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health & beauty gyms

Artis Wellness Club ul. Klimczaka 1 (Royal Wilanów), artisclub. pl And so here we have a contender for Warsaw’s best gym. Found in Royal Wilanów, this state-of-the-art gym boasts the latest technological advances in personal fitness, as well as a massive program of courses that range from group cycling and yoga to Zumba and body combat. Personal training and deluxe spa facilities also available. Fitness Centre at the Radisson SAS Centrum Hotel ul. Grzybowska 24, tel. 22 321 8888 Smallish but well-regarded gym with swimming pool, sauna, gym, and group classes inside one of Warsaw’s top five stars.

RIDING HIGH If you’re anything like me, and I sincerely hope you’re not, then the big problem with keeping fit is motivation. After the initial surge of enthusiasm fades you’re left with the grinding drudge that reality entails. Giving up is easy. And I’ll be honest, after twenty minutes at Ride Warsaw I nearly gave up as well. Frankly, I’m a little out of shape, so after a short period on the bike I was already feeling nuclear explosions all over my body. But while throwing in the towel is possible, you’re just not going to do so in front of everyone else. The concept here is kept simple, beautifully so. It’s not a gym as such, rather a room filled with exercise bikes. Around twice a day this small studio opens up to the public with group cycling classes overseen by a team of English-speaking instructors. This is not a leisurely Sunday pedal, but a high energy workout with a banging soundtrack and constant interaction with the trainer in charge. Rather than lose faith and walk out I push harder, working past what I thought was my limit. Exhausting stuff yet ultimately rewarding. Ride doesn’t just feel unique, it is. It’s not a place that locks people into long-term contracts, instead you ‘pay as you go’: choose a class online and pay zł. 60. Simple. But the user friendly mantra extends beyond just the booking process. Bikes come equipped with bottles of water, progress monitors and towels, while changing rooms have the screaming feature of digital locks: no padlock monkey business! Considered and convenient, look on Ride as the new face of fitness. Ride Warsaw ul. Karolkowa 30, ridewarsaw.com

Fitness Centre at the Sheraton Hotel ul. Prusa 2, tel. 22 450 6701, www.sheraton. com/warsaw The Sheraton spa features sauna, steam room and massage, while the gym comes with LCD-fitted running and cycling machines, and a dedicated cardio section. Personal training available, as are group classes covering pilates, yoga, aerobics and even ski conditioning. Holmes Place Energy Al. Jana Pawła II 82 (C.H. Arkadia), ul. Wołoska 12 (Galeria Mokotów), www. holmesplace.pl Making top-flight gym facilities available to the masses, the Holmes Place Energy brand offers high standard equipment, personal training and group classes. Six month membership available for approx. zł. 200 per month, though prices are subject to change. For latest details enquire direct. Holmes Place Premium ul. Belwederska 23 (Regent Hotel), tel. 22 851 0563, ul. Grzybowska 63 (Hilton), tel. 22 313 1222, al. Jerozolimskie 65/79 (Marriott), tel. 519 436 841, www.holmesplace.pl Those who use it claim the Hilton branch is the best gym in Poland. Set on two floors, highlights include a 25 meter pool, sauna and steam room and a spacious gym packed with the most modern www.warsawinsider.pl

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