“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”
― Ernest Hemingway
Traveling can be stressful and jet-lag doesn’t make it easier. The best way to beat it is to sweat it out. Finding the right gym for you’re travels just depends on your taste because Paris, France has it all from super high end gyms to basement saunas.
You probably won’t bump into Scarlett Johansson or Kanye, but the no-frills Fitness Park gyms are great value at about a euro per day. They’re at various locations in and around Paris and they cater to early birds by opening daily from 6 a.m. Annual membership: €349.40 + €49 joining fee. Day passes also available.
8, rue de la Michodière, 75002
The trainers are dressed in Armani; the equipment is state-of-the-art; and, yes, that really is a Hollywood star on the treadmill beside you. Worth every penny (if you can afford it). Annual membership: €1,800.
100, av du Président Kennedy, 75016
The gorgeous Ken Club has been described as more like a spa in Miami than a gym in Paris, but it has everything needed for a serious workout, an imaginative selection of classes (including Thai boxing), and a pool large enough to do laps. One-day pass including lunch and spa treatment: €290; annual membership: €3,300 + €1,000 joining fee.
15, place Vendôme, 75001
The grande dame of Paris’s luxury hotels is currently closed for renovation but is scheduled to re-open later this year. The large Roman-style pool of the “old” Ritz will be back in spruced-up form and we’re promised the latest exercise equipment in the new fitness rooms.
37, avenue Hoche, 75001
The infinity pool at the very tasteful Monceau is perhaps the largest hotel pool in Paris and undoubtedly the most glamorous. The fitness rooms are well equipped and there are always attentive personal trainers on hand. One-day pass: €190; 10 entries: €1,500; annual membership by request.
4bis, rue Saint-Sauveur, 75002
The hippest of the upmarket Paris gyms, the Klay, which ranges over three floors of a former factory building, has its own boxing room, a wide range of classes, seriously athletic personal trainers, and graffiti art on the walls. There’s even a stylish restaurant that’s open until 1 a.m. The small pool is more for relaxation than swimming. Membership of the Ken Club gains you access here too. Annual membership: €1,730.