Skip to main contentAccessibility Statement

How to beat the January gym rush at your local leisure centre

18 January 2024

Woman at the gym

Gymgoers in West Northamptonshire have been given top tips on how to beat the January rush by local leisure operator Everyone Active.

With the new year providing many with the motivation to start a new fitness regime or take their existing workouts up a level, gyms and exercise studios can quickly become busy.

With this in mind, Everyone Active, which runs Daventry Leisure Centre and Moulton Leisure Centre in partnership with West Northamptonshire Council, has put together its five hacks to help you get active.

We welcome everyone to our sites, whether they are new, returning or existing members.

We want people in the local community to be able to work out when and how they want to, and we will support them to achieve their fitness goals.

No matter what your age, interests or ability, there is an activity for you at our centres.
Jamie Brightwell, Everyone Active’s contract manager

1. Identify quiet times to go to the gym

Take a few weeks to identify when the best times are to visit your gym. No two centres are the same, so head along at different times to see what fits you best.

The post-work window is usually busy, so maybe rising early, a lunchtime session or a mid-evening slot could be the answer.

If you have free time on weekdays, you will likely get your pick of the equipment during normal working hours.

2. Use minimal equipment

You don’t necessarily need to use a wide variety of equipment to get a full workout, and the less equipment you use, the less likely you are to run into gym traffic.

A personal trainer at an Everyone Active centre will be able to give good advice on how to get a great workout using just a few pieces of Everyone Active’s state-of-the-art equipment.

For further details around personal training, ask colleagues in centre, while for initial inspiration around small-scale workouts.

3. Virtual classes

Group exercise classes can be highly subscribed, but virtual classes are a great way to beat the rush.

There are usually spots free, allowing you to join classes at the last minute and work up a sweat whenever is convenient.

For many people, virtual classes also help to tackle the anxiety they may initially feel about exercising in front of others.

4. Try a different activity

Getting fit doesn’t have to be all about the gym. Sometimes it’s a good motivation-builder – and a change of pace – to throw in something different.

Perhaps you’d enjoy swimming a few lengths, or staying on land for a game of badminton or a yoga class.

Doing different activities will enhance your all-round fitness and keep your interest levels high.

5. Work out at home

The Great British weather may not be at its finest at this time of year, but you don’t have to leave your own home to be active.

Everyone on Demand – available within the Everyone Active app – allows you to access a wide range of fitness options from the comfort of your living room.

From fitness and personal training to wellness, there’s a service or session to support everyone.

Want the latest Council news delivered straight to your inbox?