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March 6, 2017
06 Mar 2017

Emergency Services Gym Membership in Birmingham – at Rigs Fitness

Emergency Services Gym Membership in Birmingham at Rigs Fitness

Emergency Services Gym Membership Birmingham

Introducing the new Emergency Services Gym Membership at Rigs Fitness

From January 2017 all emergency services workers will be able to get a 15% discount from their monthly membership cost on all membership types at Rigs. Since being crowned the UK’s Best Functional Training Gym in 2016 we’ve been inundated with questions regarding an Emergency Services Gym Membership and we’ve decided to give something back to those people working hard in the services every day.

If you work for any of the following and you’re interested in strength and conditioning training, functional fitness, boxing, olympic weightlifting, strength training, athletic development and gym classes then sign up for your emergency services gym membership now:

Emergency Services Gym Memberships apply if you work for any of the following:

  • Police Force
  • Fire Service 
  • Ambulance Service 
  • Armed Forces
  • NHS

We have four different membership options at Rigs Fitness and your discount will apply to all of them. Our memberships range from Off-Peak (use of our facilities 7 days per week, 10am – 4pm) to our popular Unlimited Membership which includes full use of our award winning class timetable. You can find out more information HERE.

To claim your Emergency Services Gym Membership :

  1. Log onto Rigs Fitness Website 
  2. Choose join online on our homepage
  3. Use ‘EMERGENCY’ in the promocode section 
  4. Choose your preferred membership option 
  5. Fill in the online sign up form and receive email confirmation of your membership
  6. Bring proof of your Emergency Services employment on your first visit to Rigs

For more information about Rigs Fitness, or if you have any questions you would like to ask us come and see us, or get in touch today:

T – 01212461976 | E – ask@rigsfitness.co.uk | A – 4 Willersey Road, B13 0AY

January 9, 2017
09 Jan 2017

The Best Functional Fitness Training Gym in the UK – Rigs Fitness

Team Rigs Fitness collecting 'Functional Training Gym of the Year' at this years National Fitness Awards with our hosts…

Posted by Rigs Fitness on Sunday, 11 December 2016

Birmingham based gym, Rigs Fitness has been named a winner at a prestigious National Fitness Industry Awards ceremony. The club beat off strong competition to be crowned ‘The Best Functional Fitness Training Gym in the UK’ and ‘Regional Gym of the Year Midlands & Wales Runner Up’ at the National Fitness Awards.

Rigs Fitness are no strangers to these National Awards having won ‘The Best New Gym in the UK’ 2013, and ‘Regional Gym of the Year Midlands & Wales Runner Up’ 2014.

The awards, organised by Script Events and leading industry publication Workout, with support from headline sponsor ServiceSport, are now in their seventh year and recognise excellence and achievement in all corners of the industry – and see almost 600 of the UK’s independent gyms nominate each year.

Rigs Fitness Owner, Sam Smith, 28 from Solihull said: “We’ve been dedicated to our niche as a Functional Fitness Training Gym for 4 and half years now and to gain recognition on a national level as the best Functional Fitness Gym in the UK is the best accolade we could receive”

The Coaching Team at Rigs Fitness. Running our unique class timetable with over 70 years combined experience in the…

Posted by Rigs Fitness on Thursday, 7 April 2016

“Receiving this award has solidified Rigs Fitness as one of the most successful independent gyms in the UK and at under 5 years old one of the most successful new businesses in the fitness industry.”

To scoop the trophy, the gym went through a rigorous assessment process, which involved being visited by a member of the Workout team who explored the facility, chatted to members and staff and examined all areas of the business from member retention to customer service. Reports were then compiled and passed on to an expert judging panel, which included top personal trainer Richard Callender and award winning gym owner Steve Johnson, who decided the winners in each category from a shortlist of up to seven.

National Fitness Awards’ director Judith Halkerston said: “This year’s winners should be very very proud – the high standard of entries made it a tough job to select a final shortlist never mind a winner and runner-up in each category.

Awards were handed out in over 20 categories at a glittering ceremony at The Athena in Leicester, attended by over 850 people and hosted by boxing legend Ricky Hatton and award winning personal trainer and TV personality Katie Bulmer-Cooke.

The new and improved Rigs Fitness. Every aspect of our facility has been upgraded.

Posted by Rigs Fitness on Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Why did Rigs Fitness win the best Functional Fitness Gym in the UK?

Rigs Fitness has been dedicated to it’s niche as a Functional Fitness Training Gym since opening in August 2012. Over the last 5 years the fitness industry has seen a big shift towards Functional Fitness Training and Rigs has been at the forefront the whole time. Some of the judges comments from the awards include:

“The sheer number of highly skilled personnel they have within their team – in different fields – fills me with confidence that Rigs Fitness are the most deserving winner of this award”

“They are based in an area which is full of competition yet their membership base is growing nicely every year”

“Their Athlete Development Programme is also something very close to my heart”

With a proud focus on Functional Fitness, the club contains everything you need for a functional workout, backed by a team of experienced, passionate coaches. 

Here’s how you can start training at the UK’s Best Functional Fitness Training Gym

Sign up for a membership 

Book onto a free taster session 

Call Now: 01212461976 

Email Now: ask@rigsfitness.co.uk 

March 11, 2014
11 Mar 2014

Morning Openings – New Morning Fitness Classes at Rigs Fitness, Solihull, Birmingham

Morning Classes at Rigs Fitness, Solihull, Birmingham


We have listened to your needs, and Early Morning Openings at Rigs Fitness are finally here. We know that so many of you have been waiting to train with us before work and now you can. Starting March 2014 our opening hours will be as follows:

Monday: 7am – 9pm (Early Morning Functional Fitness Class)
Tuesday: 7am – 9pm
Wednesday: 7am-9pm (Early Morning Functional Fitness Class)
Thursday: 7am – 9pm
Friday: 7am – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm


Starting 3rd March 2014, Monday and Wednesday mornings we will be running our Award Winning Functional Fitness classes from 7am-7.45am. A short but high intensity functional training class that will satisfy all your morning training needs. Finishing at 7.45am will give you ample time to use our shower and changing facilities after the class, get ready at the gym, and get to work on time. Remember we are only 4 miles from the centre of Birmingham and 4 miles from the centre of Solihull. 

Exclusive to Rigs Fitness our Functional Fitness classes focus on improving Strength, Flexibility, Endurance and Muscle Tone (Body Fat Loss). Using functional movements (how we move in real life), in this high intensity, constantly varied class allows you to train every muscle in your body, and like all of our Elite Classes, it is scaled to your level of ability. 

Functional Fitness Classes at Rigs Fitness, Solihull, Birmingham


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For more information on our Award Winning (National Fitness Awards Best Newcomer ’13) Elite Class Timetable and why we were crowned the Best New Gym in the UK: READ HERE


We want to offer you the chance to ‘try before you buy’, and give you a completely free, no obligation free taster session on our morning functional fitness classes. This will give you the chance to see our Award Winning Facilities first hand, meet our instructors, and meet our existing members… so don’t just take our word for it, book yourself onto a Free Taster Session today and come and experience our unique functional fitness training now. To book yourself on today do 1 of three things:

1. Call us today on 01212461976

2. Email us now at ask@rigsfitness.co.uk

3. Visit our website: www.rigsfitness.co.uk and follow the online free session form (Recommended)

Get yourself booked on now as spaces are already filling up!


December 3, 2013
03 Dec 2013

Rigs Fitness | Christmas Opening Times

Rigs Fitness National Fitness Awards

Rigs Fitness Christmas Opening Hours








Our advise for Christmas: EAT, DRINK & LIFT HEAVY! Don’t feel guilty about over indulging over this period, just make sure when you’re back in the gym in the new year, you make your sessions count! Our class timetable will be back running as normal as of Thursday 2nd January so we look forward to seeing you there for Boxing, and Functional Fitness

Happy Holidays! 

July 9, 2013
09 Jul 2013

Rigs Fitness 1st Anniversary Open Weekend. Sat 10th – Sun 11th August 2013

Rigs Fitness Open Weekend Sat 10th Aug - Sun 11th Aug

RIGS FITNESS has been open for 1 year this August, and to celebrate we’re having an Open Weekend where everybody trains for FREE! You don’t have to be a member, just turn up between 9am Saturday 10th August4pm Sunday 11th August and use all the facilities and classes at Rigs as much as you like… Including:







We are the only dedicated functional fitness centre, and strength & conditioning gym in the Solihull/Birmingham area, so use our open weekend to come down and see what our unique facility has to offer. 

Rigs Fitness Strength & Conditioning, Boxing, Sprint Training, Functional Fitness Birmingham Solihull

For more information regarding this event please visit our Facebook Page Event Here or get in contact with us via our Website Contact Page

January 10, 2013
10 Jan 2013

Want to Lose Body Fat Fast? Start Skipping, Boxing and Functional Fitness

Lose 6% Body Fat in 10 Weeks. How to lose body fat effectivelySam lost 4kg Body Weight, 6% Body Fat and gained 1″ on his Biceps, 1″ on his chest and .5″ on his Legs!

To lose body fat, whilst maintaining any lean muscle one has is arguably the most common incentive for doing any kind of training. So it comes as no surprise that typing, ‘how to lose body fat?’ into Google gives you 62,100,000 results! Most of these results however will promise to give you the magic answer on how to lose body fat without actually providing you with any proof or evidence of it working. When it comes to fitness, the proof is in the pudding, and that’s exactly what we have with Sam. Sam lost 6% of his body fat whilst increasing his Bicep, Chest, and Thigh measurements in 10 weeks through hard work and a good diet. His weekly workout and nutrition plans are below.

The Results!! (They Speak For Themselves)

 Week Body Weight Kg Daily Kcal Intake Body Fat % Bicep Chest Thigh
1 82.0 2361 14.25 15″ 41″ 25″
2 81.1 2335 12.87 15″ 41″ 25″
3 80.9 2329 12.27 15.5″ 41″ 25″
4 80.7 2324 10.96 15.5″ 41″ 25.5″
5 79.9 2301 10.58 15.5″ 41″ 25.5″
6 79.6 2292 9.97 15.5″ 41″ 25.5″
7 79.6 2292 9.84 16″ 41″ 25.5″
8 78.7 2266 9.18 16″ 42″ 25.5″
9 78.1 2249 8.97 16″ 42″ 25.5″
10 77.9 2243 8.04 16″ 42″ 25.5″

Body fat was measured using Calipers. The same person was used to take Sam’s body fat measurements each time to reduce any inaccuracies. Although a great way to chart progress it should be said here that Calipers cannot give a completely accurate body fat measure, however the focus here is on Sam’s change in body fat percentage not his exact body fat measurement.

The Workouts

Mon: 10x3Min Rounds Interval Skipping w 30s Mountain Climbers Between Rounds

Tues: REST (/0r Functional Fitness Circuit if there was a missed session)

Weds: 10x3Min Rounds Interval Skipping w 30s Mountain Climbers Between Rounds

Thurs: REST (/0r Functional Fitness Circuit if there was a missed session)

Fri: 10x3Min Rounds Interval Skipping w 30s Mountain Climbers Between Rounds

Sat: Functional Fitness Circuit OR Boxing Circuit


  • The 3 minute rounds of skipping consisted of 3x1min intervals of [30s slow pace @80 skips/min and 30s fast pace @110-120bpm skips/min].
  • Mountain climbers are an exercise for the abs & obliques, bringing the knee to the opposite elbow whilst in a straight arm plank position.

Functional Fitness Circuits varied weekly but consisted of mostly body weight training with some high intensity strength cardio. Exercises included: Bastardos, Burpees, Pull Ups, Press Ups, Dips, Tyre Flipping, Sledge Hammers, Battle Ropes, Prowler Work, Ladder Drills, and Boxing Training (Pad Work, Core Isometric Holds, Back Work, Jump Work).

Before & After Fat Loss Video How to lose body weight fast

The Diet

Meal 1 @8am: Porridge Oats OR Eggs Scrambled, Toast & Smoked Salmon, with 250ml Health Smoothie (Ginger, Lean Greens, Banana, Spinach, Grape Juice, Coconut Water), Black Coffee

Meal 2 @12-1pm: Lean Meat/Fish, Rice, Broccoli, Anhydrous Caffeine

Meal 3 @3pm: Banana, Protein Bar, Black Coffee

Meal 4 @5-6pm: Lean Meat/Fish, Rice, Broccoli, Hard Boiled Eggs

Meal 5 @9pm: Lean Meat, Stir Fry Vegetables, Steamed Rice

Fluid Intake: 2 litres of water consumed per day excluding consumption required with exercise. 500ml of water was consumed 1 hour before training and up to 250ml every 15 minutes during training. After training 500ml of water was consumed for every 1lb lost in weight. When exercise intensity felt particularly high, 30-60g of carbohydrate was consumed during. Following exercise 300-700mg of sodium (from a fluid replacement sachet) was consumed for each litre of water consumed.

The diet was not an exact science. Macro nutrient ratios were roughly 35% Protein 30% Fats and 45% Carbohydrate however Sam did not stick rigidly to this. In his own words…

“The obsession with macro-nutrient ratios has gone a little far, it is not a simple as picking your favourite Protein:Fat:Carbohydrate ratio and seeing results, you have to find out what works for you and ADAPT throughout. YOUR BODY has a great way of letting you know what you need.”

Sam had cheat days! Daily kcal intakes were worked out prior to each week meaning a weekly calorie total was known. If a daily intake was exceeded by 1000kcal then this would be made up over the next 6 days. Sam is qualified in sports nutrition and has a degree in Sports Science and Physiology, he designed the workout and nutrition programs so if you have any questions for him… Get In Touch!

Why Skipping and not Running, Cycling, Swimming, or Walking? 

Simple… Skipping burns 1074kcals per hour, compared to running’s 755kcals per hour, cycling’s 745kcals per hour, swimming’s 528kcals per hour, and walking’s 391kcals per hour. Skipping is a full body exercise, it doesn’t isolate a movement and there are so many variations to keep it interesting. You do not stagnate with your skipping training, you don’t get bored with your skipping training, and this is of massive importance when choosing the best exercise for you to lose body fat.

Skipping here is also completed at a relatively high intensity, meaning your body will actually preserve any lean muscle it has (and even promote muscle growth in some cases). The more lean muscle you have on your body, the more calories you will burn and more importantly, the vast majority of these calories will come from stored body fat meaning you’ll lose body fat fast.

Alongside functional fitness training and boxing, skipping provides the perfect environment for your body to become a fat burning furnace. Get rid of you hour long runs, walks, and rides and start Skipping, Hammering and, Punching if you want to get in serious shape quickly and lose body fat fast.

Here’s The Video:

[youtube width=”560″ height=”315″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwyyLtd6VDo[/youtube]

If you have any comments or queries then please let us know below!

Alternatively get in touch with Sam or any of the team at Rigs Fitness here.


December 3, 2012
03 Dec 2012

Professional Rugby Player Nutrition | Pro Rugby Player Charley Thomas Talks To Us About Nutrition

Professional Rugby Player Nutrition Charley Thomas

“Having worked with a variety of professional rugby players at Worcester Warriors, Edinburgh Rugby, and Bristol Rugby, Charley remains to be one of the most gifted athletes I have had the privilege to work with. Rugby is a sport that requires a variety of physical attributes and the majority of player’s excel only in one or two of these. However, Charley possesses the ability to be fast, strong, and powerful along with a metabolic capacity to repeat this work over prolonged durations, which is a combination that you do not see too often.  This was in no doubt achieved by his outstanding work ethic regarding training and his determination to succeed in his sport. I have no doubt that Charley will continue to adapt and improve these physical indices.”

Lee Douglas | Head of Fitness | Bristol RUFC

Heres What Charley Has To Say About Nutrition;

Read more

October 28, 2012
28 Oct 2012

Leaderboards at Rigs Fitness | Elite Performance and Functional Fitness Centre

Usain Bolt at Rigs Fitness, Functional Fitness and Strength and Conditioning Gym in Moseley, Birmingham.

Since the opening of Rigs Fitness | Elite Performance and Functional Fitness Centre, we’ve had some awesome competitions running. One you’ll already be familiar with it the Rigs 300 Fitness Challenge, however we do have a number of smaller challenges and competitions running that members have been taking part in.

So with no further ado here are the current Rigs Leaderboards. Members are constantly trying to better their previous attempts so these are constantly changing, and don’t worry we’ll keep you updated as and when a record is broken.

Standing Box Jumps

1200mm James Ord

1200mm Jack Read

1200mm Jay Drinkwater

Barbell Turkish Get-Up

Dean Kent 40kg

Sam 35kg

Wall Squat Hold

Joe Wallace 7mins 30s

Amy Carter 7mins 01s

20kg Dumbbell Press For Reps

Guy Mac 64

Jason Pablow 57

Skipping Double Unders

Moin Qadir 154

Prowler Lengths 16m x4 (<30s with 30s Rest)

Charley Thomas 12

Sam 8

… There are still more to come and we’ll keep you updated as the records are made and broken!

For more information about Rigs Fitness, and what makes us dedicated functional fitness centre with a difference please check out our website, and take at look at some of our awesome galleries and videos.


October 25, 2012
25 Oct 2012

Rigs Fitness Meet & Greet in Asda Kings Heath

Rigs Fitness | Personal Training and Strength and Conditioning Gym in Kings Heath

As a certified partner of the Asda Active Scheme, we are proud to announce that the Rigs Fitness Team will be in Asda Kings Heath this Saturday 27th October from 9am-5pm for a Meet & Greet session.

The Asda Active Scheme has one goal… ‘To increase the level of physical activity and exercise in local communities’, and Rigs Fitness is a proud provider for this great scheme. We’ll be in our local store, Asda Kings Heath, this Saturday 27th October, where we will be offering FREE  TRIAL SESSIONS to anyone and everyone we can. As a dedicated functional fitness gym, promoting health and fitness in our local community is of massive importance to us, and we think that offering a FREE SESSION to as many people as possible is the least we can do.

Physical Activity and Exercise is becoming increasingly more important at a time when so many people are being affected by diseases such as Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes (the prevalence of both can be reduced by an increase in physical activity and exercise).

So come down and see us this Saturday 27th October in Asda Kings Heath and sign yourself up for a free trial session at Rigs Fitness.

If you’d like to know more about our Elite Classes then please click here, and for an Awesome Video showing you just a sample of the training we do please follow this link. 

Asda Active Scheme Rigs Fitness Kings Heath Birmingham



October 21, 2012
21 Oct 2012

The Rigs 300 Fitness Challenge – Our Awesome Video

The Rigs 300 Fitness Challenge - Deadlift Your Own Body Weight

The 300 fitness challenge at Rigs is designed to challenge every aspect of your athleticism, and is scaled to your body weight making it fair for each challenger. At the moment 17m 24s leads, under 30 minutes is excellent, and even finishing is an achievement in itself! We’ll keep you updated with the current winning time!

If you don’t know already then you can check out exactly whats involved in the challenge and the rules here.

If you were waiting for The Rigs 300 Fitness Challenge Video then we’ve got good news… it’s finished and you can CHECK OUT THE VIDEO HERE!!

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