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Giza, Cairo, Egypt.
Fibers Club: Luxury Workouts at the First Mall in Giza
With Christmas fast approaching, Cairo's health and fitness venues are more important than ever, as Cairenes look to shed those inevitable extra pounds. The city's gyms are ever-expanding, offering more and more impressive workout areas for maximum motivation. Having first opened in Maadi, the popular Fibers Club has opened a second branch on the second floor of the Four Seasons' First Mall.
The reception area is sparkling and spacious, with fresh flower arrangements and a large leather couch, perfect for consultations with the friendly staff. A convenient, on-site shop is neatly stocked with a variety of protein products, along with a range of toiletries. Popular juice bar, Lychee, is also on-site, supplying members with their favourite fresh juices and smoothies. The club also boasts a private nutritionist and a physiotherapist, as well as beauty and medical treatments from the NuYu Medical Centre.
The locker rooms are roomy, offering modern rain showers and a dressing area with wooden accents creating a contemporary feel. Also inside is the large, warm Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms, warmed up and available for use at all times.
Flooded with natural light, the total workout area is vast, with glass-partitioned sections seemingly curling around the building in a U-shape. With separate rooms for group classes, spinning sessions, overall fitness and Kinesis circuit training, each area is kitted out with top-of-the-range equipment. The sleek decor is continuous throughout, with elements of stainless steel and dark wood. Up-beat music is pumped from the speakers, and with the exception of the group classroom, all the workout areas boast a beautiful Nile-view. Given the size of the gym, we were surprised to learn that there is no separate women-only area.
The large spinning room holds twenty-four bikes, complete with heart rate and calorie burn monitors. Similarly, the various cardio machines allow access to the internet, television channels and more. The weight-lifting area is also impressive, with a large number of machines, along with a generous number of free-weights of up to 60kg. Power-plate machines are also available to use, free of any extra charge.
Unsurprisingly, such luxury comes at a price, with memberships available for one month ($240), three months ($550), six months ($875), to a year ($1400); an additional charge is added should you wish to alternate between both branches. No matter how long your membership, customers are guaranteed between one and twelve personal training sessions, one massage, one meeting with the nutritionist, one physiotherapy session and guest passes. At the time of our visit, Fibers was running a promotion whereby two months were given free with a yearly membership.
Despite being excruciatingly expensive, Fibers enviable position and increasing reputation, along with quality equipment, on-site conveniences and state-of-the-art facilities, customers certainly receive their money's worth.
Smart Gym has several branches across Cairo, but the one located on El Shaheed Sayed Afify Street in Heliopolis, right off Nabil El Waqqad Street, is women only, offering ladies a comfortable and private setting to get in shape.
Commanding three floors, Smart Gym is very spacious. The top floor houses a wide lobby along with a mini cafeteria which sells fruit, fresh fruit juices and smoothies, candy bars and salads, with comfy armchairs that you can sink into to enjoy a snack before or after your workout.
Using a very cool fingerprint identification system, the gym itself is found on the middle floor. Equipment is nicely varied, including treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical machines, steppers and then another area is devoted entirely to weight equipment, ranging from free weights to dumbbells and barbells.
Daily classes are also available such as aerobics, dance, martial arts, kickboxing, yoga, and others.
It is useful at first to work with a coach to achieve desired results, and the ones available were found to be friendly and capable.
On our way to the spa on the lowest floor, we found lit candles decorating the stairs, already promising a relaxing lounging atmosphere. Divine Spa, which is independent of the gym, offers facials (100LE-275LE), massages (100LE-275LE) and Moroccan baths; there are also two Jacuzzis, a sauna and a steam room to pamper you.
For a day use, we paid 100LE. Although it might sound like a lot of money, it does include the whole package, where you can use the gym, attend classes and even wind down in their spa – which is quite reasonable.
To apply for a membership, one must go through a series of questions on what their fitness goals are; whether it’s losing weight, building muscles, toning or just general fitness, and assist you accordingly. They will also take your measurements and weigh you – with your blessing, of course – so you can track your progress down the line. If you really want to delve further, they also have body fat percentage and muscle measuring tools.
A one month membership will set you back 550LE, while three months goes for 1500LE.
We found their opening hours to be pretty convenient for almost everyone, being open from 8AM to 11PM. We do have to warn you though, on the 1st and 15th of every month, the gym is occupied with maintenance workers, so while the place is clean to the spot, it highly reeks of detergent.