Train for longer, and go the distance
Why Choose Open Gym?
We understand the importance of control and independence. That’s why we developed Orwell Fitness’ open gym. Discover how this freestyle session can help you achieve your fitness goals:
Open gym is a perfect compromise between structured classes and solo gym sessions – offering both flexible, independent training, and the optional supervision of a coach. Its self-sufficient nature makes it a highly popular option for members training for upcoming competitions and experienced CrossFitters looking to add to their training schedule.
Although our open gym sessions are dedicated to independent training, our coaches are always at hand to supervise, spot, or assist. We’ll work to ensure you’re able to train at your best – helping minimise risk of injury, whilst ensuring your workout is as effective as possible.
Our extensive gym space features all the equipment you’ll ever need. Whatever your planned open gym workout looks like, we have the facilities to ensure you succeed- from Concept 2 Rowers and a 34ft rig to a near-endless variety of dumbbells, kettlebells, and barbells.
Most of our members use our open gym sessions to take their training one step further; building upon their abilities across the foundational disciplines of weightlifting, gymnastics, and endurance training. Spending some extra time in the gym is an excellent way to consolidate and improve exercises and techniques learned in class – helping you power through workouts better than ever before.
You don’t have to be fit to start your journey with us. Whether you’re an experienced athlete, complete beginner, or somewhere in between, we’ll work to ensure you become familiar with our facilities, classes, and community in no time.
Exercising in a positive group setting is proven to improve both physical and mental health. Whilst building noticeable strength and muscle may take time, the feeling of accomplishment you’ll get after a class with Orwell Fitness is immediate. Why not commit to both?
Orwell Fitness’ workout programs are constantly re-designed for variation, meaning that with us, you’ll never reach your plateau or get bored. Our expert trainers’ smart design work results in classes and routines that both entertain, and deliver results.
Our Ipswich gym is home to a friendly, growing community of like-minded members committed to support, empowerment, and positivity. Whatever your goals, our members, guests, trainers, and team will work alongside you to help you get across the finish line and beyond.
We put our coaches and personal trainers through their paces. Our hand-selected fitness team is composed of key members chosen for their extensive experience and qualifications, alongside their commitment to our values of positivity, inclusivity, and passion for fitness.
Our extensive gym space features all of the equipment you will ever need for continued variety in each class you attend - from Concept 2 Rowers, Rogue Echo Bikes and a 34ft rig to tyres weighing in at over 100kg.
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Hear from our Members
I absolutely love this place. The coaches are incredibly well trained to give interesting workouts that are fun and challenging. They also look after you individually if you’re carrying an injury and will tailor exercises around your needs. Highly recommend!
I used to always go to the gym more because I “should” than actually enjoying the experience but Orwell Fitness has changed this completely. They are so friendly and inclusive, all work outs are flexed to your specific level so everyone finishes together and gets a great workout. Couldn’t recommend them more.
Fantastic training facility, great coaching, quality classes. Just a really friendly place to work out, doesn’t matter if you’re super competitive or just getting fit. Always great fun. Every session.
This is the best gym by far I’ve ever been a member of and has really changed my attitudes towards exercise, I finally no longer dread workouts! I was worried when I joined I’d be completely out of my depth but I was made to feel so welcome by everyone from day one.
Orwell Fitness is the friendliest gym I have personally been a member of or visited. The members are welcoming and encouraging regardless of experience and everybody just wants to see each other doing well.
I’m honestly blown away by the friendliness, support and knowledge of all the trainers. The other people in the class are also so friendly and I’ve felt so welcome in the classes. The gym membership seemed expensive to me before I joined but actually, it’s incredibly good value.
I can highly recommend both this gym & the CrossFit programme to anyone looking for a lifestyle change, this comes from someone who at 51 had never stepped into a gym! I have found the coaches to be very professional and welcoming and existing members really friendly.
Darren & Kirsty have created a fabulous environment for all ages & abilities to train and get fit. They go above and beyond to support the fitness goals of all their members. The gym is friendly, well equipped and incredibly clean! You feel welcomed as soon as you step into the gym.
I have been a member of this gym since 2018 and can easily say it has the best community I have come across. Every class has a great atmosphere and the coaching quality is excellent, often accessing and adapting to everyone’s ability to get the best out of everyone.
This gym is just fantastic! Accommodates all abilities & ages with a great range of classes; Conditioning, CrossFit, Weightlifting, Gymnastics & Strongman. The fitness coaches are super attentive and will adapt workouts to suit you.
I used to always go to the gym more because I “should” than actually enjoying it but Orwell Fitness has changed this completely. They are so friendly and inclusive, all workouts are flexed to your specific level so everyone finishes together and gets a great workout. Couldn’t recommend them more.
Orwell Fitness is by far the best gym I have ever trained. I’ve trained in so many gyms but Orwell blows them all out of the water. The facility is insane, the equipment is perfect, the coaches are brilliant and the programme is perfect.
Exceptional gym! I would give it 100 stars if I could! This welcoming, supportive gym caters for everybody, whatever your fitness levels and training goals. Along with amazing coaching, programming and facilities – they have created a great community!
Everything you need to know about Orwell Fitness. Can’t find the answer you’re looking for?Contact Us
You don’t have to be fit to start your journey with Orwell Fitness. Whether you’re an experienced athlete, complete beginner, or somewhere in between, we’ll work to ensure you become familiar with our facilities, classes, and community in no time. Each of our programs, classes, and training options – from weightlifting to personal training – are hand-designed by expert instructors to be scalable for all ages, levels, and fitness abilities.
If you’re brand new to the fitness world, we’ll take the time to familiarise you with our facilities, classes, and community over a no-obligation free trial, during which we’ll work with you to gauge your fitness levels and goals before making accordant training suggestions.
We’ll do everything we can to help you succeed, and cheer you on every step of the way. All we ask from you is effort and commitment.
Orwell Fitness’ South-Ipswich gym was designed with functional fitness in mind – meaning it has all the facilities you’ll need to complete the ultimate workout. We have two showers and individual changing areas, alongside toilets with disabled access. To keep things as hygienic as possible, we kindly ask our members to supply their own towels and wash supplies.
Orwell Fitness’ opening times are scheduled to match the general needs of our members – meaning we open later on some days. View our schedule below:
Monday – 6am – 9pm
Tuesday – 6am – 9pm
Wednesday – 6am – 9pm
Thursday – 6am – 9pm
Friday – 6am – 8pm
Saturday – 8am – 1pm
Sunday – 8am – 11am
To learn more about the classes and fitness options we offer during opening hours, please visit our ‘what we offer’ or ‘timetable’ pages.
Don’t worry if you’re not sure where to start at the gym – even the greatest athletes were beginners at one point!
One of the best ways to familiarise yourself with your chosen gym’s environment, facilities, and community is to book in for a consultation, or one-off session with a trainer; with most good gyms offering an introductory booking or trial of some sort to new or prospective members. These sessions are a brilliant way to build confidence, get to grips with unfamiliar equipment, and get some professional input on your goals.
At Orwell Fitness, we want to make sure you have the best possible introductory experience. Before signing up for a class or monthly gym membership, we suggest booking a free trial with us to explore what we have to offer, meet the team, and discover your strengths.
After you’ve completed your trial, we’ll talk through your experience with you – discovering what you’d like to achieve at Orwell Fitness, and how we can help.
Our state of the art 3100sqft facility was designed with a clear mission in mind – to create an environment perfect for effective, enjoyable, and empowering training for all ability levels. Although many of our CrossFit inspired exercises are bodyweight driven, we’ve packed our gym with the best, most versatile equipment Ipswich has to offer for weightlifters, cardio enthusiasts, gymnasts, Strongmen (and women!) and more:
We also offer everything you could need post-workout, with showers, private changing rooms, and toilets on site. To keep things as hygienic as possible, we kindly ask our members to supply their own towels and wash supplies.
Ultimately, there’s no one ‘best’ piece of equipment for weight loss. The best option for you is often the machine or equipment most suited to your individual abilities, requirements, and preferences.
With that being said, our instructors have put together a shortlist of their favourite equipment for weight loss (outside of bodyweight exercises):
These machines offer a great, low-impact cardiovascular workout, alongside incredible versatility in terms of workout level.
Rowing machines are an excellent option for those looking to quickly and effectively burn calories and fat whilst building muscle across multiple areas.
Kettlebells are another highly versatile piece of equipment, often used as a highly effective tool for weight loss, whilst building significant levels of strength – particularly in the core.
The process for joining a gym varies depending on which one you select! The vast majority of UK gyms and leisure groups tend to offer a monthly or yearly membership option, often payable by direct debit. The exact specifications of your membership contract can vary according to the options chosen.
At Orwell, we like to keep things simple. We offer a rolling monthly membership, payable by direct debit, and cancellable anytime. With us, all you’ve got to do is select a monthly gym membership (we offer discounted rates for some groups), browse our schedule, and book classes, slots, and training at your convenience! We can’t wait to welcome you.
Visit our membership page to discover more.
Ultimately, there’s no one ‘best’ piece of equipment for abs. The best option for you is often the machine or equipment most suited to your individual abilities, requirements, and preferences.
With that being said, our instructors have put together a shortlist of their favourite equipment for ab workouts:
Ab rollers are a brilliant option for ab workouts both in the gym and at home – challenging the core, arms, back, chest, hamstrings, and shoulders in just a short set of movements.
This tool is an excellent accompaniment to bodyweight ab workouts – taking twists and crunches one step further with added resistance. Medicine balls are also available in a wide range of weights and sizes, making them great for any level of fitness or experience.
The ideal number of gym sessions you attend per week is entirely determined by the class type you attend/exercises you complete, alongside your goals, ability levels, and preferences. Our trainers generally recommend completing 3-5 sessions per week for the best possible results and optimum sustainability but can provide frequency and class recommendations personalised to you throughout your free trial class.
We’ll work to suggest a frequency that works for you and your schedule while exposing your body to enough training to enable an increase in fitness levels throughout the week.
To book your free trial, or talk to our trainers, fill in the contact form above.
Exercising is scientifically proven to deliver massive benefits to both physical and mental health – meaning those committed to their gym schedule are often at their happiest and healthiest. Whilst building noticeable strength and muscle may take time, the feeling of accomplishment you’ll get after a class, workout, or personal training is immediate and often long-lasting.
Outside of obvious physical benefits and mental accomplishments, the gym can be life-changing across a wide spectrum of areas. Whether you’re looking to join a community of tight-knit, like-minded people, build your confidence and self-esteem, motivate yourself, hold yourself accountable, improve your overall health or even establish a better sleeping schedule – gyms can deliver.
What you wear to the gym is ultimately a personal choice you feel confident and comfortable. With this being said, it’s important to ensure that your clothes allow you to fulfil your full workout potential. Avoid uncomfortable, ill-fitting, or dangerous choices, and opt instead for breathable fabrics, non-restrictive pieces with elasticated waistbands, and clothing offering the correct support for your body type.
Before packing your bag, consider the exercises you’re hoping to complete during your session – e.g. although baggy, lightweight trousers may be great for keeping you comfortable and cool, they may catch on the pedals of an exercise bike and risk injury.