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How to get free Gym Passes

Do you want to join the gym, but not sure where to start? Or maybe… you do not want the commitment, or price tag? You are in the right place! Read this blog to discover how to get free gym membership passes at locations all over the UK!

Whether you are looking to improve your fitness, loose weight, or tone up. Free gym passes are a great way to start, with gyms across the country offering free trial passes, it would be silly not to take advantage.

Why do free gym passes exist?

Free gym passes have loads of benefits and there is a good reason why gyms offer them.
These free passes allow customers to:

• Get a feel for the gym and atmosphere
• Assess travel times
• Try out the facilities

Different gyms cater to different clients and their needs, so it is important that you know the gym is right for you before committing to a membership. If you are a keen gym goer, your needs and expectations will be different to an exercise novice, who will want space, and exercise in their own time. Free gym passes are generally available all year round, however normally there is a spike around New Year or the beginning of Summer, so keep an eye out.

Where can I get free gym passes?

Anytime Fitness

Anytime Fitness currently offers a 7-day free trial pass for all new users. They have hundreds of locations across the UK (the world, even), so there is bound to be one near you. Locate your nearest (or most convenient) on their website and complete the online form with your contact details. Someone from Anytime Fitness will then be in touch to organise your free trial.


Get the full-membership experience for free with a fab day pass for better gyms. Enjoy access to the swimming pool, fitness facilities or gym for free!

Energie Fitness

Energie Fitness offers a free 1-day gym pass for all new members at any of their locations across the UK and Europe. They have got over 100 gyms dotted around and if you decide that this is the gym for you, memberships start from just £17.99 per month.

Fitness First

Fitness First are another one that offer a 3-day free pass to their gyms. These ones are the best, because you can get a taster for how joining a Fitness First gym would fit into your lifestyle.
Select your chosen gym (there are loads across the whole of the UK), enter your details and someone will be in touch to arrange your free trial.


Enjoy swimming, fitness classes or the gym for free at a Fusion-Lifestyle gym with a free one-day pass.


Get a free 3-day trial at any Jett’s gym. If you decide to become a fully-fledged member, you will gain 24/7 access to over 250 gyms across the world.

MoveGB £1 Membership

Not technically free, but this is a great opportunity not to be sniffed at. Enjoy unlimited fitness activities for just £1 a week with a MoveGB Discovery membership, with no contractual obligations!

Nuffield Health

Nuffield Health also offer a free 1-day pass at all their gyms. Locate your nearest one on their website and someone will be in touch to arrange your free day pass.
They  have 111 gyms and each one has experts that are dedicated to help you achieve your fitness goals. If you decide to stick with Nuffield after your trial, you will receive a free Health MOT every 3 weeks helping you set targets and achieve the fitness levels that you want.


If there is a QHotel near you, it is time to get excited because you can score yourself a free one-day gym membership for you and a friend. This pass costs £30, so it is worth registering for yours if there is one nearby.
Qhotels have 23 health clubs throughout the UK, each with fantastic facilities and top-of-the-range equipment. QHotel health clubs are part of the hotel, set in grand buildings over the country, making this free day pass double as a great day out for you and a friend!


Xercise4Less are part a great new breed of low-budget, high-quality gyms. Primarily based in the North of England, they offer a free day pass at all their locations. Despite being low-cost (just £9.99 a month!), Xercise4Less gyms have top-quality pieces of equipment, free classes, and even ladies-only areas.

Free gym memberships for students

Starting University and want to get into shape? Some UK universities offer free gym memberships in local gyms to their students. If your university is not included, check if the gym offers student discount – most do. Also, make sure to check out the University’s own gym.

Liverpool John Moore’s University

LJMU students can apply for a free off-peak membership for Lifestyle Fitness Centres across Liverpool. Perfect for fitting in a quick gym session after lectures.

University of the West of Scotland

UWS is rolling out free gym memberships for all students to use UWS-operated fitness facilities.

Leeds Beckett

First-year undergrads can get a free Active Beckett PLUS membership. That is free access to gyms, fitness classes and swimming pool.

Free alternatives to a gym pass

If gyms really are not your thing, there are still ways to exercise in a communal setting without paying a penny. Big name gyms charge anywhere from £700 to £1,000 a year for membership, so by cutting this out you will save yourself a whopping amount. Make use of the great outdoors with these great free alternatives to gym passes!

British Military Fitness Classes

If you are after an exercise group that is going to challenge, inspire and keep you on track, make sure you sign up for a free British Military Fitness Class (worth £15). While the phrase ‘military bootcamp’ is enough to make most of us break into a cold sweat, BMF classes are not to be feared. Split into three ability groups, there is a BMF class for everyone, even complete exercise beginners. On your first free session, you will be put in the group that best suits you and you will enjoy an effective workout with people of a similar ability, for free. Then, if you enjoy the session and feel it is something you would like to continue you can sign up for a membership or pay for each session as you go along.

Parkrun Races

Get involved in your local parkrun, a 5km race that takes place every Saturday morning at locations all over the UK. Parkrun is open to everyone, no matter your running ability, offering free, timed 5km runs all over the world. It is hosted at parkland locations all over the UK, so make sure you check out where your nearest is. Run at your own pace and see for yourself the progress you make week on week.

Park Lives

Park Lives is a great organisation that helps you make the most of your local park. It is not just about running, as Park Lives offers fun activities like tai-chi, badminton, and football! Best of all, all the activities are completely free to take part in. Just sign up online, pick a location and activity that works for you and start your free workouts. Park Lives is a great way to make new friends, get some exercise and make the most of your local outdoor green spaces.

Sweaty Betty Workout Class

Pack a punch with fun, fab and free workout classes courtesy of Sweaty Betty. Get a full body workout in the comfort of your own home – just make sure you clear some space before you get going! There is a workout video for all fitness levels and abilities, from Yoga and Ballet to a Bum-Sculpting Super Workout.

Couch to 5K: week by week

This NHS programme takes running beginners all the way through to a 5km run. Over 9 weeks, with 3 runs each week, you will slowly build up your running stamina and will be able to complete a 5k run. Download the weekly podcasts or get the entire programme as a smartphone app from iTunes or Google Play.

Free apps to help you exercise

With thousands of new apps being created every day, it is hardly surprising there is an abundance of exercise apps just waiting to help you achieve your exercise goals. Here is our pick of the best ones out there.


Perfect for runners, MapMyRun offers accurate GPS tracking and timing. It is a great free alternative to an expensive fitness watch.

Tabata Timer

Tabata timer is a handy tool for those of you who already know what exercises you like to do, but just need a little push to keep going. Choose the number of sets you want to complete, how long you want each set to be and how long you want to rest. The timer takes it from there: announcing when to start, rest up and stop. It is like having a personal trainer with you in the room.


Strava can turn any iPhone or Android into a high-tech running or cycling computer. It bids itself as the number 1 app for runners and cyclists, tracking and analysing every aspect of your activity. It is compatible with loads of GPS fitness devices (such as Fitbit, TomTom etc) and records just about any performance metric you can imagine. It is a serious app, made by athletes for athletes, so you know you are in safe hands if you are training for something big.


MyFitnessPal helps you track your food by totalling your daily intake. You can also sync up a Fitbit/exercise watch to the app to help record your physical activity. Its primary aim is to help you lose weight, and while it might take some willpower to get into, you will certainly see the results. Plus, it is free!

Nike Running Club

Nike’s very own running app is a great place to start if you are new to running. It allows you to track your speed, distance and progress and can even be used indoors (on a treadmill for example).

Aaptiv (Free 7-day trial)

Aaptiv is perfect for those of you who have fitness goals and are determined to see them through. You will gain unlimited access to structured programmes curated by world-class trainers, who you take along with you during your workout.

Better Points

Sometimes you need a bit of motivation to exercise. What better motivation than money?! Better Points is a reward programme app – earn points by logging your activity, then redeem for high street reward vouchers or donate to a charity of your choice. There’s good motivation to get moving if we have ever seen it.


Whatever your reason for wanting a free gym membership, hopefully these places and classes will be of use to you.

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