is something lovely about being outside swimming or floating around.
After an rpm class at night or a weights session, it is such a peaceful place to go for a sunset swim. The outdoor pool is open all year and I even love it in the winter – yes it is heated.
It has a bar -we all need our treats.
I have loved spinning/RPM for years and the David Lloyd studio’s are fantastic. They offer a range of instructor led and virtual classes with some great banging beats. Who needs to go raving when you can do it on a bike?
This yoga based class has elements of Tai Chi and Pilates. I particularly love the meditation at the end. I can feel the stress busting out of me. Some days my kids are so noisy that I just want to cry. Sleep deprivation was once used as a form of torture. Currently they get up in the middle of the night and jump on my head. I swear this class keeps me grounded and has taught me to just stop and breath.
They have a great team of trainers who have given me some invaluable advice. I also found a super sports masseuse – Hannah Davidson. This girl sorts out my knots. She is a must before a big running event.
I am already feeling stronger after a few body pump sessions and getting used to the new machines. This is a really big focus of mine over the next year. I want to get stronger for my next half marathon.
The club offers classes for kids aged 3 and above – they do arts and crafts and activities. Ideal if you want an hour or two yourself to workout or just sit with a coffee and a magazine. We all need a bit of me time.
Everyone is really smiley and helpful. Positive people and a positive atmosphere are super important for our mental wellness.
Those of you who have followed my journey will be aware that I am an ambassador for running and exercise in general. Not just for a healthy body but for a healthy mind. Fitness has to be a lifestyle. It is not something that we can dip in and out of. If the body is injury free and able I would say never go 3 days without exercise. I know myself that I can get seriously edgy if I am sick and unable to train. We all need goals and we all need to let off some steam. Oh and they have a nice steam room too. I heard recently that a hot tub is great for weight loss – they have one of those as well. Now I just need to work on my homemade Christmas cake and brandy butter addiction #ooops. The little black dress is waiting.
So yes – those who have asked me if I would recommend it – hand on heart absolutely. For a guest pass in Edinburgh quote – mummy jojo. Let me know how you get on.