Derby’s fitness fanatics pay less than 0.5% of their wages to hit the gym

Derby is home to the cheapest gym in the UK, when compared to average income, according to new analysis of over 100 fitness centres across the country.

The research from leading savings site,, looked at the affordability of a range of branches for five major gym chains across the UK* and discovered that a 12-month rolling contract (including joining fee) at PureGym Derby will cost just 0.46% of the average annual salary in the city. By contrast, visiting the same fitness chain in Edinburgh will cost 0.95% of average income – making it home to the least affordable of the PureGyms analysed.

Considering chains with a greater range of facilities, it’s the Bannatyne Health Club and Spa in Hastings which burns the biggest hole in the gym shorts pocket, eating up a substantial 4.2% of its locals’ wages for the year. But, the Birmingham Bannatyne centre is a much more reasonable 1.14% of income, which is only marginally more costly than PureGym’s least affordable option.

Most affordable gyms in the UK:

Chain Venue name Yearly total (inc. joining fee) Average annual salary % of average salary
PureGym Derby £129.88 £28,523 0.46%
PureGym Newcastle St James £141.88 £28,458 0.50%
The Gym Group Derby £148.88 £28,523 0.52%
PureGym Birmingham City Centre £146.88 £26,430 0.56%
The Gym Group Newcastle City £160.88 £28,458 0.57%
PureGym Sunderland £141.88 £23,778 0.60%
PureGym Stoke on Trent East £146.88 £24,575 0.60%
PureGym Mansfield £129.88 £21,579 0.60%
The Gym Group Birmingham City Centre £160.88 £26,430 0.61%
PureGym Aberdeen Shiprow £194.88 £31,951 0.61%

Least affordable gyms in the UK:

Chain Venue name Yearly total (inc. joining fee) Average annual salary % of average salary
Bannatyne Hastings Health Club and Spa £944.00 £22,453 4.20%
Nuffield Health Nottingham Gym, Mapperley £944.00 £22,894 4.12%
Nuffield Health Bristol Fitness & Wellbeing Gym £1,088.00 £27,983 3.89%
Virgin Active Northampton Collingtree Park £1,076.00 £27,821 3.87%
Nuffield Health Leicester Fitness & Wellbeing Gym £776.00 £20,773 3.74%
Nuffield Health Wolverhampton Fitness & Wellbeing Gym £884.00 £23,753 3.72%
Virgin Active Brighton £1,146.00 £31,294 3.66%
Virgin Active Nottingham £831.00 £22,894 3.63%
Virgin Active Strand £1,458.00 £40,557 3.59%
Virgin Active Salford Quays £884.00 £24,996 3.54%

Of the cities analysed, 13 were home to Nuffield Health, PureGym and The Gym Group centres – giving gym goers a healthy range of options. Leeds has the cheapest average prices, relative to average income (1.18%), while London’s steep costs are combatted by higher wages in the capital – Londoners are only spending 1.48% of their income on gym fees, on average.

City Average gym cost as a % of salary**
Leeds 1.18%
Birmingham 1.26%
Plymouth 1.28%
Liverpool 1.30%
Glasgow 1.34%
Reading 1.38%
Manchester 1.46%
London 1.48%
Edinburgh 1.49%
Wolverhampton 1.71%
Bristol 1.79%
Leicester 1.85%
Nottingham 1.93%

** Nuffield Health, PureGym, and The Gym Group

Anita Naik, Lifestyle Editor at commented: 

“Whilst keeping fit and healthy is important for all times of the year, ahead of the summer it’s likely many of us will be looking to sign up to gyms in the bid for a pre-holiday health-kick.

“Not everyone wants the same things from a gym, so it’s worth exploring your options in terms of costs and facilities to make sure you’re joining the right place for you, while also shopping around to be confident you’re not paying over the odds. Check our latest discounts for gym memberships to make some great savings on your fitness journey or follow my top tips on getting fit for less over on the VoucherCodes Blog.”