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Extreme Gym: Well-Equipped Gym in Mokattam

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Sam Welbeck
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Extreme Gym: Well-Equipped Gym in Mokattam
The Cairo
suburb of Mokattam is moving up. More and more retail and service venues are moving into the
neighbourhood, and Extreme Gym is one of the latest. Do not confuse this gym
with the Extreme Gym on Street 9. Although owned by the same group, this one
was opened in May 2011 and is on a whole other level; three
actually.

This three-storey
building has a full-length window on one side to allow you to look out over the
landscape while you rigorously burn your calories on the eight treadmills and
elliptical bikes. Each machine is propped up under separate 19-inch colour TV screens
and decoders. The gym’s decor is modern and minimalistic with dark wood, steel
and rustic grey marble. A lot of effort has been made to create space while offering a plethora of exercise and relaxation options.

In addition to
the cardio machines, there is a nice selection of relaxation rooms including a
massage room with a professional massage chair, a dedicated steam room for up to
five people, a modern sauna and a full-sized, jet-powered Jacuzzi, all of which
are accessible via the changing rooms on the top floor.

However, if
free weights and serious body building are more your thing, then you will
appreciate the large space on the second floor dedicated to a full range of bar
and dumb bells. It’s not called extreme for nothing; bar bells reach up to 70kg!
As well as the usual squats rack, straight and inverse benches and lateral pull-down
machines, there is a high-quality Smith machine and plenty of leg-press
machines.

Once you’re
done working out, you can take a power shower in one of the three shower rooms
and you will have the use of a dedicated locker and key; so your valuables will
be safe. On the way out of the changing rooms you will find a modern juice bar
to your right, selling freshly squeezed orange, mango, guava, banana and
pomegranate juice, as well as various health snacks, tea and coffee and some
not-so-healthy chocolate, which the management swears is ‘diet’.

Although this
is probably the best equipped gym in Mokattam so far, it is also by the far the
most expensive. Use of all machines, the cardio and the relaxation rooms is part
of the membership package: a three-month membership costs 1250LE or 2500LE with
a personal trainer. You can also opt for six-month and yearly options at 2200LE
and 3200LE respectively. Although there is a dedicated spinning and aerobics
workout room, classes had yet to start at the time of this reviewer’s visit. Young
people can take a monthly membership at 550LE a month, which includes a
personal trainer.

360 Tip

Go in the daytime to get the weights all to yourself, as the afternoon is usually the time when it is least busiest.

Best Bit

Large, spacious, dedicated free weights section for serious body builders.

Worst Bit

A little costly.

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