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The swimming pool at King Street Gym in Manchester city centre
The swimming pool at King Street Gym in Manchester city centre
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Manchester City Centre

King Street Gym


Just the tip of this huge, iceberg-like gym is visible from street level. Head down the stairs and you’ll find it’s a much bigger beast than you might have imagined, with an 18m pool, an expansive gym floor, a sauna, a steam room, and two good-sized fitness studios.

Some people will know it as the old Sports Direct gym, which didn’t make it through the pandemic. Now under new owners, it’s called King Street Gym, and by all accounts, it’s heading in the right direction.

The gym area has pretty much everything you might want including free weights, resistance machines, treadmills, cross trainers, bikes, and a functional fitness area.

The changing facilities are spacious too, and they’ve scrubbed up nicely under the new management. Take your own padlock for the lockers. Members can hire one for their own exclusive use – useful if you don’t want to carry your trainers home with you every night. An indoor bike rack is another handy feature.

There’s about 25 or so short, well-thought-out classes a week, including box fit, yoga and strength, all timed to fit around working hours. They don’t do single class passes or day passes but they are on ClassPass if you don’t want to commit to membership. 

That said, the membership options are really good value for a city centre gym with this level of facilities. At the time of writing (October 2022) it’s £24.95 a month for a six month contract.

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