Fitness while abroad

  • trl_

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    Jun 29, 2010 5:26 AM GMT
    I'm going to study abroad this fall but I want to be able to get back into a fitness routine around that time as well. How do I find a place to work out in the country I'm in?
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    Jun 29, 2010 5:43 AM GMT
    fizzle saidI'm going to study abroad this fall but I want to be able to get back into a fitness routine around that time as well. How do I find a place to work out in the country I'm in?


    Depends where it is. UK= not hard, rural Tibet= somewhat harder: I suspect you´d have to improvise something using large stones and yak wool.
  • trl_

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    Jun 29, 2010 5:45 AM GMT
    haha I'm going to Amman, Jordan
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    Jun 29, 2010 5:55 AM GMT
    ahhh so half way between UK and Tibet...

    There are health clubs/gyms in Amman, though they tend to be aimed at richer arabs and expats. Larger hotels are a good place to look for gyms and some let you take a membership. Also not having great arabic is less of a big issue at an international hotel.

    Jordan is nice.... enjoy.
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    Jun 29, 2010 6:02 AM GMT
    Lostboy said

    There are health clubs/gyms in Amman, though they tend to be aimed at richer arabs and expats.


    This is what I was nervous about. I need something cheap, I'm only a poor american student, after all.
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    Jun 29, 2010 6:08 AM GMT
    Well expensive in the normal Jordanian economy doesn´t mean expensive for America, though be aware that in most of the world you have to pay a lot more for a gym than you do in the USA. In Holland it´s about $70 a month. In Chile about $75 (lower prices available for long term membership)

    If you have arabic already you will be able to find something aimed at jordanians, but they are much less likely to speak english...
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    Jun 30, 2010 3:05 AM GMT
    What type of living arrangements will you be in? I studied abroad in the Middle East last year and a bunch of my friends used to go for runs around our neighborhood. We had tons of sidewalk and it was safe, and obviously cheaper than the gym. I don't even think our university had a gym! lol

    An international hotel is a great idea! They'd at least have nice, clean facilities and are used to dealing with Americans for sure. Good luck working out though, you'll probably be eating a lot of awesome Middle Eastern food. When I got back I was at the highest weight of my life. If you can buck the trend, go for it!
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    Jun 30, 2010 3:12 AM GMT
    I would say look I to trx. Available @ www.fitnessanywhere.com
    No I don't work for them. I am a personal trainer and bring it with me every time I travel.
  • trl_

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    Jun 30, 2010 6:54 AM GMT
    breakers saidWhat type of living arrangements will you be in? I studied abroad in the Middle East last year and a bunch of my friends used to go for runs around our neighborhood. We had tons of sidewalk and it was safe, and obviously cheaper than the gym. I don't even think our university had a gym! lol

    An international hotel is a great idea! They'd at least have nice, clean facilities and are used to dealing with Americans for sure. Good luck working out though, you'll probably be eating a lot of awesome Middle Eastern food. When I got back I was at the highest weight of my life. If you can buck the trend, go for it!


    I'm going to be living with a host family so I don't know how that factors in
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    Jun 30, 2010 11:22 AM GMT
    fizzle saidI'm going to be living with a host family so I don't know how that factors in


    You´ll have to wear the veil.
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    Jun 30, 2010 11:52 AM GMT
    I've been asking myself this question for the last 10 years.
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    Jun 30, 2010 12:35 PM GMT
    UrsaMajor saidI've been asking myself this question for the last 10 years.


    The French already think they are perfect. The Italians think that everyone finds them attractive.