The stylish Manchester gym where you can train however you want this year
It's an all-rounder.
It’s January and whether you’re a year-round gym bunny, trying to recapture your fitness mojo, or considering dipping your toe in the exercise world for the very first time, you’re probably getting a bit swept up in the New Year health hype.
Manchester is blessed with a plethora of options to keep active, whether you’re into a butt-kicking boot camp or a mindful yoga session.
But there aren’t many gyms in town where you can train in several different ways for one single membership cost.
That’s where V1BE comes in.
Now with two locations in the city centre, this is a gym space that marries boutique fitness classes with an open gym kitted out with all the equipment you need for a complete solo workout.
V1BE’s original studio was down in a basement unit in the Northern Quarter and had built up a loyal following with its classes, which blend treadmills, free weights and boxing.
V1BE and Lifestyle Fitness joined forces a couple of years ago to launch a £1m facility in Ancoats, going on to open a second joint venue on Mosley Street.
Considered one of Manchester’s best class-based gyms, the addition of an open gym area has made V1BE one of Manchester’s best gyms full stop.
In the free weights area on Mosley Street, you’ll find a stylish gym that may be compact, but one which has an impressive array of equipment (and properly nice changing rooms too).
There’s a huge rig in the middle of the room for pull-ups and callisthenics workouts, along with a track for sled pushes and pulls, resistance bands, battle ropes, paralettes, kettlebells, sandbags, gymnastic rings, weight belts and more.
Fancy a blast of cardio? They’ve got it all: Wattbikes, assault bikes, stairmasters, treadmills, rowers and ski ergs.
Ready to move some weight? There’s a great range of machines plus a whole wall of dumbbells, two squat racks, many barbells, and an Olympic lifting platform.
Then when you’re done sweating you can grab your stuff from the digital-locking lockers, hit the showers, and blast your hair back to order with GHD hairdryers and straighteners.
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Back upstairs at V1BE you’ll find the studio area, hosting the classes that it built its name on. Classes range in length (30, 45 or 60 minutes) and intensity.
There’s IGN1TE, where you’ll flit between treadmill sprints and floor workouts. STR1KE does the same but also incorporates boxing drills. ADRENAL1NE skips the treadmills and focuses on free weight and bodyweight exercises. And then there’s BOOT1E, dedicated to lower body strength.
V1BE has also just launched new pilates to its timetable in time for your 2024 health kick. With their full membership, it means that in one week you can lift heavy, stretch deep, or sweat hard, with whatever workout you fancy each day.
Memberships for V1BE start from £39 – you can find out more HERE.
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