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Maadi, Cairo, Egypt.
Gold's Gym Maadi: Super Spinning Sessions
If your exercise regimen has been lacking a sense of direction lately, head straight to Maadi where God’s Gym offers spinning classes that will put your path to fitness back on track.
Spinning is a high-energy stationary cycling exercise on a specialised bike. This intense workout is incredible for your cardio-vascular hearth, toning your thigh muscles and building endurance and posture. If that’s not enough to get you packing your bag for the gym, spinning can help you seriously shed some weight – an hour’s session can easily burn 500 calories!
The spinning classes at Gold’s Gym Maadi are truly top-notch. The room is clean, modern and equipped with twenty-one Star Trek spinners, while the staff are helpful, professional and enthusiastic. The spinning room is located inside the gym, with large glass windows facing the Maadi skyline.
Just before each session, the room slowly fills with chatter and excited energy as members begin warming up on the bikes. The instructor at the time of this review was a young, bubbly lady named Nirvana, who began the class by walking around the room assisting new faces. Extremely thorough, she helps you find the proper settings on the bike, gives you a few pointers for the class, directs you to the towels – these are a must – and sees to it that all your questions are answered.
The classes, which will run you 65LE for a single session and are included in your gym membership, will vary a bit according to the session. Gold’s Gym offers classes to help with endurance, strength training, and other specific fitness needs. They even have a 'race day' class once a month. Not to worry, though, the rest of their classes don’t have a competitive nature at all. Though the instructor directs your course and tells you when to stand or sit on the bike and how fast you should be pedalling; it is easy and you can modify the workout if you need to.
Don’t be afraid to let them see you sweat; because you will sweat. This is a high-intensity workout, though thankfully low-impact on your joints and you will feel the burn. Just when you begin to wonder how anyone could inflict this sort of pain on themselves, the instructor cracks a joke, the whole room laughs, and you’re suddenly lost once again in the incredible workout experience at Gold’s Gym Maadi.
Gyms in Cairo tend to be either mixed, or ladies-only; very rarely do we come across men’s only fitness establishments in the city. Under the same ownership as popular women’s only chain, Hers, Balance Gym caters for men, and only men.
Right next door to Hers’ New Cairo branch, Balance is also on the upper level of restaurant complex, Emerald Empire. With full-length windows stretching across the front, the gym benefits from a great people-watching view, as well as being visible from afar.
The roomy reception area is filled with energetic, welcoming staff, as well as an incredibly well-stocked display of protein, vitamins, energy boosters and fat burners for both men and women. Just inside, a snack bar is notably hosted by the cafe franchise, Chez Edy.
The long, open-plan workout space is lined with full length mirrors on one side to add a spacious feel. Furthermore, the industrial, exposed pipes on the ceiling and the contemporary grey hues, coupled with orange-red accents throughout make for a surprisingly masculine aesthetic.
Top-of-the-range equipment is neatly organised into cardio and strength sections, with a well stocked and kept free-weights section for some serious iron-pumping. Due to the gym’s popularity, peak times may feel a little cramped and the distinct smell of 'man' becomes increasingly noticeable. There is also a glass-walled room dedicated to spinning classes, as well as a separate studio for a range of fitness classes.
At the far end of the gym, the locker rooms are spacious and well kept, with a relaxing spa area complete with a Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna.
For such decent fitness and relaxation facilities, we were surprised to find the membership prices so reasonable. At the time of our visit, a running promotion discounted a year membership to 2200LE from 3000LE. Included in this price are a whopping 24 personal training sessions, 12 guest invitations, two months, optional, freezing and six follow-up sessions. A six month membership is 1800LE, including 12 personal training sessions, six invitations, one month freezing and three follow-up sessions. The shortest membership, 3 months, includes six personal training sessions, three invitations, seven days freezing and two follow-up sessions. Special discounts are also offered to married couples, where the woman is joining Hers.
With such attractive prices, Balance Gym is likely to increase in popularity – and rightly so – but may quickly become over populated. As it stands, this men’s only fitness man-cave provides body-conscious men with well-stocked work-out areas, complete with top-of-the range equipment at affordable prices.