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Top Gyms in Cape Town
A selection of the best places to keep fit in Cape Town and surrounds
Cape Town is a city obsessed with fitness and healthy living, and there is no shortage of space in which you can hone those beautiful bodies. Whether you prefer to pump some iron at your local gym or attend an evening power box class, we have a round-up of the best places to get those heart rates going. You can train with a personal trainer, brave the metal-stacked weight areas, or even get a detailed summary of your general fitness from experts that work with top athletes. There is something to suit everyone when it comes to gyms and workouts in Cape Town.
Cape CrossFit is a school of performance-based fitness; the gym encourages enthusiasts to work with body weight and free weights to enable large muscle groups to work together. The programmes make for gruelling workouts. The school attracts clients ranging from stay-at-home moms to top level athletes.
Top Floor | Roodehek House | 2 Roodehek Street | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 461 0243
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.
Boundary Road | Newlands | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 659 5600
Virgin Active has become somewhat of a household name in South Africa, and no matter which facility you access, you’ll likely find a fully-equipped gym and extras including a pool, a sauna and 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). Virgin Active gyms in Cape Town: Athlone, Durbanville, Paarl, Sunningdale, Brackenfell, George, CapeGate, Century City, Long Street, Steenberg, Waterstone Village, Mitchells Plain, Stellenbosch, Wembley Square, Claremont, Green Point, Constantia, N1 City, Kenilworth, Table View, Somerset West and Tyger Valley.
21 Lower Long Street | Foreshore | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 421 5857
Zone Lifestyle for Women
Zone Lifestyle a fully-equipped gym for women only, and 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 (depending on membership option) will pay between R150 - R400 on a month-to-month basis; alternatively, a one year contract is R300 per month; a two year contract is R200 per month.
2nd Floor | 50 Kloof Street | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 422 2909
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 also houses a number of other services, such as doctors’ rooms, skin care and body treatment and even a cosmetic dentist. Check out their website for gym only and couples membership options. Gym services include yoga classes, kinesis studios and excite cardio. You can expect to pay around R570 per month for the gyms standard membership (without a personal trainer). If you prefer to train with a trainer, your gym membership will cost R390 per month and you will pay your trainer separately.
183 Bree Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 487 8840
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 up to 500 calories per hour. This club also has its own online nutritional system, called Curves Complete. There are various Curves situated in and around Cape Town, be sure to check out their website to find the nearest Curves to you.
Stanhope Centre | 277 Main Road | Claremont | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 671 1171 or (0)12 644 0649
Planet fitness boasts a technologically advanced cardio room, and instead of pounding the treadmill, enthusiasts can also make fitness fun by trying out a new fitness trend. Options include power boxing, aqua-thai-chi, or bosu (classes using a stability ball). Although Planet fitness is more popular in Johannesburg, the gym has set up camp in Cape Town in the following areas: Claremont, Durbanville, Kuilsrivier, Plattekloof, Soneike and Parklands.
Atterbury House | Cnr Lower Burg and Riebeek Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)87 135 1375
If you are motivated to achieve your ultimate level of fitness, then look no further than the Armoury Boxing Club. The coaches at the club are properly trained and qualified, and will whip you into shape in no time. It is best to contact The Armoury to discuss your training objectives and membership options. All membership options are competitively priced and offer amazing value.
Unit 104, Buchanan Square | 160 Sir Lowry Road | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 461 9141 or 079 495 8839
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