Updated: Apr 28
Ilkley is a hidden gem for fitness fanatics and endurance athletes.
With one of the biggest cycling clubs in the UK, thriving cricket, rugby, football and hockey clubs as well as one of the best tennis clubs in the North of England - there is no shortage of team sports down from Ilkley Moor.
There are also a myriad of gyms and fitness clubs in Ilkley with a range of different machines, classes, equipment, coaches and prices. In this guide we've outlined and scored the best gyms in Ilkley all out of 5 for you!
Best Gyms in Ilkley
Anytime Fitness Ilkley - Now Closed!
CrossFit Ilkley Coming Soon!
We have the low down that CrossFit Ilkley is coming in 2023! The popular fitness programme CrossFit is taking over the UK with it's unique take on strength and conditioning, preparing athletes for everyday functional life.
CrossFit Ilkley is due to be completed around April 2023 and the rights from CrossFit.com have been given so there will definitely be an affiliated CrossFit Gym in Ilkley.
The closest CrossFit gym to Ilkley is currently CrossFit Skipton which boast one of the biggest gyms in the North of England and some of the best coaches around. Chris Cummins (Owner and Head Coach) and Harry Morse (Coach) are both elite Hyrox participants having fitness-ed at the Hyrox World Champs in Vegas last year.
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Anytime Fitness Ilkley - Closed
Unfortunately, Anytime Fitness Ilkley is now closed.
Best For: Headphones In, Sweat on!
Anytime Fitness Ilkley opened in 2018 to soaring member numbers, with brand new equipment including treadmills, cross-trainers, stair-steppers, rowers, spin bikes alongside strength resistance machines, a functional fitness area, kettlebells and dumbbells as well as a great squat rack the gym. The provide classes free for members and offer onboarding programs for free too. The biggest draw for members is the fact the gym is open 24 / 7 so great for late workouts or early risers.
The only catch is the memberships, as with Anytime Fitness gyms across the UK they try and lock you in for a lengthy contract. Memberships used to just be a 12 month contract but they have since released a 3 month and a 6 month contracts which are more expensive per month.
The equipment and members are great but it's very much a "put your headphones in and work out on your own" type of gym so if that's your thing then Anytime Fitness is for you. Even at peak times the gym is fairly quiet and you won't have to wait for equipment and the facilities like showers, toilets and member area are good.
Price: 12 Month Contract £36.95 per month
Ilkley Tennis Club Gym
Best For: An Easy Workout
Ilkley Tennis Club has possibly the biggest gym and class spaces in Ilkley with a huge area for cardio machines including treadmills and bikes as well as a decent number of resistance machines and a few squat racks with a free weights area too. The equipment is fairly well kept but the main attraction is the class space. With a large area for a range of classes, Ilkley Tennis Club keeps a good few hundred Ilkley natives fit.
Being attached to the Tennis club has its benefits and the facilities are great. Memberships are fairly reasonable and keep on a rolling monthly contract. One big draw is not only their café but their sauna too, one of the only ones in Ilkley.
Their memberships can include full access to tennis and squash courts but if you just want the fitness centre it is still quite pricey. However they do offer Teen (14-17) access which other gyms do not.
Where: Ilkley Lawn Tennis & Squash Club, Stourton Rd, Ilkley LS29 9BG
Price: Rolling Fitness Centre Contract, £50.07 per month (24+), £34.70 per month (18-24)
Heavy Metal Gym
Best For: No Nonsense Muscle Building
The only dedicated powerlifting gym in Ilkley, Heavy Metal Gym is truly a chalk and sawdust type of gym. Bringing powerlifting and strength back to its roots, Heavy Metal boasts a range of strongman, powerlifting and essential conditioning equipment as well as providing a range of classes.
Situated in an office building just outside of the centre of Ilkley, Heavy Metal has specialised equipment but is one for those more serious about lifting.
The trainers at Heavy Metal are elite in their field and they even provide some martial art classes too.
Where: Heavy Metal Gym, Dansk Way, Ilkley LS29 8JZ, West Yorkshire
Price: £35 per month for rolling contract
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