Of the 3 Next facilities in Birmingham, this one is probably the best--whether or not that says a lot will be up to you to decide. I do like the fact that they have cardio equipment on both the main and 2nd floor levels as I mostly use the 2nd floor equipment (for no particular reason). The weight rooms on the main level are nice and I use both sets (free weights as well as the Hammer weight machines) every time I go there. The main thing I like about the 280 facility is that the sauna and whirlpool in the men's dressing room are working, unlike the Hoover and Roebuck facilities. The air doesn't work in the whirlpool but at least the water is relatively hot and I can relax in it. The sauna is hot and I like it in that I can get in a good sweat before showering and taking off. The steam room hasn't worked in months and I was told by management of Next that whenever something breaks down in the wet area, it will not be repaired--which is a shame because that was a great steam room. I have heard that a large number of people have quit Next due to them not repairing the steam rooms and whirlpools at the 3 different facilities. Once the sauna and whirlpool at 280 break down---and it's inevitable that one or both will---I will follow suit and relinquish my membership as well. I will say that the staff with Next is much friendlier than the Sportplex staff. I'm sure the management of Next is aware that Planet Fitness has bought the old McRae's building in Roebuck and will put in a facility there. You might want to reconsider your decision to NOT repair the steam rooms, saunas, and whirlpools if you want to keep your membership numbers up.
168 Inverness PlzBirmingham, AL 35242
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