Are your clothes feeling a bit too snug after too much Christmas eating and drinking? Is one of your New Year's resolutions to lose weight and get fit?

Then you might be thinking of joining a gym, but have been left bewildered as to the cost and choice of the many options out there.

January is the busiest time for new members and to tempt you in, most of the big chains have deals on.

Mindful that not everyone is wealthy, they also have memberships to suit all lifestyles and budgets.

But if you've never been inside a gym before, how do you go about joining one and how much should you pay?

We've done a trawl of all the major gyms and leisure centres in Birmingham and compiled a guide as to membership deals.

Have a look and see which one appeals to you.

Please note: these prices were being advertised online on December 20, 2017. Some prices may increase in the New Year. Double check with all operators.

Pure Gym

Pure Gym

One of the many budget 'no frills' chain which promises ‘No contract. No catch’ meaning you can cancel your membership at any time.

Pure Gym is the biggest gym chain in the West Midlands, with 11 branches.

All give you unrestricted gym access 24/7 and your membership also includes classes. There is a large weights area, more than 200 pieces of equipment, choice of around 50 classes, online training and nutrition guides and an app, which allows you to book classes.

Where are the branches?

Sutton Coldfield, Beaufort Park in Coleshill, Broad Street in city centre, Maypole, Snow Hill Plaza, Birmingham West at Windmill Shopping Centre, Smethwick, Brierley Hill, Dudley Port in Tipton, West Bromwich and Walsall.

Pure Gym
Pure Gym

How much does it cost?

There are three different types of membership and the prices vary according to which branch you go to.

Day passes: These are £5.99 or £6.99

Monthly membership which give you access to all gyms and can be cancelled at any time: from ££12.99 - £17.99 a month, with a £5 joining fee.

Fixed term, you sign up for three, six, nine or 12 months and can only go to a single gym: between £14.99 to £17.99 a month.

Visit the website here

Bannatyne

A day spa treatment at Bannatyne Spa
A day spa treatment at Bannatyne Spa

Set up by Duncan Bannatyne of Dragons Den fame, there are five branches in Birmingham and surrounding areas.

All have heated swimming pools, hydrotherapy spa, sauna and relaxation lounge, together with all the usual fitness equipment and classes.

Bannatyne’s claims to offer “more than just a gym” as it also hosts social and charity events, from summer barbecues to anniversary dinners, quiz nights to casino evenings.

It says: “Our members enjoy a lifestyle of healthy living, accompanied by first class advice and training programmes.”

Where are the branches?

Priory Queensway in Birmingham city centre, Brindleyplace, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield and Tamworth.

When are they open?

Opening times vary according to the branch, but a typical opening time would be: Monday-Friday, 6am to 9.30pm; weekends 10am-5pm.

How much does it cost?

There are four types of membership and all have a £20 joining fee.

Full - you can use the centre at any time and any day. Depending on the branch, around £44 a month, which after the minimum term you can cancel with just a month's notice.

Premier off-peak - Monday to Friday 9am - 4.30pm and anytime at weekends. Cost is between £41 - £46 a month.

Off-peak - Monday to Friday 9am - 4.30pm. Cost is between £38 - £43 a month.

Day pass - £15 a day.

Bannatyne's offers members the chance to freeze their memberships for between two and six months and only pay a small retaining fee.

Spa treatments are available at Bannatyne
Spa treatments are available at Bannatyne

Visit the website here

24/7 Fitness

Another no frills, open-around-the-clock budget chain which says its aim is to bring members "great facilities, great classes, friendly staff, and unrestricted 24hr access all at a great price!”

Clubs have a full range of cardiovascular machines, resistance machines, free weights, Les Mills studio classes, parking and personal trainers to help you achieve your goals.

Where are the branches?

Fort Dunlop in Erdington and Hagley Road in Bearwood.

What are the membership deals?

There is a £20 joining fee and then a choice of memberships.

No contract - £19.95 - £21.95 a month.

Multi-site - £24.95.

12 month contract - £17.95.

Day pass - £5.95.

Visit the website here

Llewela Bailey and her daughter Jessica Brabant trained for the London Marathon 2011 at Fitness First in Stirchley
Llewela Bailey and her daughter Jessica Brabant trained for the London Marathon 2011 at Fitness First in Stirchley

DW Fitness First

Where is it?

Ulleries Road, Solihull.

There is a cardio theatre, a spin studio, a freestyle floor, beauty rooms, hair salon and creche, members' lounge and free parking.

How much will I pay?

You can try before you buy with a free three-day pass.

Otherwise there's not much choice, unlike other chains. The monthly cost is £25.20, with discounts for students. There are a few off-peak deals.

When is it open?

Monday to Thursday, 6am-11pm; Friday, 6am-10pm and weekends and Bank Holidays, 8am-8pm.

Joining a gym and getting fit is normally on a New Year resolutions list
Joining a gym and getting fit is normally on a New Year resolutions list

Visit the website here: https://www.dwfitnessfirst.com/find-a-gym/solihull/

Virgin Active

Richard Branson helps to open the new Virgin Active gym at Solihull in 2001
Richard Branson helps to open the new Virgin Active gym at Solihull in 2001

Where is it and what does it have?

Blythe Valley Park, Solihull, and it features indoor and outdoor swimming, physio, spa, plus computer stations to keep up with your emails.

The creche can be used for children aged six weeks to four years.

Kidz Crew is a fitness programme for three to 15-year-olds.

There’s also access to physiotherapists, a full timetable of classes and kids’ pool.

When is it open?

Monday to Friday, 6.30am-10pm; weekends and Bank Holidays, 8am-9pm.

How much does it cost?

For a 12-month contract it's £58 a month, or £72 for a rolling monthly contract. Both have £20 joining fees.

There is also the family bundle (for two adults and one child) of £115 per month (and £20 joining fee).

How do I contact them?

Blythe Gate, Blythe Valley Park, Shirley B90 8AT. Current members 0121 506 9850; enquiries 0121 667 6233.

Nuffield Health

A mid-priced chain, which have swimming pools, gyms, free parking, personal trainers and also access to health advice.

Where are the branches?

Broadway Plaza at Five Ways, Rubery Great Park and Cannock.

How much does it cost?

All have a free one-day trial and if you like what you see, there are three different membership options, all of which have £20 joining fee.

Full 'anytime' membership is between £44 - £59 a month.

Off peak - £37 - £50.

When are they open?

Typical opening hours are Monday to Friday 6.30am - 10pm and weeekends 8am - 8pm.

Website here

The Gym on High Street, Birmingham - above Currys PC World Black
The Gym on High Street, Birmingham - above Currys PC World Black

The Gym

Another budget, no frills chain which is open 24/7 on a non-contract basis.

All have a full range of cardiovascular machines, classes and Myride indoor virtual bikes.

Every branch is monitored via extensive CCTV coverage 24/7 with direct links to the emergency services.

You’ll need a padlock for your locker, so either take your own or buy one from the vending machine for £4.

Open 24/7 (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day).

Where are the branches?

The Gym has a branch at Shirley's Parkgate Shopping Centre
The Gym has a branch at Shirley's Parkgate Shopping Centre

High Street in Birmingham city centre, Hagley Road, Parkgate Shopping Centre in Shirley, Kingsbury Road in Erdington , Broadway in Broad Street, Trident Retail Park, Sutton Coldfield, Tamworth, One Stop Shopping Centre at Perry Barr (opening spring 2018).

How much does it cost?

Day passes cost between £5.99 - £7.99

A single gym membership is from £12.99 a month to £18.99.

There are also multi-gym memberships of £29.99 a month, or three-day ones at £19.99.

More details from the website: https://www.thegymgroup.com

Tudor Grange and Chelmsley Wood Leisure Centres

Tudor Grange Leisure Centre in Solihull
Tudor Grange Leisure Centre in Solihull

Two former Solihull Council-run centres which are now run by Parkwood Leisure Ltd.

Tudor Grange Leisure Centre in Blossomfield Roadhas a 25m pool, 150-station gym, three indoor tennis courts, dance studio, sports hall and cafe.

How much does it cost?

There is full membership giving you access to fitness facilities and pool for £39.95 a month, or you can have swim-only access for £23 a month.

When is it open?

Gym usually open 6.30am-10pm weekdays and 8am-6pm weekends; swimming 7am-8pm Monday and Thursday-Friday; 7am-7.30pm on Tuesday; 7am-10pm on Wednesday; 9.30am-5pm on Saturday and 8am-5pm on Sunday.

Chelmsley Wood (North Solihull Sports Centre) has a 33-metre pool, sauna, steam and jacuzzi area, 110-station gym, sports hall, synthetic pitch and an athletics track.

North Solihull Sports Centre, Chelmsley Wood
North Solihull Sports Centre, Chelmsley Wood

How much does it cost?

Full membership is £38.50 a month, or swim-only is £23.

When is it open?

Health and fitness open 7am-10pm weekdays and 8am-4pm weekends.

Swimming from 7am weekdays and 8am weekends with a different closing time each day: Monday 6.30pm; Tuesday 7.30pm; Wednesday 7pm; Thursday 6pm; Friday 8pm, Saturday 5pm and Sunday 5.30pm.

Visit the website here

Harborne Pool and Fitness Centre and Sparkhill Baths

Harborne Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre
Harborne Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre

Again, two more centres which used to be run by Birmingham Council and are now managed by Places for People Leisure.

Both have 25-metre pools, along with studio classes, a gym, personal training sessions and in the case of Sparkhill, a spin studio.

Membership prices are not published online, you have to register your interest and wait for them to get back to you.

But last year, membership of Harborne was £35.99 a month, or £4.20 if you want to just turn up for a swim.

Visit the website here

Getting fit at the gym
Getting fit at the gym

Birmingham City Council centres

Most Birmingham City Council-run sports facilities can be used just by turning up and paying.

But a Leisure Card is needed to use a council run gym or to attend an instructed course.

It also lets you book courts and activities up to seven days ahead, but you must pay for the court or activity at the time of booking.

You will collect a loyalty point for every £1 you spend which you can later use to pay for certain leisure activities.

An eight-day Advance card costs £16 for 12 months and will let you pay for a court of activity when you arrive.

You can apply for a Leisure Card and an Eight Day Advance card at the same time.

A Passport to Leisure (PTL) card gives you up to 20 per cent off most activities at council-run leisure centres, Wellbeing Centres and swimming pools. It also offers discounts at some museums, theatres and other attractions in Birmingham.

PTL cards are available for asylum seekers, carers, full-time students, a child in care, people receiving certain types of benefits (ask at your local leisure centre) or if you are aged 60 or over.

You can also apply for a card if you have a disability and are receiving incapacity benefit, tax credits or disability living allowance.

A Birmingham resident is classed as anyone who lives in a property that pays council tax to Birmingham City Council.

There are also three Your Choice monthly membership options.

1. Premier Choice – £35.50 per month (or £26.50 for PTL holders) get unlimited access to swimming, fitness classes, aqua classes, gyms, saunas and the Turkish suite;

2. Fitness Choice – £31 per month (or £23 for PTL holders) get unlimited access to fitness classes, aqua classes and gyms;

3. Aqua Choice – £25 per month (or £12.50 for PTL members) get unlimited access to swimming.

Many leading companies are participating in the Corporate Your Choice scheme, giving employees a 20 per cent discount on the standard Your Choice sport and leisure membership deals.

These firms include the AA, Amey, Asda, Barclays, Benefits Agency / DWP, Birmingham Airport, Boots, BT, Carillion, Central, Direct Line, Greggs Bakers, Highways Agency, HSBC, JLR, Matalan, Midlands Co-op, National Express, Parcelforce, Pertemps, Royal Mail, Severn Trent, South and City College, Tesco, Wesleyan, WM Morrison and the emergency services, including British Transport Police.

Details from the website here

Active Parks

Launched with a pilot scheme in 2013 and rolled out from 2014 onwards, Active Parks is a scheme of activities involving various local parks.

These include: Ackers, Aston Park, Balamm’s Wood, Balsall Heath Park, Billesley Common, Bloomsbury Park, Bromford Drive Recreation Ground, Brookvale Park, Burbury Park, Calthorpe Park, Cannon Hill Park, Castle Vale (Centre Park and Farnborough Road Fields), Chamberlain Gardens, Cofton Park, Conker Island, Cotteridge Park, Daisy Farm Park, Eastside Park, Edgbaston Reservoir, Farm Park, Fox Hollies Park, Hamstead Pavilion, Handsworth Park, Highbury Park Orchard, Holders Lane & Pebble Mill Fields.

Castle Vale Centre Park at dawn in December, 2011
Castle Vale Centre Park at dawn in December, 2011

Plus, Kings Heath Park, Kings Norton Nature Reserve, Kings Norton Park, Lickey Hills, Longmeadow Park, Manor Farm Park, Muntz Park/Selly Oak Rec, New Hall Valley Country Park, New Spring Street, Norman Chamberlain Playing Fields, Perry Hill Playing Fields, Phillips Street Park, Selly Oak Park, Selly Park Recreation Ground, Senneleys Park, Sheldon Country Park, Small Heath Park, Summerfield Park, Sunset and Moonlit Parks, Sutton Park, The Ring – Enderby Park, Tile Cross Park, Turnberry Park, Victoria Common, Walkers Heath Park, Ward End Park, Welsh House Farm/Queens Park, West Heath Park and Woodgate Valley Country Park.

Be Active leisure centres include:

Alexander Stadium, Walsall Road, Perry Barr, Birmingham B42 2LR. Tel 0121 464 8008.

Bartley Green Community Leisure Centre, Adams Hill, Bartley Green, Birmingham B32 3QJ. Tel 01212 475 4288.

Beeches Pool and Fitness Centre, Beeches Road, Great Barr, Birmingham B42 2HQ. Tel 0121 464 6296.

Billesley Indoor Tennis Centre, Wheelers Lane, Billesley, Birmingham B13 0ST. Tel 0121 464 4222.

Castle Pool, Farmborough Road, Castle Vale, Birmingham B36 7EJ. Tel 0121 464 4644.

Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre, Alcester Road South, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 6ER. Tel 0121 464 1996.

Court Road Health and Fitness, 14 Court Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham B11 4LX. Tel 0121 303 1700.

Erdington Leisure Centre, Mason Road, Birmingham, 24 9EJ. Tel 0121 464 0520.

Fox Hollies Leisure Centre, Shirley Road, Acocks Green, Birmingham B27 7NS. Tel 0121 464 4112.

Handsworth Leisure Centre, Holly Road, Handsworth, Birmingham B20 2BY. Tel 0121 464 6336.

Handsworth Leisure Centre in Handsworth Park
Handsworth Leisure Centre in Handsworth Park

Holloway Hall, Holloway, Ley Hill, Birmingham B31 1TT. Tel 0121 478 2263.

Kingsbury Community Leisure Centre, Kingsbury Road, Erdington, Birmingham B24 8RE. Tel 0121 306 4874.

Kingstanding Leisure Centre, Dulwich Road, Kingstanding, Birmingham B44 0EW. Tel 0121 464 7890.

Ladywood Health & Community Centre, St Vincent Street West, Ladywood, Birmingham B16 8RP. Tel 0121 464 8625.

Moseley Health and Fitness Centre, Springfield Road, Tyseley, Birmingham B13 4LR. Tel 0121 678 1290.

The second class pool reopening at Moseley Road Baths in 2012
The second class pool reopening at Moseley Road Baths in 2012

Moseley Road Baths, Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9BX. Tel 0121 464 0150.

Nechells Leisure Centre, Rupert Street, Nechells, Birmingham B7 5DT. Tel 0121 464 4373.

Newtown Pool and Fitness Centre, Newtown Row, Aston, Birmingham B19 2SW. Tel 0121 464 2370.

Northfield Leisure Centre, Bristol Road South, Northfield B31 2PD. Tel 0121 464 1058. Currently closed - see below.

Saltley Community Leisure Centre, 120 Broadway Avenue, Bordesley Green, B9 5YD. Tel 01212 464 8556.

Small Heath Leisure Centre, Muntz Street,Small Heath, Birmingham B10 9RX. Tel 0121 464 6131.

Stechford Cascades, Stechford, Birmingham B33 8QN. Tel 0121 464 5596.

Summerfield Community Sports Centre, Winson Green Road, Winson Green, Birmingham B18 4EJ. Tel 0121 303 0552.

Tiverton Pool and Fitness Centre, Tiverton Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6BU. Tel 01212 464 0779.

Wyndley Leisure Centre, Clifton Road, Sutton Coldfield, B73 6EB. Tel 0121 464 7742.

Centres under the Birmingham Community Leisure Trust umbrella include:

Beeches Pool & Fitness Centre

Beeches Pool and Fitness Centre in Great Barr has a gym, swimming pool, aqua classes, sauna and steam room and a swimming lesson programme.

Gym times: 7am-10pm weekdays, 8.30am-4.30pm on Saturdays and 8am-2pm on Sundays.

Billesley Indoor Tennis Centre

Rising wheelchair tennis star Jordanne Whiley (14) at Billesley Tennis Centre in 2006 - she's now a double Paralympic bronze medallist with an MBE
Rising wheelchair tennis star Jordanne Whiley (14) at Billesley Tennis Centre in 2006 - she's now a double Paralympic bronze medallist with an MBE

This is a large indoor and outdoor tennis facility in Kings Heath. It is open to everyone with no membership required.

Whether you play tennis to improve, socialise, keep fit or compete, the centre has something for you.

Open 7am-10pm weekdays and from 8am-5pm weekends.

Cocks Moors Woods Liesure Centre

The largest leisure centre in south Birmingham and has everything you need to stay fit and healthy and also have fun and entertain the children.

The leisure pool has a wave machine, a 50 metre flume, interactive water features and baby pool.

Exit and entry can be by a graduated beach area or steps.

Open from 7am-10pm Monday to Thursday, 7am to 9pm on Fridays and from 8am-6pm weekends.

Erdington Leisure Centre

This is at the end of Erdington High street opposite the fountain.

It features a 30m swimming pool, Fitness Centre, Running Centre and Turkish Suite.

Open from 7am to 9.30pm Monday to Wednesday; till 8.30pm on Thursday and 9pm on Friday. Open weekends from 7am to 3pm.

Fox Hollies Leisure Centre

Duncan Goodhew at Fox Hollies Leisure Centre promoting a Swimathon in 2009
Duncan Goodhew at Fox Hollies Leisure Centre promoting a Swimathon in 2009

Here you will find a 50 station gym, power plate studio, sports hall, squash courts, 25m swimming pool, studios which host a wide range of workout classes and much more.

Outdoors, Fox Hollies has 3 floodlit, sand-based pitches surrounded by a recently refurbished 400m running track, full size hockey markings and courts.

It’s changing facilities are currently being refurbished to create a ‘changing village’.

Gym times: 7am-10pm weekdays, 7am-5.30pm on Saturday and from 8am till 8.30pm on Sundays.

Northfield Pool & Fitness Centre

Closed for redevelopment until spring, 2018.

Stechford Cascades has a gym, three workout studios which host a wide range of workout classes, three pools and a cafe.

Open from 7am-9.30pm weekdays, 8.30am-5pm on Saturdays and from 8.30am to 2pm.

Wyndley Leisure Centre

Opened in 1970, Wyndley Leisure Centre is the largest leisure centre of its kind in Birmingham.

A number of facilities are available at the centre including a main 33m pool, teaching pool, diving boards, eight-lane 400m running track, all weather pitch, sports hall, dance studio, creche and much more.

Open from 6.30am 11pm weekdays and from 8am to 8pm on Saturdays and 10pm on Sundays.