Since 2016, we have welcomed more than 1000 people to our classes in the Easton and Lawrence Hill wards of East Bristol.

We are now exploring taking on our own premises, supported by a grant from the charity Power to Change. We hope to partner with local organisations already working with the people we would love to train with and make use of our unique multi-stakeholder co-operative to expand our membership and co-create a space that meets our collective needs.

As the first gym of its kind, we believe this model holds great promise for removing common barriers to gym-based physical activity and hope that Bristol Co-operative Gym can become a pioneering example of a new form of community-led centre for social physical activity.

BCG is a different way of doing a gym. It’s fun and supportive. There are no mirrors and the emphasis is on you achieving your goals in a safe and friendly environment.

Aims

  • To build a culture of non-judgement and celebration of each other’s progress
  • To build a supportive and inclusive culture, free from assumptions about identity and appearance
  • To empower people to create healthy training habits
  • To engage people who are excluded from most training facilities
  • To provide high quality coaching and training facilities
  • To have fair pricing models, remaining as affordable as possible
  • To be a financially sustainable organisation, free from reliance on external funding
  • To work with local community groups to improve our offer and accessibility for all members of our local communities. Further, we wish to reach out to communities most likely to feel excluded from mainstream commercial gyms.
  • To empower people to improve their own physical and mental well-being

Objectives

  • To make best use of our equipment and resources through well-attended sessions
  • To continue to improve our offer through increased number and diversity of sessions
  • To use accessible venues and work towards a secure tenure
  • To employ professional class leaders with a fair wage and fair contracts