We believe everyone should enjoy the benefits of good health and wellbeing.
Looking for great value classes and gym membership in Bath – we have it all at the YMCA. Most varied timetable of classes in the city with some of the best instructors in the South West. A friendly gym with superb staff on hand to help support and encourage you with your workout or help plan your fitness journey. Non members and MoveGB also welcome – but by joining you get the best rates and preferential booking of classes.
£29.95 / month fully inclusive membership
(min 3 months) & includes unlimited access to the gym and classes (pre-bookable)
£25 / month all inclusive Student Membership (on the production of valid student ID)
you can access the gym and classes (pre-bookable)
Pay as you go:
1 hour classes & all Les Mills classes £7
45 min classes £6
30 min classes £5
Yin Yoga Sunday (monthly class) £12
Classes are only pre-bookable to members
- Gym Opening Times
Monday to Friday – 6.30 am to 10.00 pm
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays – 7.00 am – 6.00 pm
- Great unpretentious atmosphere, with our members saying that we offer the friendliest facility in town
- Dedicated and qualified staff, who will work with you to achieve your own person health, fitness and wellbeing goals – included in your membership!
- Complimentary initial fitness consultation, personal programme for the gym and up to 3 further consultations / programmes a year for all inclusive members.
- Our staff are constantly on hand to monitor your progress; give you a boost when your training is feeling tough and best of all, to celebrate your successes with you – all included in your membership!
- In-house fitness challenges to keep you motivated
- Social programme with regular activities to sign up to
- Sports massage available for an additional fee
The best part – because YMCA Bath is a charity we use any surplus funds to support our charitable work with vulnerable young people. Therefore whilst your body is getting trimmer and toned and you feel more zen like – your membership is also supporting our charitable work – so whilst you win so does someone else who really needs some help and support!
Which class is for you?
Our classes are designed to be accessible to everyone – we even offer a FREE community class every Wednesday that is a gentle yoga class. Our teachers are all highly qualified and passionate about what they do so you are in great hands. Men and women are encouraged to attend and our classes are open to all levels – although if you are completely new to yoga and exercise it would be best to start with a gentle or restorative class to ease you in!
Ease into Monday
A lovely gentle start to the week at 7.30am on a Monday. This is the perfect class to coax you into the week ahead with gentle stretches and a little flow. This class is suitable for all levels including beginners / new yogis.
Dynamic Yoga Flow
As the name suggests, this class is fairly fast moving – you will leave feeling like you have exercised as it is physically challenging. It incorporates a variety of yoga postures and combines in some fitness work too. This is a class that is designed to develop strength, flexibility and endurance. We move from posture to posture using the breath and ease of movement to flow and sequence together complimentary movements that may at times challenge but will always be fun.
This class is most suitable for people who have some previous fitness or yoga experience – but there will always be options to make the class work for you.
This is a wonderful class to immerse yourself into complete relaxation. Often referred to a yogic sleep, it allows participants to find a state between sleep and wakefulness allowing you to tap into the subconscious and unconscious mind. The class is 100% relaxation so wear warm and comfortable clothes. Participants tell us they always sleep better after doing this class and just feel like they have nurtured themselves in the midst of busy lives. Perfect! Our Nidra classes are always done by candlelight and warm blankets are provided. Apparently a Nidra class can give the same benefits as 4 hours of deep restful sleep!
Gentle Yoga / Community Class
Yay – a free class or by optional donation to the YMCA’s charitable work. The aim being to give everyone the opportunity to try yoga – allowing the class to be truly inclusive. It is a gentle class designed to move with ease and freedom between postures, restoring and balancing the body and mind. Accessible for all levels of practitioners, from complete beginners to the more experienced yogi.
Free or by optional donation to support the charitable work of YMCA Bath Group – predominantly working with vulnerable young people. Please donate if you can!
A restorative class where postures are held for a longer period of time (normally 3 – 5 minutes) to allow the body to settle into the pose with an emphasis on softening, patience and kindness to ourselves. A lovely simple form of yoga using props such as bolsters and blankets ~ to support and nurture us. It is slow, soft and relaxing.
Yoga / Yoga flow
These classes incorporate Hatha yoga with flowing sequences designed to build strength, flexibility and endurance. You will learn many of the popular poses we see today and be shown techniques to start to develop your yoga practice. The classes will also normally include a relaxation period towards the end of the class to calm both the body and mind. Suitable for participants of all levels.
Friday Fiery Flow 7.30am
Without the intensive heat of hot yoga, these warm flow classes are perfect for the chilly mornings but also a great way to build up a sweat in the warmer months. A vinyasa-based practice incorporating popular postures sequenced to offer some challenges and a whole lot of fun. You will leave feeling ready to launch yourself into your perfect day.
A very gentle class in a warm but not hot studio, where the focus is on calming, gentle yoga postures to ease you into your day and leave you feeling gently stretched and perfectly relaxed.
Warm flow yoga
Using popular and accessible yoga postures and sequences to build strength and flexibility within a warm but not hot temperature.
HIIT Yoga High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
A class of two halves – the first being HIIT focused to offer an all over body workout designed for all levels wanting to develop their fitness. Bursts of intense body weight exercises carefully blended together to help unlock the fat-burning, metabolism-boosting, heart-pounding benefits of High Intensity Interval Training.
Yoga flow – flowing yoga postures carefully weaved together and designed to be synchronised to your breath to leave you feeling balanced, stretched, relaxed and energised.
Parent Child Yoga
Taught by the wonderful Emma, these classes are a wonderful way for children to spend quality time with a parent / carer, relaxing and unwinding after the school day. The class teaches mindfulness and meditation techniques alongside make yoga assessable and a lot of fun. Children age 11+ plus one adult (£5) and there is a £3 charge for any additional siblings.
Monthly Restorative Yin and Guided Meditation, 4.00pm – 5.30pm YMCA Bath:
On the first Sunday of each month Trish leads a Yin Yoga and Guided meditation at the YMCA at 4pm for an hour and a half. Themes for this year’s classes are
Sun 5th May New Moon
Sun 2nd June Self Compassion
Sun 7th Jul Inner Fire
Sun 4th Aug And breathe…
Sun 1st Sep Fresh starts
Sun 6th Oct Letting Go
Sun 3rd Nov Nourish, nurture and heal
Sun 8th Dec Hygge style Christmas rest
108 Sun Salutations
Every Summer and Winter Solstice we celebrate this special time with 108 Sun Salutations. Due to the business of the studio we normally opt for the nearest Tuesday night class – as this gives us plenty of time to complete the 108 and stretch out after and enjoy a little relaxation. We do this by candlelight and whilst it is without doubt a challenge – it is a wonderful moving mediation and you only do what you want to do!
Next dates: Tuesday June 18th at 7.00pm at YMCA Bath
Hygge style Christmas rest – Yin Yoga and Guided Meditation
Sunday 8th December 2019 4pm – 5.30pm
Back by popular demand – a sell out success last year – this is a delightful class of restorative yin yoga followed by half an hour of guided meditation / yoga nidra. The studio will be set up with candles and fairy lights to ensure a true hygge feeling. Join Trish for an hour and a half of festive rest.
Places are limited so book your place with at the Health & Wellbeing reception or contact Katie, YMCA Class Coordinator on email@example.com. Last year we had to turn people away so be sure to get booked on.
Narnia 2019 –Sunday 1st December – 1 day only!
Our Narnia themed yoga retreats are always a sell out – so get this date in your diary now. Based at Barley Wood in Bristol, near to Bristol Airport in a delightful village called Wrington about a 45min drive from Bath.
This retreat has almost become an institutional event with people booking year on year to take part in this little slice of magic so close to Christmas but before the real hurly burly sets in!
We ask everyone to contribute to our Pot Luck lunch by making or buying something to share at the lunch buffet table – and every year it just seems to get better and better.
Spaces are limited – we only allow approx 25 for the day.
A typical day will start with arrivals and welcome at 10.30am followed by a flow class at 11.00am and something a little slower as we ease towards out pot luck lunch. The afternoon may start with a non physical activity to allow the food to settle before we get going again with some more yoga and then easing slowly towards a wonderful wintery themed guided meditation before we stop for tea and cake at the end of the day.
Price £70 per person
Yoga retreat in Sri Lanka Nov 2018 – a sell out success! Next yoga holiday planned for March 2020.
YMCA Bath Group took a group of 17 yogis to Sri Lanka in Nov 18 for a week of yoga, sun, SUP, tea planatations, safaris and so much more…. We were hosted by the wonderful Glenda and Peter Botes who opened their own boutique hotel Plantation House, in Hikkaduwa – Sri Lanka – where we based the retreat from but also used accommodation at both Plantation House and next door Vesma Villas. Glenda is also a member of the YMCA and loves all the classes we offer and is especially a regular at indoor cycling and yoga.
Plantation House, is a new, modern villa, built in 2017 with all the requirements for a relaxed holiday in beautiful Sri Lanka. With spacious accommodation leading onto a wide veranda, cooled by paddle fans, overlooking a lovely garden, with swaying coconut trees, and a sparkling swimming pool. There is an outdoor dining area and yoga platform beside the pool, to enjoy as much of the beautiful weather, as possible. The villa is completely air-conditioned, to ensure a good night’s rest. Next door in Vesma Villas we benefited from similar accommodation.
The Plantation House villa is owned and run by Peter & Glenda Botes, which is just a 5 minute walk to the famous swimming, surfing, and holiday beach of Hikkaduwa. Hikkaduwa, is a well-known holiday destination, with a chilled, laidback atmosphere.
After flying into Colombo, guests were met by a private driver and transferred by air-conditioned mini-van or bus to Plantation House. This is approximately a 2-hour drive on the new motorway, down the South Coast.
Hikkaduwa is a bustling town and while it’s a tourist destination, it has not lost the charm which is evident by all the markets & local traders. The next main town down the South Coast is the famous walled city of Galle, which is a 15 minute car/bus/tuk-tuk drive away. Galle is rich in history dating back to the days of the Portuguese & Dutch settlers, and a must for a visit on your trip.
Hikkaduwa beach is long stretch with beautiful soft white sand, lined by coconut trees, perfect for lazing the day away, dipping often into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. For the early riser, a great way to start the day is a walk or run on the beach, with a quick dip in the ocean before returning for breakfast – which will be served on the outdoor terrace.
The local beach has an assortment of restaurants serving breakfast, lunch & dinner, offering everything from a typical English breakfast to Sri Lankan & International Cuisine. The local fishermen take their boats out early each morning, so fresh fish is a definite on every menu. One must not miss the spectacular sunsets, a perfect spot to sip a cool drink, at the end of the day.
There is an excellent yoga studio a short bike or tuk tuk ride from Plantation House, where 2 classes per day are on offer, that we were also able to access.
What we did – we offered 2 yoga classes a day (morning and evening) and occasional pool yoga in the afternoon. We made the most of Glenda and Peter’s local knowledge and visited: tea and spice plantations, the Tsunami museum and memorials, a turtle sanctury, busy town of Galle, we went stand up paddleboarding, visited temples, great eateries, had a beach side BBQ, optional cookery lessons, and some went off on Safari for a day. Considering we were only there for a week – we crammed in so much.
‘Best holiday I have ever had’ – Natalie
‘I loved that we actually got to swim with turtles in the sea’ – Sarah
‘We did so much – highlight was the SUP’ – Jen
Well, this was such a success that we have already started to plan a return visit in March 2020 – with potential options to stay longer and take in a safari, elephant sanctuary and tea plantations. More details coming soon!
We offer a range of services to businesses either on site or at our centre in Bath either as a one off event or a regular commitment. For example we offer workshops and classes in:
- Team building
- Healthy eating
- Fitness classes
Talk to us about what you want to achieve and we will tailor something to your needs.
We are keen to develop partnerships with local businesses, find out more about our Corporate Partnerships
We can hire our studio out for private functions and parties:
- Children’s parties
- Hen parties – we can offer a range of Hen party themes in our studio with our fabulous instructors, these include –
- Pilates / body conditioning
- Group indoor cycling
Or speak to us about your requirements and we will do our best to sort things out for you. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We also have space available to hire for other Hen party activities such as life drawing or craft activities, contact email@example.com
We encourage you to consider becoming a member of YMCA Bath Group as not only then are you actively supporting our charitable work, but you get a whole host of benefits including:
- Dedicated and qualified staff, who will work with you to achieve your own person health, fitness and wellbeing goals.
- Complimentary initial fitness consultation, personal programme for the gym and up to 3 further consultations / programmes a year for all inclusive members. Each consultation and programme is worth £30
- Ability to book your place in our classes – so you have the reassurance that your place is there however busy the class
- Our staff are constantly on hand to monitor your progress; give you a boost when your training is feeling tough and best of all, to celebrate your successes with you
- Unlimited number of classes or gym sessions per day, week or month
- You will be part of our YMCA family, we will care about you, know your name and support you on your wellness journey
At our site in Timsbury we have a wonderful facility that is available for hire by the local community and we also run some classes and activities ourselves there.
Onsite there is a large hall that is ideal for fitness classes or meetings, a small kitchen with serving and eating / drinking area and toilets. The small hall will soon become the Timsbury Hub community library which we are delighted to welcome and have based at our site.
Unfortunately we are having to close our community gym due to low usage levels and this will be closed permanently from Weds 1st August 2018.
YMCA classes include:
Thursday 8.00pm – 8.45pm Boxercise
Sunday 11.00am – 12.00 noon Yoga
The classes are all run by qualified instructors and are open to people of all abilities and fitness levels.
Classes £5 per class
MoveGB members also welcome to sign in and access our classes.
If you are interested in using our wonderful facilities at Timsbury for your own use / private hire, then please contact our centre manager on: firstname.lastname@example.org