Fitness in Brussels

Brussels has many beautiful parks which can be used for exerciseBrussels is one of the greenest of Europe’s capitals and thus a great place to walk, cycle or run. But then, there’s the rain, which is admittedly, a deterrent for the lazy exerciser. Luckily, the capital has capitalised on the fitness craze; as well as a general desire to pamper both indoors and outdoors with a plethora of posh health clubs and spas to make days a little less grey. Depending on what one is looking for, there's something to meet any expectation and budget.

Recommended fitness facilities in Brussels

 

Aspria clubs

Without a doubt, Aspria is the nicest fitness centre in Brussels. There are three locations in Brussels. The Aspria Club in the heart of the European quarter. Aspria Avenue Louise next to the Conrad Hotel, and the mother ship of all clubs, The Royal La Rasante in Wolowe Saint Lambert.

All clubs are equipped with fitness studios with the latest modern equipment; and offer top-notch classes that range from pilates to body building, spinning, aqua classes and step.

The Royal La Rasante also has two swimming pools, a dry sauna, a steam room and tennis courts, along with a bar and restaurant, meeting facilities and a crèche (kid care). Private instructors and trainers are available at all clubs as well as tennis lessons at Royal La Rasante, clinics for kids, and summer camps for kids. All these lessons and activities can be booked for a fee. Most instructors speak English along with (usually) two or three other languages.
 
These clubs are beautifully maintained and offer a tranquil zen-like atmosphere, and it’s easy to pass hours here. Unfortunately, unless a person is a member or goes as a guest, one can’t take advantage of the fitness facilities or classes at these clubs and there is no ‘pay as enter’ option.

The cost, it should be noted, is steep. On top of a yearly membership fee, there is also a once-off joining fee that is non-refundable. The prices change with the economy and often there are packages for families, and even a corporate option for a capped number of visits per year, but it must be paid up front.
 
The spa treatments at Avenue Louise and Royal La Rasante are open to non-members. 

Check back throughout the year for specials, especially during the holidays and summer, when a lot of people leave Brussels temporarily.

David Lloyd

The other posh club popular with expats is David Lloyd in Uccle. Located in the majestic, leafy setting of a château in the south of Brussels, the club allows members to devote their time to wellbeing and leisure.
 
The grand setting includes a gym, studios for group sessions (with over a hundred sessions held every week), tennis courts, leisure facilities (including four swimming pools, a jacuzzi, two saunas and a Turkish bath), a crèche, a lounge restaurant and bar, a beauty and hair salon and indoor parking.

This club offers different levels of membership, allowing a member to come in off-peak hours (Monday to Friday between 6.30am and 4.30pm), which is often what most expats do anyway. Prices vary throughout the year.

Corpus Studios

Corpus Studios in Ixelles is all pilates, all the time, with communal classes and private instruction available seven days a week. The only problem here is parking. Even a smart car would have trouble in this densely populated residential area. Instruction are given in English, French, Spanish and Italian if need be. Payment can other be done after each session or a sign up for a series of classes for a better rate.


Sportcity

The public sports facility, Sportcity, in Woluwe St Pierre is excellent and the ultimate fitness bargain buy.
 Sportcity has tennis courts, squash courts, a soccer pitch, field hockey pitches, a track, and an Olympic-size pool. There are often various dance classes held in the dingy basement, but sadly there is no weight room. If looking for a simple place to swim, run in circles or join a tennis clinic, this is a great place at an affordable price with pay-as-enter rates.

The Renaissance

The Renaissance hotel near Place Luxembourg offers outsiders the chance to use their fitness facilities at affordable rates if using it during off-peak times, and the bonus here is parking and public transport.

European Fitness

European Fitness in Stockel is a real neighbourhood gym. No fuss, no frills, no café, no towels to wipe down foreheads, but well equipped enough to ensure a good workout is had. There are a dozen treadmills, two studios, and changing rooms with, admittedly sketchy, showers.

It is connected to the tram and metro, in the centre of a commercial area with restaurants and shops, which makes it very convenient as well.

 

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