Vojin, Ambi and Giles
The Hogarth Club combines high quality facilities and state-of-the-art equipment with a friendly home-away-from-home atmosphere
The Hogarth Club, or the Hogarth as it is usually known, is not only a Chiswick institution but also one of the UK’s pioneering health and fitness clubs. Set in a two-acre site off Airedale Avenue, it opened in 1981 and was the brainchild of Colin White, a chartered surveyor who specialised in major health, leisure and sports developments.
‘Building a rapport with members was at the heart of Colin’s vision,’ recalls General Manager, Giles Stumpe. ‘He was brilliant at making people feel at home and we follow his example today. We use members’ names, we remember what they do and it’s why we host so many parties and social events in our bar and Crucial Café. Our philosophy is the total opposite of the “here’s your towel, there’s the gym, off you go” approach.
‘The other cornerstone of Colin’s concept for the Club was innovation. We were the first club outside the USA to install Nautilus machines in our gym and, under the management of his son Dan, we are still at the cutting edge of the health and fitness industry.’
Nowhere is that commitment better reflected than in the Club’s investment in Technogym Artis cardiovascular and resistance equipment. ‘It incorporates the latest bio-mechanical engineering and interactive technology and enables us to deliver a fantastic variety of targeted cardio, strength and functional training disciplines,’ explains Health and Fitness Manager, Vojin Soskic.
‘In addition, we offer over a 100 traditional and modern instructor-led classes each week for all ages and levels of fitness. We have a dedicated studio for HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), another for holistic classes like yoga and pilates and one that focuses on conditioning exercises, such as spin, body pump with weights, Zumba and stretchworks.
‘Participating in the classes is the best way to meet other members and our friendly, highly qualified team provides as much support as is required. We have even introduced an integrated wellness system that allows members to interact remotely with personal trainers – to check progress or ask for advice – at any time. It’s all about creating more options.’
One of the key benefits for every new member is that they receive five free sessions in the first month and one every month thereafter. ‘That includes a detailed consultation to discuss your fitness goals,’ explains Ambi Devetta, the Club’s Communications Manager. ‘It enables us to devise an individual schedule and is the perfect kickstart to getting fit.’
The quality of the health and fitness programme is matched by the Hogarth’s extensive other facilities. The 18-metre swimming pool is the perfect place to train or unwind and the spa pool (heated to 40°C), steam room and sauna have all been recently refurbished; for racquets players, there are two all-weather tennis courts (coaching is available) and a squash court; and the comprehensive range of beauty and aesthetic treatments (at the MediSpa) and therapies for the mind, body and soul (at the Hogarth Clinic) are provided by leading professionals in each field.
‘The members feel passionately about their club and, because we’re a family-owned business, not part of an anonymous chain, we can respond to feedback and make changes,’ says Giles. ‘That personal touch, together with our focus on upgrading facilities, is why we stand out from the crowd. If you are interested in seeing what the Hogarth has to offer (reduced membership rates are currently available), we would be delighted to give you a personal tour.’
The Hogarth Club
Chiswick, W4 2NW
The Hogarth Club
Chiswick, W4 2NW