New gym in Soho offers all in one solution for cyclists

There’s a new gym in Soho taking a refreshing approach to the fitness experience. I was invited to take a look around and have since not stopped singing its praises. Here’s a tour from the perspective of a typical cycle commuter.

Heading into the H2 Bike Run gym which is located on the lower ground

Leaving your bike safely around London is always a challenge. Therefore, it has always amazed me we don’t see more secure bicycle parking in the city. H2 Bike Run seems to have understood this need and has jumped to provide a brilliant solution.

H2 bike run bicycle parking

You enter through the access controlled doors and leave your bike in one of the 250 bicycle parking spots. The area is monitored by CCTV cameras so you know your bike is safe.

An area where it is possible to leave an bike locks

A great small addition that shows the thought going into catering for commuters is the lock rack.

H2 bike run reception

Deal with my laundry and repair my bike!

Once inside H2 Bike Run, you can hand in your clothes for the laundry, schedule a Spinning® class, shop for various cycling gear or even book your bike in for repair. It is incredibly convenient to have all these services from one central hub. Saving plenty of time. The prices of bike repairs are reasonable and can be viewed online. As a new member, you also get a free bicycle safety check.

The use of a touch screen computer system that you can log onto also means that during busier hours you should still be able to quickly book any services.

H2 bike run locker rooms

After the reception, you reach the changing rooms and showers. Both have obviously had a lot of thought put into them and it shows. Nice big showers, plenty of room and bright colours are the order of the day. Also, for female commuters, the presence of GHD straighteners is a nice touch.

There is also the option of renting a permanent locker for an additional fee which will no doubt appeal to many who prefer carrying less each day on their bike.

These are the basic services and are absolutely super for any commuters that find themselves working near the gym. However, for those who have loftier fitness ambitions, then the club really does excel in two areas.

Spinning® classes like never before

Spinning classes at H2 Bike Run

The first are the Spinning classes. H2 Bike Run have partnered with the official Spinning® studio and work with professionally accredited trainers. For those training for a long ride, wishing to improve their fitness or wanting to lose some weight around a busy schedule then the classes will be of much interest.

While I was there I met with one of the trainers (a person who you wonder if he has a single ounce of fat in his body!). He was very passionate about the training potential of the classes and explained how they work the full body.

Each session commences by asking about any injuries or weak areas people are looking to improve. The session then commences and the visual display systems kicks into play. As an example of the capabilities of the system, I was told that it is possible to show the map of the Tour De France up on the screen and compare the performance with that of the professionals. This definitely adds an interesting extra dimension and throughout the year different rides will be featured. The system can also be setup to project heart rates and other data.

The classes are designed to build all round fitness and the trainers are on hand to answer questions related to your own personal training. It was an impressive setup and it was good to see Spinning® was being taken so seriously.

I had to ask if the sessions were only attended by the more hard-core cyclists amongst us. The trainer explained that there is a really mixed group in there and it is welcoming to everyone.

H2 bike run gym view

The gym is also partnered with Lomax to offer elite personal training. Members get free 20 minute sessions with a member of the Lomax team. Physio, podiatry and other forms of sports therapy are also available.

From casual to heading for pro

H2 Bike Run seems perfectly setup for those who simply want somewhere safe to leave their bike, shower facilities and extra services such as bike serving and laundry. For those who want more, the gym also excels at Spinning® classes and personal training.

The big disappointment is perhaps there is only currently one of these gyms available in London. However, the future is looking good. London Wall and Marylebone are just two of the locations that are being researched. In the mean time, H2 Bike Run is always adapting based on member feedback. They told me they wanted to encourage commuters to suggest any services they need.

It’s excellent to see a service such as H2 Bike Run springing up to serve London’s growing cycling community and I thoroughly recommend a visit.

See: H2 Bike Run Website and Facebook Page. At the time of writing this article the basic individual peak membership cost £30.99.

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8 Responses to New gym in Soho offers all in one solution for cyclists

  1. Loving the Bike 18/07/2011 at 6:00 pm #

    Awesome…this looks like a fantastic gym to me. I really like what they’ve done to accommodate the cyclists and commuters and I think this is going to be revolutionary. Thanks for giving us North Americans a look at something so bikey good.

    Darryl

  2. Freddie 19/07/2011 at 12:40 pm #

    I might consider them when they open in London Wall. We don’t have showers where I work, and that would be very handy.

  3. Alex 19/07/2011 at 5:08 pm #

    Hmm that really does look interesting, particularly over the convenience and competitive rates – its cheaper than my work subsidised gym… the Cross Fitness thing instead of a conventional gym doesn’t immediately appeal, but I’ll certainly take a look. Thanks for the article.

  4. Shannon 21/07/2011 at 4:08 pm #

    This looks ace. i work in Soho as and editor and this is going to be perfect since i just started commuting to work and work really doesn’t have a place for me to put my bike. no worries about being stolen

  5. Andreas 21/07/2011 at 8:08 pm #

    Pleased to see lots of interest around the gym. I loved the idea as soon as I walked in.

  6. Kerena 22/07/2011 at 2:41 pm #

    This looks incredible! Although I have to say one of the bonuses for me of starting to commute by bike was being able to give up my gym membership!! The concept is fabulous though & the price seems really reasonable!

  7. bike repairs croydon 10/08/2011 at 11:59 am #

    wow that gym looks awesome my local gym is rubbish compared to that

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