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Free gym passes & how to get them (for August 2018)


Want to join the gym but don't know where to start? Or maybe you don't fancy the commitment or the hefty price tag?

Well, you're in the right place! Discover how to score completely free gym membership passes at locations all over the UK.

Whether you're looking to improve your health and fitness, lose some weight or tone up, free gym passes are a great place to start. With gyms across the country offering free trial passes, it would be silly to not take advantage of them!

Take a look at all the Free Gym Passes currently available on the Magic Freebies UK website.

3 images of people working out at the gym: man in yellow top lifting dumbells, woman in pink top using workout ropes and man using shoulder press

Credit: Anytime Fitness

Why do free gym passes exist?

Free gym passes have lots of benefits and there are good reasons why gyms offer them. Free passes allow customers to get a feel for their gym:

  • See how long it takes to travel there from home or work
  • Check out the facilities
  • Get a taster for the environment

Different gyms cater for different clients and their needs, so it's important before signing into a contract that you know that the gym you're signing up for is right for you. If you're a keen gym bunny, your needs and expectations will be different to an exercise novice, who wants a space to be able to get into exercise in their own time.

Free gym passes are available all year round, but there is often a spike around New Year or the beginning of Summer, so keep your eyes peeled for these.

Where can I get a free gym pass?

Without further ado, here's a round up of all the places where you can get a free gym pass in the UK:

Anytime Fitness

Anytime Fitness offer an up to 3-day free trial pass for all new users. They have hundreds of locations across the UK (the world, even), so there's bound to be one near you.

Locate your nearest (or most convenient) on their website and complete the online form with your contact details. Someone from Anytime Fitness will then be in touch to organise your free trial.


Xercise4Less are part a great new breed of low-budget, high-quality gyms. Primarily based in the North of England, they offer a free day pass at all of their locations.

Despite being low-cost (just £9.99 a month!), Xercise4Less gyms have top-quality pieces of equipment, free classes and even ladies-only areas.

Nuffield Health

Not to be left out, Nuffield Health also offer a free 1-day pass at all their gyms. Locate your nearest one on their website and someone will be in touch to arrange your free day pass.

Nuffield Health have 111 gyms and each one have experts that are dedicated to help you achieve your fitness goals. If you decide to stick with Nuffield after your trial, you'll receive a free Health MOT every 3 weeks helping you set targets and achieve the fitness levels that you want.

Fitness First

Fitness First are another one that offer a 3-day free pass to their gyms. These ones are the best, because you can get a taster for how joining a Fitness First gym would actually fit into your lifestyle.

Select your chosen gym (there are loads across the whole of the UK), enter your details and someone will be in touch to arrange your free trial.


If there's a QHotel near you, it's time to get excited because you can score yourself a free one-day gym membership for you and a friend. This pass costs £30, so it's definitely worth registering for yours if there's one nearby.

QHotels have 23 health clubs throughout the UK, each with fantastic facilities and top-of-the-range equipment. QHotel health clubs are part of the hotel, set in grand buildings over the country, making this free day pass double as a great day out for you and a friend! 

Free alternatives to gym passes

Man and woman running in a green park

Credit: ParkLives

If gyms really aren't your thing, there are still ways to exercise in a communal setting without paying a penny.

Big name gyms charge anywhere from £700 to £1,000 a year for membership, so by cutting this out you'll save yourself a whopping amount.

Make use of the great outdoors with these great free alternatives to gym passes!

parkrun Races

Get involved in your local parkrun, a 5km race that takes place every Saturday morning at locations all over the UK.

parkrun is open to everyone, no matter your running ability, offering free, timed 5km runs all over the world. It's hosted at parkland locations all over the UK, so make sure you check out where your nearest is.

Run at your own pace and see for yourself the progress you make week on week.


ParkLives is a great organisation that helps you make the most of your local park. It's not just about running, as ParkLives offers fun activities like tai-chi, badminton and football!

Best of all, all the activities are completely free to take part in. Just sign up online, pick a location and activity that works for you and start your free workouts.

ParkLives is a great way to make new friends, get some exercise and make the most of your local outdoor green spaces.

British Military Fitness Classes

If you're after an exercise group that's going to challenge, inspire and keep you on track, make sure you sign up for a free British Military Fitness Class (worth £15).

While the phrase 'military bootcamp' is enough to make the majority of us break into a cold sweat, BMF classes aren't to be feared.

Split into three ability groups, there's a BMF class for everyone, even complete exercise beginners. On your first free session, you'll be put in the group that best suits you and you'll enjoy an effective workout with people of a similar ability, for absolutely free.

Then, if you enjoy the session and feel it's something you'd like to continue you can sign up for a membership or pay for each session as you go along.

Sweaty Betty Workout Class

Pack a punch with this fun, fab, free workout courtesy of Sweaty Betty. Get a full body workout in the comfort of your own home - just make sure you clear some space before you get going!

This intense online class combines shadow boxing techniques with martial arts, targeting every muscle in your body and giving it a serious workout.

Person with pink painted toenails stood on weighing scales

Credit: BBC Good Food

Whatever your reason for wanting a free gym membership, hopefully these places and classes will be of use to you. Do you know of any gyms that offer a free gym pass that I've missed out? Let me know!

Alex xx