All the hours spent juggling studies and socialising while in university can leave even the healthiest of students feeling sluggish, tired and just downright unfit after a while. That is why many turn to the gym; not only can it make you feel more energetic and healthier within a matter of weeks, regular exercise can benefit your studies and personal life as well.
The extra endorphins gained by a weekly workout can have a great impact on degree life. So, if you haven’t joined a local gym yet or are looking for a better student gym membership than your current one, there is a surprising number of options available to you in London.
Have a quick read through this guide to London gyms to learn where you as a student can get the best price, how to get the most out of your workout and finally where to get the best workout suitable to you in the big city.
Best student gyms in London
A great thing about studying a business management course or similar in London is the endless choices of student gyms available. From women-only fitness centres to pay-as-you-go gyms, you will always find a facility to suit your needs.
The cool gym
Gymbox has a number of cool and unusual workouts such as their famous spin class and the ‘Look Better Naked’ class. And, if the witty names weren’t enough, they also give off a stylish nightclub vibe while you work out, with a in-house DJ, neon lights and a full-size boxing ring.
The 24-hour gym
The student lifestyle is known above all for its all-nighters, whether that’s in terms of deadlines or a late one at the pub, so a 24-hour gym is guaranteed to fit in with this lifestyle. The Gym Group is known for its futuristic pod and pin set up, whereby gym-goers type in their unique code and enter through the entry pod, so there’s no need for staff to close up at the end of the evening, because there aren’t any!
The pay as you go gym
The PayasUgym.com website has formed partnerships with thousands of gyms across England, and plenty in London, to offer people flexible and affordable gym options. With daily passes, bundles, short-term memberships and fitness classes offering flexible fitness to suit your lifestyle, PayasUgym is the perfect fitness website for all students, especially in London! Simply log in and find a gym that suits you.
The traditional gym
PureGym is the traditional gym that offers everything you would need and expect from a fitness space. With great trainers and staff, as well as student discounts, this gym offers everything you could hope for.
Similarly, DW Fitness First has a number of gym locations in London and also offers great prices for students that often come with free initial personal trainer sessions to get you started. Check out their website for more details on their gyms and classes.
Finding the best priced gym memberships
It doesn’t take a London accounting degree student to know that gym memberships can be very expensive in the city, and whilst some of the best may be out of the student price range, the sheer number of fitness facilities in the city drive up the competition and there are therefore many deals out there to be had.
Luckily for undergraduates, most gyms will offer some form of discount with a student card, so it is well worth checking around. Regardless of holding a student card, with ClassPass you can purchase a set number of classes from the website that give you access to hundreds of gym classes and workout studios in your area. A great option if you want to try out different gyms before settling on a permanent one.
Workout routines and advice for getting in shape
Now you have the best – and the cheapest – gym for you, all that is left is the workout itself.
For students that doesn’t have a lot of spare time on their hands to dedicate to working out, there are some great workout routines that won’t see you having to spend hours in the weight room. There is a great selection on Couch Mag, helping you gain a six-pack in as little as four weeks, as well as Women’s Health, where you can find loads of useful information.
When it comes to student fitness it is also worth taking heed of some tips from across the pond. Bodybuilding.com has some great advice specifically for students, including an entire programme aimed at keeping students fit on a limited time schedule and budget, as well as an lots of information around motivation, diet and fitness.
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