Gyms in Jerusalem
Alan's comment on the Jetlagged post made me realise that I should create a post about the gym possibilities in this city. Other people might be visiting looking for a gym, and several gyms now have web sites. Caveat emptor, obviously: I haven't been to all of these, and for the ones I have been to, I don't think the web sites do a great job of showing off the actual gym. Moral of the story: if you are interested in any of these, go check them out for yourself. If you know of a Jerusalem gym I haven't listed here, send me an e-mail with their url and I'll update the post.
- Iron Gym (formerly Yarim) This is the one I go to. Serious coaching, nice people, and no attitude.
- Giraffe has no web site yet. It opened two weeks ago on Luntz Street in the middle of the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall. I stopped by today just to see what their weights area was like. There is a squat rack. The equipment is by Matrix, and the weight plates have handles, which made me smile.
- Jump Recently renovated, large, with lots of equipment. Last I checked they had a squat rack tucked away in the corner of their free weights area. The sales pressure was intense. An annoying sales guy called me at least five times, even though I told him that I would call him if I was interested. Mind you, this was over a year ago, so he might be gone by now.
- I saw the ads for Kosher Gym on an outdoor billboard. Since they cater to the ultra-Orthodox market, they have separate hours for men and women. Their martial arts classes (capoeira, tkd, etc.) are for men only, and they have pilates and "toning" classes for women.
- Great Shape / YMCA