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Get fit in Barcelona: your fitness and relaxation guide

Get fit in Barcelona: your fitness and relaxation guide
Written by Dorothy

Fitness is a big thing in Barcelona. Almost as big as its party scene. Perhaps it has something to do with the climate and people’s desire to be ‘beach body’ fit. It also may be people trying to counteract, or indeed justify, all that fiesta-induced damage. More broadly speaking, there just seems to exist in Barcelona a culture that promotes and values health and fitness. Whatever the motives are, almost everywhere you turn you’ll see fitness enthusiasts, running, cycling, heading for a gym workout, yoga session, dance class or engaging in some other form of fitness.


If the gym is your thing, there are an abundance to choose from all over the city. The plus side of joining a gym in Barcelona is that it provides a great all-year-round fitness solution. Especially in summer, when the gym’s air conditioning can make working out more bearable than outside in the intense summer heat and humidity. However, since membership is required at most gyms, a certain amount of commitment is necessary to get your money’s worth. In addition to the usual machines and equipment, gyms will usually have a swimming pool and sauna and a variety of exercise classes on offer.

Fitness classes and Meetups

If the gym isn’t your thing, or you prefer not to have the financial commitment, there is a huge range of alternatives on offer. A great place to start looking is on the Barcelona Meetups website. There are literally hundreds of classes taking place at all times and days, from dance to yoga, running to bootcamps. Some classes take place in studios, others outside in the park or on the beach. Barcelona Meetups is also a good place to find classes in English if you are concerned about language barriers.

fitness on the beach Another option is to check out your local civic centres (centres civics), of which there are many to be found all across the city. There you can usually find a range of fitness classes on offer. The best idea is probably to go directly to a centre (or try a few) and pick up information about fitness classes taking place there.

Yoga in Barcelona

There is a thriving yoga community to get involved in Barcelona. There is an abundance of classes, meetups and events to be find, covering almost all forms of yoga from more dynamic forms to those concentrating more on relaxation. What’s more many classes are offered in English. A great idea to get involved, inspired and find the right kind of yoga for you is to check out the Barcelona Yoga conference taking place in July. You can also consult my guide on the different forms of yoga to Casa de carrasco yoga retreathelp you get a better idea of what to expect from the different classes on offer in Barcelona.

There is also the option to incorporate a holiday into your fitness regime, with various yoga retreats taking place around Catalunya. You can even find retreats combining yoga classes with Zumba, pole dancing and cooking classes.

With so much on offer in Barcelona, there’s really no excuse not to get out there and get fit! You may even make new friends along the way.

About the author


Dorothy is a University of Barcelona Psychology graduate, TEFL teacher and Spanish learner. She is keen on all things related to health, fitness, exploring and learning.


  • I would recommend everyone to avoid DiR clubs as I had an appauling experience with them. Especially at DiR Gracia. They lied (a staff member called Aaron) to me about the offer to convince me signing up, promising me I could access ALL clubs in Barcelona, and then when I turned up to the Tuset centre I was charged 10 euros and at Diagonal they just didn’t let me in. Then as I was surprised that I was signing on a machine without seeing any of the conditions of the contract (?!) they promised me I would receive all the documents by email but then I never received anything buy junkmail from them. Also I had to pay a whole year upfront to benefit the offer, but as I knew I only had 9 months in Barcelona to convince me signing up they promised me I could have half of the value of the months leftover at the end refunded, but when I left they said they couldn’t do it between July and September! Neither could they give ma a voucher like they had promised they would at the beginning! The rules kept changing and they kept bullshitting me, I have never seen such a bad client service in my whole life. I talked to 3 different persons and had 3 different informations. They are dishonest, only after your money. I will definitely never go there again if I return to Barcelona.

  • Hello how can i find personal training and kangoo jump course to be a kangoo teacher in barcelona ?

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