Why make a commitment when you can pick and choose? Whether you’re a visitor to this city or a local there’s a time and a place for PAYG fitness classes and Dublin has more options to choose from than ever before. From neon lit spinning classes to ‘fiver Fridays’ you don’t have to sign on the dotted line to take any of these fitness classes.
Spinzone, Aldi Centre, Long Mile Road, Dublin 12
Spinzone’s pay as you go spinning classes take place in an awesome neon lit studio on the Long Mile road. Spinzone’s instructors are experts at motivating you and putting you through your paces and the music is always pumping. It’s a great place to zone out to some banging tunes after a hard day’s work. It’s a little bit out of town but it’s well worth travelling to because it’s one of the coolest fitness studios in Dublin. Spinning chains like Soulcycle have gained tremendous popularity in New York and LA, Spinzone brings a little bit of that spirit to Dublin.
Andy Kenny Fitness, Unit 31, Trinity Enterprise Centre, Pearse St, Dublin 2
Andy Kenny’s fitness studio is conveniently located in the city centre and now offers a colossal selection of pay as you go classes, there are over 100 classes per week to choose from! Andy himself is truly passionate about fitness and health and you can see this when he talks about his own journey to fitness. His spinning classes are renowned but you can also attend all sorts of strength & toning classes or join one of his running groups. Most of the classes have a pay as you go option, ranging from €4 to €12, with easy online booking.
Dublin City Council Gyms, various locations
Dublin City council runs six gyms throughout Dublin. The most central is the Markiewicz (or the Marky to the cool kids) which boasts a 25 metre pool as well as cardio and weights gym areas. A gym visit will cost you €6.50 and a gym and swim will cost you €7.50. They also have an extensive programme of classes that you can drop in to. Unfortunately, the Marky is currently closed for maintenance. In the meantime the other centrally located DCC gyms are at Irishtown and Swan Leisure, Rathmines, both also offer pay as you go prices.
Swan Leisure, Rathmines
Actually, Swan Leisure deserves a mention in its own right. It’s a new facility in Rathmines, boasting a modern gym floor and a 25 metre pool. Pay as you go prices are €7 for a gym visit, €6.50 for a swim and €7.50 for both. There are over 50 classes per week on the timetable at Swan Leisure and classes are €7, pay as you go. They can only be booked on the day so arrive early if you want to do an evening class.
Gloucester Street Gym, Gloucester St., Dublin 2
Just around the corner from the Markiewicz is the Gloucester street gym. At first glance this looks like it’s just a sports hall, but investigate further and you’ll find that they run a wide range of pay as you go classes at convenient times for city centre workers. Classes include circuits or kettlebells in the gym hall and spinning in the cosy basement spin studio. It’s a hidden gem that’s popular with the local office crowd.
YMCA Gym, Aungier st., Dublin 2
The YMCA gyms at Aungier street and Sandymount both offer pay as you go options. Pay as you go use of the gym is only €6, morning/lunchtime classes are €6 each and evening/weekend classes are €8 each. The class timetable at Aungier street is extensive, with over 30 classes per week, while the Sandymount tmetable is still in the early days.
Flyefit, various locations all over Dublin
Flyefit is taking over Dublin! The chain of low cost, 24 hour gyms now has seven outlets in Dublin, with another opening soon in Dundrum. Clients love their quality equipment, their extensive class timetables and their no nonsense approach to membership fees and opening hours. Gone are the days when you’d have to sign up for lengthy, expensive gym contracts. At Flyefit a monthly pass is only €29 and the sign up process is completed online. A Day pass is €9 so you can drop into one of their gyms for a workout or a class.
RAW Gym – City Centre & now Sandyford
Raw don’t list pay as you go or drop in prices on their website any more but this is one of the friendliest and most accommodating gyms in Dublin, so no list would be complete without including them. Raw have recently opened a second gym so they’re now in Sandyford as well as the city centre (well, Portobello really). They have a large floor of equipment, free weights and machines and an extensive timetable of classes. Check with them first if they’ll give you a drop in price but we’ll be surprised if they don’t accommodate it.
Insanity Fitzone, Palmerstown
Mark Lacey’s gym in Palmerstown offers pay as you go prices of €6 to €10 per class. You can book classes online or on their app and choose from more cardio focused options like ‘Insanity Intervals’ or ‘Circuits’ to the pure strength ‘IFZ Strength’ class. The gym is a compact warehouse style gym where the trainers are serious and you’re guaranteed a good workout. It’s also got a community vibe so you’ll feel like one of the team.
Fit Studios, Fairview
Fit Studios have some great four and six week packages to whip you into shape, but they also offer pay as you go access to their classes for €10. Choose from options like circuit training, high intensity and TRX. What’s more they’ve teamed up with Chopped so on Fridays at lunchtime you can do a 30 minute HIIT session and get a Chopped salad bowl, all for just €10. Another great offer is the 5pm Fiver Friday class.
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