While food is one of life’s pleasures, you can’t forget to work out every now and then.
Even if you’re only spending a few weeks in Medellin, you can always try something new at one of the city’s gyms.
Now, while there are many gyms around the city, the best has definitely got to be Smart Fit. Here’s what you need to know about heading to this gym.
What to Know About Smart Fit in Medellin
Smart Fit is the largest gym chain in Colombia, and they’ve got tons of locations around the city.
They also have some pretty reasonable prices and are super inclusive of all types of fitness levels and body types.
Whether your goal is to weight train for sports or you just want to have a good time while maintaining a healthy lifestyle, this place is great.
What’s especially cool about the gym is that if you don’t want to leave home, Smart Fit has developed an exclusive training app for its customers (it’s 100% pandemic-proof!).
Smart Fit also has an exclusive digital series about nutrition. If you want to pair that with one of their workouts, you can!
Finding Your Nearest Smart Fit
I get around Medellin quite a bit, and as I explore other parts of the cities, I’ve counted up to about 20 Smart Fit venues.
In other words, it really doesn’t matter where you live in the city; you’ll be able to find a Smart Fit nearby.
Just look online to know which is the closest to you. There’s more than likely one a few streets from your hotel or Airbnb.
There are many options to choose from, and even if the closest one to you doesn’t have what you’re looking for ( each one has its own equipment and facilities), it’s very easy to take the metro or rent a bike to get to the gym you like.
Smart Fit Membership Options
Once you’ve found a gym you like, you’ll have to pick a membership.
There are a couple of different options out there, but it can be confusing at first glance. Here are the available options.
This option allows you access to a single Smart Fit location. It’s great for low budgets or those who want a quick workout close to home.
The membership includes:
- Free weight area
- Integrated weight area
- Group lessons
- No cancellation fees
- Smart Fit Go
- Smart Fit App
- Smart Vital
Bear in mind that if you want to cancel the service, you have to notify the gym 30 days before the charge is made.
If you like traveling and don’t just plan to stay in Medellin, you might want to get the black plan. With this plan, you’ll have access to any Smart Fit location, even those outside Colombia!
This plan includes all the benefits of the Smart Plan as well as:
- Access to other locations in the chain
- The Smart Spa
- The ability to invite 5 friends a month
This plan charges a cancellation fee even if you give 30 days’ notice. Also, you have to agree to a 12-month contract.
Still, if you’re staying in Medellin or in Latin America for a while, this is a pretty good option.
Temporary Black Plan
If you don’t know how long you’ll be in Medellin, but want something a little more comprehensive than the Smart Plan, this is your plan.
With this plan, you get the same benefits as the Black Plan and you agree to a 12-month contract.
However, you can cancel without a fee as long as you give notice 30 days in advance. And, your contract will not have a stay clause (this means you can’t finish the contract before).
This is the most expensive Smart Fit membership, but it’s also the most useful for tourists who don’t know how long they’ll be staying.
Finally, bear in mind that, every three months you’ll be charged an administration fee along with the monthly fee. This money is used for the maintenance and repair of the gym facilities.
Smart Fit Go
Perfect for introverted athletes or those who don’t have enough time to go to the gym, Smart Fit Go is an app that works on Android or iOS devices.
In the app, you can organize your own workouts with videos of routines. Or, you can learn how to prepare healthy recipes!
There’s also the option to attend virtual classes with your favorite teachers. These begin at 8 am and you can find activities such as:
- Tabata method
- Strength training
If you get a Smart Fit membership you‘ll have access to a spa that’s specially designed to soothe sore muscles after training.
They offer massage chairs, hydro beds, music therapy, and light therapy that help improve mood and relax your muscles.
Sports massage specialists at the spa can also advise you on what stretching to do and how to relieve pain and swelling.
Smart Fit Nutri Store
As I mentioned earlier, your diet is an essential part of getting results from your exercise routine. If you don’t want to try cooking, you can always pick up products such as milkshakes, supplements, and energy bars at the Smart Fit store!
Don’t forget to ask a dietitian if you have any questions or need advice on what to eat or how much.
Get Fit at Smart Fit
Without a doubt, Smart Fit is one of the best gyms in Medellin. It’s a perfect way to maintain a healthy lifestyle regardless of the time or budget you have.
Do you have a membership? Let us know what you think about this gym in the comments!