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Gym at Riverside

No matter your shape, size or experience, Riverside gym is the place for you. 

Our new, state of the art gym is a light, airy space with views over the river. 

There is a wide range of equipment you can use including accessible Technogym stations, free weights (up to 50kg), plate loaded weight machines, sled track, Arena Rig and an Olympic lifting platform. 

Our gym is open to those aged 14 and over.

Gym at Riverside

What to expect when you visit

To keep staff and customers safe, there are some changes to how we operate:

Booking

  • You must  book a gym session in advance on the website or via our app.
  • If you have not booked in advance, you will not be able to use the centre.
  • Booking limits apply (terms and conditions).

Sessions in the gym

  • Sessions will be timed. 
  • You will be able to use a station for 15 minutes only.
  • We will restrict the number of people allowed in the gym at any time.
  • We will mark some pieces of equipment as out of use to ensure social distancing.
  • You cannot move equipment such as benches around the gym.
  • You will not be able to use the water stations, please bring enough water for your workout.
  • You will not be able to bring towels into the gym. Paper towel will be provided. 
  • You should not bring bags with you. If you have to, you must bring £1 coin to use a locker by studio 1
  • You will follow a one-way system around the gym. 
  • Please listen to guidance and instructions from the gym team while you use the gym.
  • Only the person with the booking for the gym will be allowed access to the centre. 
  • You will only be allowed entry up to 30 minutes after your session start time. After this you will not be able to join the session.
  • Social distancing should be observed at all times.

Face coverings

  • You will need to wear a face covering inside our leisure centres whenever you aren't exercising, unless you have an exemption.  Find out more about face coverings.
  • We recommend that you do not wear a face covering during exercise. Please leave it with your possessions during your activity.

Showers and changing rooms

  • You will not be able to use the changing rooms, please come ready for your session. 
  • You will be able to use lockers on the corridor.
  • Toilets will still be available.
  • For those with accessible needs, a Changing Places toilet will be located by studio 1 on the first floor, and an accessible toilet by the gym.

Cleaning

  • We will be cleaning in between sessions.
  • We will provide hand sanitiser and there will be cleaning stations around the gym for you to use before and after you use equipment.

When you arrive and leave

  • Before you arrive, you can download the NHS COVID-19 app. You can open the app and scan the QR code displayed at the entrance to the centre on arrival.
  • You will enter via the river entrance only. You will queue on the cafe terrace and wait to be called in.
  • If you have accessible needs, you will be able to make your way straight in to reception.
  • If you are using the creche, please read the  specific instructions for the creche.
  • You should only arrive 15  minutes before your session time to avoid queuing congestion.
  • Once you are called in, you will go up the purple stairs towards the ice rink. At the top of the stairs, follow the signs and turn right through the clear link door.
  • If you require use of the lift to access the first floor, you will need to go to reception.
  • Follow the signs and one-way system around the centre to get to and from your activity.
  • When you exit, you will go down the green stairs and out via the car park exit.
  • You must leave the centre promptly once your session has finished.
Monthly Members
  • You will need to book a session in advance
  • You will need to check in for your session at reception
  • If you do not check-in, we will charge you the full amount for the session
  • Please make sure that you have registered your email address with us in order to book online. 

Timetable

Prices for the gym

our Chelmsford Lite card prices

Peak prices

Standard: £8.20

Discounted (under 21s): £7.20

Off peak prices

Standard: £7.20

All discounted: £6.20

ourChelmsford Plus card prices

Peak prices

Standard: £7.20

Discounted (under 21s): £6.20

Off peak prices

Standard: £6.20

All discounted: £5.20

Save money by upgrading to an ourChelmsford Plus or monthly Premium membership.

Monthly memberships

Things you need to know

Inductions

  • You will need to have an induction before you use the gym. Book a gym induction by calling the centre on 01245 615050
  • Gym inductions cost £11 for monthly members, or £22 for ourChelmsford Lite and Plus cardholders.
  • You will be required to complete a Par-Q medical questionnaire before you start using the gym.
  • During the induction you will discuss your goals, learn how to use the equipment safely and effectively, and get a personalised exercise programme.  

  • At Riverside you will receive a Technogym key with your programme on, which allows you to use the equipment in the gym. You will also have access to the mywellness App, where you can follow your progress. You will also be able to track your exercise outside of the gym, link other fitness trackers and create your own programmes.


Cancellations

  • If you can't attend a session that you have booked onto, you must cancel at least two hours before it starts.
  • You can cancel online or via the app.
  • We will charge you the full amount for the session if you do not cancel in time, or if you do not  attend. This includes monthly members.


Booking

  • To use the gym you must book a session in advance on the website or via our app.
  • If you are a monthly member, you can book up to 10 days in advance.

  • If you are an  ourChelmsford Plus cardholder, you can book 7 days in advance.

  • If you are an  ourChelmsford Lite cardholder, you can book 2 days in advance.


Age limits

Under 14s
  • We will be running Move It! junior gym sessions for people aged between 10 and 13 years.
  • You will need to book a session in advance online. Find out what sessions are running on our class timetable.
Under 16s
  • Last entry to the gym for under 16s will be 5pm on weekdays, and they will be required to leave the gym by 5.30pm, unless accompanied by a paying parent or guardian. At weekends, under 16s can stay until the gym closes at 7pm.


Entry to the gym

  • Entry will be via the river entrance. You will queue on the cafe terrace and wait to be called in. Please read the specific instructions for if you are using the creche.
  • You will go up the purple stairs towards the ice rink in order to get through to the gym.
  • You will need to tap your ourChelmsford card, wristband or token on the barrier to enter the gym.  
  • If you have forgotten your card you will need to collect a barcode from reception to get through the barrier.
  • If you require use of the lift to access the first floor, you will need to go to reception. Only one person will be allowed in the lift, unless you are with a child, parent or carer.

 

Personal Training

  • We will be able to conduct some Personal Training sessions. Please email the gym team for more information.

About the gym

Suitable for

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Wear trainers

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 Bring a drink

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Riverside

Centre opening times

Monday to Friday, 6am to 9pm
Saturday and Sunday, 6am to 7pm
Bank holidays: see facility opening timetables

Facilities

  • State of the art gym
  • 2 exercise studios
  • Spin studio
  • 25m x 10 lane main pool
  • 10m x 10m learner pool
  • Ice rink
  • Creche
  • 2 Changing Places
  • Accessible changing
  • Accessible parking

All prices are correct to 31 March 2022.

All information correct at time of publishing. Please check before each visit.

Contact

Contact form

Riverside Leisure Centre
Victoria Road
Chelmsford
Essex
CM1 1FG

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We are a breastfeeding friendly centre.

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