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Female Dry Change Closed: 5th November (for 6 weeks)
Ladies Gym Closed: 19th November – 1st December

A brand new 55-station Ladies Gym is about to land at Basingstoke Sports Centre! A full refurbishment of Shape Ladies Gym and the female dry-change is taking place, boosting the female-only environment into the modern era of health and fitness. 

In August 2018, we had a mass-consultation with existing members about what changes would make the gym an even better experience for them. We had hundreds of responses and have used them to craft the next generation of Shape Ladies Fitness into an environment everyone can be proud to call their gym.

Keep your eyes peeled as we will be updating this page and our facebook page with news and information regarding the updates in the upcoming weeks. 

Feel welcome, feel supported, feel incredible.



Shape Ladies Gym & Change Refurbishment FAQs

What is happening to Shape Ladies Gym?

Shape Ladies Gym is having a complete refurbishment. Almost all of the existing equipment is being removed and replaced with the latest Pulse Fitness Gym Equipment. The only exception is the Power  Plate machines which we will be keeping. We’re also taking this opportunity to update the brand to “Shape Ladies Fitness’.

Is it a like-for-like swap of equipment?

We felt it important that everything you can do in the gym now, you need to be able to do post refurbishment. However, we were keen to hear from you and so a survey was sent out to all female gym members and a number of consultation events were held in Rendezvous cafe as well as staff speaking to customers in Shape. Whilst we have a limited space, and budget, we believe that we’ve been able to accommodate almost all of your suggestions and are excited about the offer we will have for you following the refurbishment. Most of the equipment is from Pulse Fitness who pride themselves on having the best available ergonomics and biomechanics.

Each piece of their equipment has to be signed off by an expert in this area before it goes to production. We are also increasing the number of some of the most popular equipment, adding an additional cross trainer, extra free-weights an enlarging the free-weights space as well as providing a new core / stretching area. New flooring will be fitted just after the main entrance with bespoke rubber flooring for the free weights and core areas. The existing wooden floor is to be sanded and re-varnished and a full re-paint using the slightly softer colours of the updated branding.


When will the work start and finish?

Some of the work that our own team can do has just started. The main refurbishment works will commence on Monday 19th November and will finish on the afternoon of the 30th November. The Gym plans to reopen at 08:00 on Saturday 1st December.


Does that mean Shape Gym will be closed during the refurb?

Unfortunately, it does. This is a significant project for the charity and the only way to carry out all of the work that is required is to close the gym for the refurbishment. During the closure, all Shape members will be allowed to use Evolve and both Shape and female Just Gym members will be allowed to use the pool and health spa free of charge although please do book in for these activities at Reception. All members of Basingstoke Sports Centre can also use our sister site in Newbury for free (upon presenting their valid membership card) during this period. Please note that our Newbury facility does not have a ladies only gym.


Will I get a refund on my membership?

Regrettably, we are not able to offer refunds for this period. The charity would not be able to afford the refurbishment with the additional cost of refunds.

For further information about our obligations with regard to membership and refunds, please refer to the terms and conditions of membership Part B Section 5 (General) subsection d at mybst.org/terms.


So will membership prices rise for existing customers?

No. We are committed to providing the best possible facilities and service at the most competitive prices we can afford. There will be no price increase for existing contract customers or those with zero memberships where memberships are continuous. Furthermore, we can reiterate that those with contract memberships are secure in the knowledge that they are covered by our Price for Life promise, subject to no breaks in membership. The “Shape only” price for memberships will be removed with effect from 1 December 2018. Whilst this won’t affect any existing customers, new members will then join as Just Gym members with female Just Gym members able to use both Shape and Evolve.


When will Shape Ladies Fitness reopen?

We understand that this is extremely important to our customers. Not only will you want to see the new gym but you will also be keen to get back into your fitness regime, particularly in the lead up to the Christmas party season. Shape Ladies Fitness will reopen at 08:00 on Saturday 1st December.


What is happening to the old equipment?

The equipment we no longer require will be traded in. There will be no items available for sale.


Can I book a new Gym induction/programme?

Of course. Whilst experienced users will soon get used to how the new equipment works, we would be delighted to spend some time with you going over the new equipment, particularly the machines we haven't had before and the bespoke functional rig. Please speak to a member of the Gym Team to book your induction/programme.

For those who are confident to simply ‘get on with it’ the gym is staffed during all opening hours so if you do encounter anything you need help with please just shout out and one of the team will be happy to help. The new CV kit and their consoles all have a ‘quick start’ function but to make the most of the functionality it would definitely be worth asking one of the team to give you a quick introduction.



Further to our earlier announcement about the successful application for Local Infrastructure Funding from the Borough Council, the Ladies Change will also close for refurbishment from 5th November. Works are expected to take six weeks to complete. Regular updates on progress will be provided throughout those works.

During this time, female customers are asked to use the wet side changing facilities, accessible by lift or using the stairs to the right of Reception.

We accept this will cause some inconvenience and apologies, however, this is the only possible alternative for changing once works commence.


Membership Benefits: 

  • Free Personal Programmes
  • Free Ongoing Personal Reviews
  • Free Personal Progress Pack
  • Free 'Fast Classes'
  • Exclusive Member and Guest days
  • Fully Qualified Instructors
  • 10-day Money Back Guarantee

PLUS: Get the same price for life!
No increase in your membership fees, guaranteed*

Shape provides a welcoming and relaxing environment in which to work towards your goals, whether that's improving your fitness, toning up or losing those unwanted pounds.

Our highly qualified and friendly staff are here to help you achieve your goals - and all for an incredible price of just £20 per month.


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