Classical Ballet, Flamenco, Contemporary, Zumba, Acrobatics, Kung Fu, Hand Balance, Pole Dancing, Tango, Yoga, Pilates, Crossfit, Jazz, Hip-hop, Bollywood, Afro-contemporary, Workshops, Studio-rentals, Castings and everything else…
El Horno, meaning “the oven”, is a funky and fantastic three-story fitness and dance center near metros La Latina, Lavapiés and Tirso de Molina. A family-run business, El Horno is serious about fitness, offering more than 80 activities taught by highly-trained instructors at affordable rates. But what really stands out for me is its down-to-earth feel and welcoming décor.
Tucked within a typically-old, red-shuttered Madrileño building on Calle Esgrima (esgrima means fencing, and they offer that too), you’ll find a mix of 19th century charm with 21st century amenities. Like a fantasy treehouse, a labyrinth of staircases leads you to dance studios of varying sizes while music wafts through the halls from every corner. Framed photographs of teachers and overflowing bulletin-boards line the walls. Colorfully tiled indoor and outdoor plant-filled patios with free WIFI invite you to sit, relax, mingle, read, stretch or rehydrate between classes.
In addition to dance classes, El Horno also has a full-service gym with workout machines equipped with individual TV screens and Internet, as well as a wide array of fitness classes for all levels (if you really want to sweat, try Crossfit, wow!).
The bilingual staff will help you choose from the myriad of classes and payment plans; from drop-in dance classes to long-term fitness programs. And if you just want to explore, El Horno offers different open classes every week that cost 5E so you can try out the regularly-scheduled activities without breaking the wallet or making a commitment.
I’ve been going to El Horno for more than two years now. I used to have the Fitness Plus plan which includes access to dance classes and the gym. I enjoyed it because I knew I could go there at any time of day and there would always be a dance class I could take, from Jazz and Classical Ballet, to Bollywood and Afro-contemporary. Now I’m pushing myself to try things I never saw myself doing, such as Acrobatics, Pole Dancing and Hand Balance.
Tarifa Fitness: gym access + fitness classes
Fitness Plus: gym access + fitness classes + numerous dance classes
Ciclo Indoor (Spinning) (can be added onto the other two plans)
Outside the Monthly Plans: Full Class Schedule + Prices
5E: open classes
93E: 12 class coupons (1h=1 coupon or 1.5h=1.5 coupons)
10.50E-15E: drop-in classes
Address: C/ Esgrima, 11
Metro: Tirso de Molina, Lavapiés, La Latina
Telephone: +34 91 527 57 01