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Smart Gym (Ladies Only Branch)

Smart Gym: Ladies-Only Gym & Spa in Ard El Golf

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Laila Abdallah
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Smart Gym: Ladies-Only Gym & Spa in Ard El Golf

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.

360 Tip

You get 15 free one-day use invitations with the membership. For more information call 02-2290-7921.

Best Bit

You’ll never get bored with their variety of workout options.

Worst Bit

You have to run upstairs every time you want to use the bathroom, because there are none on the two lower floors.

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