Frequently asked questions
There is no specific commitment for GoodGym members, we are here to help you achieve your fitness goals and to help you do more for your community. You can do this as often or as little as you like. Once you’re a member up we'll do our best to help you achieve your fitness goals. If you sign up to a visit an older person, you'll be committing to at least one run per week. Missions and group runs can be signed up for whenever you like. Your trainer will always be there to support you.
Just go to Get Started and we’ll keep you up to date about group runs in your area.
Here’s an outline of the process:
- Sign up on the get involved page
- Follow the steps on the sign up form
- Decide if you want to donate: if you’d like to donate you can donate £9.95/month, or decide not to donate at all.
- Get a nice package in the post, including your GoodGym t-shirt
- Get started here.
To support older people through GoodGym you first have to become a member. Once you become a member, you will be asked to complete the following steps so that you can run to an older person each week or to get involved with one off missions:
- Enter your full name as is appears on your passport/driving licence/EU ID card and details of two character references on our website
- Bring some documents to a group run to start your DBS check
- Complete an online form with OnFido, who process our DBS checks
- Complete your training about running to visit someone and/ or missions
- If you have chosen to run to visit someone, you’ll then have a chat with GoodGym’s central team about getting paired up
You need to show us three documents including valid photo ID and proof of address.
The easiest combination is:
- Valid Passport
- Valid Driving Licence photocard
- Proof of current address, e.g.
- bank statement (dated within last 3 months)
- utility bill (dated within last 3 months)
- council tax bill (dated within last 12 months)
We must see the original documents - we can't accept copies.
Find out what to do if your bills and accounts are paperless.
If all your bills and accounts are paperless, you’ll need to phone to request a statement or bill to be posted to you. Alternatively, you can get a printed copy statement at your nearest bank branch - this needs to be stamped by the bank.
We call people who are visited by our runners coaches, because they help motivate people to run and they share their wisdom. The relationship benefits you and them.
We receive our referrals for older people from community organisations that we partner with in each area. If you know someone that would like to be referred to GoodGym we may signpost you to our local partner first. To find out who we partner with in your area, please call us on 0203 432 3920.
Yes, absolutely. We want you to get involved whatever your level.
For our group runs we recommend that you are able to run for 15 mins without stopping. If you’re just starting out with running, or you want a really easy session for your first one, you should join in one of our starter sessions. We run these regularly, look out for one in your area or email us to find out when the next one is.
If you're still worried, or if you have any questions, you can get in touch with your area trainer and we’ll support you to get to the stage where you're confident enough to join in with the main group.
Not at all, all you need is a pair of trainers. You don’t need to splash out on loads of specialist gear, but if you’re planning on running regularly it is worth getting a pair of running shoes as this will protect your feet much better than a pair of all-round trainers.
We recommend you don’t wear your snazziest gear. We almost always do some kind of physical work that is more distressing for your gear than normal running. Be prepared to get your hands dirty. If we’ve described the run and it seems appropriate then bringing gardening or building gloves is often a good, but not essential.
Group runs always say the distance when you sign up to them. They vary from 3 - 15k. Choose a run you feel comfortable with and remember there's always a break to do some useful work half way through. Once you’re a member how far your run will depend on what you want to achieve; we’ll work with you to set goals for your fitness and develop training programmes to help achieve them.
Current NHS guidance states that exercising during pregnancy is beneficial, although precations should be taken where there is a risk of falling over. If you were a runner before you got pregnant then running during the first and second trimester should be safe. However, if you did not run before you got pregnant then we don't advise you joining a GoodGym run until after the birth. If you are pregnant please inform the trainer at the start of the session so they are aware. At the task please take additional care to protect yourself from any of the risks that may be present. The trainer conducts a full risk assessment on each task and so will be able to advise you on what they are. You are the best judge of what you feel comfortable doing and so please do not do anything at a GoodGym session you do not feel comfortable with. We advise you to read the NHS guidance on exercising during pregnancy.
No, you don’t have to pay, but if you decide to become a member you can opt to make a donation if you like. We recommend a monthly donation of £9.95 but we certainly don’t want anyone not to join because they can’t afford it; asking our runners to cover their costs helps us keep the project alive.
GoodGym is formed as a Company Limited by Guarantee and a Charity. This means we can’t take investment and can’t make a profit for shareholders, any money we generate can only go into the running of the project.
If you’re energetic, a keen runner and want to do good for your community, get in touch and we’ll help you to set up GoodGym where you are. We’re working on this at the moment though so we might be quite slow in getting back to you. If you’re interested in helping GoodGym come to your area, you can get in touch with email@example.com
Yes! GoodGym relies on donations to keep going. Making an ongoing donation helps to keep GoodGym alive and expanding. Go here to make a donation.
Because we work with vulnerable adults and our runners participate at their own risk, participants need to be over 18. Get in touch if you want to know more about this.
GoodGym TaskForce is an elected group of local runners who help support the operation of GoodGym. Once you have done 5 runs you are eligible to be on the TaskForce for your home area. Elections are held every year.
Our trainers are responsible for finding and selecting potential run leaders. If you are interested in becoming a GoodGym run leader, then ask your trainer or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our trainers have responsibility for supporting runners in their area and for running the weekly group sessions. We’re always looking for new trainers. Trainers must be either qualified as a Coach in Running Fitness, or have a personal training qualification. Going on a GoodGym run before application is strongly recommended. You can email email@example.com with a cv and cover letter to apply.