Achieving whole body health rather than just rippling muscles is the philosophy at The Canary Wharf Health Club.

Now open to the public, everyone who becomes a member is given a clinical MOT every three months to assess any issues that might impact their workouts.

They also get a personalised exercise programme every month to help them get the best from their body.

Run by Nuffield Health , the gym in Cabot Place is the longest established in Canary Wharf and was previously only available to select employees.

Following an eight-week, £2.1million refurbishment, it is now open to anyone working on the estate.

Membership manager Daniel Forster-Knight said the change had been made because fitness was a “growing market” in the area and the gym was looking to boost its membership of 3,500 to 4,200 within the next two years.

“We have been here since 1994 and have seen other gyms come and go,” he said.

“We wouldn’t still be here if we weren’t any good. People only leave us if they leave Canary Wharf and we become like family.

“We care about your health, not just your fitness and if we find a problem we offer a full cycle of care, whether that be referring you to a therapist or hospital.”

Membership manager Daniel Forster-Knight

The health club is one of the biggest on the estate and one of only two with a 25m pool where visitors will often find tired bankers napping on the loungers or people learning how to swim with triathlete Helena Kvepa, one of 14 personal trainers.

Inside each of the changing rooms complimentary towels are provided and there are 300 digital lockers, sauna and steam rooms, showers, toilets and irons.

The women’s also has vanity units, hairdryers and GHD straighteners and the on-site spa Imagine is open to members and non-members.

As part of the refurbishment, the gym floor has been reinforced to hold 200 new pieces of Technogym equipment including state-of-the-art Skillmill curved treadmills, professional standard cycling machines, a Synergy infinity rope and Olympic-style bumper plates for snatching and lifting.

Their are also Bulgarian bags, vipers and kettlebells as well as traditional dumbells ranging from 2-56kilos and 10 Olympic barbells for those with restricted mobility.

Daniel said: “A lot of people in Canary Wharf spend all day at their desks and so don’t have great hip flexors or posture.

“We know they are not the most flexible people in the world and we don’t want them to come in and injured themselves and not come back again. So we have catered for that with a range of equipment.”

Flexibility can also be improved at Pilates, Yoga and Piyo (a mix of the two), which are some of the 85 classes held each week in the club’s two studios.

It is the fastest growing area for the gym and there are plans to increase the timetable to 200 within the next year.

Daniel said the turnout rate of pre-bookers was 90% and members liked the fact they could cancel up to 30 minutes before the start time without a penalty.

He said: “We know people here are busy and get pulled into meetings.”

Spinning is one of the most popular with 15 classes a week and the 25 Matrix bikes in the studio have lights that change colour to show the instructor exactly how hard each person is working.

“The problem with some studio classes is you can hide away at the back, “ said Daniel, “but with these you can’t. It brings everybody together and creates a bit of banter. There is no point coming if you are going to sit there and do nothing.”


One of three squash courts

The health club boasts the only squash courts in Canary Wharf.

Use of the three glass-backed courts is included in membership and two can be pre-booked while one is kept free for on-the-day players.

Eton squash coach Jaz Karim runs an inter-office league and also offers one-to-one coaching.

The courts can also be used for playing table tennis.

If you are a member of The Canary Wharf Health Club you can pay a top up fee to use any of Nuffield’s other 77 gyms across the country at weekends for £30 a month or seven days a week for £50 a month.

Members of Nuffield corporate sites on the estate should contact The Canary Wharf Health Club on 020 7888 2424 for any other inquiries.

Members and non-members are welcome at the gym’s grand opening day on Wednesday, June 15, from 11am to 3pm with demonstrations, competitions and offers.

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