Gyms in Buenos Aires

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    Apr 16, 2014 7:37 PM GMT
    Hi friends

    I'll be staying in Palermo Soho in BsAs this summer, and need a gym to work out at 6 days a week. I see all the commercial gyms like Megatlon and AlwaysClub, but where are the basic weightlifting gyms? I don't need 100 classes or fancy equipment; just benches, weights, and mirrors.

    Any suggestions in Palermo [Soho]?
  • laxer1985

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    Apr 16, 2014 9:44 PM GMT
    There's a pretty sweet gym / crossfit gym that I was using when I was living in Palermo Soho just off Thames, one block from La Cabrera Steakhouse.

    Sorry that is so imprecise, but it's cheap and good.

    Also, eat at that steakhouse. Unreal.
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    Apr 16, 2014 10:00 PM GMT
    laxer1985 saidThere's a pretty sweet gym / crossfit gym that I was using when I was living in Palermo Soho just off Thames, one block from La Cabrera Steakhouse.

    Sorry that is so imprecise, but it's cheap and good.

    Also, eat at that steakhouse. Unreal.


    Hi

    Was it Thamyra, or Palermo Sports Club?
    Those are the two I found relatively close to La Cabrera

    Thanks
  • Kalifornicati...

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    Apr 17, 2014 3:30 AM GMT
    There was a gym called 12hr fitness or something to the affect like our 24 hr fitness here. We were staying in soho and it wasn't far. Clean, decent.
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    Apr 17, 2014 8:04 PM GMT
    Agent_86 saidThere was a gym called 12hr fitness or something to the affect like our 24 hr fitness here. We were staying in soho and it wasn't far. Clean, decent.


    I searched for 12hr fitness & 24hr fitness and didn't come up with anything. If you could remember what street it was on, that would help.
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    Jun 19, 2014 3:29 AM GMT
    I've been here for over a month now and in case anyone is curious, at first I went with Palermo Wellclub which is actually more Recoleta than Palermo but whatever. It's on Rodríguez Peña 1177. It is a bit expensive (550 pesos, $55 USD at time of writing) for one month. I now go to a gym called Steel & Blood in Belgrano at Cabildo & Federico Lacroze. If you take the D line towards Congreso and get off at Olleros, it is right on the intersection. It is 330 pesos/month ($33 USD) and has anything you could need weightlifting wise. Wish I had found it earlier.
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    Jun 19, 2014 3:42 AM GMT
    Avsigkommen saidI've been here for over a month now and in case anyone is curious, at first I went with Palermo Wellclub which is actually more Recoleta than Palermo but whatever. It's on Rodríguez Peña 1177. It is a bit expensive (550 pesos, $55 USD at time of writing) for one month. I now go to a gym called Steel & Blood in Belgrano at Cabildo & Federico Lacroze. If you take the D line towards Congreso and get off at Olleros, it is right on the intersection. It is 330 pesos/month ($33 USD) and has anything you could need weightlifting wise. Wish I had found it earlier.


    Thanks for posting! I'm going to be in Buenos Aires from 27Jun through 29Jul and will be staying in Palermo. I was going to go with Megatlon, but it's kind of pricey (700$ para un socio por un mes).
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    Jul 04, 2014 5:05 PM GMT
    Steel and Blood is SO worth the money. As of July 2014, the price is ARS$330 for a month's membership (about US$30 at the blue dollar rate of ARS$12/US$1). I added a dedicated locker for ARS$90 (about US$icon_cool.gif for the month.

    The equipment is sufficient for somebody who generally uses freeweights. Today, they were putting a new cable machine in. There's not a lot of cardio equipment, but if your timing is right you've got the place to yourself. The gym is clean, and well kept. The staff and the patrons are super friendly (Word to SF: Why can't we be like this?). There are all kinds of people there younger, older, bulked & ripped, athletic & shredded. Everybody was super friendly especially if you smile, look people in the eyes, and offer up a greeting.

    The gym is extremely well located just off the Olleros Subte D line in Belgrano, and there are numerous collectivos which pass right by the front of the gym.

    Thanks to the OP for asking (and answering) the question.
  • KepaArg

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    Jul 04, 2014 10:49 PM GMT
    Damn, i remember when I lived in Buenos Aires that my all access membership to Megatlon was around $150 Pesos for the month.

    Good to know as I'm thinking about heading back next year for a few weeks to visit family and friends.

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    Jul 04, 2014 10:58 PM GMT
    KepaArg saidDamn, i remember when I lived in Buenos Aires that my all access membership to Megatlon was around $150 Pesos for the month.

    Good to know as I'm thinking about heading back next year for a few weeks to visit family and friends.



    I had a 1 month Megatlon membership on one of my trips last year and it cost ARS$700. At the time the dolarblue was trading ARS$10/US$1. This trip I'm getting ARS$11.9/US$1.
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    Jul 05, 2014 2:59 AM GMT
    GAMRican said
    KepaArg saidDamn, i remember when I lived in Buenos Aires that my all access membership to Megatlon was around $150 Pesos for the month.

    Good to know as I'm thinking about heading back next year for a few weeks to visit family and friends.



    I had a 1 month Megatlon membership on one of my trips last year and it cost ARS$700. At the time the dolarblue was trading ARS$10/US$1. This trip I'm getting ARS$11.9/US$1.


    I was last in Buenos Aires in 2011, it was probably closer 1:4 then. My friends have told me it's gotten a lot more expensive for them due to inflation. But from $150 to $700 is quite the jump!

    I did get a discount through work of 10% and was signed up for year instead of a one off month.
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    Jul 05, 2014 11:15 AM GMT
    KepaArg said
    GAMRican said
    KepaArg saidDamn, i remember when I lived in Buenos Aires that my all access membership to Megatlon was around $150 Pesos for the month.

    Good to know as I'm thinking about heading back next year for a few weeks to visit family and friends.



    I had a 1 month Megatlon membership on one of my trips last year and it cost ARS$700. At the time the dolarblue was trading ARS$10/US$1. This trip I'm getting ARS$11.9/US$1.


    I was last in Buenos Aires in 2011, it was probably closer 1:4 then. My friends have told me it's gotten a lot more expensive for them due to inflation. But from $150 to $700 is quite the jump!

    I did get a discount through work of 10% and was signed up for year instead of a one off month.
    Buenos Aires is like any big, major city it is going to be very expensive. However Buenos Aires is a major city that always interested me and I would love to visit it someday. As for gyms, before you know it LA Fitness will eventually expand into South America and there will be LA Fitness gyms all over Buenos Aires and other South American locales. Just give it time. Otherwise good luck finding a great gym/health club in Buenos Aires.
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    Jul 05, 2014 6:06 PM GMT
    I went to Sportclub, which they have all over the northside of town. It was pretty small but had everything I needed. My advice though is you have to be assertive about asking for deals. They had pretty significant deals on prices that seemed to come and go randomly. I'm sure it helps if you give a good first impression.

    http://www.sportclub.com.ar/
  • KepaArg

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    Jul 05, 2014 11:04 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob said
    KepaArg said
    GAMRican said
    KepaArg saidDamn, i remember when I lived in Buenos Aires that my all access membership to Megatlon was around $150 Pesos for the month.

    Good to know as I'm thinking about heading back next year for a few weeks to visit family and friends.



    I had a 1 month Megatlon membership on one of my trips last year and it cost ARS$700. At the time the dolarblue was trading ARS$10/US$1. This trip I'm getting ARS$11.9/US$1.


    I was last in Buenos Aires in 2011, it was probably closer 1:4 then. My friends have told me it's gotten a lot more expensive for them due to inflation. But from $150 to $700 is quite the jump!

    I did get a discount through work of 10% and was signed up for year instead of a one off month.
    Buenos Aires is like any big, major city it is going to be very expensive. However Buenos Aires is a major city that always interested me and I would love to visit it someday. As for gyms, before you know it LA Fitness will eventually expand into South America and there will be LA Fitness gyms all over Buenos Aires and other South American locales. Just give it time. Otherwise good luck finding a great gym/health club in Buenos Aires.


    I lived there for four years and wasn't that bad even when I was earning pesos. Megatlon is a good gym and the other big one is SportClub. I doubt there will be a LA Fitness headed that way.
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    Jul 05, 2014 11:47 PM GMT
    KepaArg said...I doubt there will be a LA Fitness headed that way.


    I agree. I doubt that any foreign "fitness" corporation is looking to Argentina as a high priority, high profit market. Here are only three of many reasons:

    1. There are already lots of local health clubs and there is a certain culture which these clubs have with their local owners. The culture is very different than any club chain I've been affiliated with in North America. I'm not sure the North American "mega-gym" business model would be able to survive, let alone function, here in Buenos Aires or any of the other major cities in Argentina.
    2. Importing manufactured goods (such as gym equipment) is very costly. Argentina has a severe import tax schedule in place. There is a high cost to market entry by a foreign corporation.
    3. Repatriating profits out of Argentina to a foreign country is difficult. Argentina has strict currency controls in place.

    In the end, Argentina seems to have what it needs in terms of gym clubs. I found what I needed.
  • KepaArg

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    Jul 05, 2014 11:51 PM GMT
    GAMRican said
    KepaArg said...I doubt there will be a LA Fitness headed that way.


    I agree. I doubt that any foreign "fitness" corporation is looking to Argentina as a high priority, high profit market. Here are only three of many reasons:

    1. There are already lots of local health clubs and there is a certain culture which these clubs have with their local owners. The culture is very different than any club chain I've been affiliated with in North America. I'm not sure the North American "mega-gym" business model would be able to survive, let alone function, here in Buenos Aires or any of the other major cities in Argentina.
    2. Importing manufactured goods (such as gym equipment) is very costly. Argentina has a severe import tax schedule in place. There is a high cost to market entry by a foreign corporation.
    3. Repatriating profits out of Argentina to a foreign country is difficult. Argentina has strict currency controls in place.

    In the end, Argentina seems to have what it needs in terms of gym clubs. I found what I needed.


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