Fitness guru I am not. Getting me to go to the gym on a regular basis is like pulling teeth. But living in Belgium and eating all the wonderful food here, exercising has become a necessity. Over the years, I’ve tried a few gyms in Brussels so thought I would share a review of my experiences.
David Lloyd – Boasting two pools, outdoor and indoor tennis courts and a huge fitness area, this is as good as it gets in Brussels. Set on the grounds of a lovely château, it has a definite country club feel. Pro – no lines for treadmills, good classes and trainers. Cons – inconveniently located (edge of Uccle), noisy kids in the locker room and a bit pricy. The outdoor pool is a great place to lounge on a hot day and family friendly. P.S. I actually spotted Jean-Claude Van Damme (yes, the Mussels from Brussels himself!) working out here.
Aspria – popular among the expat crowd with three good locations (Avenue Louise, Arts-Loi and Woluwe). I’ve tried the two clubs in the city, which are easy to get to after work but crowded at peak times. The Avenue Louise location (lower level of Conrad Hotel) has a spa-like atmosphere, with complimentary towels and robes and a quiet pool area.
Health City – formerly called Passage Fitness First, this is a much more affordable option. No plush locker rooms here, just straightforward cardio and weigh lifting equipment. There are several locations around Brussels and other Belgian cities, including select clubs that are for women only. This was the first place I joined in Brussels, and is a good option if you’re looking for a basic place to work out and not all the posh people or deluxe details.
Of course, you can always just go for a run in the one of the many parks – free, but you might get caught in the rain, knowing Belgium.
Images via David Lloyd, Aspria and Health City.