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Muddy tries: Boditrax at David Lloyd

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Sometimes you just need to front up to the stats. I’m talking about body composition, muscle mass, fat (inside and out), metabolic burn, dehydration levels, all the stuff that I’ve been going ‘la-la-la’ very loudly with my fingers in my ears while Mr Muddy pours me another drink and I lose my arm in the Dorito’s Chilli Wave packet.

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The gloriously chi-chi David Lloyd Oxford is one of the only gyms in the area to have the latest Boditrax machine, a supertech piece of kit that if I was a member I’d feel compelled to step on every time I went – I can see it would be so addictive watching my visceral fat levels drop with *cough* all that exercise. Also, it’s very easy to use, so you just stand on it with your bare feet, put your hands on the grippers, and it tells you everything you need to know. In my case, namely that I’ve run to fat, but not on the inside (this is the important bit, though tell that to my straining trousers); that my metabolic age is 5 years younger than my real age; that my muscle strength is different in each of my arms and legs (this is weird); and lots of other stuff that makes going to the gym waaay more fun.

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I must say that I am feeling the love for David Lloyd too  – it’s on the way to my mum’s so it’s very tempting to join, partly because the kit is so amazing (25 metre pool for starters and some serious spa/sauna activity)

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But also it seemed incredibly friendly, with a huge cafe/chill area, freshly made healthy meals and a manager who is, I suspect, the ultimate secret weapon for this place – this is Helen, a woman who I suspect would be very good company in a cocktail lounge.

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I’ve learnt over the years that joining the right gym is a tricky business. It depends what you’re after, how far you’re prepared to travel, what you want to pay. There’s no doubting David Lloyd is a premium affair – there’s a daily crèche that follows the national curriculum (I’m not kidding!), indoor and outdoor tennis courts, over 100 classes a week, holiday courses for kids, and special gym, tennis and swimming sessions for children aged 11+ – but like all gyms it’s not daft money if you can use it enough.

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They offer a 3 month trial membership if you’re unsure you’ll get your dosh-worth and there’s also a really good value family membership (available til Jan I think) if you want to sweat it out en famille and fight over who gets to Boditrax themselves first.

David Lloyd, Oxford Business Park North, Garsington Rd, Oxford OX4 2JY. Tel: 01865 748828. davidlloyd.co.uk

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