LGBT+ Friendly Ways To Get Fit In 2019

From Pilates to rugby, why not get fit with one of these quintessentially queer options!

Members of a pilates get fit class stretch to the side.

The start of a new year offers us the perfect opportunity to establish new health regimes. And what better way to get fit than by getting involved in some of these LGBT+ inclusive health and fitness organisations?

Powered Pink Pilates

Former ballerina Dearbhla Mitchell combined her love of dance with her passion for wellness in her fitness company Powered Pink. Dearbhla runs an array of Pilates and cardio barre classes that emphasise health and mindfulness in her programme. She also offers practical lifestyle and wellbeing advice on her YouTube channel. Powered Pink hosts regular ‘Pilates, Pizza and Pink Gin’ workshops in venues in Dublin, but do nab a ticket in advance as they almost always sell out!

Emerald Warriors Rugby Club

Dublin’s gay and bi men’s rugby team train Mondays, and Wednesdays at 7pm (during the rugby season) at St. Mary’s RFC, Templeville Road, Dublin 6w. Beginners totally welcome in the scrum. Visit

Dublin Devils FC

Football, or soccer if you prefer, club for gay and bi men. Training on Tuesdays, 7pm Phoenix Park and Saturdays, 1pm at YMCA, Aungier Street. All levels welcome. Visit

Dublin Front Runners AC

Running club for people of all fitness levels. Sources inform us that each run is finished off with cake in the Phoenix Park cafe! Meets Tuesdays 7.30pm in summer at the cricket grounds and in winter at the Garda Head Quarters, and Saturdays at the Papal Cross, 10am. Visit

LINC Badminton

Shuttlecocks at the ready! Training is on Tuesdays at LINC, White Street, Cork. Contact [email protected] for times.

Phoenix Tigers

The ladies soccer team trains on Thursdays, 8pm in the YMCA on Aungier St, Dublin 2. All levels welcome. Contact [email protected] for more.


Get your game, set and match on with the the national LGBT+ tennis network. For details of upcoming tournaments or clubs in your area, visit



LINC Basketball

Get fit while shooting hoops every Monday, 7pm, at LINC, White Street, Cork. Contact [email protected] for more.

Wet & Wild LGBT

Outdoor pursuits club organising a range of events on a monthly basis. Contact: [email protected]


LGBT Social & Sporting Group, Limerick

Check out this sociable and sporty group for LBT women in Limerick. Contact (text only) +1 (087) 167-8218

Rainbow Ramblers, Cork

The gang meet on the first Sunday of every month in Cork for a ramble. Contact: [email protected] for info.

Out & About Hillwalking Group

Get fit and enjoy the landscape at the same time, every Sunday with this super-friendly bunch. Meets 10am at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, visit: for more.

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