Rigs Fitness were shortlisted for the ‘Best Regional Gym, Midlands & Wales’ at the National Fitness Awards 2018, at The Athena, Leicester. This was the 5th time in 6 years we’d been shortlisted for an awards at the NFA’s (winning a different award on 3 of the previous 4 years).  This was the third time we’d been shortlisted for ‘Best Regional Gym, Midlands & Wales’ and we were reigning champions having won in 2017. This year we won it again, but that wasn’t all…

…Rigs Fitness also won ‘National Gym of the Year’ at the National Fitness Awards 2018. This is a huge accolade for us and something that has been 6 years in the making. So this post is all about the Rigs Fitness timeline and why we’re so proud to be named as The Best Gym in the UK!

Team Rigs Fitness on stage collecting their ‘National Gym of the Year, 2018’ Award at the NFAs

August 2012 – Rigs Fitness opened it’s doors to the public, we had one full time member of staff, owner Sam Smith, who along with co-founder Paul Gilmore, brother Ben Smith a handful of coaches and family members launched Rigs Fitness with the goal of being a successful functional fitness centre in Birmingham.

We had our mantra of ‘Train Like An Athlete’ and prided ourselves on the quality of our coaching and friendly environment that genuinely allows people from all backgrounds, all ages, and all levels of fitness, to come and train in an approachable atmosphere and achieve their fitness goals


  • December 2013 – Rigs Fitness wins Newcomer of the Year at the National Fitness Awards
  • December 2014 – Rigs Fitness was shortlisted for Regional Gym of the Year, Midlands & Wales and came runner up
  • December 2016  – Rigs Fitness wins Functional Training Gym of the Year at the National Fitness Awards
  • December 2017 – Rigs Fitness won Regional Gym of the Year, Midlands & Wales at the National Fitness Awards
  • December 2018 – Rigs Fitness won Regional Gym of the Year, Midlands & Wales and National Gym of the Year at the National Fitness Awards

December 2018 – Rigs Fitness has been open for almost 6 and a half years. We have had 6 and a half years of continuous growth in all aspects of the business. Owner Sam Smith is now one of 15 fitness staff, we’ve developed and opened our very own Performance arm of the gym, athlete development programme, Youth Athlete Academy – have in house physiotherapists, sports massage therapists and nutritionists and have had sports stars from all over the world come and train with us.

We also now promote a number of successful sporting events around the Midlands, work with over 20 local schools and businesses, and have helped over 1500 members work towards their fitness goals and ultimately become fitter, healthier and happier

BUT… we still have our mantra of #TrainLikeAnAthlete and pride ourselves on the quality of our coaching and friendly environment that genuinely allows people from all backgrounds, all ages, and all levels of fitness, to come and train in an approachable atmosphere and achieve their fitness goals.

Rigs has developed and adapted in so many ways, but our core business model has stayed true throughout the years. We’ve always had an unwavering dedication to functional fitness, and created an approachable atmosphere to allow anyone and everyone to come and realise their potential in the gym environment. 

Winning ‘National Gym of the Year 2018’ is an amazing achievement for our Fitness Team that we’re all super proud of, but we’re equally as proud of the environment, atmosphere and fitness family we’ve created at our facility here in Birmingham. 


If you’re interested in coming down and seeing what all the fuss is about then don’t hesitate. Our door is always open to new members who want to come down and achieve their fitness goals, whatever they are. 

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