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BARBICAN LIFE


The CityPoint Health Club – An oasis of calm


Stephanie Ross visits the City Point Club – one of the best appointed of the fitness and wellbeing options close to the


T The Pool Gym Powerplate


he CityPoint Health Club offers


a comfortable,


pleasant environment and a bespoke approach to health, fitness and well being.


When you arrive at the reception downstairs


the atmosphere feels


exclusive and welcoming. Turn left and you are in the café - open to members and non-members - and tastefully decorated with natural colours like stone and mid browns. The space feels surprisingly open thanks to a huge glass wall separating it from the sizable luxurious pool area. The difference in pool and café floor levels


courts, professional coaching and a very popular squash league. If you favour group exercise, the fifty weekly classes timetabled include spin, yoga, boxing circuit and pilates. If you have injuries, time pressures or prefer a personal trainer to arrange and adapt exercise sessions just for you there are twelve Personal trainers with a wealth of experience and specialities. There is preferential membership pricing for Barbican residents and membership is capped to ensure a pleasant ambiance of calm and space in classes. Additional facilities include separate


ladies and gents sauna, plunge pool and steam room (mixed poolside areas are being considered) and a lovely relaxation room with a large tropical fish tank where you can escape from the world for a while and rest of one of the zero gravity reclining massage chairs. Other health and beauty experts


running sessions at The CityPoint Club are:


Physiotherapist, Osteopath,


means that when seated in the café enjoying breakfast, lunch, supper or fresh juices and snacks, you see light and water reflected on the walls and expansive pool ceiling and not people swimming. Turn right and you pass the spa


entrance - with lots of light wood and collections


of The Gym beauty/grooming


products. Continue through and you come to


the spacious 5,000 sq foot gym and exercise studios. There is a variety of resistance training machines,


free


weights and the Matrix Virtual Active cardio machines with individual consoles


training location. For squash enthusiasts there are two


18 displaying your choice of


Hypnotherapist and a range of Medical Beauty treatments such as Pain Free Laser Hair removal. The CityPoint Club is part of a small independent group of health clubs. Julie Hayden-Baker


physical,


medical and fitness


perspectives. In addition to the usual measurements Liz also takes glucose, cholesterol, metabolic rate, body fat and muscle percentages. She then recommends an exercise program - including optimum calorific intake - to achieve your goals. Liz has many years of expertise in personal training, fitness and GP referral rehabilitation for conditions such as stroke. She also sits on the Fitness Industry Association’s Joint Consultative Forum. Her earlier background was in pharmacology and biochemistry, also investment banking. Powerplate sessions at The CityPoint


is the wonderfully


dynamic General Manager. She ran and expanded her own very successful health business for fourteen years before coming here a couple of years ago. Upon joining The CityPoint club Liz


Fowler, Fitness Manager, gives you an in-depth health MOT – discussing your current and past condition from


club are supervised by Power Plate Accredited Fitness Instructors. New members receive a free 30 minute P-T and Powerplate session. Non-members can also book these training sessions. If you are already into exercise the range of


moves on the Powerplate is


impressive and the session is a fantastic workout. Also as a new member you can enjoy a complimentary back massage or nail treatment in the spa. The CityPoint Spa is all about


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