Healthy New Year: Top 5 Fitness Locations in Cambridge

Wondering where to start with getting fit or finding a feel-good exercise class? This month, in association with Velvet Magazine, we look at some of the region’s best locations to get healthy...

The rush of endorphins you get from a hot yoga session, a body-blasting HIIT class or a joyful Zumba workout are pretty addictive. But what if you’re a newcomer to exercise, and feel bamboozled by the many fitness options out there? We’re lucky to have a whole host of gyms and specialist retailers in Cambridge, from city centre health club Glassworks to competitively-priced Pure Gym in The Grafton shopping centre. And for those with a penchant for pounding the streets there’s dedicated retailers such as Up&Running.

To help you on your fitness path, here’s five gyms and specialist stores to explore, plus predictions for what’s going to be hot in 2020…


One secret to a healthy, happy you is maintaining your fitness and wellness, wherever you go. And at LivingWell Fitness Cambridge, located at Hilton Cambridge City Centre, on Downing Street, you can do just that. Put on your favourite music and start your perfect workout, mixing the machines, the weights, the WATT bikes or the fantastic TRX equipment. This unmanned club is great value with no contract membership, which includes an induction, or pay-as-you-go workouts. Join online for only £23.95 per month.

LivingWell Fitness Cambridge is at Hilton Cambridge City Centre, 20, Downing Street, Cambridge. Visit


One of the only class-based gyms in Cambridge, situated metres from the station ,F45 is a perfect destination for local residents and commuters. Every class has two trainers and is led by bespoke technology, allowing experts to deliver a personal training experience in a group class setting. A mix of cardio and resistance classes means you can go six to seven days per week without over-training. Try the hour long class on Saturday with alive DJ! First class is free.

F45, Unit 2, 60 Station Road, Cambridge. Visit


Located on the top floor of the sports centre with views over Parker’s Piece, Outlooks Gym features a range of cardio equipment, free weights, VibroGym, battle ropes, TRX, punch bags and more. Mustafa Ustamehmetoglu, Gym Manager and Personal Trainer at Kelsey Kerridge, predicts top trends for 2020 will include functional training (which mimics daily movement) with kettlebells, power bags, etc; strength training (becoming increasingly popular with women); HIIT workouts (featuring short bursts of fat-burning exercise then quick periods of rest); and group training (to promote bonding, productivity and commitment).

Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre is at Queen Anne Terrace, Cambridge. Visit


When it comes to knowledge and enthusiasm in the realm of sportswear, the staff at Decathlon Cambridge could not be better qualified. As David Martin, Decathlon’s Cambridge Business Leader explains: “We are all delighted sportspeople who have turned our passion into our job, which is ‘to sustainably make the pleasure and benefits of sport accessible to many’.” Decathlon stocks sports clothing, shoes and equipment to suit all active pursuits, from snowboarding and cycling to horse riding and hiking.

Decathlon is in The Grafton shopping centre, Cambridge. Visit


Whether you want bum-sculpting leggings or non-slip yoga socks, thermal running gear or a decent drinks bottle, Sweaty Betty will stock it. Founded in 1998 by Tamara Hill- Norton, Sweaty Betty has been shaking up the activewear market for 20 years, true to its goal to make women ‘feel powerful and amazing from studio to street, with the best fit and fabric’. Head down to the Cambridge store to peruse the tempting range or pop along to one of the free shop classes, which range from Barre to yoga.

Sweaty Betty is at 38, Trinity Street, Cambridge. Visit 

Read about all the latest fashion, food, fitness, competitions, home and leisure news in this month’s Velvet Magazine.

One secret to a healthy, happy you is maintaining your fitness and wellness, wherever you go.



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