Published on January 27, 2014 | by Vanessa Luvandu


Cheap gym prices offer opportunity

A workplace gym

A gym workout needn’t be costly. [Flickr:The Killer Biscuit]

With the average gym membership running at over £500 a year, for many in these times of austerity, our New Year resolution quickly fades.

But there is a light at the end of the tunnel in 2014, with various cheap ways to stay fit and healthy living available to all.

For 50p a day or less you can easily join a gym without breaking the bank. The Gym, which has over 38 branches in the UK, offers monthly memberships for as little as £10.99 for London locations such as Colindale, and East Croydon. In addition to this there are no joining fees for those with an NUS card.

Founded by former England squash player John Treharne in 2008, The Gym promises a price for life for all its members, despite only running 30-day contracts.  The Gym is open 24 hours, with free classes ranging from cardio to boxing circuits.

No-frills gyms have proven to be a popular concept with many councils, businesses and prominent entrepreneurs latching on to the idea.

For instance, Nottingham Forest FC joined forces with the New York Giants to provide 50p a day gym sessions. And In North London, Enfield Council in partnership with a charity runs a 50p a day Gym off Silver Street in Edmonton. The minimalist Gym isy open 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday.

If this is still too much for the budget conscious student, a free pass to a fancy could do the trick. Among the most popular are:

1. British Military Fitness – free seven-day pass

2. LA Fitness – free five-day pass valid for one month with no strings attached

3. Fitness First  – free one-day pass


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