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Discover Swedish Fit

Written by Christine

Are you looking to get fit and active but dread the idea of going to the gym? Do you crave a challenging and unique way to work up a sweat while meeting new people and having fun? If any of these things ring true for you, especially with beach season quickly approaching, then you should look into the revolutionary exercise programs that Swedish Fit has to offer. This fitness program has had success in many countries across Europe and it has finally arrived in Barcelona, so now is the perfect time to hit the gym in a new and exciting way!

The creation of Swedish Fit

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Swedish Fit was created by Claude and Lena Coury, a Swedish couple who decided to open their own gym in Paris after finishing their studies. They designed their classes around the Friskis & Svetis movement that became popular in Sweden in the late 1970s. The idea was that exercise should be fun, dynamic, and incorporate things like gymnastics and movement in a group setting. The methodology quickly caught on and the Courys decided to take it to Paris. Swedish Fit proved to be a great success and soon this chain of gyms expanded all over France, the UK, Canada, Denmark, and now Spain.

Location: Ronda de Sant Pau, 46

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Methodology of the classes

The group classes at Swedish Fit were developed by doctors and specialists to design a complete and balanced workout that is enjoyable, aerobic, and easy on the body while still working different muscles. The classes combine sequences of movements that incorporate cardio and aerobic exercises that help to increase cardiovascular function, build endurance and stamina, as well as strengthen muscles to help improve balance and flexibility. Classes consist of some warm-up movements followed by cardio to get the heart rate up and strengthening movements to target different muscle groups. There are then recovery activities and stretching to cool down and help the body recover.

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Photo by Nottingham Trent University via VisualHunt

If you want to attend a Swedish Fit class, you can purchase a single ticket for €7 and all you have to do is show up 15 minutes before the class, no reservation needed. You can try out the first class for free and figure out if this form of exercising is for you. If you decide that you like the Swedish Fit system and just can’t get enough, there are two options. You can buy a block of 10 tickets for €50 that can be used at any time, or you can purchase an official Swedish Fit membership that gives you access to classes anytime, anywhere. There are different classes throughout the week with different levels of intensity so it’s best to pick a class that’s appropriate for your fitness level and goals to get the most enjoyment out of it. Lastly, all you need to do is lace up your shoes and get moving!

Have you tried Swedish Fit in Barcelona? Tell us about your experience in the comments section!

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About the author


Christine is a traveler, teacher, writer, and beach-lover, exploring Barcelona one tapa at a time!

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