Where To Go To Get Fit In Lisburn This Summer
“Are you beach body ready?”
We hear it everywhere this time of year don't we? From the retailers selling us tiny swimwear to the smoothie-making cafes and the al fresco picnic climate.
Whether fitness is already a part of your lifestyle or you are toying with the idea of using your brighter mornings and evenings to work on your body and health, in Lisburn you’ll find a fitness facility to suit your needs.
Here, we run down just a few of our top picks to help you decide where to go to sweat your way to healthier Summer!
Handily located just 60 seconds from Sprucefield, Iron Gym is over 6,000 square feet of gym focussed on strength and conditioning with some of the most technical and specialist equipment money can buy.
This is definitely the place for the lifters and hardcore trainers with a 30 foot astro turf for the infamous “prowler track” (not for the faint-hearted!) However if you’re interested in starting weight training, their knowledgeable coaches are there to help with free taster sessions and a member-focussed policy whereby if 3 or more people want a piece of kit they will order it in.
Primal Strength & Movement
Based in Chapel Hill, these guys specialise in welcoming everyone to become stronger and improve their mobility, Primal Strength and Movement focus on unlocking new movement patterns, offering a free 7 day trial for new members.
While this gym promotes exercise with a smile, they don’t take it lightly either, housing a coaching team led by Pol Murray, a former professional MMA fighter who coached Ireland’s first UFC fighter. But this is one gym where you build friendships with your muscles, and fighting is kept in the ring!
Fit4less does what it says on the tin - offering affordable and smart gym facilities. They’ve been voted for by their members to win Gold Awards at the Annual Health Club Awards two-years running so they certainly produce happy fitness folk!
The Lisburn branch is located in a unit at Riverside Commercial Centre and promotes the same ethos as their UK and Ireland-Wide network: a better lifestyle for less than the price of a weekly coffee (and better for your health, too).
Puregym became one of the fastest growing fitness brand chains in the UK, thanks to their offering of the first 24 hour gyms in Northern Ireland (in Belfast, Bangor and L/Derry). They’ve now opened a new store at the recently refurbished Laganbank Retail Park and its their first gym in Lisburn.
Originally branded as a budget gym, Puregym is famous for its day passes instead of contracts while also being packed with all the latest in gym technology. This Lisburn Puregym will offer over 220 pieces of equipment as well as 50 free classes for members.
They believe that training should be fun. If you’re as dubious as us that this is possible, then you can try it out without signing a contract!
Affiliated with the globally recognised Les Mills gym brand, ONE Fitness in Rathdown Walk, Lisburn, compliment a team of trainers with nutritionists and therapists to create a holistic environment for fitness.
Also utilising the latest technology they can find, the team now offer virtual classes as a stepping stone towards live fitness classes (with an instructor) while also giving people access to round-the-clock class activities. Now if they could just build a robot to do the hard work for us…!
Vitality Health & Fitness
Vitality is the official gym services based at Lisburn Council’s Lagan Valley LeisurePlex. This means they offer a range of concession rates for family membership, disabled users, juniors and seniors.
For those more interested in the “health” than the “fitness” part of the brand name, then the neighbouring Vitality Spa is the place to rejuvenate mind and soul - with a jacuzzi, heated loungers, plunge pool and a steam room. A larger pool in the complex also means that aquatic exercise classes are available as well as a weekly line dancing class!
Elite Health and Fitness
Elite Health and Fitness can be found on the ground floor of Harmony Heights Shopping Centre, Skyline Drive in the city. They have built an active community of almost 4,000 people on their Facebook page where they mix fun and fitness with the personal competition journeys of some of their trainers.
Warrior Circuits is one of the most popular classes and at just £3 for members and £5 for non-members, there’s really no excuse not to get your warrior on!
Jax Fitness Boutique
For women who would prefer to be among other ladies while they exercise, Jax Fitness is the womens-only boutique gym on chapel hill. The gym offers affordable deals for members and students, as well as regularly offering guest passes so you can bring a friend along to try it out.
Their timetable offers something for everyone’s tastes from traditional circuits and spin classes to Fitball and even Hula-Rama! Now how much of our hula hoop skills have we retained from the 1980s…?
Lisburn’s first Crossfit box is located at Saintfield Park. Crossfit training has grown in popularity massively in recent years, thanks to the dramatic results made famous on YouTube and fitness blogger channels.
Crossfit Varangian also offers functional fitness metcons, olympic weightlifting and gymnastics at their Lisburn gym. They believe it’s never too late to find the athlete inside you, regardless of age, fitness, or injury profile and they have coaches on hand to guide you safely through it.