It’s that time of the year again where our thoughts turn to getting into shape for summer. Whether you’re a keen fitness goer or are just looking to join some fun, sociable fitness classes, Florence has many gyms on offer for all ages and ability, shapes and sizes. Deciding the best fitness options for you may seem a daunting prospect at first but don’t sweat just yet, The Florentine have it covered, as we give you a list of our favourite fitness centres to have you looking and feeling good in no time.
Palestra San Niccolò
Via San Miniato, 6
Burn off last night’s carbs at Palestra San Niccolò, a flexible gym with a wide variety of regularly run activities and events, there is certainly something for everyone. Classes such as karate, gymnastics and dance are available for children, while adults can get in touch with their spiritual side with some yoga and pilates or for those braver, more adventurous individuals, why not get stuck in to some aerial dance or the Brazilian martial art of capoeira. Conveniently situated near to the Arno River, the gym is open weekdays from 7am-11pm and weekends for various events.
For more info, visit: http://palestrasanniccolo.wix.com/palestrasanniccolo
Borgo Pinti, 75
Palestra Ricciardi is the largest and oldest gym in central Florence. Founded by Tullio Ricciardi in 1929, this gym with its prime location in Florence’s historical centre is perfect for students and workers’ looking for an accessible, easy place to de-stress after a long day’s work. With its athletic, characterful decor, it makes for the ideal environment for your perfect workout. Formed of several rooms consisting of a wide range of cardio machines, two mirrored rooms for programmed classes, as well rooms for machine and free weights, it has all the essential equipment needed. The added luxuries of flat screen TV’s, skylights for natural lighting, a sauna and even an outside Florentine garden, will be sure to leave you feeling energized and refreshed.
For more information, visit: http://www.palestraricciardi.it/
Via del Ferrone 5, Via dei Conti 7, Via G. B. Lulli 62/A
Maintaining fitness and wellbeing in Florence has never been easier. For more than 15 years, Klab has been providing a distinct quality to the Florentine fitness scene, with its three unique centres, all offering gym, beauty and spa facilities. The largest centre, Klab Marignolle is a getaway from the busy city, in amongst the elegant hills of Marignolle, with relaxing outdoor spaces, indoor and outdoor pools and a restaurant bar. For those living and working in the city centre, Klab Conti is more up your street. For the ultimate relaxation, unwind in the spa with a soak in the sauna or why not treat yourself to a massage or facial. Klab evolution completes the third and final complex of this tremendous trio, based in the rising neighbourhood of Novoli. Whether it be fitness classes, Turkish baths or even epilation, Klab has got it all!
Open every day of the week; times differ according to the centre.
For more information, visit: http://www.klab.it/en
Swan – Gymnastic Center
Via dei Pepi, 28
This budget-friendly gym is perfect for those not fussed by the latest technology and gadgets but just looking for a more basic, affordable workout. Opened in 1985, this downtown gym is structured on two levels, with all the facilities you need, including cardio and strength-training, not forgetting the range of endurance and toning courses that run throughout the day, all included in the fee. Found centrally on Via dei Pepi, in between the Piazza Santa Croce and the Sant’Ambrogio market, it makes ease for a quick coffee stop in one of the area’s many bars, as a perfect post-workout boost. If you live a bit further afield, there are nearby bus stops at Via dell’Agnolo, Via Ghibellina, as well as Via Verdi.
Find more information at: http://www.palestraswan.net/
Body Line Center
Via dello Steccuto 3a/r
If you’re looking to try something new, Body Line Center could be just what you’re looking for. With over 50 courses at your disposal with the likes of Aerobics, Martial Arts, Latin dance, gymnastics and toning, you certainly won’t be stuck for choice. Classes run by motivational instructors that will push you to ensure giving you the best results and why not join with friends for an extra fun way to keep fit. Body Line Center is based slightly further out of the centre city on Via dello Steccuto 3a/r but is easily accessible by public transport and if you’re feeling extra energetic and fancy a good half hour warm up, there is always the option to jog!
For more information, visit: http://www.bodyline.it/
Via di Ripoli 88
A largely modern gym hosting facilities such as a pool, allowing for “acqua” based classes from swimming to acquafit. Other classes include group fitness classes such as combat training and group cycling, as well as open air activities such as volleyball. Within its walls, this gym holds an archaic element which certainly provides a very exclusive setting, like no other. Now a fitness room, this former theatre filled with warm, radiant light, bringing to life the beautifully painted pattern ceiling, will be sure to brighten up your workout every day of the week. Equipped with all the latest, technical Technogym machinery for cardio and muscular strengthening, as well as a heavy duty area, you are guaranteed the best equipment to facilitate your training. Qualified, friendly professionals are also on hand to understand your goals and help to create the best fitness programme for you.
For more information, visit: http://www.olympusclub.it/index.php
Via della Chiesa, 52
This gym, located in the Oltrarno heart has a bountiful history behind its existence. Dating back to the immediate post-war period, the Nidiaci family donated the building they previously used as a warehouse, to the City of Florence, which later became used as a gymnasium. From the early nineties, the gym has undergone various maintenance works and restyling to make it the unique and successful training facility it is today. Get your blood pumping with the gyms historic practice of Greco-Roman wrestling and with fighters having been known to previously wrestle in the likes of Santa Croce and Santa Maria Novella, it could soon be your turn to take to the streets and show Florence what you’ve got! You can also try your hand at free-style wrestling, boxing, Brazilian jiu jitsu or pilates, with lessons varying in age and level. This is certainly not your average gym experience.
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