In this article, we’ll try to take a deeper look at WordPress Sports’ Themes and see beyond their stock-jock pictures, to see if they’re actually fit for fitness and sports clubs’ websites out there.
The themes are listed in two categories, namely Gym/Fitness (focused more on lead-generation/direct business) and Sports Clubs (focused more on community building and blog).
All of the following themes are responsive (because what’s the point otherwise?), and frequently updated. They are all available on Themeforest.net.
Disclaimer: Not a single theme is here for ‘referral’ bonuses; just good features and looks.
What makes Balance a remarkable theme for gyms:
a. The Unlimited Portfolios and sidebars: Available in 6 layouts, all of which support self-hosted (kind of burdensome for your server to host too many workout videos but okay), hierarchical categories, drag-and-drop item sorting, slideshows, etc. are perfect to showcase different membership plans and fitness services, or various instructors.
b. Custom backgrounds for individual pages: Makes it that much easier to give each service page its own special feel (you know, ‘relaxed’ for Yoga, ‘energized’ for Cardio, etc.)
c. Table generator (for schedules)
With its veritable army of custom widgets, post types and page templates, shortcodes, fonts, CSS effects, AJAX-powered contact forms, and more (configured via a really strong admin panel) make Balance awesome.
It’s perfect for fledgling gyms that want to revamp their online presence and will use it for lead generation (instead of direct business).
Energy has some features you probably weren’t even aware you wanted until you saw them listed in the theme page:
a. Bundled plugins: Energy packs Premium Schedules and Premium Events plugins for super-easy management and showcasing of your day-to-day schedule. It has Paypal Manager to let you handle online payments to your business, and a Visual Customizer for efficient theme configuration without coding.
b. Galleries and Post types: Custom post types for staff, programs, and galleries look clean and amazing.
c. WPML and WooCommerce Compatible: Localization ready for multinational franchises and easy store management to let you sell apparel and merchandise straight from your website.
Energy packs the features every sprawling gym business/franchise website should have.
3. Evolution Fitness
This theme is pretty simple and straightforward:
a. Unlimited sliders, sidebars, and portfolios: Bundled revolution slider and Layerslider plugins, the theme also lets you create as many layouts as you want via countless sidebars. Perfect for showcasing multiple services
b. Demo Data Available: One click demo content install to make your primary website setup that much easier
c. Translation Ready: Easily translatable for various audiences.
The theme has its own bunch of shortcodes (along with a shortcode + sidebar generator, just because), style manager, fonts and icons, etc.
Startup Gyms can make good use of Evolution Fitness and all that it has to offer.
This theme can compete well with other ‘corporate and/or multipurpose’ business themes out there if it weren’t specially targeted to Gyms. Oh well, that just means less competition over an amazing theme for you guys:
a. Responsive Timetable: A truly awesome way to build and show your schedule courtesy of inbuilt Schedule (Timetable) Manager plugin.
b. WooCommerce Integrated: No additional hassle or compatibility issue with theme since the plugin is already there.
c. WPML ready: Translate easily with the plugin and leverage the benefits of a localization-ready business.
d. Custom post types (Classes, Weekdays, Trainers, Gallery).
GymBase also packs Visual Composer (a page builder) with over 50 components and settings, lets you install demo content, has a custom theme options panel for super easy theme management, over 800 fonts, AJAX contact forms, social icons, built in widgets, awesome filters (on gallery to make search easier for your users), and so much more.
It’s a complete package for well established Gyms and businesses.
FIT packs the bare necessities for gym websites:
a. Custom Post Types: For trainers and classes, along with their custom templates and relevant info.
b. Contact Form
c. Localization ready with .po/.mo files for easy translation
FIT also packs complete HTML so you don’t have to worry about unwanted style changes if you get fed up of WordPress and want to go generic. You also get PSD files if like the design but would prefer custom WordPress development work to amp up functionality and code.
I would say this is the perfect theme for gyms that have their own coding savants.
This theme has won awards from Moderntribe and ThemeForest itself for good reason. It’s a useful package.
a. Event Calendar Pro is compatible with the theme for easy scheduling and management
b. WooCommerce and Translation ready: Theme is compatible with WooCommerce and WPML plugin.
c. Integrated Paypal Button: Makes it easy to sell merchandise from your website/online store.
d. RTL supported: Right-to-left languages are supported (thanks to extra effort with rtl.css)
Gameplan lets you install demo content. The design and icons looks amazing on retina-ready Apple devices. The theme packs a Visual Composer page builder, useful shortcodes, slider revolution plugin, and unlimited design configuration choices (without coding).
It’s the perfect theme for gyms and businesses who want something long-lasting for their website.
7. Real Soccer
Winner: Real Soccer won first prize for Micro Niche Themes on entire Envato Market.
a. Player profiles and lists, League Tables and results: intelligent custom post types and templates
b. Match reports
c. Mega Menu for comprehensive yet easy website navigation
d. Landing Page template added bonus for promotional activities, customizable.
e. WooCommerce Compatible for easier time turning part of your soccer website into merchandise store.
f. Easy setup with GoodLayers Importer: Install demo content in half-time.
Real Soccer knows exactly what its audience needs and does an amazing job at providing it. The theme packs all the design necessities: page builder, shortcodes, fonts and icons, scalable containers and sidebars, custom colors and skins, etc. It has custom types for Testimonials and Personnel sections. It’s nicely responsive and coded for SEO-friendliness.
It’s an unbeatable theme for any Football/Soccer (or other single-sport centric) clubs out there.
This theme has some truly remarkable features:
a. Touch-friendly design: Really built with ‘mobile-first’, interface elements are very touch-friendly.
b. Advanced blogging options: 5 different blogging options/layouts including multipost.
c. External Video Hosting Easy embeds from Vimeo, Youtube, Google+ and more.
d. WooCommerce and WPML compatible Ready to sell with WooCommerce and custom ‘items’ post type
e. Primed for Communities thanks to compatibility with BuddyPress, bbPress, and Events Calendar along with custom post types for people and projects.
f. Custom Pages for 404 errors and Search results, ‘coming soon’ placeholders,
Sport has a huge backpack filled with amazing design configuration features: fonts, icons, custom backgrounds and colors, CSS enhancements, and the all-mighty Page builder. It has custom widgets for Facebook, Twitter feeds, etc., construction/maintenance mode, unlimited widget areas, special media center, and so much more.
This theme takes community management to the next level. It’s perfect for well-established sports clubs and societies.
9. Club Sports
There’s so much this theme has to offer:
a. Customizable Contact Form 7: Integrated contact form, easy to customize with preset styles
b. External Video Hosting Embed videos from Vimeo
c. Translation and RTL ready: Supports WPML and right-to-left languages
d. Multisite compatible: Maintain consistency on all sites designs in your network
e. Easy filters: Improved UX on categories
f. Advanced Blogging features Group related posts together
g. Custom types for Players, fixtures and teams: Easy management
Club Sports also packs its own fair share of design features with shortcodes, fonts, icons, unlimited sidebars, various background and color options, auto thumbnails and pagination, width configuration etc.
It’s a simple, highly configurable, no-nonsense theme for online sports communities.
This is a chic, compact theme for sports clubs with some very intelligent features.
a. Fixtures and Results managed easily by a custom plugin written and integrated by theme author
b. Integrated TablePress for super-easy table creation and management for leagues, cups, events, and other tables, all grid-based and responsive
c. YouTube TV Get direct video feeds from Youtube Channel of your choice
d. ECWID Shopping cart compatible: Easy selling with a faster shopping cart plugin
e. WPML compatible and Translation ready with .po/.mo files included
Sporty packs countless shortcodes, fonts, icons, sidebars, colors, galleries and sliders, custom widgets, and nicely optimized jQuery and CSS enhancements for added interactions.
It’s a brilliant, extremely smart theme for sports clubs.
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