CITY SLICKER

The lat­est open­ing from Bri­tain’s pre­mier bou­tique gym chain, Third Space City is big­ger, bet­ter and fit­ter than the rest

Men's Health (UK) - - The Tech Issue -

We ex­plore a new di­men­sion of fit­ness club, boast­ing func­tional kit and luxe ex­tras alike

Like all things in 2018, the fit­ness land­scape is po­larised. At one end of the spec­trum, you have ba­sic high-street gyms packed with in­nu­mer­able ma­chines, and at the other sit niche classes boast­ing brushed-cop­per back­drops. Third Space City is here to re­claim the mid­dle ground. “We want mem­bers to have it all,” says PT Danny Web­ster. “We have a ros­ter of classes and per­sonal train­ers – and plenty of train­ing space.” It’s this room that sets the gym apart. That and the pu­ri­fied pool wa­ter, Cow­shed unguents and concierge ser­vice, of course.

Un­like a typ­i­cal gym, the prime real es­tate is not lost to rows of tread­mills. “Peo­ple want a func­tional train­ing space,” says Web­ster. “That means enough room to slam a medicine ball, push a prowler and test your en­durance on an Air­dyne bike.” It’s for this rea­son that Third Space boasts an ex­pan­sive train­ing rig, while a row of power racks around the cor­ner will ac­com­mo­date bar­bell afi­ciona­dos. And sug­ges­tions are wel­come. “We’ve asked mem­bers what kit they want, and al­ready have plans to add more as a re­sult,” says Web­ster.

Be­yond the gym floor, its stu­dios are keep­ing pace. New class For­mula 3 of­fers a mod­ish row­ing and re­sis­tance hy­brid. The fit­ness-track­ing trend is also catered for, with My­zone heartrate monitors de­ployed every­where. “Your tracker in­stantly con­nects to the gym’s screens, al­low­ing you to keep tabs on your heart-rate zone to max­imise your ses­sion,” says Web­ster.

A fi­nal in­sider tip? Train here be­tween 9am and 11am – its City lo­ca­tion means you’ll have the whole place to your­self. But that’s just be­tween us, yeah?

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