Mumbai’s hectic and chaotic lifestyle demands that you put extra effort into health and fitness. Luckily the city comes with abundant options for anyone looking to workout, regardless of difficulty level or preferences. Whether you are looking for a luxury fitness studio, a beginner’s yoga studio, a weekend hike trail or the best route for your daily morning jog, this guide to the city’s best fitness options is your handy companion.
From luxury gyms offering altitude training, on-site DJs and juice bars, to century-old yoga studios, Mumbai boasts of many fitness clubs, studios and creative spaces. Here’s a roundup of some of the best.
The oldest existing urban center of yoga instruction, The Yoga Institute was founded in 1918 by Shri Yogendraji, who is credited with having popularized the practice in parts of the western world. The studio hosts regular classes and workshops in addition to offering training to teachers. Over 40,000 yoga instructors from around the world have received their certification from here so far.
Offering a range of Hatha and Iyengar yoga classes and workshops, this studio is located right by the sea and claims to be an urban sanctuary for your inner-most being. They also offer classes for meditation, preventative and rejuvenation therapies, and therapeutic massages.
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Boasting of 20,000 square feet of space, top-notch equipment, highly qualified trainers, a live DJ and an organic juice bar among other facilities, this is South Mumbai’s most extravagant space to work out. The gym also has its own physiotherapist catering to patrons.
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This versatile boutique fitness studio in Juhu regularly hosts intense workout classes with a range of yoga, pilates, HIIT and other classes as well as bootcamps. With 1,000 square feet of indoor space and 1,200 square feet of open garden space, this is one of the city’s hippest places to get moving.
This Bandra-based dance studio regularly hosts zumba, hip-hop, contemporary, Bollywood and belly dancing in addition to Ashtanga yoga and Muay Thai classes. If you’re looking for a fun, energetic environment to work out in, look no further.
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With clientele including professional mountaineers, marathon runners, and cricketers, Activ8 is one of the city’s finest pilates, altitude training and rehabilitation studios. It specifically focuses on helping clients discover their inner strength, increase stamina, improve health, and achieve physical well-being.
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Founded by an experienced nutritionist, personal trainer, yoga and pilates instructor, Balanced Body is one of the best spaces in the city to get fit and healthy. Along with pilates classes, members also have access to diet and nutrition counseling.
With plenty of parks, beaches and the Sahyadri mountain ranges just an hour away, Mumbai also has plenty of choices for those who prefer their workouts to be amid nature.
This well maintained seaside jogging track in Bandra is open to the public every day from 5.30AM to 9AM and from 3.30PM to 9PM. Located right off Carter Road, the park features a 400 meter long jogging track, a mud strip for running and two paved tracks for walking.
While the beach stays crowded for most of the day, it is undoubtedly one of the city’s finest and most popular locations for an early morning or late night jog or run. The beach sands will save your joints from damage, and the Arabian Sea will serve you with a steady breeze.
If you’re looking for a biking path that doesn’t involve circling around your neighborhood, cycling along the city’s western coast is always a fantastic option. Many cycling groups offer group ride experiences starting from Nariman Point in South Mumbai and stretching all the way to Bandra Bandstand.
Considered to be the largest park in the world located within city limits, the Sanjay Gandhi National Park offers hiking trails for everyone. With abundant nature (the park is home even to lions and tigers) and spanning 104 square kilometers, you’ll never get bored during a hike here.