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Whatever your fitness focus, train at one of our four gyms and achieve your goals. 

Each of our leisure centres, Riverside Leisure Centre, Chelmsford Sport and Athletics Centre (CSAC), South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre (SWFLC) and Dovedale Sports Centre has a gym to suit you.

Gym at Riverside

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

Our brand new, state of the art, 130 station gym is a light, airy space with views over the river. 

There is a wide range of equipment you can use including:

  • the best Technogym equipment that is accessible to all
  • Arena Rig functional training frame (please check the class timetable for Arena classes using the rig).
  • free weights with up to 50kg dumbbells
  • plate-loaded weights machines
  • Olympic lifting platform
  • sled track

You will have expert gym instructors on hand to support you as you achieve your health and fitness goals, from losing those first kilos to training for a marathon.

If you want some one-to-one help in the gym, you can also book personal training sessions.

Our gym is open to those aged 14 and over, but younger children can use our  Move It junior gym sessions. 

Times and prices

Opening hours

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 6am to 10pm

Tuesday and Thursday, 6am to 10pm

Saturday and Sunday, 6am to 7pm 

Bank holidays, 9am to 5pm 

Peak times

Monday to Friday, open to 9am, and 5pm to 10pm

Saturday and Sunday, 6am to 12pm

Off peak times

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Saturday and Sunday, 12pm to 7pm

ourChelmsford Lite card prices

Peak prices

Standard: £8.40

Discounted (under 21s): £7.40


Off peak prices

Standard: £7.40

All discounted: £6.40


ourChelmsford Plus card prices

Peak prices

Standard: £7.40

Discounted (under 21s): £6.40


Off peak prices

Standard: £6.40

All discounted: £5.40

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

Monthly memberships


Before you use our gym, you will need to have an induction with one of our fitness instructors. 

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.

You will also get a full body composition assessment and health check.

Our instructors are on hand every time you come to use the gym, to answer any questions, or update your programme. 


Monthly members: £11.50

ourChelmsford Lite card holders: £23

ourChelmsford Plus card holders: £23

Things you need to know


  • For your first visit to the gym, you will need to book a gym induction by calling  01245 615079
  • Once you have had your induction, you do not need to book to attend the gym.

Entry to the gym
  • If you have an ourChelmsford Premium membership, you can tap straight through the barrier. 
  • If you need to pay for the gym you will need to go to reception to pay and activate your ourChelmsford card. 
  • If you have forgotten your card you will need to collect a barcode from reception or a kiosk to get through the barrier. 
  • If you require use of the lift to access the first floor, you will need to go to reception to activate your ourChelmsford card. 

Technogym Key

  • If you lose your Technogym Key, you will need to pay to replace it.  

Lockers and changing rooms

  • There is a male group changing area and a female group changing area located by studio 2 on the first floor.
  • A Changing Places area is located by studio 1 on the first floor.
  • Lockers with number keypads are located in the dryside changing room near the gym on the first floor.

Age limits

Under 14s
  • We offer 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.

About the gym

Suitable for

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Wear trainers

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Bring a drink

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Centre opening times

Monday to Friday, 6am to 10pm
Saturday and Sunday, 6am to 7pm
Bank holidays: see facility opening timetables


  • 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 2023.

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


Contact form

Riverside Leisure Centre
Victoria Road

We are a breastfeeding friendly centre.

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