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Gyms in London: things to know before you go

Want to join a gym or get fitness tips? Check out our answers to frequently-asked questions about keeping fit.

What are the benefits of joining a gym?

Whatever your end goal, there are plenty of positives to joining the local gym.

  • Improved health. Regular gym workouts will help burn calories, plus strengthen your heart, boost your energy levels and make you feel good.
  • Access to equipment. In search of a new way to work out? The range of equipment available will keep you busy for months. From modern weight training machines to the latest outdoor apparatus, you'll find everything you need to help you meet your fitness goals.
  • Easy to establish a routine. Find a gym conveniently close to work and home and fitting workouts into your busy schedule will be a breeze. Plus with full facilities on site, you can leave refreshed and ready for anything even after working up a sweat.

How many times a week should I go to the gym?

The frequency of your visits to the gym depends on what you want to achieve. To stay healthy, the NHS recommends at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise a week plus two sessions of strength training. Split these across three or four gym visits a week. A consistent exercise programme at the gym will help with motivation and you'll soon begin to see the results.

What are some of the best value gyms in London?

When it comes to keeping fit, there's something for everyone in London, whether you're hoping for full-on bodybuilding training, Zumba classes, aerial yoga or group cycling – and many offer value for money memberships. Royal Docks Cross-Fit boasts competition-grade equipment, a wide range of fitness classes and expert coaches on hand to guide you to success.

For a holistic approach to fitness, try Mindset in Lambeth, whose group exercise classes work to cover both mental and physical development. For a friendly atmosphere and classes focusing on cardio and stretching, female-only Healthy U in Hemel Hempstead will make you feel right at home.

How do I choose which gym to join?

There are a few things to consider when choosing a gym.

  1. Search locally. A local gym makes fitting fitness into your everyday routine easy, so use search online or explore your local area to see what’s available.
  2. Ask your friends. Find out which gyms your friends go to, and get the lowdown on what's good and what's not. You can also ask for recommendations on social media.
  3. Check out the facilities. Visit potential places at a busy time to check out the vibe, and make sure it has the equipment, classes and facilities you need to achieve your fitness goals.
  4. Check the timetable. Pick up a timetable when you visit. It might be the perfect gym, but if their classes don't fit into your schedule, then you may have to rethink.
  5. Consider the cost. Finding a cheap gym isn't always easy, so search online for a good deal – many gyms offer introductory prices so you can find out if the one you choose is right for you.