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4 Women-Only Gyms in London

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Whether it’s unsolicited advice, intimidation or cheesy chat-up lines, too many women have been made to feel uncomfortable during a workout. A recent survey by Origym found that six in 10 women have felt harassed in the gym by a man, citing things like patronising and inappropriate comments and standing too close. Consequently, there’s increased interest surrounding women-only gyms – with searches for the term increasing by 69 per cent over the past year. Keen to hear more? We’ve pulled together the best female-focused fitness studios across the city.

4 Women-Only Gyms in London

The Bridge

 

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Charity The Bridge was initially set up in the 1930s after WW1, a time when many young women were moving to London to find work. It provided a safe space for women to meet, with the aim of supporting their intellectual, spiritual and societal needs. The Southwark venue itself offered accommodation, a café, a gym and a swimming pool – a similar set up to how it stands today. The gym offers memberships as well as a range of fitness classes, from strength training to Pilates and dance – all taught by female instructors, naturally. thebridge-uk.org

StrongHer

The mission of Bethnal Green fitness studio StrongHer is to create an inclusive community of women, all with a shared love for fitness and wellbeing. Whether you’re a total beginner or a gym pro, all women are welcome – with classes including HIIT, weight training, mobility and meditation. Not sure where to start? StrongHer also offers both small group and one on one personal training. strongher.co.uk

Fitology Hub

 

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It all began with one female client, training on Hilly Fields in Brockley at 5am back in 2016. Word spread, and more and more women began signing up to join the outdoor workouts, run by founders Suzanne and Amber. Soon they decided it was time to trade the chilly mornings for something more permanent, and set up camp in the Brockley Cross Business Centre. The space, now known as Fitology Hub, offers both personal and semi-private fitness training for women, as well as virtual sessions. fitologyhub.com

Beattitude

The brainchild of Siobhan Middleton, Beattitude is a women’s only fitness club in Earlsfield offering both group classes and personal training. After a sweaty session? There’s B’ HIIT and B’BodyW8 Cardio. Craving some yin? Sign up to a vinyasa or hatha flow. Other workouts on offer include strength and metabolic training, barre and boxing – meaning there’s something for all fitness lovers. New mums can also sign up to a nine-week post-partum programme which will guide you through the ‘fourth trimester’ with restorative work, pelvic floor exercises and weight training. beattitude.club

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