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About us

Our approach to health and fitness

We take a holistic approach to health and fitness. It's in our YMCA's mission and has been since 1871. We dedicate time to mind, body and spirit to achieve true fitness.

Our team is focused on improving health and wellbeing for every individual in our diverse fitness community. We welcome everyone; no goal is too small or too big. We will challenge you, and help you to redefine your goals.

We help people run marathons when they don't think it's possible, we dedicate time to helping our members excel at their chosen sports, we see friendships form for life, goals redefined because the previously unachievable is made possible, and we're always moving forward, as a community.

We invest in our staff team so that our members get the best possible training. We have staff trained in everything from cardiac rehabilitation to sports massage, from CrossFit to spin and yoga , and we work together to share our knowledge and improve our gym to help the community grow from strength to strength.

Come in and say hello; we'll show you around and get you started on your new fitness journey. It's going to be epic.

Taken me years to find a friendly gym I feel completely comfortable in. A*”

Our team

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Our coaches have loads of experience in the fitness industry. They are all CrossFit Level 1 qualified and have their own specialist fields. These guys lead on the 1871 membership and work together to provide an impressive programme which combines CrossFit with strength and conditioning in an unrivalled team atmosphere.

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Fitness Instructors

Fitness Instructors lead on classes within our core membership. They are passionate about fitness and spend their own time running, boxing, cycling, climbing, hiking and even training for competitions. We are extremely proud of our talented team. Check out our timetable for the full list of classes on offer at YMCA gym.

Member Advisors

Member advisors are on hand to answer all of your questions, as well as provide advice and support throughout your journey with us. Many of them are on their own fitness journey and have some great tips on fitting in your training around a busy schedule!

Other very important people

Dan Hibbert is YMCA gym’s Centre Manager. He keeps this place running smoothly; from budgets and schedules to research and staff training. Dan is also a keen member of our 1871 membership.

Liz Robertson, Danny Graham and Emma Sleight are our Duty Managers. They handle day to day management of YMCA gym and are always on hand to listen to feedback and help the community grow. Liz is also a Coach at 1871, and Danny and Emma are Run Leaders for running club.

Our domestic team. This amazing group of people keep the gym clean, tidy and safe so you can enjoy your workouts here.

Our space

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This grade II listed sportshall has some stories to tell. It’s now our dedicated space the 1871 membership with CrossFit and strength and conditioning at its heart. Members on our full membership will have access to this space and the 1871 classes, along with everything else YMCA gym has to offer.

From olympic weights to tyres, from a purpose built rig to ropes and dumbbells, an astroturf track for sprints and sled pulls, sandbags, kettle bells...we’ve got functional fitness covered. To find out more about 1871 click here

gym floor

Treadmills, rowers, bikes, power plates and strength training equipment. Here you will also find a dedicated stretch area with resistance bands, foam rollers and more.

Gym floor Gym floor
performance room Performance room

Home to our HIIT 360 rig as well as further weight training equipment. HIIT classes take place in this space.

spin studio Spin studio As well as our fast paced spin classes lead by our brilliant instructors and accompanied by awesome soundtracks, this space can also be hired out for training, meetings and events.
studio Studio Many of our classes take place here. See the class timetable for a full list of what’s on offer. The studio can also be hired for training, meetings and events.
learning and consultation rooms Looking to make your first step into the fitness industry? Or got the basics covered and looking to progress? YMCA fit offer a wide range of health and fitness courses right here at YMCA gym. Check out YMCA fit’s courses here.
changing rooms and showers Changing room Large changing areas, lockers and showers make working out with us stress free. We also offer a free towel service so there’s no need to weigh your bag down with a towel from home.
not forgetting We’re based right in the heart of the city centre which means we have loads of extra space to play in.
All of this plus water fountains, free wifi, spotify playlists that members can add to, massage and therapy rooms, chill out areas and vending machines make YMCA gym a great place to train.
It's just the best gym in Nottingham

Our mission

The YMCA movement and YMCA gym

We belong to a worldwide Christian Ecumenical movement that genuinely welcomes those of other faiths and none. We seek to share the Christian ideal of building a human community of justice where every one deserves the chance to fulfil their God-given potential.

Our passions are youth development, healthy living and social responsibility which are encompassed by all of our many programmes.

Our Core Values are Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility and these are the threads which run through everything we do.

Each YMCA branch is autonomous, but we are proud to be part of the movement nationally and internationally. Did you know the YMCA has 11,200 branches in 119 countries and reaches 58 million people every year.

In 1871 a group of friends set up a YMCA branch in Nottinghamshire and we are still here!

Our mission, based on Christian values, is to develop the mind, body and spirt of individuals, families and communities, and improve health and well-being for all

YMCA gym is just one part of the jigsaw. Welcome to the community

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