Whether you are in Barcelona for a short weekend, an extended holiday or a long-term stay, the city offers plenty of excellent ways to exercise and burn off the calories from all of those tapas and churros! Choose to go for a refreshing run through Ciutadella park or along the sunny coast. Spend the afternoon playing volleyball with your friends at Bogatell or Mar Bella beach. Join a sea-swimming club or become a member at one of the many excellent swimming pools in the city. And if you´re seeking to change your whole lifestyle, sign up for pilates classes in a studio or park nearby.
If you’re more of a gym type of person, one who enjoys the convenience of exercise machines, personal trainers and air conditioning, you might want to continue reading, as we go through some of our favorite gyms in Barcelona !
# New Age Fitness
New Age Fitness (N.A.F) is the first gym with LOW COST private classes to set foot in Barcelona, allowing you to have exercice with personal coaches with a team of professionals and many options to suit your desire. With great bits of advice, each coach will find what’s right for YOU, with a big variety of courses to fit what works best with you and your goal! No matter what you’re looking for, they have it, whether you’re a beginner or a pro, they’ll know how to get the best out of you and help you push your limits.
• Functional Training: learn how to move properly and control every inch of your body, that will benefit you in both your everyday life but also your professional life. Used especially to prevent injuries that could happen later, or to heal passed ones, this course is based around 4 pillars, strength, resistance, agility & flexibility.
• Electrostimulation: thanks to the latest technology of electrostimulation, this tool is used to get better results by stimulating the muscles to maximize the gains of your training.
• Musculation: the classic work-out session, working on each muscle group, but with the help of coaches to get you where YOU want to be. They will help you on your work-out schedule, and also your alimentation to maximize the results of your training in the healthiest way for your mind & body.
• Nutrition: definitely the most important part of your training, learning what to eat and how to eat is key when you want to achieve realistic goals. The coaches are available for every question you may have, tracking your progress and giving advice on what’s best for YOU and your body type.
Also offering outdoor classes for adults at the end of the week, this gym is the total package for whomever who wants to achieve their goals.
Price: 12.50€ for 30 minutes & 25€ for 1-hour for 2 people!
Address: Carrer del Bruc, 77, 08009 Barcelona
Contact: 637 63 71 22
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# Clubs Metropolitan
One of the most popular gyms in Barcelona is Clubs Metropolitan, which is also the largest national chain of Sports, Health and Wellbeing centers, with 22 locations in Spain (7 of those being in Barcelona). Their facilities offer the latest equipment (elliptical, bicycles, power plates, weights, several pilates-specific machines, etc), luxurious changing rooms that include a spa and wellness center, pristine swimming pools, jacuzzis, saunas, rooftop terraces with solarium and a full schedule of classes taught by professionals. They even have a restaurant with a carefully designed menu featuring healthy, balanced dishes. Each new Club Metropolitan member gets a personal interview with a trainer in which he or she can plan a program with which to reach their fitness goals.
One of the downsides of this gym is that it memberships are a bit pricy. A 6-month all-day membership at the Sagrada Familia Club Metropolitan (with access to the Gran Via, Galileo and Las Arenas locations) will cost you around €400 with the first month free. Annual membership goes for €60 per month. There are also discount memberships for couples, pregnant women and those who choose to go only in the mornings.
They don´t really offer monthly or weekly memberships, meaning that they are perhaps not the best option for those in town short-term. For regular gym-goers who are planning a long-term stay accommodation in Barcelona and who don´t mind paying a bit more for great quality machines and services we highly recommend Clubs Metropolitan Barcelona.
Those staying in Barcelona for less than three months might want to check out the clubs of DiR, the biggest chain in Barcelona. One of the benefits of this club is that there are several locations (13, to be specific) throughout the city, making it easy to find one near your accommodation, no matter where you are staying. We especially recommend DiR Diagonal, a 12,600 m2 center with a large fitness room full of cardiovascular equipment, 1 spinning room, 3 other rooms for classes, and a 50 m swimming pool which is half indoor and half outdoor. The clubs of DiR tend to have basic gym equipment, with some clubs featuring more outdated machines than others. They also have rooftop terraces, weight training rooms, nutrition services, massage and physical therapy, saunas and a full schedule of classes.
A membership to just one location costs around €65 per month. To access all of them will cost you €95 per month. There is also the option to access only 1 fitness room and the guided activities classrooms for €37 per month. DiR Barcelona offers a monthly discount if you sign up for more than 1 month at a time. They also have frequent deals for new members.
Downsides of DiR include that the facilities often do not have a very solid WiFi connection or phone service in general. The machines at some of the clubs are a bit outdated and the facilities are definitely not as nice as those of Clubs Metropolitan, leading many to consider DiR overpriced. But if you´re just looking for a basic elliptical or bicycle and some nice yoga, pilates, body pump or abdominals classes for a month or two during your stay, DiR is the way to go.
# Duet Fit
Duet Fit is based on a philosophy of offering smart and efficient spaces, along wide array of activities lead by professional trainers. Their large fitness areas are equipped with the latest machines, including treadmills, ellipticals, rowing machines, bikes and recumbent bikes. They also have a stretching area, functional workout area with cage frame, ropes, bags and elastics, free weight area with dumpbells and weights, and strength area with traditional fitness machines. They offer classes in pilates, cycling, body pump, abdominals, free fit, radikal, etc.
There are 4 locations in Barcelona: Bruc, Via Augusta, Universitat and Sagrada Familia. Annual memberships cost €322 with no joining free. A monthly fee premium (with access to all 4 clubs) costs €31 with a joining fee of €30 while a monthly free (with access to only 1 club) costs the same but with a joining fee of €15 euros. This makes duet fit one of the least expensive gyms in the city.
If you´re looking for an inexpensive gym with all the latest workout equipment but no swimming pool, sauna or spa facilities, Duet Fit is the right choice for you!
# Holmes Place
And if you´re looking for a truly sophisticated health center, you might want to check out Holmes Place. The club has 4 locations in Barcelona: Balmes, Les Corts, Sardenya and Urquinaona. Holmes Place Barcelona gyms tend to have a very international and cosmopolitan feel and they feature exclusive features along with a wide range of activities. The very popular Urquinaona center, for example, offers a large swimming pool, exercise room with bicycles, ellipticals and treadmills, a relax zone, personal training, physical therapy, pilates, hairdresser and a beautiful rooftop solarium.
Memberships cost €81 per month for a minimum of 3 months, €72 per month for a 1-year membership and €62 for a 2-year membership. A bit more expensive than some of the others, but this is the place to truly feel pampered!
We hope this guide of some of Barcelona´s gyms has been helpful for picking one to match your lifestyle.
Have a nice work-out!