“New year, new me…” This phrase feels so familiar. Do you also plan to get in shape and stay fit throughout the year starting from January? Do you also quit after 2 weeks? There’s still a chance to keep your word. Here are some tips of the best places for your trainings in Barcelona. 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, the 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!
# Clubs Metropolitan
One of the most popular gyms in Barcelona is Clubs Metropolitan, which is also the largest national chain of Sports, Health and Welfare centers, with a total of 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, jacuzzi, 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.
There are discount memberships for couples, pregnant women and those who choose to go only in the mornings. For those who appreciate great quality machines and services we highly recommend Clubs Metropolitan Barcelona.
Those whore are 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 (24, 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, solariums, saunas and a full schedule of classes.
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. Moreover, they organize various events you can participate in such as Yoga day, Zumba mornings or Pedalling for La Marató with a purpose of raising money for charity.
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 led 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 10 locations in Barcelona: Av. Roma, Bruc, Glories, Hipercor Meridiana, La Rotonda, newly opened La Verneda, Sagrada Família, Sants, Via Augusta and Universitat. Currently they have an offer to start your training in January for free. Also, when you bring friends you can get up to 100% discount for your visit. The more friends you bring with you, the bigger the discount is.
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 5 locations in Barcelona: Balmes, Can Dragó, Les Corts, Sardenya and Urquinaona. Holmes Place Barcelona gyms tend to have a very international and cosmopolitan feel and they contain 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.
Membership is 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!