Gym Review: The Ware-House, Swansea

The Ware-House

| Reviewed by James Lilley |

Since opening in 2006, The Ware-House, Swansea has grown to be one of the most popular gyms in the city centre. It doesn’t have the polish of the big brand gyms, but it certainly has a soul!


The gym itself has everything you need for your fitness journey. There’s a huge range of classes (see below) but your membership also gives you full access to the gym, which houses a decent free weights, TRX and kettlebell area, a boxing gym with a ring, and the main hall downstairs.

The changing rooms have recently been refitted, although I find they are a tad on the small side. While there is no dedicated gym parking – and the roads around the gym can get pretty busy – you’ll find plenty of parking available if you are willing to pay in the NCP opposite or in the public car park just down the road.


As you can see from the timetable below, the range of classes throughout the day really sets the gym alight. No class is the same, and if you’ve been to a Bootcamp you will know what I mean.

Some days you are in the main hall downstairs doing circuits, others you are across the city, running up Kilvey Hill, down the beach, and generally mixing it up to add an edge other gyms don’t often offer.

As well as the regular timetable, the gym is home to an amateur boxing club which runs on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you have ever wanted to fight, there are the White Collar Boxing events to consider too.

Funkypump Swansea class list

A typical week of classes at The Ware-House!


Online Presence

Full marks again, as the gym is extremely busy on social media, promoting events, advertising class timetable tweaks, shouting out members, and posting class pics / training videos. Honestly, I haven’t seen a better online presence from a gym and its trainers than the Ware-House.


When it comes to atmosphere, The Ware-House and its sister gym blow the competition out of the water in this department.

Gyms are the new social hub and The Ware-House is a shining example of this. The trainers are friendly, welcoming and make a real effort to get to know everyone personally. If you are without a partner for a class you don’t have far to look for someone willing to help out. The White Collar events have legendary nights out, Christmas parties, ski trips, fundraisers and more. The gym does it all!


The price ranges to include classes, and you can purchase individual sessions on a credit system. I’d say the normal cost is above average. But if you attended the gym regularly and do the classes, you will get more than value for money.

As an open gym it probably falls short compared to the facilities you would get at the big brand gyms, but the personal experience is second-to-none and full of personal trainers who are more than happy to help and guide you. For this, you can’t go wrong.


The Ware-House, Swansea is a gym with soul! I wouldn’t recommend this gym if you want to keep to yourself, as this is a family atmosphere and the classes are bouncing.

From pumping music to trainers/members shouting and clapping, The Warehouse has heart. Granted, it hasn’t got the smooth edges of the cut-and-paste big brand gyms, but that’s a good thing in my opinion.

This gym was built for people to have a good time when training. That’s why I highly recommend checking this place out if you are looking for somewhere to start, or are bored of the usual gym grind!


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Class Review: Zumba at the LC, Swansea

The LC Swansea

| Reviewed by Rebecca Thomas |

As someone who is new to exercise (and yes, at 35 it’s about time I started), I decided to try the weekly Zumba at the LC class in my efforts to keep fit.

My mum, who is 59, joined me for the class. Considering she’s done about one hour of exercise in the last six decades, it would be an experience for her too!


Don’t ask me why, but I was worried the instructor would be an uncompromising disciplinarian, similar to an old PE teacher in school. However, there was nothing to worry about as we met Mustafa.

What a fun guy – full of energy and wit, and clearly a professional. He was someone who made everyone feel genuinely comfortable with the class, whether you were an experienced dancer or (as most of us were) newcomers to the exercise.

The Class

Kitted in an old Primark t-shirt and not-particularly-glamourous leggings, we started with a warm-up dance, which is slower-paced version of pretty much what we’d do in the rest of the class.

The pace increased and before we knew it we were flying through the tracks. The music was an eclectic mix of high-paced, modern and fun Latin tracks that make you want to dance. Following Mustafa was easy, and we got the hang of it in no time.

The class is on for about an hour, although by the time you’ve had a little chat at the start and done some warm-down stretches at the end, you dance for about 45 minutes. But what a great workout, and one that really got your whole body moving. We were a sweaty mess by the end, but had enjoyed what seemed more like fun than exercise.


The class takes place inside the LC, Swansea, in Studio B. It’s a great space, and the studio overlooks the swimming pool. It seemed to be a proper dance studio as the walls were lined with mirrors and ballet rails. No complaints there. There are also ample changing rooms at the LC, although we didn’t use these, so I can’t comment on them.


I’m not a member of the gym, so I pay £5.95 per Zumba session. For me, this proves pretty good value for the workout you get. It’s either that or a slice of cake and a latte, and I know which is better for me! One thing that would be nice is if they would consider a class-only membership or some sort of discount scheme for people who want to use the Zumba class every week, but aren’t interested in the gym itself.


For someone who hates the thought of exercise, I was impressed with how easy it was to settle into this Zumba at the LC class. The instruction was great, and we will 100% return (in fact, since our first class we have done so twice)!


The class reviewed takes place on a Thursday evening at 7.25pm.

You can find out more info about these classes on the LC website.

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