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Top Gyms in Cape Town
A selection of the best places to keep fit in Cape Town and the Surrounds
Last Updated 12 October 2021
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.
MAKE CAPE TOWN YOUR GYM
2019 personal trainer Neil du Plessis ditched the gym. He trains his clients from anywhere, at home, in parks, even on stairs in the city. Here are 3 of his favourite places to work out:
1. Greenpoint Park. Lots of flat surfaces and rubberised mats for grip and safety. Pull up rig and horizontal bars which, if you have elastic bands, can be used for various types of exercises like a banded row or banded chest press.
2. The beach barefoot. Sand helps rebalance you, which can help to strengthen muscles around the ankles and knees. You can also use rocks for jumping or doing incline push ups and connect exercise equipment to railings along the beach.
3. Newlands Picnic Area right next to Newlands Forest. It has beautiful scenery, especially at sunrise in summer. It also has some flat surfaces. Neil’s the personal trainer for CapeTownMagazine.com team since July 2021, here their share their experience, plus Neil answers your health and fitness questions.
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A WORKOUT WITH A VIEW
With large windows looking out of Greenpoint and De Waterkant, Zone Fitness offers gym-lovers the option of a workout with a view. The open plan studio has a fully equipped cardio and weights section as well as a killer circuit. The aerobics studio looks out onto The Square downstairs and hosts daily classes. Whether you’re keen to hit the punching bag at boxing or align your chakras at the yoga class, there are plenty classes to try out. You’ll find Zone in the Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village
27 Somerset Rd | Green Point | Cape Town | firstname.lastname@example.org | 021 421 1111
F45 Camps Bay
A gym which focuses on HIIT circuit training (high-intensity interval training) in Camps Bay, F45 is a concept born in Australia that was originally designed for celebs such as Nicole Kidman and Leonardo di Caprio. Due to the thousands of different types of workouts offered every session is unique, lasting roughly 45 minutes – perfectly suiting today's pressed-for-time culture. F45 offers six classes a day.
Level 2 | The Promenade Building | 85 Victoria Road | Camps Bay
ElectroFitness Cape Town
Train like a beast so you can look like a beauty, with this groundbreaking fitness innovation. Africa’s first wireless Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS) device means that gym bunnies, health geeks and yogis alike can sweat it out and push themselves harder than they’ve ever done before! For R250 per 20-minute session, strap into the durable suit and receive, via radio frequency, low-to-medium pulses of electric currents, emitted to produce muscle contractions throughout your entire body, as you train. Sounds easy enough, right? Wrong. You’ll be huffing and puffing by the third rep of your first set on the circuit. ElectroFitness can take up to 8 people at a time in either their Tokia gym or at their spot in the CBD where they share a space with Redemption Fitness Centre. Newbies needn’t fret, ElectroFitness has a starter special for you to try out. Take advantage of this new specials: Pay R1 650 per month for two people to train together once per week. If you sign up for the special before the 15th of April, you will receive your cotton training clothes at 50% off.9th Floor Tulbagh Centre | 301 Hans Strijdom Avenue | Cape Town City | +27(0) 79 776 8527
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Switch Cape Town
This gym offers cardiovascular training, functional training, boxing, plyometric training, core stability and power-flow yoga. Each session is designed to challenge the body – you can find Switch in Johannesburg Lonehill, Cape Town Bree Street and New York.
186 Bree St | Cape Town | City Centre | Cape Town | 8000 | +27 (0)21 422 2515
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