Sometimes it is a bigger workout to actually find the gym that fits your needs then it is to do the workout. As the rapid modernization of Madrid continues, with it comes an increasing amount of things such as gym options. If you would like to save the time spent searching the city only to hear sales pitch after sales pitch from gym proprietors then take a look at our round-up of the top choices for getting fit around the city.
C/Espíritu Santo, 2
Tel: 91 523 25 95
Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:30am-11:00pm; Sat: 11:00am-2:00pm and 5:00pm-10:00pm
If you’re a resident of Malasaña (or its neighboring barrios) just looking for the basics in a Gym then Exit Fitness offers a perfect option. What this gym provides is a mostly bares bones workout facility, in that it isn’t a sprawling 10,000 square foot complex with juice bars, rock climbing walls and yoga classes every hour. However, what the gym lacks in size it makes up for by offering the latest in modern workout and exercise equipment along with a staff of personal trainers to cater to your needs. Overall the gym is perfect for those people just looking to lift weights and do treadmill workouts. It’s super clean and never seems too busy so you can always get on the machines you want. Their pricing plans are amazingly flexible and offer just about any option you can think of from one day to one year, mornings or all day:
Mornings Only* Anytime
Monthly 50€ 60€
3 Month 128€ 153€
6 Month 235€ 283€ (1 month bonus)
Annual 440€ 535€ (2 month bonus)
One day pass 10€ 10€
One week pass 30€ 30€
Two week pass 40€ 40€
10 entrance pass 75€ 75€
*valid until 2:00pm
C/Alberto Aguilera, 1
Tel: 91 445 32 00
Hours: Mon-Fri: 7:30am-11:30pm; Sat & Sun: 10:00am-3:00pm and 5:00pm-10:00pm; Holidays: 10:00am-3:00pm
Urban Fitness manages, as the title suggests, to put the ´urban´ in ´fitness´ (complete with a myspace page) This is a state of the art modern work-out facility in the center of the city, and for gym enthusiasts living in the Conde Duque, Malasaña and Arguelles areas this gym has your name written all over it. Also due to its proximity to a metro (San Bernardo) most people throughout the city have easy access to the gym as well. It is a sprawling multi levelled gym with nearly all the equipment one could ask for, a clean locker room with private showers and a sauna as well trainers always available to assist you. In addition the gym offers an extensive list of classes going on throughout the day in one of their three work-out rooms, they include: yoga, spinning, pilates, tai chi, kick boxing and many more.
Their standard price scale is: 1 month: 150€, 3 months: 340€, 6 months: 580€, 1 year: 800€, and a 90€ sign-up fee.
However, as with most gyms, these rates are flexible, especially if you want to pay up front, and there is almost always a promotion going on (as much as half off the 1 year price).
Tel: 91 531 10 29
Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:00am-11:00pm; Sat: 10:00am-10:00pm
Chueca locals will find Energym perfectly situated in their neighbourhood for a daily workout session. This gym provides a mostly bares bones workout facility geared mainly toward people just looking for the basics in a gym. However, here they do offer a small selection of classes mostly spin, ab workout and weight lifting. The gym is equipped with all the options in modern exercise equipment, a staff of personal trainers, and a great locker room. Overall the gym is perfect for anyone in this location as it makes itself accessible to both hardcore gym goers as well as those looking to get started. Their pricing plans offer just about any option you can think of:
Mornings* Midday* Anytime
Monthly 46€ 52€ 58€
3 Month 131€ 148€ 165€
6 Month 256€ 290€ 325€ (2 month bonus)
Annual 396€ 462€ 528€ (4 month bonus)
One day pass 12€ 12€ 12€
One week pass 40€ 40€ 40€
10 entrance pass 100€ 100€ 100€
*Mornings valid until 1:30pm, Midday valid until 5:00pm
Opera is another favorite gym for those living in the center, located just down from Plaza Santo Domingo, it offers a great option for people somewhere in the middle level of gym enthusiasm. With a pricing plan broken down by the activity you want to participate in, it allows you the freedom of not paying for spin classes if for example you are just interested in weightlifting. The equipment, staff and locker room are all of the highest quality and the gym seems to never get too crowded.
The pricing plan is divided into five categories: Weightlifting, Indoor cycling, Aerobics, Boxing/Kick Boxing and Pilates. Each costs 49€/month, 59€ for two activities and 69€ for three activities and a 30€ intro fee. They offer increasing discounts for singing up for three months, six months, yearly and for mornings only. They also offer daily passes for 8€ and 10 pass tickets for 59€. With its unique pricing plan, good equipment to people ratio and location this is a great option for anyone.
Various Locations Throughout Madrid
Mon-Fri 7:30am-12:00am; Sat & Sun: 10:00am-10:00pm (may vary by location)
With eleven different locations in Madrid (see webpage for specific information) Holiday Gym is one of Madrids biggest gym franchises and is certain to offer a location near you. As with all mega gyms, you are going to find every luxury imaginable in these vast complexes of health an endless variety of classes, Turkish baths, saunas, cafeterias, barbers and everyone’s favourite, massages. Another advantage of having many locations is that if you choose their VIP pricing plan then you have the option of going to all locations, which is great if you work or go to school in one area and live in another, or if another facility offers something yours doesn’t. As you would expect, everything from the locker rooms to the equipment is top-of-the-line and you would be hard pressed to find something that they can’t provide for you.
Their standard pricing plan is one year 970€ or six months 600€, however if you come here at the right time you’ll find that they offer rates of around half price and they have student discounts, so if the price seems too high don’t be put-off because they are usually offering a promotional rate.
Polydeportivos of Madrid
Various Locations Throughout Madrid
Hours: Vary by location
These are Madrid’s municipal sports and recreation centers that offer a wide rage of different sports as well as gyms and classes. With numerous locations around the city they’re sure to offer one in your neighbourhood and they are a great option if you like to play sports in addition to or in lieu of working out in a gym (work-out facilities are available only in certain centers). Check out the webpage to find all of the information about the various facilities including the pricing plans and the different activities available in each location. What these places offer is a great option for people who like to swim, organize groups for playing sports, or just to save a bit of money to get your gym work-out in.
It may be indoors, but the pool at the Daoíz and Velarde Sports Center is still wide, deep and particularly good for doing exercise. That´s not all this municipal center, located at the Avenida Ciudad Barcelona, has to offer: fitness rooms equipped with workout machines, aerobics, basketball, badminton, football, saunas, volleyball and padel can also be found within the walls of this large and well kept facility. What´s more, nearly all of these activities come with the option of taking them through organized classes if you don´t feel like going at it alone. For all the details click here.
Madrid’s options for gyms are always growing, which is not a bad thing because it drives prices down, but these are some of the best options around the city.
By Coleman File