The best gyms for a healthier lifestyle in 2018

Skip, hop and jump into a healthier lifestyle in 2018 with our pick of the region’s best gyms

Written by Liz Mattock

The chocolates are finished, the drinks cabinet is empty and you have finally finished off the last box of candied fruits that no one likes anyway but you have to have them because it’s Christmas. So, what next?

You have decided to get fit in 2018 and sign up for a gym membership, however you don’t know your dumbbell from your treadmill, how to get the best offer or whether to opt for a personal trainer, group classes or find your own way? We are here to make sure you sign up to the right package for you.

Core Fitness Norwich

Core Fitness, Norwich | Rose Lane, NR1 1BY

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The gym describes itself as a ‘feel-good’ gym and offers smaller fitness classes with big tunes and big moves. Created by celebrity personal trainer Sam Bird, the gym has a night club feel to boost members energy as well as their mood before cooling down and fuelling up with a vast choice of post-workout protein shakes and smoothies. Complimentary coffee and chilled towels are also available and included in the membership. New for 2018 are yoga classes and social nights such as a ladies’ fitness wear catwalk show. Membership starts from £27 per month or you can pay as you go from as little as £5 per session. Find out more www.trainwithcore.co.uk.

énergie Fitness Ipswich | Rosehill Retail Park, Felixstowe Road, IP3 9BG

At the end of last year, énergie Fitness expanded its franchise and opened the doors to its high-tec gym in Ipswich. énergie Fitness hosts a full range of cardio, resistance and free-weights equipment catering for experienced gym users, those who are new to exercise and everyone in-between. The new gym will be only the second site in the UK to introduce thé Yard, énergie’s new high intensity training ‘playground’. thé Yard brings a series of all-inclusive classes to transform the way members train and significantly diversify the gym experience. Designed as group sessions, thé Yard classes combine a high intensity, fun and challenging routine. More details at www.energiefitness.com/ipswich

Kiss Gym, Milton Keynes | Roebuck Way, MK5 8HL

Kitted out with the latest high-tech equipment in modern surroundings, the gym offers memberships with no lengthy contract from just £15.99 per month. All classes are also included in the price, including Zumba, Spin, Yoga, Pilates and the latest trends including Thai boxing, Pump FX and Stomp FX – all aimed at getting you fit, fast. Highly qualified personal trainers will be on hand to support you through every step of your fitness journey. Find out more at www.kissgyms.com

NRG Fitness, Stowmarket | Creeting Road West, IP14 5AT

Energising the local area in 2018, the gym is offering its members an impressive kitted out cardio and free-weight area as well as the latest fitness classes thrown in. Fightklub, Metafit and Clubbercise are to name but a few of the latest classes in town. Fitness blogger and creator of Grenade J Carbkilla protein bars, Jamie Alderton, just can’t get enough of this style of fitness. No contract memberships at affordable prices are on offer and can be tailored to your needs. It is time to get kitted up and get yourself down there to have a tour of the facilities with no obligation to join. Visit www.nrg-fitness.co.uk

Kelsey Kerridge, Cambridge | Queen Anne Terrace, CB1 1NA

The gym is offering its customers a whole suite of indoor sports, gym and fitness activities. From Insanity workouts to Thighs, Bums and Tums, there is something for everyone; beginners, intermediates and hard core gym addicts alike. It’s not just the great view of Parker’s Piece that make this gym extra special, the centre also brings outdoor pursuits in, offering archery, climbing, cricket and martial arts to name but a few. Leave the kids at a Saturday morning class while you hit the gym and your partner hits some classes. Memberships start from £30 per month for a bronze package, £25 for students and £20 for concessions. With so much choice you’ll never get bored of the ‘usual’ gym routine. Sign up at www.kelseykerridge.co.uk

énergie Fitness Ipswich

Vivacity Gym, Peterborough | Calyburn Road, PE7 8GL

A gym, spa and wellness centre with a twist. It is a not-for-profit charity which means it also supports the local community with its local lido and community sports activities as well as its loyal members. So, not only do you get all the modern equipment, classes and training associated with a normal gym but by signing up, you can become part of a community as well as part of an organisation that supports disabled sports in the community, swimming, including dementia-friendly swimming and classes for all abilities including a sensory pool. There are also discounts for gym members in the health and wellbeing spa ‘Radiance’. Memberships start from just £28 a month with no lengthy contracts. Visit https://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/sport/.

Livia Club Colchester | Moorside, CO1 2TJ

An ideal place to start if you are female, haven’t been to a gym before and are a little nervous about being confronted with men and their abs of steel. Livia offers women a sophisticated women-only setting to reach their fitness goals, with an air resistance workout area, cardio suite, functional training area as well as a member’s lounge with free hot drinks and air conditioning throughout.

Twelve month memberships start at £32.50 with rolling memberships starting from £40 per month, some of which include free personal training sessions, especially for the 2018 so you get the most out of your training time. Visit www.liviaclub.co.uk for full details. After all the hard work you could always book into the onsite beauty salon for some well-earned relaxation and pampering.

Average Joe’s Gym, Hertfordshire | Broxbourne, EN10 6SU

We have found it, the ideal place for the ‘average Joe’ at Average Joe’s Gym. Decorated out in neon colours to give users a feel-good vibe, this place offers members a full cardio suite, weights area, classes, sun beds and health supplement suite to complement health and vitality. This gym also specialises in TRX suspension training. Born in the Navy SEALs, this exercise technique develops strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously. It requires the use of the TRX Suspension Trainer, a highly portable performance training tool that leverages gravity and the user’s body weight to complete 100s of exercises.

Current offers include an opportunity for couples to sign up together for just £45 per month and special packages for those over 50 which will be running into 2018. Visit www.averagejoesgymnasium.com to find out more.

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