|A Jatomi gym entrance|
|A typical Jatomi gym members lounge|
|A suspension equipment training area|
|Jatomi's state of the art running machines|
The new gym in Gurney Plaza is now scheduled to open in February 2013 and the membership rates are quite reasonable at around RM 150 per month. However, the first 500 members to sign can avail themselves of a special deal in that the normal RM 100 admin fee is waived and, for those happy to pay by credit card for 12 months membership in advance, you will benefit from a 25% (ongoing) discount on membership rates bringing the monthly membership cost down to an even more reasonable RM 100 per month. At the time of writing these Founder Member deals were still available.
The equipment and facilities for the gym really do look superb. State of the art modern equipment will be used, an example being the running machines that automatically adjust to your running speed without the need for frantic button pressing to adjust tempo up or down. There will be a wide variety of cardio machines which will satisfy all your needs in that regard with regular group, instructor led, exercises in a specially equipped and separate exercise area.
|Sprint track and free-weights.|
Member facilities are also impressive with a lounge area that will also incorporate locking mobile phone charging stations and well fitted changing rooms and shower areas. What is pleasing to see is that the gym will utilise a wristband access strip which is used for gym entry, lockers, docking station lock/unlock and anything else which might require a 'key' to grant access. So, no more pesky card to carry around and continually pull out of your pocket, wallet or purse. I was also happy to be told that is Jatomi's policy that all trainers are appropriately qualified or, if they are employed on the basis of their (significant) experience but lack formal qualification, they must acquire the qualifications required through a recognised training body with months of employment.
|An 'RPM' training area.|
Jatomi will also offer a number of special fitness programmes including 'Move Fit', a free structured group cardio based exercise programme with groups of up to 10 students with regular 30 minute (but intense) instructor led routines and 'Eat Fit' a paid-for programme focussing on incorporating advanced dietary awareness into your training, backed up with extensive online resources.
|Well fitted and equipped changing rooms.|
There will also be a wide range of other fitness programmes including the Less Mills 'Body Pump', 'Sh'bam', 'RPM', 'Body Combat' and 'Body Balance' regimes together with various 'Freelance' options such as yoga, pilates, zumba and belly dancing.
I was very impressed with Jatomi, their staff and their plans for the gym which I now eagerly await the opening of. On the basis of what I have seen and heard so far the gym has been awarded a 'Top Pick' from me and, if you are looking for a gym now or in the future, Jatomi would be very well worth checking out. You can also check the Jatomi Facebook Page for updates.
NB: Images are from another Jatomi site and are for the purposes of illustration only.
NB: On 22 January 2013 Jatomi issued a communiqué following much rumour and speculation about the opening of the gym. It states that, in light of a company re-structuring, there have been some delays and the gym is now scheduled to open in June 2013! There are those who will feel this has not been well handled and whilst I agree to a point, it seems Jatomi are now trying to put things right. I contacted Jatomi to try and confirm that the size, layout, equipment and facilities would be the same or better than that which formed the basis of the contract that members signed up to. I also raised the issue of compensation for founder members.
To his credit, James Balfour (one of the original founders of Jatomi) and who has now taken over with personal responsibility for this region sent a very prompt and courteous reply in which he makes the following points: The club is being re-designed, all of the facilities that were advertised will remain, there will also be some new and more innovative work out solutions. Currently the sale of memberships is on hold until the contractors begin building the club in March and the club will open in June. All founding members will have an additional 6 months membership added to their term as compensation. If members would like a refund, James will personally sign the cheques. He also apologised for the recent developments and uncertainty and asked all founder members to be patient, accepting that this was not easy to do.
Hopefully this will now be the end of a period of uncertainty and indeed anxiety for some who were clearly worried about the money they have paid over to Jatomi. Time will will tell. It's now up to Jatomi to deliver on the promises.