Many of us have decided to get fit in the new year, the problem is where to begin.
‘Getting fit’ is an umbrella term for vast of array of activities that make us sweat and (in the long run) feel better about ourselves.
To make life easier we’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular fitness activities and some nearby locations where you can sign up…
1. Powerlifting and Strength
One to try… Hench
There’s a strict rule of no selfies in Hench… unless you’re The Mountain from Game of Thrones.
2. Extreme Classes
One to try… Urban Fitness
This Dundonald based emporium of fitness specialises in Extreme classes including Bodyattack, Bodycombat, WAR, Warrior Club. Definitely one for those who believe there’s no gain without pain.
One to try… Polercise NI
Polercise Ltd was the first purpose built pole dance studio in Northern Ireland. The Donegal Street studio facilitates weekly exercise classes, as well as being suitable for hen parties and celebrating special occasions.
4. Do It Yourself
One to try… Pure Gym
Pure Gym is a 24-hour budget gym in St Anne’s Square with over 220 pieces of state of the art gym equipment such as LIVESTRONG cycle bikes by Matrix, vibrating Powerplates, Plate loaded resistance kit and TRX training frames.
One to try… City Centre Gym
This is one of the biggest gyms in Belfast, located above the Frames complex/Titanic bar. It offers unlimited training from just £15 per month including use of the weights room, cardio room/boxing suite.
One to try… Gym Co
An intense cardio based workout focusing on functional movements to burn fat, build muscle and maximise fitness levels. It must be good if Stephen Ferris has foresaken the facilities at Ulster Rugby.
7. Personal Fitness Plan
One to try… 2D Strength & Fitness
Belfast-based 2D offers personal tailored fitness plans based on personal objectives (weight loss, bulking up, fitness, etc), delivered in small groups. Their rates are very competitive when compared to the cost of a personal trainer.
One to try… Flow Studio
Flow Studio at the Cathedral Quarter and Malone Road offer a unique array of yoga practices for all ages and abilities. Their drop-in classes serve the first time student, the experienced practitioner as well as mums-to-be and growing families.
9. Leisure Centres
One to try… Better Leisure Centres
Gym, swimming and group exercise classes are all available at your local Better Leisure Centre in Belfast. GLL now run all of Belfast City Council’s 12 Leisure Centres, plus Better Gym Connswater. GLL is a charitable social enterprise and reinvests profits back into making your leisure centres even better.
10. Fitness Classes
One to try… I Work Out
Peg wall Climbing is one of the innovative activities offered at I Work Out in East Belfast along with the likes of Zumba and Pilates.
11. Sports Training
One to try… David Lloyd
As well as specialising in tennis training, David Lloyd also does swimming, squash and fitness programmes. There’s also some good offers for students.
12. Strength and Conditioning
One to try… Crossfit
CrossFit, based just off the Boucher Road, is a core strength and conditioning programme, designed to optimise physical competence in each of the 10 recognised fitness domains which are: Cardiovascular and Respiratory Endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Co-ordination, Agility, Balance and Accuracy.
13. Circuit Training
One to try… Fit+
Fit+ in Newtownabbey specialise in cheap and cheerful, basic circuit training.
14. Introductory offers
One to try… Club Vitae
Based in the Clayton Hotel, you’ll get your first month free when you sign up. It has a fully equipped gym, 15m heated swimming pool, sauna, steam room & jacuzzi and studio classes.
15. Budget gym
One to try… Revolution Fitness
This Newtownabbey gym is a hardcore, warehouse-type training centre that has one objective and that is improving athletic performance. Best of all you can join for under a tenner a month.
16. Personal trainers
Personal Trainers can be found at almost all of the places we’ve already mentioned and you’ll also find a directory here