The inclusive, supportive gym that’s run by its members

Bristol Co-operative Gym is the first co-operatively run gym in the UK. We believe that exercise should be made accessible, affordable and adaptive for anybody, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, identity, ability or body shape.

Being member-run means we can provide social health and fitness activities tailored to our members’ reasons for training and develop a culture and environment that supports us in achieving our individual goals.

Whatever you’re interested in getting from exercise, our timetable offers a diverse range of carefully-developed classes. Memberships and one-off bookings are fairly-priced and when you sign up you receive a whole week of classes as a free trial.

From the blog…

Our COVID-19 Policy from July 26th

After much deliberation within the co-op, we have decided to start offering indoor strength training sessions again, initially for a trial period throughout August. We recognise that not everyone will be wanting to come to indoor sessions and will continue to offer outdoor and online classes too. For all in-person classes If you are showing…

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Ode To The Strength Circuit

Our brilliant member Leila Gamaz reminisces about her favourite of the regular classes… When you arrive at Bristol Co-operative Gym (BCG), you enter a Grade II listed building and stand in front of a stage. A vast plyboard floor and a series of old sofas and chairs lies between you and it. For the last…

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Bespoke classes for all abilities

Our timetable has been co-created to meet the interests of our members and get the best from our coaches. We collectively review its content seasonally to find the right balance of indoor, outdoor and online classes, at times that suit our members.

Every class combines individually-tailored movements with a body-neutral ethos so you can enjoy the benefits of exercise without the negative aspects of mainstream fitness culture.

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Flexible pricing

As a not-for-profit co-operative society, we don’t depend on trapping people in memberships that they’ll never use. We offer a sliding scale of payment and some of our members choose to pay more in order to subsidise classes for others. We have no contracts and you can cancel at any time.

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Expert guidance from friendly coaches

Our coaches aim to empower everyone who comes to our classes to achieve what they hope for from their training and are particularly interested in working with people under-served by the mainstream fitness industry. They are committed to increasing and updating their knowledge so you can exercise effectively and safely knowing that great thought and attention have been given to your training plan.

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Independent and member-led

Being a co-operative means our gym is run by the people who use it, so all decisions are made in the interests of our members’ health. Anyone who comes to our classes is welcome to join and get involved. In the co-op you’ll meet other brilliant people, co-create your dream gym, and help pioneer this unique approach.

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BCG has opened up a whole world that I didn’t think was available to me as a queer lanky kid. Growing stronger in a supportive, no bullshit environment feels great. I’m learning loads about my body – its limits and its secret powers.

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