FAQs - Welcome Gym

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Coronavirus

We will be opening all of our gyms again on Saturday 25th July 2020.

We are liaising with industry partners to ensure we are prepared for social distancing measures that will facilitate our safe opening.

As before we closed, we continue to hold a duty of care to you, our members, and our staff and want to provide a safe environment for your workout. Therefore, we will continue to increase the frequency of cleaning, ensure cleaning stations are maintained and continue measures to reduce social contact such as having alternate machines in use and class capacity at 50%.

We have introduced near field technology to our clubs; members can now tap in via the App for entry. Those members who do not have a smartphone or who do not wish to bring a phone on their workout can still use their fingerprint for admission, where sanitiser will be available for before and after use. If you have any difficulty accessing, then please speak with reception who can manually record your attendance. For Track and Trace purposes, we must know who is in the gym at all times.  The latest version of the App which contains all of the new entry features will be released by 24th July 2020.
Direct debit payers will receive the remainder of their March fees before we recollect in July or August.

We wrote to all members on the 21st March advising of club closure; we requested at this stage that members made one further month payment to support the viability of the business, following this memberships would then be frozen for the duration of club closure.

In return for the supporting payment members will receive loyalty rewards of no price rises until 2025, 10 free guest passes and a £5 family and friends discount.

We will be writing to all members who kindly supported us at this difficult time very soon with further details on how they can redeem these fantastic rewards.
Gyms will operate with their regular opening hours which can be found on our google listings or on our website - go to your home gym location page and across the top you will find tabs marked OVERVIEW / PRICES / CLASSES / GALLERY / CONTACT - where you will find your clubs opening hours.
Members can continue to enter using their fingerprint, where sanitiser will be available before and after use. If you have any difficulty accessing, then please speak with reception who can manually record your attendance. For Track and Trace purposes, we must know who is in the gym at all times.
We anticipate that members will return on a gradual basis and so we do not intend to implement a booking system initially. However, we have had an APP-based booking system written while the gyms were closed, which is ready to be implemented should we need to at peak time or if usage requires it.
Government guidance allows us to open the swimming pools for members, with strict capacity guidelines. Swimming pool capacity is worked out on the basis of 9sq meters per user; these capacity numbers will be displayed on the signage, on the poolside.

We are asking that pool usage is monitored by members, if there are already the maximum users in the pool, we request that you wait until one person has left before you start your swim. Pool usage will also be monitored by our team members and on CCTV.

Also, there will be sessions where swimming can be booked to ensure you have a slot which suits your plans. These sessions will be marked on our timetable and can be booked online via our website or via our App.
Presently we do not intend to open up the Sauna and Steam Rooms; government guidelines are recommending that these areas stay closed as social distancing in these enclosed environments is challenging. We will review this policy on a regular basis and as soon as we are given the advice and go-ahead that these areas are safe to open we will make them available to members.
Yes, the ladies gym areas will be open with all of the same safety measures in place, distanced equipment, hand sanitiser and cleaning stations for all equipment. Routine cleaning procedures have been increased, and all areas of the gym will be regularly fogged.
Each gym`s capacity is worked out on an individual basis and is based upon the UK Active and Governments recommendations. This guidance allows at least 100sq ft per user at any one time. Swimming Pool capacities are worked out with a different calculation which is mentioned above in the swimming pool section of our FAQ’s.
We have agreed on a new Member Code of Conduct. This will be on posters around the gym and has been added to our website.- It will insist that members act with consideration and respect for each other. We want our gyms to be safe, supportive and happy places, so not adhering to the new member code will be taken very seriously.  Our staff have been trained in this area and will be very vigilant. Any member breaking our membership code of conduct will be politely asked to cease that activity, or they will be excluded from using our premises.
We are limiting usage initially to 90 minutes, and our staff will identify anyone exceeding those limits, will be encouraged to visit on another occasion. Usage and gym availability issues will be reviewed on an ongoing basis to ensure fair access for all members.
Each gym has a capacity which is worked out on an individual basis and is calculated based upon the UK Active and Governments recommendations of 100sq ft per person. Time and Space Hours will be further reduced by 50% of this new normal capacity and will be monitored by club staff using our sophisticated Backroom system, which tracks all usage and activities on an hourly basis.
Download our App to view real time gym usage, historical usage patterns and predicted usage to guage when to make your visit and we feel confident that you will be able to access the gym. We anticipate that members will return on a gradual basis and so we do not intend to implement a booking system if we do not need to have one. However, we have had an APP-based booking system written while the gyms were closed, which is ready to be implemented should we need to at peak time or if usage requires it. If gyms are experiencing pinch points in their day and our current planned system is proved not to be effective, we will introduce booking slots to alleviate any inconvenience to customers.
Our teams have stepped up the cleaning schedules, and there will be additional cleaning routines throughout the day. The club will be fogged with Mirius Antiviral disinfectant which effectively kills Covid 19 virus in under 5 minutes. This fragrance-free formula is safe for human contact and will kill 99.99% of germs and viruses. Please do your bit by regularly using the hand Sanitiser Stations, adhering to the new cleaning protocols for cleaning down the kit before and after use. We supply the sprays and paper towels you will need.

UK Active, the advisory group for gym operators, have advised that towels and or sweat towels should not be taken onto the gym floor/into the studio or spin studio's due to the risk of spreading the Coronavirus, therefore we ask our members to use the paper towels and anti-viral spray provided. 
Please be reassured all members who have a paid in full membership that any period of closure will automatically be extended to their membership end date.
Classes will continue to be available online as well as at the gym. The class capacity at the gym has been reduced to 50% and to begin with, there will be fewer classes available. You need to book your place on for the class using either the App or the website bookings function. We will assess all classes on a weekly basis and increase the number available at home and at the gym over the coming weeks
For both direct debit and pre-paid memberships, subscriptions can be frozen for a further month. To request, please contact membership@welcomegym.co.uk before the club reopening date. The latest date to request your membership to be frozen is by Wednesday 22nd July 2020.
Our small central administration team have been extremely busy during this difficult time. We request that you email membership@welcomegym.co.uk if you have any questions. We ask that you please bear with us as we do our very best to support you and process this unusually high number of requests and communications.

Before you join

You are welcome to come and have a look round, at any time, just drop in during opening hours, no appointment is necessary.
There is no catch... we offer an incredible facility at an incredible price with all the equipment, classes and space you need to feel great! We are able to operate the club at far lower costs than many other gym operators by automating the joining process online and minimising administration with simple customer driven booking, feedback and cancellation processes.
Yes, when you join you will receive immediate confirmation of your membership sent to your e-mail address. As soon as you are a member you can pop in and register your fingerprint, within 5 minutes you will be able to use the gym facilities.
Yes. We offer other services such as beauty therapy, personal training and sports massage - perfect treats after exercising. You will find details and price lists for these services around the club and in our monthly newsletter

Paying for membership

Your first month fee covers all joining costs, including your gym introduction with a highly qualified personal trainer. We issue you with your biometrics - scanned fingerprint record; and it also covers your initial period of usage.
No. We believe our prices are extremely competitive and are therefore non-negotiable! The prices listed under the ’Join Now’ tab of the website are our set membership types.
If you are changing banks and wish to continue to pay for your membership by direct debit you need to contact your new bank and instruct them to switch all your direct debits and standing orders to your new account. Most banks will process this in seven working days.

However, if we are unable to collect your monthly subscription payment by direct debit because you have not allowed sufficient time for the switch to be made before your due payment date, your membership will expire automatically and you will have to re-join from scratch, paying another joining fee and setting up a direct debit mandate on your new bank account.
The collection day is fixed on joining and may not be changed for any reason.
Welcome Gym has a policy of continuing to renew and improve club facilities and services and to offer a wide range of equipment. To support us in doing this, each club charges all members an annual club enhancement fee of £7.50. Members are informed of when this fee will be due via email. The fee when due will be taken with the normal monthly direct debit payment.

Getting started

Your access will depend on the membership type you have purchased.

Standard opening hours for the Welcome Gym are:

Monday to Thursday: 6:00am - 10pm
Friday: 6:00am - 9pm
Weekends and Bank Hols 8am - 6pm
Fingerprint recognition is one of our entry system options, however, we also offer nearfield technology.  Members should download our App to their smartphone, register their membership online and use the access symbol once arriving at the turnstiles.  Tap the phone on the marker indicated on the turnstile, our system verifies your membership access instantly and providing you have an active membership you will be allowed to enter.

A gym intro with a Professional Personal Trainer is included within the joining price. These can be booked via the Member Area.
Welcome Gym provides lockers to store your clothes and valuables. These lockers are for use whilst you are within the club ONLY and storage is not available to you overnight or during the day whilst you are off site.

Any valuables left behind overnight will be removed and moved to lost property.

Our lockers must be secured using your own personal padlock. Combination locks which fit our locking mechanisms are available to purchase in our vending machine located in reception.

You are welcome to bring a padlock with you but please make sure it has an 8mm shackle.

All belongings are left at the member’s own risk and Welcome Gym cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage.
Classes can be booked through the Member Area on the website.
The vast majority of our classes are included within your membership. These can be booked in the ‘Member Area’ of the website.
Specialist classes may incur an additional fee paid directly to the class instructor. These classes are identified on the timetable.
Professional Personal Trainers conduct our free Gym Intro sessions. This provides an opportunity to get instruction on a basic starter programme, meet team members and book a follow up free 30-minute personal training session.

Alternatively, please visit the 'Training' tab on the website for more information and contact details. You can email or call your chosen Personal Trainer to arrange a trial session with them direct.
Welcome Gym does not usually offer this facility. You must pay for your membership whether or not you use the gym. This is reflected in our moderate fees.
Here at Welcome Gym we value any comments or suggestions about the club and the service we provide. From the Home Page, please select your club and use the contact form that relates to your home gym to contact our team or ask at reception or email info@welcomegym.co.uk

App & Member Area<br>

Our on-line facility and App are both quick and easy to use. You are able to book a Gym Intro, book classes, enquire about our personal trainers, look at your membership type, renew a paid in full membership, take part in members’ surveys and read the terms and conditions of your membership.
Please log in using the email and password you created when first joining.  If you should forget these details you can reset them using the link under the log in box either online or via our App.

Leaving the club and cancelling

Our paid in full memberships are non-transferable and non-refundable and our 12 -month plan memberships, do have a minimum 12 installment commitment, so if you are in any doubt about committing to a year’s membership then your best option is to opt for the flexible monthly membership paid via direct debit. No notice period is necessary on flexible monthly direct debit memberships. Once you have contacted your bank and cancelled the direct debit that funds your membership, your membership will be terminated immediately.
To cancel your membership with immediate effect, please contact your bank and cancel your direct debit.

Please be advised your membership cancellation will take effect immediately. Therefore your access will be prohibited on the same day. We do not offer refunds on unused memberships, so to make the most of your last month at the gym, it is advisable to cancel your direct debit about 7 working days before the date when your next subscription is due to be collected. Please do not leave it any later than this, or your bank will not have time to cancel before the collection of your next month’s subscription.

Should you decide to join again in the future, you are most welcome to, but will start your membership afresh with an initial month payment to begin with.