Have you tried Pilates yet? Promoting discipline and self-control, this form of exercise started to gain traction in Spain around 10 years ago and nowadays, it’s all the rage! Young people, adult men and women, pregnant women, people with disabilities and even the elderly – everyone can exercise their body and mind using this system.
Continued practice of Pilates will keep your body healthy, reduce your propensity for anxiety and depression, relieve back pain and improve your figure – as long as you follow an overall healthy lifestyle and stick to good eating habits, of course.
In the Barcelona neighbourhood of El Guinardó alone, there are plenty of places where you can learn and practice Pilates – and we’ve listed them below to help you choose the best one for you.
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Pilates at the gym in El Guinardó
There are many centres in Barcelona that are exclusively dedicated to body-mind activities, but there’s an advantage when you choose to do them in gyms: a membership gives you access to a lot of other activities and services. Here are some of the best gyms to practice Pilates in El Guinardó:
Horta Esportiva – This municipal sports complex with high-quality facilities offers a mat-based Pilates class, a medium-intensity form of the practice that works on all the muscles in your body. With 55-minute sessions that combine different postures and exercises, it is recommended for all types of people.
Address: Calle Feliu i Codina, 27.
Duet Sports Cotxeres Borbó – Improve your posture and torso muscle tone in this centre’s Pilates classes, before relaxing in a thermal area or having something to eat and drink in its elegant cafeteria, where you’ll find plenty of tasty and healthy food. This place also has a healthcare department where you can get medical examinations, as well as physiotherapy, osteopathy, and acupuncture appointments.
Address: Calle Ramón Albó 41-57.
CEM Mundet – Located in one of the University of Barcelona’s campuses, this gym’s youthful atmosphere and peaceful surroundings make its Pilates sessions even more relaxing and revitalizing. Whether you’re a student on not, the staff is always super friendly and will cater to your individual profile and needs.
Address: Calle Olympe de Gouges s/n.
Vall Parc – This is one of the most important leisure sports clubs in Barcelona. Despite being mainly a tennis club, it also offers Pilates classes. With huge top-notch facilities that will certainly wow you, including 13 clay tennis courts, 4 padel courts, 2 pools, a versatile pavilion and a gym, Vall Parc will make you feel in shape just by walking through the door. Take advantage of its many services, including a fantastic restaurant that is perfect for a weekend gathering with friends and/or family.
Address: Carrer de l’Arrabassada, 107-127.
Eurofitness Horta – With Pilates classes that focus on posture, this is a great choice if you’re looking to improve your balance, flexibility and body control. With a very nice water area and a wonderful massage service, it’s the perfect place to forget all your worries and build up your internal harmony.
Address: Calle del Pedrell, 192-202.
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Pilates at the Civic Centre in El Guinardó
El Guinardó has a Civic Centre dedicated to social, cultural and sports activities. With the goal of promoting citizen participation and community engagement, it organizes plenty of activities and events that keep the neighbourhood dynamic and lively. One of those activities is… you guessed it, Pilates classes!
With a curriculum focused on concentration, control, flexibility and body coordination, it’s a cool cozy alternative to the bigger, more impersonal gyms, allowing you to blend in and be a part of the local community.
Address: Ronda del Guinardó, 113-141.
There you go! Are you ready to try Pilates? Which of these places in El Guinardó will you try first? Make sure to let us know all about it using the comment box below. Stay healthy and enjoy Barcelona to the fullest!
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