Where to train for the 2018 SimplyHealth Great Bristol 10kPosted on: 11 Jan 2018
Thousands of people take part in the SimplyHealth Great Bristol 10k every year, raising huge sums of money for some great charities. If you've decided that 2018 is the year you're finally going to get fit, there's no better event to train for than the 10k, taking place on Sunday 13th May. With more than enough time to get in shape before the starting gun, below is a list of some of the best gyms in the city for you to prepare for the challenge. You can sign up for the race here if you haven't done so already.
Hengrove Park Leisure Centre is a modern exercise facility in Bristol equipped with a gym, dance studio and two swimming pools plus facilities for gymnastics, spin classes, 5-a-side football, basketball, badminton, martial arts and more. Hengrove Park is home to a 173 station gymnasium which is fully equipped with the latest apparatus and where staff are fully trained and enthusiastic about fitness. Clients are able to sign up for membership which grants a number of exclusive benefits or pay for single sessions. Personalised fitness plans including regular reviews are also available.
BS7 Gym provides an excellent quality exercise facility for the community to use alongside professional cricketers from Gloucestershire Cricket Club. They are based in a secure environment at Gloucestershire Cricket Club in Bristol and have ample free parking for all their customers. The gym has recently undergone a huge refurbishment and is now equipped with state of the art exercise equipment. Alongside the facilities at the gym, members are also encouraged to take full advantage of a variety of classes that they provide and also have full access to the squash courts. All of the personal trainers are highly qualified to ensure you receive the best support and are able to make the most from your training.
Whilst traditional gyms welcome women with open arms, it is possible that some find the atmosphere, or even just the act of signing up, intimidating. That's where TrainHers is different. The facility offers some great classes on a one-off or ongoing basis - Boxing and Abs or Belly Dancing are just some of what you can expect! The friendly team is there to make sure that every single person who walks through the door is not only made to feel welcome but is offered the advice and guidance they need in order to meet their fitness goals. It really is open to people of all abilities.
One of the most convenient gym establishments for a number of reasons, PureGym on Bristol's Harbourside is a favourite among locals. Located in a prime spot next to Milennium Square, PureGym is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week, so there's no excuse for skipping your training. Their friendly staff are always on hand to advise you regarding your workouts, diet plans and areas of focus, and with prices starting at just £14.99 per month this city centre space is a great spot to kick start your fitness drive.
It can be difficult to find a gym that ticks all the boxes in terms of price, location and equipment among other things. The Gym Group, located in Broadmead, couldn't really be more central. The branch is open 24 hours a day so you can fit sessions into your schedule, it offers free city centre parking for members and starts at just £16.99 per month. On top of that, if you find yourself looking to step things up a gear, The Gym offers over 40 calorie-zapping, muscle-building, body-toning classes every week.
MyGym, previously Bristol Sports Centre, is located next to Cabot Circus in Central Bristol and is a gym and martial arts school offering regular classes and strength and conditioning with qualified trainers. There's facilities available for Olympic Weightlifting, Strength and Conditioning and a Fitness Gym. MyGym in Bristol offers a monthly (no contract) option at just £19.99 per month or pay as you go at £5 per session. For those that would like to sign up for a year you can get 2 months free!
The SimplyHealth Great Bristol 10k takes place on Sunday 13th May 2018. Entry to the race costs £30 per person - entries for the 2017 completely sold out so book your place now before it's too late! For more information and to book your place, visit the SimplyHealth Great Run website here.
Having moved to Bristol from Cornwall in 2015, Matt is currently studying his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism at UWE. He is passionate about a number of arts including music and illustration, producing his own work in his spare time. An avid music enthusiast, he makes the most of Bristol’s diverse nightlife and attends gigs and club nights regularly.