After the holidays, cold weather, and eating and drinking your way around Madrid, you may find that your body is craving a trip to the gym and a round of any kind of exercise.
Exercising in Madrid is still a relatively new phenomenon: Gyms only popped up about six years ago and yoga and pilates studios about three years ago. But since then, many places have opened, providing a variety of options for those looking for a budget-friendly workout.
Here are a few ways to stay in shape while visiting or living in Madrid:
Calle Fomento, 3
91 547 2668
Mon – Fri: 8 AM – 11 PM,
Sat: 11 AM – 4 PM, Sun and Holidays: 12 PM – 3 PM
Opera is a great gym for those in the center of the city. It’s also perfect if you’re not a die-hard gym enthusiast. This is for the more moderate gym goer. What’s different about Opera gym is that you can pay depending on what activity you want to participate in—so you don’t have to pay for spin classes if you are only interested in boxing. The pricing plan is divided into five categories: Weightlifting, Indoor Cycling, Aerobics, Boxing/Kick Boxing, and Pilates.
One activity is €40 per month, €59 will get you two activities, and €69 buys you three activities. Also, as with most gyms in Madrid, there is an initiation fee. Here, it is €30. Since it’s Madrid, there is always a discount if you are signing up for three months, six months, or a year. If you want an even lower price, mornings are the cheapest.
If you’re just visiting Madrid, Opera also offers daily passes for €8 and 10-pass tickets for €59.
Polydeportivos of Madrid
Various Locations Throughout Madrid
Hours vary by location
If you aren’t interested in a gym, but are looking for activities to be a part of, then a “polydeportivo” might be right for you. They are located all over the city and have organized group sports (basketball, etc), all kinds of dance classes, yoga, pilates, and a swimming pool.
The website has all the facility information you’ll need, as each location has different options and pricing plans. Some are €30 a month plus extra for classes.
Calle Alberto Aguilera, 1
91 445 3200
Mon-Fri: 7:30 AM– 11:30 PM
Sat, Sun: 10 AM – 3 PM
Urban fitness is similar to a gym you’d find in the United States. It might not be as large, but it is definitely a state-of-the-art modern workout facility: all the cardio machines (elliptical, treadmill, bike, and step), strength training equipment, and classes you’ll ever need. Classes include: boxing, yoga, pilates, spinning, abdominals, funk, kick boxing, tai chi, and more. They also have a locker room and sauna.
Sounds amazing, right? It is—and the gym always offers discounted prices that make sense if you are currently living in Madrid. The best way to save your money is to join for a year. They say the standard yearly price is €800, but there’s always a promotion going on—you can get the year for half the price!