The 5 best places to get fit in Brussels

1) Aspria Arts-Loi

This is one of the best gyms in town. It’s also one of the most expensive. But it does have a large swimming pool, a stylish restaurant and gorgeous staff. Popular with Eurocrats who work nearby, as well as the occasional Belgian politician seeking to lose a few kilos.

swimming pool at Aspria Arts-Loi Brussels

Rue de l’Industrie 26

+32 (0)2 508 08 00

2) Friskis & Svettis

The name is Swedish. It means Healthy & Sweaty. So you know what to expect. The idea is to get fit while having fun. Not expensive.

sport session with Friskis & Svettis Brussels

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3) Royal Tennis Club of Belgium

Here is one of the strangest places in the city. Built in 1954 on top of a seven-story car park, this complex comprises three indoor tennis courts modeled on Wimbledon’s. Many of the world’s great tennis stars have played here, but it is now a modest club for local players with a tennis workshop and a quaint bar.

Royal Tennis Club of Belgium

4) Bains de la Ville Bruxelles

This is a somewhat neglected gem of Fifties architecture in the heart of the Marolles. Swimmers have the choice of two pools, one above the other. The pool on the third floor has big windows at one end which allow you to look down on the roofs of the Marolles. A friendly, curious place.

interior of Bains de la Ville de Bruxelles

Rue du Chevreuil 28

+32 (0)2 511 24 68

5) La Promenade Verte

A little-known 60km green route for cyclists, joggers and walkers runs around the edge of the city. It includes quiet stretches through parks, wooded valleys and rolling farmland. Easily reached by metro or bus.

Promenade Verte around Brussels

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