Looking for cheap gym memberships but having no luck?
With the global credit crunch biting hard its no wonder gym memberships are one of the first expenses cut back.
Fact is, for many people a gym membership is regarded as a “nice to have” but not a need as such.
Wait! Before you jack in the gym there’s another way!
You can workout for free or for a small cost, I’m here to show you how you can do it and where to look.
Free Gym Memberships
You can workout for free if you know where to look, some gyms offer one-off access to their facilities if you are interested in membership. Whilst this can be useful if you need to use a gym just once, it’s not really a solution if you want to work out regularly.
How I Came Across Outdoor Gyms
I first came across outdoor gyms in The Netherlands, I was staying with my uncle who lives out there and as I was in an area I didn’t know I had no gym access.
I went out for a bike ride to see if I could find a gym or somewhere I could do some bodyweight exercises and low and behold I came across this outdoor gym:
I was astonished and as I had my camera with me I snapped the pictures above as this was something I just had to share with people. This was back in 2007 and every time I’ve been to my uncles since I have trained there.
This got me thinking….this is the kind of thing we need in the UK and other countries. I began to research and it turns out that they are now being installed by councils around the country!
Adizones & Street Gyms in the UK
Adizones and Street Gyms are the brand names for these outdoor gyms in the UK. There are hundreds of Adizones and Street Gyms where you can train for free, I found 90+ in the UK and plotted them on a map for you:
View Free Outdoor Gyms in the UK in a larger map
Click on the map to find your nearest one and go check it out!
Cheap Gym Memberships
If the outdoor thing isn’t quite what you’re looking for (i.e. December when it gets cold!) then you can always get a cheap gym membership instead.
I currently pay £14.99 per month for my gym, that’s about as cheap as you can get.
The facilities are not as brand spanking new as a virgin active or a fitness first but who cares, I’m there to train not admire the place!
The equipment is also ten times better and there’s two of each machine as well as ample cardio equipment, classes, studio and a separate workout area away from the main gym.
Find the nearest cheap gym membership in your area here
I hope you’ve found this useful, whether or not you use this as your gym on a daily basis or not they are always handy if you are away from home!
As and when new street gyms are built they will be added. If theres one you know of that I don’t have listed please do let me know.