I was home a few weeks back and needed access to a gym in the Lekki area. I knew Barazahi had a gym, so I asked around. I found out a friend has Barazahi gym membership and actually goes frequently so I tagged along on 3 occasions…well 2, since I went by myself the 3rd time.
Parking – Err, outside the gated building there’s space for about 6 or so cars…and that’s about it. I think I’m getting used to this little-to-no available parking for customers situation in Lagos.
Gym – At the reception to the gym, you’d have to sign-in and/or hand over a guest pass to utilize the facilities. After being cleared by the receptionist, you’d climb a flight of stairs to the gym, and someone with a key card has to let you in. The entire space is well air-conditioned. There’s an enclosed stretching area within the gym and then there’s the space with all the machines. This gym isn’t huge, but the facilities are impressive. There are a bunch of Technogym equipment including treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, a rower, and other weight machines. There are also trainers available to guide you on how to use some of the equipment and which ones to use, depending on the goal you want to achieve. Throughout all my visits to this gym, I observed only 1 machine that was “out-of-use”.
The gym also offers classes including step aerobics and zumba! Anyone can participate in these classes (gym members and non-members alike). See picture below for more details as of my last visit…
Pricing – Now this is where things get a little interesting. There are different gym membership tiers with the cheapest option per year costing #250,000 (1,500USD/year) and the most expensive costing #310,000 (1,800USD). Each membership tier has it’s own benefits (see picture below). But in my honest opinion, I think this is just way too expensive, especially for a gym that isn’t even open 24/7!
In addition to the gym, Barazahi also has a swimming pool and offers spa and salon services.
Overall, I like that there was light every time I visited this gym. Some of the machines are hooked up to a UPS so you don’t have to be worried about your workout being interrupted. The space is air-conditioned, and there’s a TV and energetic music playing in the background. Plus, there’s wifi! It’s not super strong but should suffice to, listen to Spotify, for example.
I’d have liked to have a water dispenser somewhere in the gym, but this gym does not offer free water to my knowledge. You’d have to either bring your water along or buy from the reception downstairs, and that cost #150. With the fees Barazahi is charging, I think free water should be part of the package. And wipes! I noticed that they had someone come in to clean the machines (well, I only saw this person once during the 3 times I visited this place). Another option might be to provide wipes so people can wipe down their machines when they’re done…and the fitness trainers could also help with wiping down machines when there’s some downtime (the gym isn’t that big so that shouldn’t take too long). In addition, I get the sense that security isn’t tight enough. One time I went in and no one was at the reception. I still dropped off the guest pass and was let into the gym by one of the trainers. Plus there’s a backdoor I observed people come in through frequently. I think it’s meant for the cleaners, but I got the sense that I could easily use that door to go in and out and by-pass the receptionist (especially if I’m not a registered member and do not have guest passes).
Shout out to Mr. Eze for the guest passes! I think the Barazahi gym membership is little on the pricey side, but definitely won’t mind returning when next I’m home. 🙂
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