Thornton Recreation Centre

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A popular and busy centre with a state of the art fitness centre. The centre is located on the Thornton Grammar School campus and uses the school's facilities at evenings and weekends, with use throughout the day of the Fitness Centre. Use of the two fitness suites during the school day (8.30am to 2.30pm) is shared between the public and the school. Please refer to the timetable below to see which of the suites is available for public use at any particular time, or contact the centre.

  • Sports hall
  • Air-conditioned, mirrored dance studio
  • Gymnasium
  • Indoor cycling studio
  • Floodlit outdoor 3G pitch available to book in full or half-pitch including matches. The pitch has been accredited by the FA as suitable for competitive league and cup matches
  • The Fitness Centre is a purpose built fitness area with a large fitness suite and a secondary suite together with excellent members-only changing rooms. Both fitness suites have an excellent range of resistance equipment, free-weights and cardio-vascular machines

ClubActive Gym

The benefits you get from coming to Thornton Recreation Centre include:

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Premier Fitness Suite

CV equipment

50 individual pieces of equipment including treadmills, rowers, bikes, steppers, X-Trainers.

The site has 2 WATT Bikes – these are a great training tool for all level of cyclists from beginner to elite performer.

Resistance equipment

A full range of resistance equipment including machines, cables and free weights. The free weight options include Olympic bars.

T Zone Junior Fitness Suite

The second fitness suite is also available for group bookings such as junior football/rugby teams. An instructor will be provided if teams do not have appropriately qualified staff. Contact the centre for details.

Gym and reception opening times

Day Times
Monday 9am to 10pm
Tuesday 7.30am to 10pm
Wednesday 9am to 10pm
Thursday 6.30am to 10pm
Friday 9am to 10pm
Saturday 8am to 6pm
Sunday 9am to 4pm






Bradford Leisure Card

All Inclusive Members

Absolutely ABS £4 £3 Free
Bums/legs and tums £5 £3 Free
Body Combat £5 £3 Free
Body Combat introduction Free Free Free
Insanity £3 £2 Free
Multi-Fit £3 £2 Free
Pilates £5 £3 Free
Pump FX £5 £3 Free
Pump FX introduction Free Free Free
Studio cycling £4 £3 Free
Studio cycling introduction Free Free Free
Super circuit training £5 £3 Free
TRX £4 £4 £2
Women’s circuit training £5 £3 Free

Membership prices

Activity Price
Premium ClubActive membership £25
Active ClubActive membership - all inclusive (Bradford Leisure Card/Over 60/16-19years) £19.95
Pay As You Go one year joining fee £15
Pay As You Go session price £4
Pay As You Go one year joining fee with Bradford Leisure Card £12.50
Pay As You Go session with Bradford Leisure Card £3
Premier Annual Membership £250
Bradford Leisure Card/Active Annual Membership £199
Day pass £7
B.E.E.P. session (as per sports halls etc) – monthly charge £15.50


Our fitness timetables are provided by Active in Time.

Description of classes

Absolutely Abs

This workout will help you get the six pack and core muscle developments of your dreams. Through working on your stability region of your body you can alleviate any functional aches and pains you may have in your back or waist area.

Circuit Training

The original and best way of keeping fit and losing weight. Multi-station strength and aerobic exercises work out all your body. Will tone and shape those hard to hit areas. Basic fitness required.

Body Combat

Mixed martial arts and conditioning techniques to enhance body composition and fitness levels. A multi-peak workout with upper and lower body drills plus solo and partner based fight sessions. Correct form is a priority. Please do the Fight FX Introduction first. Basic fitness required.

Pump FX

Utilises barbells and weight plates to provide a complete body workout to great music. Weight training exercises take on another dimension through functional multi level movements with an emphasis on intensity and technique. Please attend Pump FX Introduction session first. Basic fitness required.

Studio Cycling

This 45 minutes calorie burning and toning class uses stationary cycles to the latest chart topping music. A highly enjoyable and motivating workout that burns fat fast, whilst improving your fitness to new levels. Please do the Studio Cycling Introduction session first. Basic fitness required.

Step and Conditioning

Great fun and great fitness with this all exercise class. For all abilities.


The world famous exercise discipline used by Madonna and has millions of followers. Expert tuition for this soft and mellow discipline that creates a hard body. Combined mind and body movements strengthen core muscles in a safe and effective manner. This combined engagement can both stretch and strengthen. For all abilities.

TRX Suspension Training

Utilises a unique tethering system which uses gravity and your own body weight as the resistance. It builds superior muscular balance, joint stability, mobility and core strength. Equipment provided. Basic fitness needed.

Women's Circuit Training

Fitness training circuits specially designed for women. Multi station workouts keep you moving, burning off calories and gets you super fit. For all abilities.

Remember to pre-book all your classes in person at reception or by telephone.

Bookings are taken up to 7 days in advance (Online bookings are not available at present).

I am not a member. Can I book a fitness class?

Bookings for non-members are welcome - telephone the centre on 01274 436022 to book a class.

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Contact details

Leaventhorpe Lane,
BD13 3BH

Phone : 01274 436022
Fitness membership : 01274 436022
Email :

From Bradford City Centre follow Thornton Road (B6145)for approximately 3 miles. Turn left onto Leaventhorpe Lane and right into the Recreation Centre car park.

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