If you need to build a website for a fitness club, gym, or personal trainer then this post will give you all the information you need to complete the project with ease. From choosing a fitness theme for WordPress, through to selecting the optional plugins that will enhance your website, after reading this post you should be ready to go.
WordPress once again proves how versatile it is, thanks to the number of themes built specifically for promoting gyms and CrossFit boxes, and the standalone plugins that can add useful features to make managing your fitness website easier, and providing extra value to your members.
With these fitness themes and plugins, all that’s left for you to do is add the great content that will have new members and clients flocking to your doors.
The Best WordPress Fitness and Gym Themes
The first step in the process of building a fitness website with WordPress is to choose the right theme and WordPress certainly has many fitness-related themes to choose from. While this is a good thing, too many options to choose from can slow you down. So to help you out here are 7 of the best fitness themes for WordPress to simplify your decision process.
Gym by Total WordPress Theme
Gym is a new fitness or gymnasium style theme built with the Total WordPress theme. Built with a custom extended version of the Visual Composer, the Total Gym demo is perfect to create a stunning landing page for your studio, personal training service, group class or anything else. Plus with added features like custom Slider Revolution animated sliders, translation support, WooCommerce compatibility, hundreds of live Customizer styling options and more Total is a great choice for any of your websites.
Power Gym WordPress Theme
Power Gym includes a set of controls for customizing many of the aspects of your website without editing any code directly. You can also use the custom post types to store information separately from your regular blog content. This could include trainer profiles, and class details.
In Shape WordPress Theme
In Shape from Theme Fuse is ideal for personal trainers and those running a fitness center or gym who want to promote their services online. The theme includes an HTML5 slider for presenting your best content on the homepage of your site, as well as fitness related tools, and an appointment booking system.
Fitness WordPress Theme
Fitness comes with three homepage styles to give you a good amount of flexibility when it comes to setting up your website. You can also change the color settings via a picker to get just the right look you need. Fitness comes equipped with image and content sliders, and all the page templates you could possibly ever need to get your website up and running today.
GetFit WordPress Theme
Built on the Bootstrap framework, GetFit is highly responsive for mobile devices and even lets your visitors use their touchscreen interfaces to swipe through your content. You also get lots of controls for customizing all elements of your website when using this theme. The included Photoshop PSD images allow you to edit the theme images to get an ever more personalized look for your fitness website.
Workout WordPress Theme
Although Workout has been designed with CrossFit gyms in mind, it can work well to build any type of fitness related website. The built in functionality allows you to quickly publish class schedules, program lists, coach pages, testimonials, and photo galleries of your facilities, staff, and members. You can also easily add an online shop to your website thanks to the WooCommerce support of the Workout theme.
GamePlan WordPress Theme
Ideal for promoting fitness and sporting events, as well as gyms, GamePlan has been built to integrate with the Event Calendar Pro plugin to make it easy to publish details and sell tickets for your event. This fitness theme also includes the premium Visual Composer and Slider Revolution plugins for extra value and even more design options.
Useful Fitness and Gym Plugins for WordPress
While there are a number of personal fitness plugins for WordPress, in this article we are looking at the plugins that someone building a website for a gym would find useful. This is one area that isn’t as well served as other WordPress plugin categories. However there are a few good options that can make your life easier when building and managing a gym website.
Timetable Responsive Schedule WordPress Plugin
The Timetable Responsive Schedule plugin is perfect for creating and publishing your fitness class timetables on your gym website.
Each of the sessions you offer is stored as a custom post type in your WordPress site. The sessions can then be output in a number of ways, helping you to build a range of schedules to display your different classes.
The design is fully responsive to cater to your members checking the schedule on their mobiles, and the plugin also includes a sidebar widget for displaying upcoming classes.
CF Whiteboard WordPress Plugin
CF Whiteboard is a hosted service that integrates with WordPress via a free plugin. While CF Whiteboard has been built to replace, or at least compliment the ubiquitous whiteboard found in CrossFit boxes, many of its features would benefit owners of regular gyms and fitness centers.
Among those features you will find the ability to create profiles for gym members, a workout tracker with athlete progress charts, leader boards, a max load predictor, and group workout loggers. The service also makes it very easy for members to share their workouts and profiles on Facebook, with links back to your website to help you get more traffic and hopefully more members.
CF Whiteboard is available to try for free for one month and then after that it’s a $50 a month. This includes a free installation for your site to help you get up and running as quickly as possible.
CF WOD Posts WordPress Plugin
CF WOD Posts has been designed for gym owners who want an easy way to publish set workouts on their websites. While it’s another tool that has been built for CrossFit gym owners, anyone offering group or circuit training based sessions can make use of this free plugin.
Simply install CF WOD Posts on your WordPress site and it will create a new post type specifically for storing and publishing the workout of the day, or whatever routine or circuit you would like to share with your gym members.
As this plugin adds a custom post type to WordPress it will work with any theme and is a simple way to keep your workout and routine schedules separate from the rest of the content on your website, making them easier for your members to find.
WooCommerce Bookings WordPress Plugin
WooCommerce Bookings is an extension for the free WooCommerce online store builder plugin for WordPress. Once the bookings add-ons is installed on your site alongside WooCommerce, you can then offer your visitors the opportunity to sign up and book their places on the bookable items you create. This could be your fitness classes, sessions with personal trainers, group exercise sessions, or any other activities you offer where attendees should sign up to book their place.
While the WooCommerce plugin has been built for selling products online, you can configure your site so that no money needs to change hands in order for your visitors to make a booking. Using this e-commerce plugin and the bookings add-on might seem like a long-winded way to add a group signup form to your WordPress site, but it appears to be the best off the shelf solution currently available.
As you can see there are some excellent WordPress themes for building a fitness or gym website with WordPress. The plugin selection is a little less impressive, although those building a website for a CrossFit box should be pleased with the available options. It’s worth pointing out that the CrossFit plugins can be used for regular gym websites that make use of group workouts or scheduled classes.
If you have any advice for our readers on creating a website for a gym or fitness center with WordPress, please leave a comment below.