Why Are There Women Only Gyms?

In the wonderful world of fitness, where the clinking of weights and the grunts of strain bounce off gym walls, it can be intimidating to find the right space for you. Ultimately, a gym is a space where you need to feel comfortable lifting, squatting, lunging and working towards your fitness goals. 

24/7 Fitness recognises the importance of catering specifically to women's fitness goals and concerns in order to empower not only the confident but everyone in the UK to lead healthy lives. This has led us to create women-only gym spaces in select locations. In this article, we'll delve into why women-only gyms exist and what sets them apart from traditional gyms.

Why Do We Need Female Only Gyms?

While normal gyms are certainly a space where everyone is welcome, some women have a less-than-ideal experience at gyms or are nervous to try them out in the first place. This feeling is 100% understandable, as one can feel vulnerable when moving your body, especially when you’re not used to it.

That said, here are the reasons why having and frequenting female gyms can be empowering:

Privacy and Comfort

One of the primary reasons women seek out women-only gyms is the need for privacy and comfort. Traditional gyms can sometimes feel intimidating, especially for those just starting their fitness journey. Women-only gyms provide a safe and comfortable space where women can work out without feeling self-conscious.

Fostering a Supportive Community

Women-only gyms often foster a sense of community and support that can be hard to find elsewhere. Here, you're not just another gym-goer; you're part of a community of like-minded women who understand your unique challenges and goals. This sense of belonging can be incredibly motivating and empowering, especially when you take fitness classes with a room full of strong women.

Tailored Workouts and Classes

Women have different fitness needs than men and women-only gyms recognise this. They offer specialised classes and workouts, like Les Mills classes, that target women's specific goals, whether it's toning, weight loss, or improving overall health. This tailored approach ensures that women can get the most out of their gym experience.

Body Image and Self-Esteem

Society often places unrealistic expectations on women's bodies, leading to body image issues and low self-esteem. Women-only gyms provide a supportive and non-judgmental space where women can focus on their health and well-being without the pressure of societal beauty standards.

Safety Concerns

Safety is a significant concern for women in public spaces, including gyms. Women’s-only gyms address these concerns by providing a secure environment where women can work out without feeling vulnerable.

Gender Stereotypes in Traditional Gyms

Traditional gyms can sometimes reinforce gender stereotypes, with certain areas or equipment (strength training, we’re looking at you) being dominated by men. Women-only gyms break free from these stereotypes, offering equal access to all equipment and spaces.

The 24/7 Fitness Women-Only Gym Experience

At 24/7 Fitness, we have female-only gyms in the following locations:

Though they are not listed on the website as separate entities, the final three locations in the list above have ladies-only gyms within the main gyms. These fantastic female gyms don’t only offer excellent fitness classes, exercise bikes, cardio equipment, personal trainers and a supportive environment but also the following:

Inclusive and Friendly Atmosphere

At our 24/7 Fitness women-only community-led gym, you'll find a warm and inclusive atmosphere. The staff and trainers are committed to ensuring that every member feels welcome and supported, regardless of their fitness level or experience. It's a place where you can be yourself and focus on your fitness journey without fear of judgment.

Affordability and Accessibility

One of the best elements of 24/7 Fitness is our affordability and accessibility. We offer flexible membership options, making it easier for women from all walks of life to prioritise their health and well-being. With multiple locations across the UK, finding a 24/7 Fitness women-only gym near you is easier than ever.

Women-Only Fitness Club Criticisms

Of course, not everyone loves a female-only gym, and there are a few concerns that could be linked to even the best women-only gyms. Here are a few of the common criticisms:

Exclusivity and Discrimination

Critics sometimes argue that women-only gyms promote exclusivity and discrimination. However, it's essential to recognise that these spaces exist to create a more inclusive and comfortable environment for women who may not feel the same way in traditional gyms.

Reinforcement of Gender Stereotypes

Women-only gyms actively work against gender stereotypes by providing a space where women can break free from traditional roles and expectations. It's a place where women can define their own fitness journeys, but some may say that it reinforces the stereotype that mixed gyms are more for men than they are for women.

Limited Equipment and Resources

Women-only gyms like 24/7 Fitness invest in high-quality equipment and resources, ensuring that women have access to everything they need to achieve their fitness goals. However, some womens gyms may have less equipment than others and may be lacking in traditional strength-training equipment like rowing machines, lat pull-down machines, shoulder presses and others.

Tips for Choosing the Right Gym Environment

If you're considering joining a gym and wondering whether a women-only gym is right for you, here are some simple tips:

  • Assess your personal fitness goals

  • Consider your comfort and preference

  • Examine the available services and amenities

Ready to Get Gyming?

In a world where empowerment and inclusivity matter more than ever, women-only gyms like those offered by 24/7 Fitness are providing a safe fitness space for those who want to go after their goals. These gyms are not just places to work out; they are spaces where women can reclaim their confidence, redefine their goals, and forge lifelong friendships. 

So, whether you choose a women-only gym or a traditional one, the most important thing is to prioritise your health and well-being. You deserve it.