Why are we the best budget gym in the UK?

Have you heard us casually mention here and there that JD Gyms is the best budget gym chain in the UK? We aren’t just making it up … We have a fancy trophy that says so! 😉  It’s something we’re really proud of, so in case you haven’t heard about our award win, we thought we’d just write a little post all about it.


Late last year, at a glitzy awards ceremony in Leicester, members of the JD Gyms management team triumphantly (and noisily!) took to the stage to be crowned as winners of  the Budget Gym of the Year Award.

This amazing moment came after a successful entry into the National Fitness Awards many months before.  The National Fitness Awards is the fitness industry’s leading and most highly respected awards ceremony.  Each year, the event sees around 1000 fitness professionals gather together to recognise and celebrate excellence, innovation and achievement.

JD Gyms Best Budget Gym in the UK

The Budget Gym of the Year category was open to entries from all gyms in the UK who offer membership at less than £20 per month, ranging from large chains to small, independently owned gyms.

We had to demonstrate how we set ourselves apart from other budget gyms, by showcasing our state-of-the-art facilities, amazing class timetables, high levels of member satisfaction, excellent value for money and the positive impacts on the health and wellbeing of the local communities that we serve. Using JD Gyms Hull as the case study site, an impartial panel of judges (made up of health, fitness and sporting legends) selected JD Gyms as the clear winner.

And what a moment it was when the announcement came!  (See video below)

Reflecting on the win, our Managing Director, Alun Peacock, said: “This is an incredible achievement that we are very proud of. We have worked incredibly hard to create budget gyms with a real difference. We know that despite being low cost, our gyms have a supreme fitness offering, with a stylish luxury feel. This award win names JD Gyms as the UK’s BEST budget gym, against strong competition. Though we will by no means rest on our laurels, we will build on this achievement, with a strong focus on continual improvement and staying ahead of the game as we create new gyms in Leeds, Wigan and other areas of the UK throughout 2016 and beyond.”

Director of the National Fitness Awards, Judith Halkerston, said: “The standard of entries was excellent – the work going on in fitness facilities up and down the country is inspirational and JD Gyms should be very proud of their achievement. Congratulations.”

Check out this video below of the exact moment when we won …  p.s  turn the volume down, we’re a noisy lot when we’re excited!