Fitness in Brussels


Brussels 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 you’re looking for, there's something to meet any expectation and budget.
 

Recommended fitness facilities in Brussels

 

Aspria clubs

Without a doubt, 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 (for a fee), clinics for kids (for a fee), and summer camps for kids (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 you are a member or go as a guest, you can’t take advantage of the fitness facilities or classes at these clubs and there is no ‘pay as you go’ option.

The cost, it should be noted, is steep. For a yearly membership at Royal La Rasante, the price for an individual is over 1000 euro per year, on top of which you will pay 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.
 
It is suggested to talk to your company and try to negotiate a membership.
 
The spa treatments at Avenue Louise and Royal La Rasante are open to non-members. A 60-minute massage will run you 105 euro, and a 60-minute facial, 70 euro.

Treat yourself and check back throughout the year for specials, especially during the holidays and summer, when a lot of people move away from Brussels.
 

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 you to devote yourself entirely to your own 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.
Tennis in the rain in Brussels
The nice thing about this club is it offers different levels of membership, allowing you 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 and it’s best to call and fight for your right to perspire.
 

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. Owner Kelly is a transplanted Canadian and thus speaks perfect English, but instruction is also given in French, Spanish and Italian if need be. Pay as you come or 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 that costs 3 euro to enter. There are often various dance classes held in the dingy basement, but sadly there is no weight room. If you are 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-you-come rates.
 

The Renaissance

The Renaissance hotel near Place Luxembourg offers outsiders the chance to use their fitness facilities at affordable rates if you come 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 your forehead, but well equipped for all that you need to have a good workout. 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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