10 Top Gyms in Cape Town

A selection of the best places to keep fit in Cape Town and the Surrounds

There are 24 hours in a day. It takes just one hour to exercise. Cape Town could spend this time going for a sunrise jog along the Seapoint promenade before work, or at an evening power box class. She could improve her energy levels, her outlook on life, her fitness and achieve that honed body she’s always dreamed of. It’s time for the City to stop moping about on the couch, haunted by that fatal double scoop of ice-cream. By the time she’s been spat out by these fitness fanatics, she’ll be more ‘yummy mummy’, than the Mother City.

1 - Cape CrossFit
If you’re thinking about cycling whilst catching up on celebrity gossip in a magazine or having a chat in between weights, then your physique will never change. Cape CrossFit is a school of performance-based fitness, which works with body weight and free weights, so that large muscle groups can work together and challenge you to a grueling workout. The school attracts clients from stay-at-home moms to top level athletes.

Top Floor | Roodehek House | 2 Roodehek Street | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 461 0243

2 - Dragon Power
Think ‘Eye of the Tiger’ and you’ll arrive at Dragon Power. This rustic martial arts gym, founded by two times Muay Thai World Champion, Quentin Chong, boasts a fully equipped boxing gym, competition ring and a gym. The gym teaches small classes the philosophy and practice of Muay Thai. If you want to be pushed hard, train in higher climates and learn an art form, then this is the gym for you. The membership is a steal, at R1600 for six months. Read our chat with a Muay Thai fighter.

8 Stirling Street | Corner of De Villiers Street | Zonnebloem | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 465 9888

3 - Sports Science Institute
Some of Cape Town’s finest athletes are keeping themselves in tip top sporting condition here, which is testament to the standard you can expect. The gym caters for nutritional, mental health and sporting performance. Expect modern fitness equipment, highly-qualified instructors and additional services such as, radiology and massage therapy. Opt for their football fever membership – a fitness assessment, a personalized training program and one months membership, for R790.

Boundary Road | Newlands | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 659 5600

4 - Virgin Active
Although Virgin Active is one of the plusher gyms in Cape Town, it remains non-judgmental. You will find a full gym and extras including, a pool, a sauna and even a steam bath. Take advantage of the Healthzone, where you can receive regular assessments and feedback on your progress (this service is also accessible online). You can find Virgin Active all over Cape Town and areas include; Claremont, Gardens, Durbanville, Kenilworth, Table View , Somerset West and Tyger Valley.

21 Lower Long Street | Foreshore | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 421 5857

5 - Zone Lifestyle for Women
Not only is Zone Lifestyle a fully equipped women’s gym, but it’s packed with all the rewards that make working out worthwhile. Why not relax after a hard power box class in their spa or sensation showers? Members pay R1025 for two months (fees are cheaper if you take out longer contracts) and receive 10% off all hair and beauty treatments at nearby beauty salon, Oshun for Hair and Beauty.

2nd Floor | 50 Kloof Street | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 422 2909

6 - Renaissance Body Science Institute
You’ll not only find an outside training area and a cardio room piled high with Techno Gym machines (including the new Cardio Wave, which focuses on core, thighs and glutes), but this gym houses a number of other services such as doctors rooms, a fashion consultant and even a cosmetic dentist. Check out their website for gym only and couples membership options.

183 Bree Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 487 8840

7 - Curves
Curves celebrates and elevates the beauty of curvaceous women and is all about the feel good factor. Created specifically for women, the gym offers proven, 30 minute circuits, involving strength training, cardio and stretching, that can burn off up to 500 calories per hour. This club also has it’s own online nutritional system, called Curves Complete.

Ground Floor | 80 on Strand | Strand Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 418 0674

8 - Planet Fitness
Planet fitness boasts a technologically advanced cardio room, but instead of pounding the treadmill, make fitness fun by trying out a new fitness trend such as, power box, aqua-thai-chi, or bosu (classes using a stability ball). Although Planet fitness is more popular in Johannesburg, the gym has set up fit camp in Cape Town in the following areas; Claremont, Durbanville, Kuils River and Table View.

The Atrium Shopping Centre | Shop G15-16 | Main Road | Claremont | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 683 3121

9 - Seapoint Promenade
Why pay over the odds for the gym, when you have a perfect stretch of road to run along, that won’t cost you a cent? A run along the Seapoint promenade is best done first thing in the morning when the sun rises, or early evening as the sun sets, for cooling breezes and stunning sea views. Why not challenge yourself to a run right out to Camps Bay?

Beach Road | Seapoint | Cape Town

10 - Dynamix Gym
This gym is affordable fitness at its best – R89 per month for a three year contract or R99 per month for a two year family contract. Dynamix offers free weights, strength training, super circuits, aerobics and group classes. The gym also designs gyms for corporate, hotels or home use.

2nd Floor | 120 Strand Street | City Centre | Cape Town (access via Rose Street) | +27 (0)21 425 9950

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