A guide to the best gyms in London

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The New Year is among us, and many of you would be contemplating joining a new gym as part of your New Year’s Resolutions.  Gone are the days of the underground gyms that came with a whiff of sweat and chlorine about them to be replaced with gyms with boxing rings, sprint tracks, spin studios and functional training classes.  So where do you start?  This article wold help you to decide which gym to join up in London as part of your New Years goals.

  • The Third Space

A very swanky but small chain of gyms located in Canary Wharf, Tower Bridge, Soho and Marylebone.   All 4 clubs are equipped with state of the art gym equipment, a pool, functional area as well as a wide range of strength and cardio classes throughout the week.  As well as being one the biggest gyms in London, The Third Space in Canary Wharf also has the benefit of a climbing wall! To read more and to join, click here.

  • Gymbox

My personal favourite, you can catch me training here in the mornings in Holborn!  This gym has a great party vibe to it, especially with the resident Djs on the Friday evenings.  With 8 gyms throughout London and a ninth opening up soon in Elephant and castle, Gymbox can best be described as a hybrid between a boxing gym and a traditional weights gym.  Their gyms all feature boxing rings and bags, a full set of free weights equipment, functional training areas and a sled track.  Read more here.

  • Virgin Active

Do you know the scene from Skyfall where James Bond is swimming in that swanky pool?  Yep, that was filmed in Virgin Active in Canary Wharf!  Virgin Active is more of a health club and Spa but nevertheless has a vast range of clubs around London.  You can be rest assured that there would be one close by where you work!  Ideal for when you want to unwind and relax after a hard day at work.  Read more.

  • Fitzroy Lodge

Located in Lambeth Road, Fitzroy Lodge is an amateur boxing club that is run by volunteers, donations and grants and although it is run primarily for competitive boxers, the gym also caters for other groups such as beginners boxing, recreational gym goers as well other groups in the London community.  The perfect place to visit if you want to try out boxing!   Read more here.

  • The Foundry

With 2 gyms located in Old Street and Vauxhall, The Foundry offer predominantly classes focused on strongman training, HIIT as well as small group personal training and is not for the faint hearted!  Although very tough, the gym itself is very inclusive and welcome to people of all fitness levels.  Read more here.

  • Soho Gym

Consisting of 10 gyms around central London, Soho Gym not only offers great facilities, but also boasts flexible membership options to suit everybody, fully qualified PTs, great service and support as well as all being conveniently located near central London tube locations.  You can read more about Soho Gyms here.

  • British Barbell

Situated in South East London, British Barbell is predominantly a gym dedicated to the sport of powerlifting.  Have you ever wanted to know how to properly squat, bench press and deadlift?  Then British Barbell is the place to go, with its superb set up of racks, benches and Eleiko powerlifting equipment, not to mention top quality coaches, many of whom are elite powerlifters themselves.  To read more about British Barbell, click here.

  • Pure Gym

Consisting of 200+ no contract gyms nationwide as well as many in London with most open 24 hours a day, you’re sure to find a PureGym that suits you.  The gyms itself are designed for everything you have in mind, from the way the club is laid out, to the huge selection of kit available. Considered to be a no frills gym, the facilities are great and with monthly fees starting at £14.99 per month, this gym chain is incredible value for money.  For more information, read here.

  • PayAsuGym

For the most flexibility, consider PayAsUGym.  Here, you can gain single day or bundled access to a wide variety of gyms in London with no contracts, joining fees or inductions so you can be rest assured that there would always be a place to train whether you are at home, work or when travelling.  Click here for more information and to sign up.

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