There are literally thousands of gyms up and down the UK – and just about everyone must have decided to join one at some time in their life. The Fitness Industry Report 2016 revealed the total market value of the fitness industry in the UK was an estimated £4.4 billion, with the number of gyms steadily increasing.

So, what makes a gym extra special and the kind of place you will carry on using long after the initial burst of enthusiasm has peaked? We take a look at five of the best gyms in the UK and explain why they stand out from the rest:

 

  1. KX Life, Chelsea

 

Pronounced ‘kicks’, KX is one of the most luxurious gym experiences in the country. As well as the modern gym equipment, it also has a restaurant and bar, with upmarket décor such as large lights hanging down from the ceiling, colourful vases of flowers and comfortable sofas with plump cushions in the leisure areas, creating an all-round rejuvenating experience. It’s also a very friendly gym, where everyone knows everyone else, customers have a chat in the changing rooms and the staff say ‘hi’ when they walk past.

 

  1. Laboratory Spa and Health Club, Muswell Hill

 

If you enjoy all-round fitness sessions, including swimming, this is the place for you. Winner of the National Fitness Awards, the Laboratory offers more than 100 gym classes, spacious 25-metre swimming pools and some of the best hi-tech gym equipment in the country. Panoramic windows bathe the rooms in natural light. With the most modern cardiovascular equipment and a free-weights room, the gym is designed to provide variety to your workout and the staff are always available for support and advice.

 

  1. David Lloyd Club, Birmingham

 

Family-friendly fitness is the key to Birmingham’s David Lloyd gym, spa and swimming pool. Take the kids for a fitness experience that suits people of all ages and abilities. What makes it special is the Kids’ Zone – enjoy a whole day out with the family for tennis, swimming, fun fitness activities and a meal. Under the supervision of a fully qualified team, try the David Lloyd Kids’ Room and the soft play area for younger children. For teens, there’s the Fitness into Teens programme. The gym includes Boditrax – a computerised assessment of your body weight, BMI, etc. that allows a personal trainer to review your exercise regime.

 

  1. Pure Gym, Spinningfields, Manchester

 

This is an ideal gym for night owls and early risers, as it’s open 24 hours a day – ten out of ten for convenience! It also has a no contract rule, so there’s no buying an expensive membership and then finding you’ve wasted your money because you don’t have time to use it. It has more than 220 state-of-the-art pieces of equipment that includes stationary cycles, cross-trainers, steppers, treadmills and rowers. It also offers more than 50 free classes every week.

 

  1. Bodyworld Fitness Centre, Hull

 

Newly-refurbished and with state-of-the-art equipment, Bodyworld has separate gyms for men and women. As one of the largest gyms in Hull, it enables women – especially newcomers to the gym – who may feel self-conscious in a mixed gym to train in a more private environment. It also offers a no contract option, so you can train when you want. The extensive equipment includes cardio, body building, fitness training and all you need for six-pack abs. The gym also has the latest upright tanning booths so you can work up a tan before you train.

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