Become a Member

Pay monthly. It’s easy and starts straight away

Whatever your personal goals. becoming a member of our diverse community is easy and rewarding. If you are not sure, there are also plenty of ways of trying us out – just check out our membership packages or the taster options below!

You can cancel any time, but please note you must first contact our gym team to give one month’s notice if you wish to end your membership. (See our FAQs on the Gym Homepage for more information.)

We are currently updating our online joining and class booking system. However, signing up for a membership  is still easy! Contact the gym directly on 0115 952 8803, or drop in with your credit card details and we’ll get you working out in no time!

YMCA gym core membership

Members love our gym, the team, the classes, our fantastic range of equipment and its community atmosphere. YMCA gym core members get access to everything apart from 1871 Coaching and sessions.

We’ll arrange your induction on your first visit. Alternatively let us know in the notes when you join and book your induction straight away. We’ll show you how to use the equipment and answer any questions you may have about our facilities.

Sign up at YMCA gym.


Free taster: CrossFit 1871


It really is the best way to find out about 1871 and meet our Coaches. These take place every Monday at 1800. Booking is essential. 

Book your free taster

1871 Fundamentals course

Hit the ground running with our fundamentals course. New 1871 members must attend the fundamentals course. These take place every Saturday from 12pm-3pm*.

Over one session, we’ll guide you through the movements and skills that you are likely to encounter during 1871 sessions. You’ll find out how to get the most out of each workout, we’ll drill weightlifting, gymnastic and plyometric movements. We’ll show you scales, progressions and movement standards, and we’ll introduce you our community ethos: No-one gets left behind.

There will be plenty of time to ask questions, there is no obligation to join and ability is not a prerequisite.

Book your fundamentals course

Start working out

Once you have completed your fundamentals course you’re free to attend 1871 workouts and start seeing the results. You will need a membership.

Still not sure? Visit our FAQs on the gym homepage or arrange a chat with one of our Coaches: / 0115 952 8803.


YMCA running club

YMCA running club is open to all. You don’t need to be a member to take part. We hold training sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and our runners hold social runs and enter races all year round. 

All abilities are welcome. Just turn up. No one gets left behind! 

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