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Fitness classes vs gym membership - an honest comparison

Fitness Classes Vs Gym Membership - An Honest Comparison

We are spoiled for choice for fitness in Bath. There are 12 dedicated yoga companies, 10 personal training studios, 8 well-equipped membership gyms, 5 boutique fitness studios. On top of this there are hundreds of independent fitness instructors working in homes, parks, gyms, church halls and community centres to give us the rich variety of choice that Bath currently enjoys.

The great thing about having such a wonderful variety of fitness options in Bath is that there is literally something for everyone and we can pick and choose. In this article we take a look at the key differences between fitness classes and gym membership to make it easier for you to make the right choice for you.

Even though at CLASS we only run fitness classes, we acknowledge that classes may not be the best fitness solution for you. Ultimately the most important thing is that you have the very best experience and achieve your goals in a sustainable way that is appropriate for you.

In order to make an honest comparison between the merits of fitness classes vs gym membership we have chosen five important markers against which to score the two options: flexibility, sociability, cost, results and sustainability.


Fitness classes, by their nature, are timetabled, usually on a week-by-week or termly basis. Even though studios will try to timetable classes at popular times, there will be certain classes and times that just don’t fit with your lifestyle. Gym membership, on the other hand, gives you ultimate flexibility, even if you are on an “off-peak” membership - you can come and go as you please within those hours.


Attending regular fitness classes is a great way to instantly connect with like-minded people who share similar goals. While you may be concentrating on the fitness side of things during class, there’s always an opportunity to mingle and chat with the other members before or after class, especially if you’re somewhere that has a lounge or cafe nearby. Membership gyms can be sociable too, especially if you have a regular group friends to go with, but it’s less likely that you’ll meet new friends at the gym as most people tend to focus on what they’re doing and are less likely to hang around afterwards.


The cost of gym membership has come down significantly in the past few years with the arrival of budget gyms. They typically deliver an excellent standard of facilities at a rock-bottom price, usually less than £30 per month. If you attend a membership gym three times per week or more, then this is by far the cheapest option but you have to use it regularly to get the value out of it. Which makes sense, because if you truly want results you need to be exercising regularly, right? Independent fitness providers and yoga studios tend to charge more, due to the smaller class sizes and economies-of-scale, but there are usually flexible pricing options allowing you to drop in or pay-as-you-go, with prices ranging from £4-16 per class which means you can just pay for what you use.


Both gym membership and fitness classes can give you excellent results, when performed in conjunction with a sound nutrition plan and healthy lifestyle. Without these two in place alongside your fitness regime you simply won’t see the results you want from your training. You’ll feel fitter and stronger, but you’re unlikely to see any bodyshape changes. Your results in a membership gym will be largely down to your programme and your ability to stick to it (see below re Sustainability). Fitness classes vary greatly in their ability to help you achieve the results you’re looking for, so whether it’s to lose weight, get stronger, improve flexibility or simply have more energy it’s important to find the right provider for you. The advantage you have at fitness classes is that there’s an instructor to encourage and motivately you to get that little bit extra than you might of done by yourself.


One of the most difficult things about being a gym-goer is maintaining the routine after the initial period of motivation has worn off. This happens to everyone and key to sustainability with gym membership is having a structured plan. You need to know what you’ll be doing each time you train and you need to change it every 3-4 weeks to ensure that you don’t get bored and continue to see progress over time. With fitness classes the plan is taken care of for you by the instructor, all you have to do is show up. The social aspect of fitness classes, and even your sense of responsibility to the group, also helps with the long-term sustainability of your training.

  Fitness Classes Gym Membership
Flexibility ⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Sociability ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️
Cost ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Results ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Sustainability ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️

So whether it’s fitness classes or gym membership, it’s ultimately about finding the right match for you. Both have their up and down sides and neither will be a perfect match for everyone. To find out if CLASS is a good match for you please visit our Timetable and Pricing pages, or Contact us so we can answer your questions.

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