Best gym memberships for frequent travellersMonday 20 August 2018 by Kayleigh Little Let’s face it - we’ve all been tied into a contract before that we’ve regretted down the line. But don’t let your gym membership tie you down, especially when you’re travelling often for business and only spending a short period of time in different locations. We’ve explored the best gym memberships and top tips for those that want to exercise on-the-go.
Pay As U Gym
This new and exciting gym app does exactly what it says on the tin – simply enter the postcode of where you’re staying into the website’s gym finder (here) and discover local gyms where you can buy pay-as-you-go day or month passes. Over 3,000 gyms across the UK have partnered with Pay As U Gym to offer gym-goers this convenient tool, from local council-run centres to lavish spas with pools and Jacuzzis.
Gyms offered on this breakthrough app give at least a 10% discount on the cost of a day pass compared to when you buy direct, so it’s ideal for people wanting to trial a gym before they commit or those constantly moving around. The best part about Pay As U Gym is that if you change your mind or want to cancel a session, you can get a refund - something usually unheard of. Gyms found on the app include popular centres such as: The Gym, Pure Gym, Easy Gym and Simply Gym.
Anytime Fitness offer members 24/7 access to more than 4,000 of their centres in locations worldwide – there’s no wonder it’s referred to as the most convenient gym on the planet. Each centre provides state-of-the-art facilities, specialised classes and a range of useful equipment to suit everyone’s fitness needs. Prices are dependent on which of their gyms you’ll be using, so by using the gym finder on their website here you’ll be able to fill out their online form to receive a membership quote.
Soho Gym is the height of convenience for those spending a lot of time in London with work as there are ten gyms dotted around at easy-to-get to locations - most are close to a tube stop. Considering where the gyms are located, passes are relatively inexpensive and they include great benefits such as a loyalty card for gym drinks and a free personal training consultation!
You can buy day, week or month passes, if you want a month pass you can use in any Soho locations it’ll set you back £69.99 at peak times and £64.99 for off peak periods. However, it is significantly cheaper if you opt for a pass for just one of their locations. Corporate rates and packages are available for businesses, although the price is dependent on how many employees will take up the offer.
Pure Gym is another fitness centre handy for business travellers due to the fact that most of them are open 24/7 and there are currently over 200 in various convenient locations across the UK. Monthly packages come with no contract and start as low as £8.99 for off-peak periods. If you want everything included you’ll be looking at £17.99 a month, which gives you access to every one of their gyms as well as allowing you to freeze your membership (for up to three months at a time) for no additional cost. Sign your employees up to one of their corporate packages are receive a 10% discount on memberships.
- Ask a friend to refer you – undertake a bit of research before signing up because some gyms offer discounted rates and free passes to those who have been referred by someone else.
- Give a new gym a go - use industry publications such as Club Solutions and Health Club Management to find new gyms as they usually offer opening discounted rates and special benefits to build up custom.
- Enquire at work about cheap corporate membership – check with your HR department to see if your company already offers discounted membership rates, if they don’t ask them to set one up.
- Don’t follow the crowd – most gyms provide discounted rates for those visiting at off-peak hours, so instead of going early mornings or late evenings, choose a gym local enough for you to visit on your lunch breaks and weekends.
- Check websites for free gym passes – If you’re constantly on the move, take a look at different gym websites and drum up a few free passes for various centres – great if you’re not planning on sticking around for long!