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dertke Apr 30th, 2005 07:07 AM

Gyms/Health Clubs in Paris
We will be in an apartment in Paris for 2 weeks in the 6th arrondisement, near St. Germaine du Pres. Are there any gyms or health clubs nearby that we could join on a short-term basis? Any idea about cost?

ista Apr 30th, 2005 07:55 AM

The question is, will you have time to use it while in Paris? Is this business or pleasure? If pleasure, why not get enough walking in everyday. I work out everyday at home, but when I go on a trip I still usually do so much walking and eat more than I normally do, and I don't gain a pound. But again, I realize this is a personal issue of what each person wants to do with their time.

PatrickLondon Apr 30th, 2005 10:52 AM lists in the 6th

The city website lists a number, but I've no idea how accessible they are to short-term visitors:

Another website has this entry:
"Espace Vit´Halles
48, rue Rambuteau
75003, PARIS
01 42 77 21 71
Health club popular with Americans..."

Marilyn Apr 30th, 2005 12:23 PM

dertke, have you ever tried resistance bands? You can give yourself quite a good workout using those and other techniques that don't require equipment (squats, lunges, crunches, pushups). Certainly enough to maintain your fitness for 2 weeks.

Adam Gopnik, in "Paris to the Moon," has a very funny chapter on joining a gym in Paris. Apparently the French have a rather different approach to working out from Americans. Example: at the grand opening of the facility they handed out chocolate truffles. (That's my kind of gym!)

whiskey Apr 30th, 2005 01:22 PM

Marilyn I thought of that Gopnik chapter as soon as I saw the name of this thread - hilarious! Dertke not sure what your work out regimen is but there are some great jogging routes in Paris too.

Dave_in_Paris May 1st, 2005 01:32 PM

Espace Vit´Halles, mentioned above, is the only Paris health facility I know of that does not require a long-term membership.

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