With the summer coming up fast many of us will feel it’s time to get into shape, ready for the beach. The Maadi Messenger has provided a complete comprehensive breakdown of the top gyms in the area. All gyms featured are happy for Maadi Messenger readers to have a free session before they take out membership.
Samia Allouba - A friendly family gym
Monthly membership: 750LE
Yearly membership: 5490LE
Classes: 530LE for course of 8 classes
Samia Allouba, named after the gym’s enigmatic founder, has been a part of the Maadi community for almost 30 years. It was one of the first mixed gyms in Cairo, and is still one of the only family gyms. Currently spread between two attractive buildings on opposite sides of a peaceful road in Degla, it is a light, spacious place to exercise. The first building contains high-ceilinged bright studios, where fitness classes are given for members with dance and martial arts courses open to everyone The gym itself is on the sixth floor of the building opposite. It is complete with high-tech cardio and fitness machines, as well as free weights and a stretching area. It features a sauna, luxurious jacuzzi, and steam room within the locker rooms; towels are provided. Both buildings are clean and comfortable
, with a friendly atmosphere. It is open 07:00-23:30 every day. Samia Allouba, 13B Road 254, Degla www.samiaallouba.nethttp://www.samiaallouba.net/
Nobel Gym - Charming, simple environment
Monthly membership: 500LE
Yearly membership: 3500LE
Nobel gym can be a very quiet place to exercise, but for the ageing manager and a few regulars. Hidden at the end of leafy street in Degla, it has a relaxed friendly atmosphere. The men’s gym is small, but well kitted out with adequate equipment. It has the look of a second-hand exercise equipment shop, crowded with treadmills, machines and weights, with fewer users. There is a good sized studio where classes take place every day. These are mainly martial arts and fitness classes. The women’s gym is to slightly higher specifications, with a jacuzzi and sauna, open to the men on Fridays only. Users supply their own towels. Classes such as yoga, salsa and zumba are also included in the price. Open 07:00-22:00 everyday. Nobel Gym, 9 Street 219, off 206, Degla www.facebook.com/noble.gym.official
Fantastic Line Gym - The budget option
Monthly membership - 350LE
Monthly four day membership - 300LE
Yearly Membership - 2500LE
The Fantastic Line is a mixed gym with majority male membership. It is adequately fitted with machines and free weights, as well as a stretching area where they hold daily fitness classes. The changing area has a sauna, jacuzzi and steam room which function periodically. Users supply their own towels. Open 08:00-23:00, Fridays 10:00-17:00. Fantastic Line Gym, 5 Street 275, off Al-Nadi Al-Gadid, www.facebook.com/fantasticlinegymhttp://www.facebook.com/fantasticlinegym
Optimum Gym - Friendly, spacious atmosphere
Monthly membership - 700LE
Yearly membership - 3000LE
Classes - 60LE each
The gym is separated between male and female sections. It is the most spacious of the gyms listed, with a large floor for martial arts, fitness, and dance classes. The machines are well divided between cardio and strength, but with few duplicates you may find yourself waiting for the machine you want to use. The break room includes table-tennis and a full sized billiards table. There is a créche with babysitters on hand for childcare, included in the membership. An outside area is served by their popular parkour classes as well as five-a-side football courts. Each class takes place two or three times a week. The locker rooms include a steam room and sauna. New members are given a complimentary assessment and all users are provided with towels. Open 06:00-Midnight everyday. Optimum, 13 Zahraa Maadi Street, close to Carrefour, www.optimum-gym.comhttp://www.optimum-gym.com/
Fibers - “Techno-gym”
Monthly membership - 150USD
Yearly membership - 900USD
Selected classes for members - 8USD each
Selected classes for non-members - 14USD each
As you may expect from a gym which insists on listing its prices in US dollars, the equipment in Fibers is to a dazzlingly high standard. The “techno-gym” exercise machines have personal televisions alongside other features. Fibers is a mixed gym with a cosmopolitan feel, complete with modern decor and a comfortable waiting room. Beside the outdoor swimming pool is a lounge area, in addition to the locker rooms which feature luxurious jacuzzis, steam rooms, saunas, leather sofas and more televisions. They also have a créche for childcare. The gym itself is slightly cluttered but comfortable. It boasts spinning class rooms, studios for fitness, dance and martial arts classes, a juice bar, and a supplements store. Personal trainers are on site for private sessions, including swimming. Towels are provided to all members. Open 05:00-02:00. Fibers, 1 Zahraa Maadi, next to Vodafone www.fibersclub.comhttp://www.fibersclub.com/
Gold’s Gym - An American Institution
Monthly membership - 1450LE
Yearly membership - 6500LE
Classes inc. except salsa dancing
Characterised by its thumping house and techno music, Golds Gym might be a familiar environment for some Western expats. There is ample equipment, all to a high specification. Three studios host classes all day, included in the membership price. The gym also has two small rooftop pools with jacuzzis (separated by gender), juice bar, and supplements store. Golds is mixed between men and women, with a decent number of both. Pending refurbishment, the changing rooms currently have an inadequate number of showers, four in the men’s changing room - with lockers for 90 people. Yearly membership includes limited visits to other Gold’s outlets, three personal training sessions, and the option to freeze membership for two months. Towels are provided. Open 05:00-Midnight, and until 01:00 in summer. Gold’s Gym, 1 El-Mahata Square, opposite El-Maadi Metro www.goldsgymegypt.com
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