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While indulging in decadent French gourmet specialties in Paris such as foie gras, cheese, crepes, soufflés, beef bourguignon, and crème brulee, you may want to exercise away some of the calories.
Here is a list of gyms, yoga and exercise studios that have either daily memberships or single classes.
Club Med Gym
The equivalent to Crunch gyms in the U.S., Club Med Gym is a chain of gyms with the latest, state of the art machines, weight training rooms, cardio stations, and classes and certain locations have indoor pools. Centrally located in tourist and business areas such as Champs Elysees, Monceau, La Defense, Louvre, Club Med Gyms are open 7 days a week from 7AM to 11PM.
A day pass costs 26 euros and a 10-session card costs 234 euros.
The most upscale gym club in Paris, L’Usine is much like Equinox in the U.S. With locations in the convenient Opera area and the Marais near the Pompidou Museum. L’Usine caters to a more sophisticated clientele with full gym facilities including private trainers, an extensive spa with steam room, saunas, and massages treatments, and a bar and lounge area.
A day pass costs 50 euros.
Opera location- 8 rue de la Michodiere, 75002
Tel. +33 (0) 1 42 66 30 30
Marais location – 16-20 rue Quincampoix, 75004
Tel. +33 (0) 1 44 61 31 31
Big Apple Yoga
Transplanted New Yorker Janelle Watters-Oliel now living in Paris, missed the spirit and energy of her New York yoga classes. She opened her own yoga studio last December and classes are taught in English and French. The studio offers various styles of yoga including Ashtanga, Ansuara, Bhakti, Vinyasa, and Prana flow and also classes for children. I highly recommend Simon’s Ansuara class on Monday from 6:30PM to 8PM, taught in English.
As single class is 20 euros plus one euro for mat rental but the best deal is the 10 day unlimited card for 35 euros.
20, rue Dussoubs, 75002
Tel. +33 (0)42367611
Corebody Pilates Center
Corebody Pilates Center is the top Pilates studio in Paris with 10 certified teachers along with international guest teachers. The center, conveniently located in the heart of St. Germain, also offers yoga and Rolfing classes plus massages.
A single private session costs 90 euros and a mat class is 30 euros.
76 bis rue des Saints-Pères, 75007
+33 (0)1 45 49 97 29