Looking to change up your fitness routine as we head into the colder months? From disability friendly to female-only workout spaces, there’s a gym near Bow suited to everyone’s needs.
Bow and its surrounding area offer a diverse range of ways to be active, ensuring that there’s something for you amidst all the options. Whether you’re looking for specialised training, women-focused fitness, personal empowerment, outdoor workouts, or varied and challenging routines, we’ve found the best gyms in the neighbourhood.
As well as physical fitness, these gyms aim to provide a supportive community for their members with housing chillout spaces, nutritionists, and, small and unique classes. Want to make a change going into the Winter season or spend more time taking care of yourself? We’re here to help.
Best For: Specialised Training
Occupying the top two floors of St Paul’s Church Old Ford, Ability Bow is an accessible gym that caters to people with disabilities – the only one of its kind in London. Open to able-bodied members too, there is a wide range of equipment and health classes such as Positive Steps and Virtual Cuppa on Zoom. Adaptations have been made to their equipment to be accessible to all alongside their team of trainers providing support for everyone.
St Stephen’s Rd, Bow, E3 5JL
Anytime Fitness, Bow
Best For: Late Night Workouts
The multinational chain, Anytime Fitness, came to Roman Road in 2018 and offers its users 24 hour gym access. Membership includes a free fitness consultation and extends to all Anytime Fitness gyms, with convenience at the heart of what they do.
As if that’s not reason enough, you can also catch up on your favourite shows while exercising by connecting your Netflix account to the machines.
There are a number of classes to choose from too, including Boxercise, Core Strength and Disco Spin.
Anytimefitness.co.uk, 62 & 64 Vernon Road, Bow, E3 5GS
Pure Gym, Bow Wharf
Best For: Personal Training
Another addition to the gym scene in Bow is Pure Gym, which opened in 2019. Taking over from what once was Soho gym, Pure Gym runs over 50 classes per week and has a studio with the capacity of 16.
Open 24/7 throughout the year, your membership will grant you access to Circuit, Absolute Abs and Cycle classes, among many others, personal trainers and lifestyle courses.
Puregym.com, 221 Grove Road, Bow, Victoria Park, E3 5SN
Best For: Female Space and Empowerment
As London’s first strictly women’s only gym, it caters to women’s needs, confidence and empowerment. If you feel apprehensive about throwing yourself in the deep end, the trainers at StrongHer have a clear focus on trying to benefit your general health needs. There are nutritionists in-house as well as sports masseuses, physiotherapists, and coaches supporting everyone. The gym is well-equipped with multiple squat racks, tires, and climbing ropes. There’s also a chillout lounge and vegan protein blends available if you need to recharge. According to the StrongHer team, it is: ‘More than just a fitness space, we are a community & sisterhood bringing women together from all walks of life.’
19a Cudworth St, E1 5QU
Best For: Building Strength
At GroundWork Training, their mission is to empower every member, regardless of your prior training experience or fitness level. GroundWork fosters an environment where you can find your own strength, gain control over your physical performance, and boost your confidence both in the gym and in your daily routines. Their small classes, Perform, Range of Motion, and Sustain, specialise in different parts of the body so you can feel supported.
Unit 4, Riverbank House, Riverbank Business Park, 455 Wick Ln, Bow, E3 2TB
Best For: Varied Fitness Routines
The training system at RedSun CrossFit welcomes all ages and varying fitness levels. They have an experienced coaching team that tailors workouts, taking into account any injuries or specific weaknesses you may have. This program is characterised by its constant variation in fitness routines, drawing inspiration from gymnastics, weightlifting, and cardio such as running, rowing, and cycling. Who doesn’t like trying something new?
195 Bancroft Rd, Globe Town, E1 4ET
Better Gym at Mile End Leisure Centre
Best For: Range of Facilities
Located near to Mile End tube station, Better Gym has a wide range of facilities suitable for everyone’s fitness routine. With dedicated cardio, strength and functional training areas as well as fitness classes ranging from Zumba, Boxfit, Yoga and Virtual Group Cycle, this is the perfect place to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. Mile End Park Leisure Centre also contains an 8-lane swimming pool, Sauna, Steam Room and Spa for some hard-earned relaxation after your workout.
190 Burdett Road, Mile End, E3 4HL
Best For: Students and Young People
Qmotion is a sport and fitness centre run by the Student Union at Queen Mary University, located on the Mile End campus. QMUL students are automatically registered with Qmotion Sport & Fitness Centre upon enrolment. The gym is also open to non-QMUL students, with registration available on their website. With classes ranging from boxing and intensive boot camps to Taoist yoga and pilates, Qmotion is a fun and exciting space to exercise your body and mind. Whether you’re a student at Queen Mary or a young person looking for a place to keep fit and socialise, this might just be the perfect gym for you.
15 Godward Square, E1 4FZ
If you’re interested in more exciting ways to keep fit, find our roundup of the best outdoor exercise classes near Roman Road.
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