If you’ve chosen Malaga for your new home, you’re probably going to need somewhere to burn off those newly developed excesses you’ve acquired (especially if you want that beach bod!)
There are plenty of gyms to choose from in the city but, as you might expect because of their dimensions, not so many in the city centre. Head to the western side of the Guadalmedina river or towards El Ejido and you’re spoilt for choice.
To get a membership, you are most likely to have to provide a NIE or proof that you are here for the long-term (housing/utility contract or that you’re here as an Erasmus student). However, with so many gyms popping up all over the place (and therefore increased competition), many are now offering deals ‘sin permanencia’ (without obligation) on a monthly basis.
Be sure to check opening hours before you sign up, though, as many foreigners are taken by surprise when they turn up first thing in the morning, for example, and their gym’s not open yet! (Especially at the weekend.)
Here’s a brief outline of the most popular gyms within walking (running!) distance of the historic centre.
GO fit is especially popular as it has an all-round approach to health and something very few can offer: a swimming pool and sauna and stream area.
They have two centres not far from the historic centre: one beside the river heading north towards La Rosaleda stadium (Segalerva) and another right in front of the beach on the western side of the port (Huelin).
O2 Centro Wellness
This more exclusive gym can be found in the El Perchel district between the centre and María Zambrano train station.
Membership, which is on the more expensive side of things, includes access to gym, group classes, spa and swimming pool.
The name says it all! If you’re looking for the bare essentials (and don’t mind that people can see you from the street!) then this is an easy choice.
This gym is located close to Basic-Fit, in the basement of the Málaga Plaza shopping centre.
This is one of the cheaper gyms though it is also quite basic. It does, however, have guided classes included.
Reebok Sport Center Málaga
Its location, in the El Ejido area of town, together with its rough-round-the-edges appearance might make this a more intimidating choice, but where it lacks the slickness of its competitors, it makes up for it with the latest in equipment and technology.
With a nutrition service, thermal baths and even a hairdressers, Reebok Sport Center is full of surprises.
Synergym boasts a total four of centres in Malaga city. The three closest to the centre are in Reding (close to the bullring), in Trinidad (just across the river from the city centre) and in Los Tilos (close to María Zambrano train station).
The Los Guindos gym is on the far western side of the city.
This is a more economically priced gym chain, with basic infrastructure and extra activities.
Daryl is the co-founder of Malaga Guru. He is a copywriter, editor and translator who moved to Malaga a decade ago having first fallen in love with the city on his Erasmus year. After working for many years at local expat newspaper SUR in English, Daryl gained expert knowledge in life from the perspective of foreign residents and decided to co-found this site in 2016.