The center of the Italian capital is littered with great gyms. In this article we talk through why you should work out in Rome, our partners and our gym recommendations.
Rome is one of the world’s great cities. From a balmy climate to a rich history and friendly people, it has it all. Especially the food. Home made pasta, freshly baked pizza and rich, creamy ice cream. You can’t help but indulge in it all, multiple times a day, every day. The only downside is that you might notice an impact on your waistline. You’ll be doing some walking around the sights, but is that enough? Probably not. To stay active and healthy, you’ll probably need to think about where you’re going to work out in Rome.
Why Should You Work Out in Rome?
Everyone’s favorite Italian foods are indulgent, but not always great for our health. Let’s take pizza. Averaging 150 calories per slice, a simple margherita pizza can have easily contain 1,000 calories. For women, that’s half your daily allowance. Add toppings, ciabatta and olive oil to start with tiramisu for dessert and you’re not doing your waistline any favors!
Your other options aren’t much lighter. Like foccacia with prosciutto and mozzarella from a bakery, or a creamy risotto from the trattoria. Fresh spaghetti with sun-dried tomatoes and olive oil may seem fine, but Italian custom is to follow this with a veal, beef or pork steak. Not to mention a bottle of full-bodied red wine. And, of course, cooling pistachio ice cream from the gelateria tastes heavenly, but no one ever said it was healthy!
This translates into noticeable differences in health and body image. A few months ago we explored the impacts that a vacation can have on your health. Most of us put weight on during our holidays, irrespective of body type or where we go. Worryingly, it can take five months to lose the weight gained on vacation. There’s less data on city breaks, but it’s hard to imagine them being any better. Cramming in all the delicacies in over one weekend will likely lead to weight gain.
So what do we recommend? We don’t actually think you should avoid enjoying the food in Rome. It’s such a huge part of visiting the city, and the quality is so great, that it really is a must. Life doesn’t get much better than spending an hour sitting outside a restaurant watching the ebb and flow of Roman life with a glass of white wine and a bowl of just-made linguine alle vongole. So you should definitely take the chance to do so. You should probably just make a plan to work out in Rome while you’re there.
Visiting the gym just a couple of times during your stay will make a huge difference in two ways. First, the obvious calorie burn will offset some of those delicious meals. Perhaps more importantly, keeping up your routine when traveling makes it easier to get back in the gym when home. Breaks from the gym are one of the most common reasons for people cancelling their gym membership. So break up your restaurant and cafe visits with the occasional work out. And as Rome as some of the best gyms in the world, it’ll only add to the holiday experience. And with TrainAway, there are some great places to do so.
TrainAway Partner Gyms in Rome
Dabliu is Rome’s premier fitness brand. With over twenty years experience running health clubs in Rome, their centers provide a perfect blend of location and facilities. With a focus on design and work out environment, it’s a pleasure to visit any of their eight gyms across the Italian capital. Dabliu’s status is underlined by their associations with the likes of Madonna. Visiting Dabliu gyms in Rome is not an interruption to your vacation – it’s an extension of it.
Passion Fitness have put a real thought into covering every angle when it comes to workout experience. With a modern, sleek and clean look and state of the art equipment, Passion Fitness provide the most functional spaces to work out in Rome. There are separate areas dedicated to different training styles, with all the necessary equipment. They also have a Crossfit Box as part of their six-gym portfolio in Rome.
Our Favorite Places to Work Out in Rome
There are gyms in Rome in some fantastic locations. Literally a stone’s throw from some of the world’s most famous sights, you’ll find somewhere to work out. From the Colosseum to the Trevi Fountain, you can find them via TrainAway. To help you decide, we’ve picked out two of our favorite gyms in the Rome where you can buy a day pass:
This gym has the joint accolades of being a fantastically-equipped and maintained fitness center, in one of the best locations anywhere in the world. As the name suggests, it’s just a stones throw from the Colosseum, and has everything you need for an effective and comfortable training session. Formerly part of the Hard Candy brand co-owned by Madonna, this is an exclusive work out venue. When looking for gyms to work out in Rome, you won’t come across many better options than this.
Just a stone’s throw from Prenestina station is Passion Fitness Palestra Penestina. With a clean, sleek look and a huge range of equipment this is a fantastic work out option in Rome. With separate areas for functional and flexibility training, this is one of the top gyms in the east of the city. There’s also a studio for studio, group exercises and boxing. All in all a great gym!
In Dabliu’s Barberini center you’ll still feel very much like you’re on holiday. As well as a bright, spacious cardio area, it boasts the most fantastic post-workout area. After working up a sweat in the main gym area, you can retire to the spa for some well-earned rest! Easily located just a couple of minutes from the Trevi Fountain, this is definitely one of Rome’s best gyms.
If you’re looking to continue your Crossfit routine in Rome, this is the place. Just south of the Vatican City, next to the beautiful Villa Doria Pamphili Park is Monteverde Crossfit Box. With all the equipment you need, plus regular group sessions, this will quickly become your crossfit home away from home. There’s a great camaraderie in the box that will help you keep you active while traveling.
As well as being one of the most interesting and enjoyable cities to visit, Rome is also a great place to work out. Enjoy the city, but fit in a workout too – you won’t regret it.