Gateway Gym FAQ's

Important information before using the gym

If you are a returning member, please touch base with a Fitness Coach at the start of your first visit back so that we can update you on the new measures and expectations for safe exercise.

  • Bring your own water as University water fountains have been disabled
  • No towels permitted
  • Consider showering at home
  • Limit all personal belongings and keep them with you in pockets
  • If you travel by public transport please bring a change of clothes to exercise in
  • Hairdryers have been removed
  • Remember not to train with anyone outside your household or ‘bubble’

Simply email fitness@bucks.ac.uk with your name, Bucks ID card number and the specific date you wish to return. Please give us 24hrs notice where possible. When we receive your email we will be in touch with some important details.

We completely understand that understandably, you may have concerns about returning to the gym. For this reason, at present, we will only restart your membership when you contact us telling us the date you wish to return. Until then your membership will remain ‘frozen’. If this situation changes we will contact people and publicise the new information in good time.

No. We have not approached our capacity for usage at any one time and so there is no need to book. We are however continuously monitoring the situation and we have an online booking system ready if we need to use it.

Yes, although we have limited the number of available cubicles to 2 from 4 in each shower area. We also encourage members to consider showering at home if possible.

Yes, although where possible we encourage members to consider bringing only items that can fit in a pocket whilst using the gym.

Unfortunately, all University water fountains have been disabled. Please bring enough water for your workout.

Some items of equipment have been removed from use in the interests of maintaining appropriate social distancing. However, we have made sure that the resistance equipment available still allows members to exercise all muscle groups and all types of cardio machine are able to be used. Some items of equipment, weighted vests for example, have been removed from use.

Yes. The Fitness Team are cleaning throughout the day, concentrating on touch points, handles, screens, buttons etc. In addition, it is an expectation that all members clean every machine they make use of with the antibacterial wipes provided.

The new ways of using the gym will take a little while to become second nature and until then we expect people to make mistakes. This is one of the reasons for the numerous reminders you will see around the facilities. We also appreciate that in the current climate, people are understandably concerned about hygiene and health and safety in general. We ask that you draw anything you are concerned about to the attention of the Fitness Team who will deal with it appropriately.

Yes. Since lockdown began we have operated a series of livestreamed group exercise sessions which we call ‘Gateway Gym Live’. Even since re-opening the facilities we continue to livestream many of these sessions as we understand that people may not be ready to return to face to face classes yet. The Gateway Gym Live sessions can be seen here along with how to take part. From mid-September, we will be re-introducing a face to face on-site group exercise programme with a reduced capacity in all studios, including the spin studio. Members will be able to book these sessions online.