Sports and Fitness Clubs in Germany
Looking for a gym in Germany can be a daunting and trying experience if you want to have all the amenities and conveniences to which you were accustomed back home. Depending upon what you are searching for in a gym, the typical expat will find that the facilities are sub-standard, the service is minimal at best, and convenience (locations and opening times) are severely lacking in comparison to American gyms.
Since the body building and aerobics craze started in the 1970s, keeping fit has grown into the most successful area of the sports and leisure industry. About 5.5 million people in Germany lift weights or take part in courses in about 6,000 fitness centers.
The fact that Berlin citizens also want to stay in shape is proven by the large range of fitness offerings in the city. Keep fit enthusiasts sweat it out to lose weight and get their much-sought after washboard abs on countless treadmills, step machines, power stations and power plates. A side effect was that the fitness craze was followed by the spa wave. In many clubs, you can recover from exercising with the help of massages, spa treatments or yoga courses.
Young mothers and fathers can also exercise with no worries because child care is already offered as a standard service in many studios. Some clubs even let the kids take part, offering special (mother-and-)child courses or “mommy memberships.”
A top-class fitness center for the whole family with four exercise studios, a mind and body studio, air-conditioned fitness rooms, a 25-m swimming pool and a varied program of indoor and outdoor courses with over 180 classes per week. The five-floor 16,000 sq m center also has an extensive spa area with saunas, Turkish baths and a rooftop terrace. If you can’t bring yourself to leave, you can enjoy a relaxed overnight stay in the 42-room Aspria Hotel with direct access to the fitness center.
National, cosmopolitan fitness chain with three branches in Germany. The center at Gendarmenmarkt offers sport and health and fitness in a 5,000 sq m center with more than 200 modern training devices, pool, whirlpool, biosauna, steam room. Also offers an individual fitness plan, lots of courses and women-only training rooms.
For Nautilus fans Swiss Training is an alternative to a lot of the smaller, more expensive studios. They have five locations in Germany, including one in the Salzufer 13 not far from the Technical University. If you can do without free-weights and want to take advantage of a full schedule of aerobics classes (up to eight sessions a day) then Swiss Training is the value choice. They don´t require a fee to join, the monthly rate is less than half...