The best gyms in Manchester

It’s a new year, you’ve made your resolutions – you just don’t know how to put them into practice. If you’re looking to start your fitness journey but you’re not sure about the gym for you, we’ve put together a list of some of the best gyms in Manchester for you to try out. 

JD Gyms 

Bridgewater House, Whitworth St, Manchester M1 6LT 

JD Gyms is one of the most affordable gym memberships available in Manchester, costing just £19.99 (check current prices before committing) for gym access seven days a week along with a timetable full of fitness classes. With cardio, dance, strength training and yoga classes on offer, you can try a bit of everything until you find out what you love. 

For £5 extra per month, you can access any JD Gym in the country and get 10% off JD Sports online – perfect for kitting out your wardrobe with all the new sports gear you’ll want to buy! JD Gyms is ideal for beginners who don’t want to invest a fortune in a gym but just need a push to try something new. 


Units 1b + 1c, 8 First St, Manchester M15 4RP 

PureGym is perfect for those among us with a busy schedule as the 24-hour gym in Manchester works for any lifestyle, from early risers with a 5am gym session to night owls working out at 11pm. With more than 10 gyms located in Manchester alone, including one just a 15-minute walk from Potato Wharf, PureGym is an affordable and accessible gym option for anyone who doesn’t want to make a huge commitment, with memberships starting at £12.99 per month at the time of writing. Yoga, strength, and cardio classes are all led by the expert trainers, or you can head over to the open gym area for a free weights session or half an hour on the treadmill. Whether you’re a complete gym beginner or looking for a new great-value gym, head to PureGym and find the location that suits you. 

Barry’s Bootcamp 

3 Lower Byrom St, Manchester M3 4AP 

Barry’s Bootcamp is a modern gym with high-intensity programmes offered by the expert instructors. With two designated training areas known as The Red Room and The Floor, take part in a HIIT workout involving a run on the treadmill where you will be guided through beginner, intermediate, or advanced speeds followed by strength training on the floor, or spend your whole workout focusing on strength on the floor with a helpful weekly guide assigning a different focus area each day. Monday is arms and abs, followed by lower body on Tuesday – no matter how many days a week you choose to visit, you’ll find a routine that makes you feel good. 

The Manchester location is open from 5:30am-8:15pm Monday to Friday, and 8:15am-2pm on weekends. Barry’s is also home to a Fuel Bar, where you can grab a reinvigorating smoothie or shake after all your hard work. Book individual classes or bulk-buy a block of 12, 20, or 30 classes to use every month.  

Train CrossFit  

6 Arundel St, Manchester M15 4JZ 

If you’re looking for a specialised CrossFit gym in Manchester, look no further than Train CrossFit. Sign up with a monthly or yearly fee, or try out the intro membership to give yourself a taste of CrossFit. The spacious gym has room for classes, weightlifting, and gymnastics, and you’re free to personalise your fitness plan with the specialised trainers to get the result you want. Work out while having fun and improve both your physical and mental health this year.  

Welcoming newcomers and hardcore fitness experts, no matter your level you’ll feel part of the CrossFit family straight away. The friendly community goes a long way in making you feel comfortable and motivated, helping you stick to your new commitment. 

Bannatyne Health Club & Spa 

Sunlight House, Quay St, Manchester M3 3JZ 

Bannatyne is one of the best gyms in Manchester with a swimming pool, with a 20-metre pool and a spa pool alongside the sauna, steam room, and in-house spa. Workout in the fully equipped gym alone or follow the trainer-led 12-week StartSmart programme where you will be advised by the expert personal trainers on how to improve your fitness and wellbeing.  

The spa and swimming pool elevate this gym experience for those of you who are looking for a relaxing and fulfilling workout journey. Open from 6am – 10pm every weekday, drop by for a pre-work swim, or visit between 9am – 7pm on weekends to put the cardio machines and weights to good use. Take a look at the membership options that work for you.

If you live in Manchester and would like to know more about the area, take a look at our blogs on the best places to eat in Deansgate and things to do in Manchester on a rainy day.