Best Cheap Gyms and Gyms with student discount
that when you’re on a budget, especially as a student, the gym can be one of the first expenses to be cut. However, even in central London, there are some quality gyms that don’t cost a fortune. Taking care of your fitness can help massively with your mental health, so check out these gyms that offer student discounts and affordable memberships to find one that works for you.
1. Fitness First
This gym in Tower Hill is super close to urbanest Tower Bridge, pretty much just across the road. It’s great for someone who often visits their home at the weekend because they are only open Monday-Friday (and what’s the point in paying for gym days when you’re not even there to use it?) Again, brilliant facilities, and what it lacks in luxury it makes up for in weights and an abundance of equipment and machines. Additionally, it has a spin-studio and a TRX section, which can be used to work multiple muscles groups. Get the ultimate relaxation after a workout in their sauna – a great way to escape the classic British cold weather too!
Membership for this gym in London Bridge is flexible whereby one can choose from 1, 4 or 12-month contracts and the prices vary from £35 to £80 per month depending on whether you wish to go off-peak (a great option for university students with classes timetabled at peak hours) and whether you would like to use your membership at other “Fitness First” gyms. For example, there is another gym as you walk towards Bank from the Tower Hill accommodation, on Fenchurch Street. They also offer a student discount of 20% through Student Beans, so don’t miss out on those savings!
This gym in London Bridge is larger and has more of an airy feel. Equipped with plasma screens you can distract yourself from the burn whilst running off that cake on the treadmill!
Address: 1 America Square, London, EC3N 2LB
Address: 106 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 5JE
2. Pure Gym Aldgate
Pure Gym is a huge franchise that has hundreds of locations across the UK, so you can expect good quality for a super low price. Their Aldgate location is just a few minutes’ walk away from urbanest Tower Bridge and while they are closed on weekends, they’re open 6am-10pm during the week to make sure you can get a workout in. There’s tons of equipment and classes available so you’ll always be able to find a spot, as well as personal training sessions if you want to step it up.
Their membership starts at £9.99 monthly for the off-peak package, which is one the cheapest gym memberships you’ll find anywhere, let alone central London! There are more expensive packages with more benefits, but their Plus package is still only £18.99 for added benefits like guest passes, using whichever location you like, and freezing your payments. Another great thing about Pure Gym is that you aren’t locked into a contract and pay monthly, if you decide it’s not for you, no worries.
Address: The St. Botolph Building, 141 Houndsditch, London EC3A 7DH
3. King’s College London Gym
KCL’s gym is one of the most convenient choices for students and those who work and live near London Bridge. The university has three cutting-edge gyms in London Bridge, Waterloo, and the Strand and membership includes access to all three, as well as over 200 classes a week. The London Bridge gym is just a 20-minute walk from urbanest Tower Bridge or 15-20 minutes on public transport, which means getting your workout in won’t eat up your precious study (or social) time.
As it’s attached to the university, it’s much more than just a gym. There is a huge range of classes and speciality training sessions for things like Olympic powerlifting, self-defence, and barre, or workshops on nutrition and wellness. These workshops are free to attend for KCL students, so don’t be shy about getting involved!
For £13.99 for students and £17.99 for non-students, King’s Sport is one of the best affordable gym options in London Bridge.
Address: 135 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1NP
Best Gyms with swimming pools
For those who love the water, it can be difficult to find gyms with pools, especially in a city. While these gyms tend to be more expensive, they’re definitely worth it for the additional facilities and choices that come with the price tag. We have compiled a few of our top choices for gyms with swimmings pools in London Bridge so you can keep active the way that you want to.
1. Virgin Active
Virgin Active is a high-end health club that offers the best facilities you can ask for. But what really makes this gym stand out is its swimming pool, making it one of the best gyms in London Bridge. It’s very rare to find an adequate swimming pool in central London but you need not look further than here. Having had a £2.6m upgrade, it is sure to meet the luxury one would expect from such a well-established brand.
There’s a wide variety of classes that can help ensure your workouts stay entertaining and effective. From Pilates to Grit Strength and Power Plate to Zumba there is something for everyone, whether you’re looking to increase cardio fitness, tone up or gain mass. After an intense workout, why not try a yoga class? Or head down to the spa to relax the “mind, body and soul” in the sauna and steam. Physiotherapists are also on-site at Virgin Active Tower Bridge to get you back in prime condition if you are unfortunate enough to sustain an injury – accidents happen after all! Membership here is more expensive but that should be no surprise considering the quality of the club and the services that come with it. So, if you’re happy to spend a pretty penny for a gym in Tower Hill, Virgin Active will quickly become your go-to spot.
Address: The Walbrook Building, 97 Cannon Street, London, EC4N 5AE
2. Third Space
If you wish to venture across the bridge for a workout then Third Space is a fantastic option. Located in the fashionable More London just across Tower Bridge, you can immerse yourself in a riverside gym experience. The surroundings of the club are enough to motivate you to go to the gym. Equipment and facilities here are of a high standard and they offer more interesting exercise methods such as “Freedom Wall Climbing” which is great for building your core for those abs whilst increasing your upper body strength. The amount of free space for various floor-work is phenomenal and this creates an environment where you don’t feel cramped and claustrophobic like some other gyms in London Bridge.
There is also a 20m swimming pool in the gym and a spa that offers treatments in addition to the sauna and steam rooms! Why not treat yourself to a massage after sleepless nights trying to meet an assignment deadline? The two spacious studios are used for a variety of classes and you are sure to find something that suits your fitness abilities or maybe try something new. Classes aren’t just restricted to the studios, however; they also offer training sessions on the bank of the River Thames – talk about burning calories with a view! Third Space does offer student rates so make sure to bag a discount in this gym near Tower Hill.
Address: 2b More London Riverside, London, SE1 2AP
Best Speciality Gyms
Looking for something new? Some people don’t just want to hit the treadmill and we have you covered. Check out these speciality gyms in London Bridge that cater to specific fitness activities like boxing and MMA.
1. Crossfit Aldgate
If you haven’t tried Crossfit, then this could be your sign to start. Under ten minutes’ walk from urbanest Tower Bridge is Crossfit Aldgate where you can get involved with the unique classes and improve your fitness. These gyms work a little different from others as you are expected to join Crossfit classes and programme, not just open gym time, although both are included in the membership.
Since all of the Crossfit workouts are planned, group events, this is also a fantastic choice for people who are new to London and looking for a social activity. Make fast friends while you do functional fitness training like using kettlebells, rings, and barbells.
address: CrossFit Aldgate East, 78 Alie St, London E1 8PZ
2. MMA – Tokei Centre
For fans of mixed martial arts, Tokei Centre near London Bridge is one of the best MMA gyms around. They offer a range of disciplines such as Thai Boxing, Jiu-Jitsu, Karate, and wrestling, so whether you’re experienced or a complete newbie, you can get a good training session here.
As well as MMA classes, the Tokei Centre has a full fitness suite and gym that has weights, resistance machines, and plenty of mat space. You can also sign up for classes like yoga, pilates, circuit training, and person training. If you’re not sure you want to commit, you can use their flexiplan, which is 10 sessions for £40 – a pretty good deal!
Address: Tokei Martial Arts and Fitness Centre, Lion Court, 28 Magdalen Street, SE1 2EN
3. Boxing – 12×3 Gym
Boxing is one of the best activities for overall fitness and physical strength, so it’s no surprise that boxing gyms are so in demand. 12×3 Gym is a boxing gym just 10 minutes’ walk from urbanest Tower Bridge and close to Aldgate East tube station. They boast a roster of experienced boxing coaches, many of whom were boxing champions themselves, so you’ll be learning from the experts how to really pack a punch.
All classes are 55 minutes and you simply pick the instructor who sounds right for you. With a full weekly schedule, you can try out different classes as well as book personal coaching to speed up your progress. 12×3 Gym offers a trial package of 3 classes for £30, so you can get a taste of what they’re all about before committing.
Address: 76 Alie Street, Aldgate, London, E1 8PZ
This was originally a guest post by Anisha Panchal from West London, an ex-resident at urbanest Tower Bridge student accommodation, London. At the time of writing, she was in her 2nd year studying Dentistry at King’s College London, Guy’s Campus.
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