A gym membership in London can seem like just another cost to add to the extortionate cost of living that we face on a daily basis here in the capital. But what if there was a way to find cheap gyms in London?
Believe it or not, cheap gyms do exist in London, as do free gyms, free exercise classes, and brilliant deals on trial memberships. Keeping fit in London shouldn’t cost the earth, and like with most expenses in London- there is often a way to reduce that cost and save some money. Just what we like to hear.
Cheap Gyms In London
So where can we find cheap gym memberships in London? Is there such a thing as an affordable gym in central London? Luckily the answer is YES. There are affordable gyms in central London which are conveniently located around key areas such as Holborn and Oxford Street, among others.
How much is a gym membership in London?
A gym membership in London can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be- you just have to do some research. There are a crazy number of gyms in the city, and they are priced according to their facilities and locations.
There has been a rise in the number of cheap no-frills gyms in London which means there are now gyms for every budget in the city.
You could pay as little as £12.99 per month for a gym membership in London (although granted, it’s probably in the suburbs) or as much as a few hundred pounds!
What is the cheapest gym to join?
The cheapest gym to join is probably your local outdoor gym. You can check out my guide to the best outdoor gyms in London to find out more. Outdoor gyms are completely free to use. However they might not have all the facilities that you are looking for.
Luckily, there are some other cheap indoor gym options that you might want to try out for yourself. Some of the cheapest gyms in London are…
With over 60 locations in London, you’re likely to live nearby (or work nearby) to a PureGym. Memberships at PureGym start from as little as £14.99 per month. Do your research though as prices will increase depending on the location of the gym.
Contracts can tie you into memberships which can lead to paying over the odds for your membership if you don’t get as much use out of it as you thought you would. Luckily, there are no contracts at PureGym.
Most PureGym locations are also open 24-7 which means that you can fit in a work out no matter what your schedule is like.
The PureGym gyms also run over 50 classes a week- which are all free to attend with your membership which gives it a huge advantage over some competitor gyms.
If you’re a student you can also save a massive 30% off the cost of a membership at PureGym which may secure it as a top contender for the cheapest gym in London.
The clue is in the name- EasyGym is simple, affordable, and convenient. Memberships start from £19.99 (however this price changes based on location) and offer off-peak or 24/7 memberships. Another plus point of this gym is that you can enjoy a free group training plan (Pack45) as part of your membership.
There is no fixed contract for this gym meaning you can cancel your membership any time. You can find EasyGym in several locations across London including Camberwell and Park Royal.
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The Gym Group
If you’re looking for the cheapest gym in London, a membership with The Gym Group might be what you are looking for. Offering memberships starting from just £12.99, the price is pretty unbeatable. There is no contract tying you into a membership, and you have 24/7 access.
The Gym Group have over 20 locations across London, and even offer free classes!
If you’re not big on using gym equipment and prefer classes instead, Fitness4Less could be the affordable membership you’ve been looking for. From £15.99 a month you have a choice of up to 208 instructor-led classes per month.
Fitness4Less has several London locations including New Malden, Southwark and Canning Town.
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Gym membership discounts
If you love a great deal, you will love the fact that you can get some serious discounts on gym memberships in London.
Groupon is your best friend when looking for fitness deals, and on the site you can find brilliant introductory offers. Past offers have included deals such as 3 fitness classes for £5, £5 1 week gym pass and a personal training session for £14.99.
It’s definitely worth looking on Groupon to see if you could get a brilliant deal on a gym membership in your area. The deals are usually short-term, but this is a great way to test out a new gym, or test out if a gym membership is right for you if you’ve never attended a gym before.
Free Gym Pass In London
What’s better than cheap gym memberships? Free ones! There are several free gym passes available for Londoners, and most offer a week or even a month of free membership.
ClassPass is more suited to those who love fitness classes- but you can often get two weeks’ membership totally free when you trial the pass. Usually costing £65, you can also save £40 off the cost of this by using a refer a friend code. Use my code to get this deal for yourself!
ClassPass allows you to book into classes all over London through their dedicated app making it super easy to go to classes with friends after work or at the weekend.
Fitness First allows you to get a 3 day free gym pass to use their facilities. They have lots of locations in London, so this is perfect if you’d like a small introduction before committing to a full membership.
Similarly to Fitness First, Anytime Fitness also offers a 3 day free gym pass. With tons of locations all over London, you are sure to find a location close to you. Gyms are open 24/7, and so you’re bound to get the most out of this free pass.
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Gym alternatives in London
If you’re still not loving the prices of these cheap gym memberships in London, remember that there are some alternatives that you could try instead.
Couch to 5k
The Couch to 5k app is completely free to use, and offers a 9 week running programme. The app aims to have you running 5k after 9 weeks of training. If you’ve struggled with running in the past, this could be a winner as it eases you into running very gently. You’ll be a regular runner in no time- and the best part? Running outdoors is also completely free!
Free exercise classes
Some boroughs offer free exercise classes in local park areas. You may have to sign up in advance, but these classes are well worth going along to, to save some money. You could even combine this with use of the outdoor gym or a Couch to 5k run!
Many London neighbourhoods also hold parkrun sessions in local parks and green spaces. These are super popular in London, and you don’t have to pay anything to take part.
Swimming in London
Ever visited a lido in London before? There are several dotted all over the city, and these outdoor pools are a brilliantly cheap way to keep fit throughout the year.
Prices start from a couple of pounds- for example if you go to Pools on the Park in Richmond, you can expect to pay £4.30 for an off-peak visit. If you go to Brockwell Lido, you can expect to pay £3.30-3.50 per visit.
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Top Tips for finding cheap gyms in London
- Search for free trials before committing to a membership
- Don’t lock yourself into a contract if you’re unsure of how much you’ll use it
- Watch out for expensive joining fees
- Check if your employer offers any gym perks
- Utilise free exercise class trials
- Try out alternatives such as free apps and parkruns
As you can see, there is always an alternative to paying over the odds for your gym membership in London. There are cheap gym memberships available in London- you just have to look for them! Remember to factor in any additional cost of travel into your membership. There’s no point in joining a cheap gym that’s an hour away from your home or place of work!