The free gym that helps you get fit while helping the community

GoodGym is a gym with a difference: no treadmills, no cross-trainers and no weights.

GoodGym is a gym like none other. No treadmills, no cross-trainers and no weights. Instead, members run to get fit and stop off to help people and community projects on the way.

Their members perform voluntary work for community organisations in Coventry and also support isolated local older people with social visits and one-off tasks they can’t do on their own.

From Holbrooks to Whitley, they run the streets helping those most in need, as an imaginative alternative to the conventional gym.

GoodGym is a great way to increase your motivation to exercise while helping make Coventry a better place to live and connecting with great people.

While GoodGym is free, most of its members make a small monthly donation of £9.95 to help cover the cost of running the charity, but no one has to.

Since GoodGym Coventry was launched six months ago, 76 people have completed more than 400 good deeds, helping community projects across the city, including transforming gardens, clearing spaces, setting up festival events and picking up litter.

Their work is carried with the help of Coventry City Council and the West Midland’s Combined Authority.

Cllr Kamran Caan, Portfolio Holder for Public Health and Sport at Coventry City Council said: “GoodGym provides a really meaningful workout – not only do members benefit from the physical exercise of running, they add something back to the community.

“Since its launch, GoodGym Coventry has helped a wide range of organisations including Spon Gate Primary School, the Langar Aid, the Mind Coventry Hub and the Canal and River Trust.

“This is our community and together we can all make a difference to improve people’s lives. I’d encourage as many residents as possible to get out their running shoes and join in.” 

GoodGym Coventry’s trainer Liz Pharoah added: “It’s wonderful that we’re creating a new running community for local people to come together, get fit, make friends and improve lives for others in their own locality. I’m looking forward to more people joining GoodGym so that we can build on this success.”

How to get involved

GoodGym is approachable and doable. They say that if you can run for 15 minutes without stopping then you’re fit enough to join one of their group runs.

The group runs take place every Tuesday, starting from Drapers Bar and Kitchen, Earl Street at 6:00 pm.

If you’re still working up to that, you can sign up to help elderly people on one-off tasks or regular visits.

To find out more, visit their website goodgym.org/areas/coventry