Regular exercise is important and necessary in keeping the body healthy and looking good. An inactive, or sedentary lifestyle is one of the most harmful things a person can do to their bodies. According to a study published by NCBI, “Physical inactivity is a primary cause of most chronic diseases.“ Luckily, gyms and fitness centers are everywhere, making it easier to keep in shape.
20 Awesome Gyms Around the World
If you’re on the road and happen to be in one of these cities, this post will make you want to tweak a workout into your routine if you hadn’t planned it already.
Some of these are just too good to pass up, if not all of them! Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments, or if we missed some you believe should have been included.
1. RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATER – MORRISON, COLORADO
Red Rocks is more than just 868 acres of natural geological beauty where music lovers can enjoy a phenomenal concert. It’s a park that hosts ticketed fitness events for huge audiences. Yoga Rocks is an event held at the park that invites yogis to bring their Yoga mats and water bottles and participate in a session. Sessions are taught by experienced Yoga instructors. Another ticketed fitness event is the Fitness Challenge, which is an 8-week program that focuses on improving health and wellness through education and inspiration.
2. ILLOIHA OMOTESANDO FITNESS GYM – TOKYO, JAPAN
Illoiha Omotesando is a fitness club with an eclectic interior design created by Japanese designer, Nendo. The concept of the interior is rock climbing. However, the traditional rugged pieces usually hung on the wall to emulate rocks were replaced with home accessories, including picture frames, deer heads, vases and bird cages. Each piece is secured on the wall and can be climbed.
3. AQUA EXPEDITIONS – PERU
Aqua Expeditions has a luxury cruise ship called, Aria Amazon which smoothly sails across the Peruvian Amazon waters. Guests aboard the cruise ship can keep in shape by using the exercise room without missing a moment of the beautiful scenery surrounding them. Tall glass walls encompass the air-conditioned exercise room, allowing guests to watch the scenery. Treadmills and exercise bikes are available.
4. HOTEL ICON – HONG KONG
Hotel Icon is a luxury hotel with five star accommodations, including a state-of the-art fitness center. According to Hotel-Icon.com, the fitness center “provides the latest Technogym cardiovascular and weight training equipment.”The long glass walls give guests a spectacular view of Tsim Sha Tsui. Plus, personal trainers are available. Guests can use the 24-hour fitness center whenever they like.
5. CHOBE SAFARI LODGE – UGANDA
Chobe Safari Lodge offer guests a health club, complete with cardiovascular machines and weights. Guests will not be bored during their workout because the health club overlooks a panoramic view of the crystal blue waters of a 3-tier pool and the Nile River. Additionally, there are personal trainers available to help guests get the most out of their workouts.
6. HIDROPARK OUTDOOR GYM – KIEV, UKRAINE
Hydropark has an open-air, outdoor gym ideal for weightlifting and fitness enthusiasts. The gym has 200 pieces of exercise equipment. All the equipment is made from scrap metal of old car parts, industrial parts and metal equipment. Admission is free and it is opened to anyone who wants to increase their muscle tone.
7. NFC COURT – SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
NFC (National Fitness Campaign) Fitness Court creates a gym in the great outdoors. It accommodates the fitness needs of a modern lifestyle by offering outdoor circuit-training to everyone. “Instead of relying on machines and weights, our outdoor Fitness Court leverages something easily accessible to everyone: their body-weight,” says NFCHQ.com.
8. BEACH SIDE HUT GYM – DUMAGUETE, PHILIPPINES
Beach Side Hut Gym is one of the simplest, yet effective outdoor gyms in the world. It features basic, low-tech equipment set up in an open hut with a roof supported by long wood beams and a concrete slab as flooring. Visitors can workout while facing the serene waters of a beach.
9. ECOPOWER FITNESS – PORTLAND, OREGON
Eco Power Fitness is a neighborhood gym in Portland, Oregon that helps get members in shape while protecting the environment. As an eco-friendly gym, the exercise equipment is energy-efficient. According to EcoPowerFitness.com, “Many of our cardio machines generate electricity while in use, returning power back to the grid! Those that don’t are either people powered or low energy consumption.”
10. ROCK CLIMBING GYM – POLUR, IRAN
The overall design of the Polur Rock Climbing Gym actually resembles a colossal boulder. Its design was inspired by the way tectonic forces move the Earth’s crust. From its white bending cement exterior to its bending interior, the entire building is climbable. This gym is the ideal spot for rock climbing enthusiasts.
11. ATOMIC SPA – MILAN, ITALY
Atomic Spa is a full-service wellness and fitness center located on the ground level of the extravagant Boscolo Exedra Hotel. Its interior is similar to a cavern. The ceilings and walls are covered with reflective chrome balls that resemble drops of mercury. Additionally, it offers a variety of amenities, including a swimming pool, sauna, waterfall and fully-equipped gym.
12. EDINBURGH’S OUTDOOR GYM – EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
Edinburgh has created several outdoor gyms hoping to help get the local people interested in an active lifestyle. These outdoor gyms offer strength and cardio training exercise equipment that’s sits on bright, green grass. Some of these gyms are opened all-year round. Visitors can enjoy the great outdoors while getting into shape.
13. MAKESHIFT GYM – COPACABANA BEACH, RIO DE JANEIRO
Makeshift Gym at Copacabana Beach is one of the simplest outdoor gyms in the world. The only things this gym offer are stone weights, concrete bench to lay on and a beautiful view of the beach. It’s a great way to connect with nature. Many people use the gym for weightlifting and bodybuilding training.
14. SKY WELLNESS FITNESS CENTER – BELGRADE, SERBIA
Sky Wellness is the ultimate wellness and fitness center for everyone from professional athletes to beginners. It offers some of the best cardio and fitness equipment on the fitness market, making it easy for anyone to meet their fitness goals. Besides exercise equipment, there are other ways to workout, including personal training, Yoga, Pilates, intensity programs and stretching.
15. DAVID BARTON GYM – LOS ANGELES, CA
For anyone looking to have a modern, upbeat ambiance during their workout, then the David Barton Gym is a good place to try. The boutique gym has so many different ways to get into shape, including Yoga, Pilates, group cycling, fight training and cardio training. After a workout, members can unwind at its spa.
16. BROOKLYN ZOO – BROOKLYN, NY
Brooklyn Zoo is an urban one-stop fitness center for the entire family. There are so many camps, programs and classes, including aerial skills, breakdancing, tumbling and trampoline, bar conditioning and ninja warrior. Experienced instructors are available to teach members. Private classes are also available.
17. GOLD’S GYM – VENICE, CA
Gold Gym is a modern workout center with classes that focuses on all areas of fitness. For anyone looking to step up their gym routine or just start one, Gold Gym has various fitness opportunities, including low-impact exercises, high impact exercises, cardio training, weightlifting, cycling and Zumba. With a membership, fitness enthusiasts can get the full experience.
18. MILON PREMIUM HEALTH CLUBS – AUSTRALIA
Milon Premium Health Clubs have fitness down to a science. The gym boasts that its high-tech Milon’s Miltronic exercise equipment can improve anyone’s health and fitness in 17.5 minutes, three times a week. All equipment is operated by a intelligence smartcard. When it’s swiped in a piece of equipment, the smartcard activates customized, intelligent body training, while a cloud-based software tracks the progress.
19. DAS GYM – VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Das Gym by Intelligent Strength builds bodybuilders and strongmen. The gym is huge with spaces for weightlifting, leg pressing, dumbbells, a grip corner, monkey bars and squat racks. Throughout the gym are pictures of iconic strongmen, such as Frank Zane and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Men can relax and socialize in the lounging area, or watch the huge screen television mounted on the wall.
20. MANDARIN ORIENTAL GYM – LAS VEGAS, NV
Mandarin Oriental is known for its luxury spa experience. However, it has a fully-equipped fitness area with Technogym equipment. If fitness seekers are not interested in high-impact exercises, they can participate in Yoga or Pilates private or group sessions. Additionally, Mandarin has exercise classes, such as Kinesis Circuit Training, Body Sculpt and Boot Camp interval training.
People around the world recognize the need to exercise and have made it possible to do so almost anywhere at anytime. It can get boring doing the same gym routine. However, many gyms are designed around beautiful scenic views and offer various fitness programs that allow their members to spice up their regular routine. All gyms worldwide share the same goal and that is to keep people moving.
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