Photo of a bright gym space, with a squat rack

We create an inclusive and welcoming space for people to exercise without judgement.

Bristol Co-operative Gym is the first co-operative gym in the UK. We set up in 2016, and since then we’ve trained with over 1,000 people.
We are a free weight gym based in a community space in St Annes, Bristol. We offer a range of strength and weightlifting classes classes, and also put on events and affordable community classes.
Our space has been designed by and for our members, making it a unique space to come and train.

Why we're different

We believe that the benefits of exercise should be made accessible, affordable and adaptive for everyone. Regardless of their gender, ethnicity, identity, ability or body shape.

Most gyms are designed to maximise profit, not our fitness. They shame us into buying memberships and then not attending. They can be unwelcoming, alienating and intimidating, with few coaches, loud music, and lots of mirrors.

Being member-run means we can provide social health and fitness activities in an environment where we can feel comfortable and supported.

Our aims

  • Build a culture that’s free from judgement and assumptions about identity and appearance

  • Be inclusive and supportive, celebrating each other’s progress

  • Empower people to improve their own physical and mental well-being

  • Provide high-quality coaching and facilities

  • Be as affordable as possible, with a fair pricing model

  • Reach out to communities who feel excluded from mainstream commercial gyms

  • Work with local community groups


The equipment we use includes:

  • barbells, from 5kg to 20kg
  • hex bars
  • weights
  • kettlebells
  • bands
  • squat rack
If you are a beginner, you may start weight training by using body-weight and light bars to practice the movement.
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