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Great places to train – Muscle Basin gym, London

Great places to train – Muscle Basin gym, London

January 31, 2024 4 min read

Great places to train – Muscle Basin gym, London

Looking for a community-minded calisthenics gym in London? We’re big fans of Muscle Basin gym in East London and what the founders are doing for the local community.

In this blog series, we’ll profile great places to train around the world. We hope it’ll help you tap into the global network of amazing calisthenics and bodyweight-focused training spaces so you’ll always find a great place to train, wherever you are.


Muscle Basin calisthenics gym in London E15

Muscle Basin has its roots in the calisthenics park at nearby Shadwell Basin, where Muscle Basin founders started their own calisthenics journey. The guys have competed at international level and delivered calisthenics workshops all around the world, so you’ll be in good hands when you train there. 

It’s the UK’s first fully segregated calisthenics gym, created to help the Islamic community access all the benefits of training and healthy lifestyle.

“The pandemic had crushed fitness goals and threatened many people’s physical and mental wellbeing,” said Muscle Basin’s co-founder Nahimul Islam. “We wanted to inspire and educate our local community and the global calisthenics community about the beauty of keeping fit through calisthenics.”


Why we support Muscle Basin calisthenics gym London

Muscle Basin gym has amazing equipment and top calisthenics coaches. But the most important thing about Muscle Basin is its ethos and sense of community. The gym has a clear mission – to bring the health benefits of calisthenics training to the Islamic community in a welcoming way that helps to overcome barriers. The guys at Muscle Basin are working hard to address bigger issues in their community via the power of physical activity, and we love that.


What equipment does Muscle Basin gym London have 

Muscle Basin is a calisthenics centre, and you’ll definitely find all the Gravity Fitness calisthenics kit you could want here. But there’s so much more than that. You can work on your cardio, weightlifting, strength, mobility and calisthenics here.

As well as a huge rig, there’s bars, bumper plates, and platforms, benches and squat racks, cardio kit and even a sauna. The gym stocks everything you need – from chalk to belts and bands – so you can leave your gym bag at home and just focus on training.

We also have to mention the Recovery Room, which houses a sauna and ice bath plus aroma oils so you can benefit from hot/cold therapy.


Muscle Basin Islamic inspired gym in London

Muscle Basin is the UK’s first segregated calisthenics gym. If you are a member of the Islamic community, you will find everything you need here to practice your dedication to health, fitness, and faith with others in a comfortable atmosphere. 

There’s no music playing at Muscle Basin gym, instead you’ll hear calming Qu'ran recitation to help you stay focused on your session. The adhaan rings out through the speakers each prayer time to keep you connected to your spirituality at the gym. Prayer mats are provided so you can practice your faith whilst you work out. The changing rooms are stocked with Miswaks and Oud.


Can you get Personal Training at Muscle Basin calisthenics gym? 

Muscle Basin’s memberships offer unlimited access to the gym floor, but you can also get classes and Personal Training. There are over 100 classes a month on the timetable, and Personal Training includes workout plans, nutritional diet plan, and out of hours support for your fitness journey.


How do you join Muscle Basin calisthenics gym? 

Muscle Basin isn’t a traditional commercial gym. It’s an Islamic-inspired calisthenics centre that offers access to the health benefits of fitness at an affordable cost. The gym is inclusive of all ages and genders and has a pricing structure that aims to tackle income inequality.

“We’re here to remove the financial burden to keeping fit,” said co-founder Jahedul Islam. “As well as the gym, we run community workshops, holiday activities, and projects for beginners to start their fitness journey.”

Membership starts at £39 a month for unlimited gym access, with the Recovery Room available as a bolt-on. The best value membership is £69 a month which gives you unlimited access to the gym, unlimited access to the Recovery room, and access to 100+ class a month (plus a MGB t-shirt!)


Can I do drop-in sessions at Muscle Basin gym?

Muscle Basin welcomes drop-ins if you’re working in the area of just visiting. A day pass is £7.50, classes are £12.50, and Personal Training is available on request.

How to get to London Muscle Basin calisthenics gym

Muscle Basin gym is at 207 Leytonstone Road, London E15. The nearest train station is Maryland on the Elizabeth line and it’s on bus routes 257, 69, and N8. 

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