Are you new to the city and looking for a gym or personal trainer in your area? Visiting and want to drop into a few pay-as-you-go classes? A longtime local hoping to amp up or diversity your fitness routine? We’ve got you covered with this guide to fitness in Bristol.
Enjoy the Bristol Sun
Bristol is one of the sunniest cities in the UK, and if you’re lucky enough to be in this gorgeous city in the spring or summer there’s no reason not to take your fitness routine outdoors! The thriving urban cycling culture is something to behold, and there are lots of friendly specialized clubs where you can socialise and get active on trips through the city and countryside.
Check out Bristol’s many free clubs for competitive street cycling, mountain biking, and casual riding. Lots of these clubs are social too, with specialized women’s, lgbt+, retirees, and family cycling groups. Working out isn’t ‘work’ when you join one of these clubs, it’s a way of life!
For a rigorous, fitness goal-focused routine, you should consider checking out a bootcamp in Bristol. The Bristol Bootcamp Company in the delivers morning and evening training right out in the sunshine (or sunset) in four different locations in the city. It’s £60 for four weeks (£15 a week), and they offer a free trial session so you can get a feel for the routine before you sign up.
The city’s gorgeous harbour also provides lots of opportunities to get active out on the River Avon. Bristol Harbour hosts rowers, canoes, and paddleboard tours for locals and visitors alike who want to experience the city from the water. For a fun outdoor fitness club in Bristol, we recommend checking out the City of Bristol Rowing Club taster sessions. They offer kid’s and adults-only classes where you can learn to row, as well as competitive rowing teams for all ages – you don’t need any experience to get started!
Independent Gyms in Bristol
It might not actually surprise you that Bristol is home to the largest independent gym in the Southwest, but at 15,000 square feet the Ministry of Fitness is seriously impressive. They employ a great team of personal trainers and coaches running spin, HIIT, boxercise, and martial arts classes. You can pay per day or buy a membership at Ministry, with annual memberships starting at £13 a month. If you’re uncertain you can try them out for a trial week, completely free! Check out this gem of the Bristol gyms at website.
Workout Bristol is the city’s premier independent gym chain, with two locations in Ashton and Harbourside. The Ashton location offers a sauna and steam room, women’s-only weight room, and a wide schedule of expert-led classes. Just to name a few, at Ashton you can train in hatha and vinyasa yoga, spin, LBT, and HIIT. Harbourside also has an expansive range of classes, with a schedule that highlights a selection of Les Mills official workouts. If you want to relax after training,
Harbourside’s comfortable cafe/bar and river views are unbeatable. You can get a daytime membership at either gym starting at £9.99 a month or an anytime membership for both gyms for just £24.99. That’s for complete access to two fully functional, modern facilities! For more click here.
Personal Trainers in Bristol
For a completely personalised training experience you should check out OPEX Bristol – the first OPEX licensed gym in the UK. Here you’ll have a complete fitness regimen designed for you by an expert coach, including a fully customized training programme, frequent assessments, ongoing nutritional consultations and support, with access to a state-of-the-art gym. OPEX Bristol trains clients who want to amp up their workouts with personalized support, clients re-habilitating pre-existing injuries or with safety needs that require expert coaching.
Prefer swimming? There are three main options for those looking for pools in Bristol. The University of Bristol swimming pool offers a great deal for non-students (https://www.bristol.ac.uk/sport/memberships/public/): £23.99 a month for a public membership with full access to the pool and off-peak access to the gym and classes!
Bristol South is a good choice for swimmers looking for a specialised pool with lots of classes, with a full swim membership for £25 a month.
The Jubliee Swimming Pool in Bridlington is a bit further out, but unlimited membership to free swimming and classes is just £23 a month. Jubilee also offers easy pay-as-you-go options for casual swimmers looking for a pool in Bristol.
Bouldering and Roped Climbing
Whether you’re a rock climber keeping in shape during the off season or a boulderer looking for a local gym, Bristol has you covered when it comes to indoor climbing gyms.
The Climbing Academy’s ‘Mothership’ location is a dedicated bouldering gym in Bristol that sports frequently changing walls, ‘woody’ and moon-board training, and a relaxing cafe lounge. The Mothership is a great option for a well-rounded state-of-the-art climbing gym for regular use.
For something a little bit different, TCA’s second location ‘The Church’ is exactly what it sounds like – a climbing gym situated in a striking 15th century church. The Church features walls reaching 12 meters high, meaning roped climbing and bouldering areas for people of all abilities. If you want to try out one of the UK’s first (and certainly its most dramatic) roped climbing gyms The Church is an absolute must. Both TCA locations charge £8-10 for day entry, depending on peak times, with concessions for youth, students, and seniors.
No guide to climbing gyms in Bristol would be complete without a shout out to The Bloc. This massive gym has over 1200 square meters of climbing space offering loads of variety in routes and difficulty. The Bloc is an ideal option for students who can get day entry for just £5 (Monday – Friday before 16.00) and climbers from the armed forces, they have 10% discount. Check more offers out here.