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Inner strength: the best gyms for weight lifting in central Manchester

1 year ago

Ten years back the only reason you’d lift weights was to get melon-sized biceps and a rock-solid core. Nowadays we know that aesthetic changes are just one of the effects of strength training (and for many of us, the least important).

Lifting weights improves your mood, aids weight management, protects your posture, and for women, helps safeguard against osteoporosis. It’s why the NHS recommends adults do strengthening sessions working all the major muscle groups at least two days a week.

Almost every gym in Manchester has a dedicated weights area. Here we’ve honed in on the places that go beyond just supplying the iron. All these Manchester weightlifting gyms will teach you how to lift safely and effectively, and they all have different strengths (unintentional pun) so choose the one that suits you best.

For focused one-to-one or small group training that’ll ensure your technique and form is spot-on, head to Olympus Projects near Victoria Station, Fighting Fit in the Green Quarter, or Pro-Balance Health just off Albert Square. For high-energy strength training in a fast-moving class environment, go to Hero Training Clubs or BLOK. If it’s the competitive element of lifting that interests you try Train CrossFit Manchester.

Want more suggestions for gyms good for strength training in Manchester? Search for strength using the filters on the left.

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    Federation Gym

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    If bodybuilding, powerlifting or Olympic weightlifting are your thing, there’s a new gym in the Northern Quarter that you’ll want to check out. Federation Gym opened in October 2023 after its owners spotted a gap in the city centre for a luxury, pro-fitness training facility that combines competition-standard equipment with workshops, meal prep, and a posing room.

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  • Girl lifting kettlebell at The Olympus Projects, a gym in Manchester city centre
    Green Quarter

    The Olympus Projects

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    The Olympus Projects takes its inspiration from the original musclebound warriors, the Greek Gods. The motivational quote as you enter tells you to forget the constraints of your human form and embrace your inner Perseus, Hercules or Athena. And then you meet the man, AJ, who’s going to help you do it, and you start to believe it might actually be possible.

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    Pro-Balance Health

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    If you want help to get in shape but dread the thought of being left to flounder in a big, open gym environment, Pro-Balance Health could be for you.

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  • Tomas, one of the trainers at BLOK Manchester
    Manchester City Centre

    BLOK Manchester

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    BLOK is popular thanks to the variety of classes on offer at its Manchester studios (you can do strength, various forms of yoga, boxing, barre, calisthenics, HIIT, meditation, pilates and more).

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  • Weightlifting class at Hero Training Clubs in Manchester city centre
    Northern Quarter

    Zeno Health Club

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    With its stylish design and on-trend classes, boutique gym Zeno Health Club (formerly known as Hero Training Clubs) is well suited to the NOMA neighbourhood’s young, apartment-dwelling residents. 

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  • Man doing a barbell squat at Train Manchester, a Cross Fit gym on the edge of the city centre
    Castlefield

    Train CrossFit Manchester

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    If you’re specifically looking for a CrossFit gym near to Manchester city centre, Train CrossFit Manchester on the edge of Castlefield is one of your best options.

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  • Weight-lifting at Fighting Fit gym in Manchester city centre
    Green Quarter

    Fighting Fit

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    The first thing you see when you step into this under-the-arches gym near Victoria Station is the long line of medals on the wall.

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