Central YMCA

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A perennial favourite with those working in the West End due to low membership rates, a large cardio theatre, a functional training zone, free weights room, cycle studio and up-to-date resistance training equipment. It isn't glamorous but that's not the point here; Central YMCA provides every possible type of workout and activity from boxing to bellydancing, taught to a very high standard (YMCA Fitness Industry Training is an industry leader and many of its graduates instruct here). A good 25-metre pool is divided for lane swimming; there's also a chapel, therapies and a decent café to boot.

Venue name: Central YMCA
Address: 112 Great Russell St
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Ct Rd
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Average User Rating

4.4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • Central location 2 minutes from Tottenham Court Road station
  • Huge Area
  • Good Free weights section
  • Lots of classes to choose from
  • Lots of variety in cardio machines
  • 25 metre swimming pool
  • Unisex Steam and Sauna rooms close to the swimming pool
  • The gym is split over several floors and each have a water fountain.
  • There is a large central floor space at the bottom floor for group classes
  • There are many different studio room dedicated for exercise bikes, yoga, dance, barre classes etc


  • Too crowded at times
  • The reception area is always crowded as they have to deal with too many people
  • Just 3 toilet rooms in the mens changing area and they are heavily used. With cheap toilet tissues
  • The shower rooms are great, but however the partitions separating the cubicles are not low enough you may get splashed by the water/soap from near by shower cubicle 
  • There is a children’s changing area, but it gets frequently occupied by adults.
  • There is no internet in  the gym and since the gym is mostly located in the basement of the building we don’t get mobile signals on the lower two floors.

Katie D
Staff Writer

I've tried lots of the swankier gyms in London - include the mega expensive Third Place, and I can honestly say this place is the best. No other central London gyms have facilities to rival this - a big and rarely busy pool, never full circuit training classes, newer fitness classes like TRX and ViPR. It's great. But the best thing is that the staff are funny and not too serious - making jokes about their own dreadful camp music and taking your fitness seriously while not taking themselves seriously and being posey.  

Charly Lester
moderatorStaff Writer

The location of the gym is great - slap bang in the centre of London, literally 2 mins away from Tottenham Court Rd tube.  It's an odd building - I'm guessing it used to be used as a place of worship (?), and so some of the work out areas are a bit oddly shaped.  You get what you pay for to some degree - the cheap subscriptions mean the machinery is quite old, and there are only 4 TVs on each level.  I'd recommend the spin classes - they're really good, they just fill up quickly and don't run enough of them.  The same with the pool - it's a decent sized swimming pool (if a little tired) but because of the location and the gym's popularity is often really crowded. If you work in the centre of London, and can afford to pay for 2 memberships, I'd recommend having this as an option for before/after work, but I definitely appreciate also having a membership elsewhere for evenings when the classes book up or the pool is just too busy.


Timi Horvath is one of the most amazing personal trainers in London and is based in Central YMCA. She also does circuit classes at YMCA. 

Check her website www.timitraining.com