With an abundance of luscious grassy spaces and tree lined river walks, from Kelvingrove Park to Pollock Country Park, it’s no wonder Glasgow is nick-named our dear green city. As well as offering exciting ways of getting fit outdoors, the old g-town is also teeming with eclectic happenings from dance to virtual reality work-outs. So if you’re short on change but keen to keep those muscles moving, here are eight fun and fund-friendly ways to get fit in Glasgow – on your marks, get set, go!
Fitness Phenomena at Sweat! Union
We’ve all traipsed to our local gym for a spin class eager to get fit but forking out more than we’d like to admit on monthly payments for the pleasure, only to return home exhausted and uninspired (Papa John’s, anyone?) If you’re looking for a student-friendly gym that’ll keep you motivated with fun workouts, Sweat! Union is the ideal choice, with memberships from a mere £15.99 per month and a student membership at only £119 per year, less than a tenner per month. Winner!
Plus there’s a bunch of Les Mills classes, from kettle bells to combat, two dedicated studios for Spin and Group Ex as well as a HIIT zone. Their personal trainers are really welcoming and it’s all rounded off with 200 pieces of the latest Technogym equipment.
Most importantly though they have sparkling clean locker rooms and showers to enjoy after your workout. For us this ranks very highly in the must-haves when picking a gym to join.
Say oohhhmmm with Bikram yoga in Glasgow’s West End or Southside and get your Zen on with these unique classes. If you haven’t heard of it before, Bikram yoga is yoga in forty-degree heat – and although this sounds barking mad to us chilly-weathered Scots – Bikram helps strengthen core muscles, improve blood flow and detox your body after one too many nights at the union.
Free Walks & Activities With Park Lives
From powerwalking and yoga to even Tai Chai, Park Lives runs a myriad of varied and team based activities to get the heart rate elevated at multiple gorgeous locations across the city, including south side favourites Bellahousten and Queen’s Park.
What’s better than bouncing around on giant trampolines with your pals? Trampolining is becoming more and more popular in Glasgow with a number of parks around the city including Ryze, Air Space and Flip Out.
Moved into halls or a wee flat and don’t have space for your bike? People Make Glasgow offers a bike-hiring service for only a few pennies, making cycling through the park on a sunny Sunday or racing up the road to a 9am lecture both easy and affordable.
Get your groove on by shaking your booty at dance classes across the city, including Dance Glasgow. From Ballroom to Bellydance, there’s something for everyone.
Looking for a canine companion that’ll making jogging less of an ordeal? Sign up for Borrow My Doggy and help out locals by walking their dogs and getting in shape at the same time. You’ll get to run around with furry companions all the while unknowingly getting remarkably fit and healthy – it’s a win-win. Plus it only costs a cheeky tenner for an annual membership.
How are you planning on keeping fit this year? Give us a shout with your suggestions on Facebook and Twitter. Looking for advice and discounts on the best gyms in Scotland? Don’t forget to grab your VIP ticket to this year’s Freshers’ Fest.