The Christmas season is around the corner, let’s get fit before we get fat! In all seriousness, working out is different for each person. Most of us don’t always enjoy it, and some of us love to sweat for hours in the gym. Even if sport is not one of your favorite hobby’s, there are many options to stay in shape with a smile on your face. You just need to find a gym that suits you! I’ve lined up 5 completely different gyms in Amsterdam, to suit everyone’s need.
Gustav – The luxurious one
Looking for luxury? Gustav Gym is the place to be. They just opened a brand-new second gym in the city center of Amsterdam. Their first gym is located in the Zuidas and both of them carry out a high-end appearance. This premium gym offers you the best fitness devices of Technogym. But what we really love is the tranquil vibe and personal attention. The coaches are kind, motivating and make you feel comfortable in the training. The most lessons take about one hour of your time: boxing, yoga and the Zuidas location also offers a rowing class. Want to work-out between working hours, before or have a quick but effective one after? Try out the amazing H.I.I.T. training. It only takes 30 minutes, you’ll feel energized and ready for the night or day ahead. Especially after a warm sauna, refreshing shower with Rituals soap and provided soft towels by the gym itself. Looking for more personal attention with intensive coaching in training, nutrition and lifestyle? Try out a their Personal Training package. www.gustavgym.nl
BBB Health Boutique – Women Only
It can feel quite intimidating to step into a gym where you can feel the testosterone hanging in the air. For some women, this can be an uncomfortable experience, so it’s good that there are some women-only gyms in Amsterdam. Basic Fit and Fitness365 offer ladies zones or ladies only gyms, but the one that stands out is without doubt the BBB Health Boutique. This gym is especially designed for women and offers an unique gym system. Whether you want to shape, lose weight, are pregnant, have just given birth, currently in the menopause or just want to feel fit; BBB will coach you.The work-outs are performed in hot cabins which might feel a bit strange at first, but they stimulate the metabolism and the burning of fat. They also offer yoga, Pilates, HIIT, outdoor work-outs, food and lifestyle coaching. www.bbbhealthboutique.nl
Crossfit Flames – A family feeling
If you’re a family person, you’ll love this place. Everybody is welcome and you’ll also feel welcome here. The coaches will bring out the best in you and everybody in this gym is supportive and kind. Crossfit stands for constant variety, functional training at high intensity. There are about 10 physical skills you’ll be training at the box: cardio, endurance, power, flexibility, speed, coordination, balance, speed power, agility and accuracy. Get burning with Marcha van Glaanen Weijgel, owner and trainer at Crossfit Flames. She became 5th at The CrossFit Games 2018. www.crossfitflames.nl
Fysio Buitenveldert – Hot Stuff
Feeling cold? Fysio Buitenveldert is the perfect place for us chilly ones. This place offers classes where the room temperature will be heated up to 40 degrees. Sweat guaranteed. In this temperature you’ll be able to do a Bikram Yoga Class. This one contains about 26 classic yoga poses and two breathing exercises. Pilates will be given in a less hot room, about 25 to 30 degrees. Due to the higher temperature the muscles will move easier and feel more flexible. You can also choose to do pilates, yin yoga or barre fitness without this room temperature. www.fysiobuitenveldert.nl
Shape All In – For more variety
Working out can bore some of us easily. Especially if you always do the same class or routine. Not only is this not optimal for your body (you have to keep surprising the muscles), it’s also not much fun. Shape All In offers you various classes, you won’t get bored here. Of course, you can also enjoy the regular gym with amazing devices to train your own body, but you can also try out a group lesson. Ever tried an Aerial yoga class (with hammocks), kinesis circuit, pole fitness, shape M.A.D. Viking fit, HIIT yoga or spin & strength? You can do all of this and much more at Shape All In. www.shape-all-in.nl
Chassé Dance Studios – Just Dance
Dancing off your calories is just a really fun way to stay in shape. Chassé Dance Studios is not an average dancing school. You can take regular dancing lessons like hip hop, ballet, zumba, modern dancing and Jazz. But you can also choose to do a HIIT & core workout, barre burn, twerking sessions and afro fit. The twerking class is challenging but fun. Side note: you do need to bring some knee protection. Some girls are very serious about their twerking skills but overall the class is just about having fun, dancing together and staying in shape. You don’t even notice you’re doing a plank because you’ll be focused on shaking that booty up and down. www.chasse-dancestudios.nl
So which gym is for you?
*Larissa is one of our guest editors from The Netherlands. She is only 22 years old, and just graduated, but already runs the two lifestyle magazines BLVD and MisterDaily for two years. Her dream is to write a book one day, but now she’s focussing on her writing and content creation for brands and magazines among which Wander-Lust. Follow her on Instagram!