Staying fit is the new black (or something like that), and it isn’t just because of predictably doomed New Year’s Resolutions. People are paying more attention to their physical health than ever before, and gym memberships are hitting all-time highs. If you’re looking for a space in which to work out in Belgrade, look no further.
Twenty-four hours of constant exercise sounds like absolute hell, but the convenience of all day access certainly helps Non Stop Fitness stand out from the pack in the city. There are three locations, with the Vračar spot being the best for those looking to work out in the city centre, but all of the trio come with modern equipment and a convivial atmosphere.
Located in the fiercely independent part of town called Zemun, Kočović (or Sports Akademija Kočović, to give the full name) offers both personalised and group training at predictably affordable prices. The latter of those come particularly recommended, especially for those who sweat best when surrounded by the energy of a collective.
Not too far from the city centre, Perfect Line is one of the most popular fitness centres in all of Belgrade. The website might be full of frustratingly perfect bodies glistening with sweat that is too divine to exist, but the reality is far more comforting. This is a great option for anyone looking to keep up on their cardio, with plenty of treadmills waiting to be trundled on.
The name literally means ‘Crossfit First Team’, and it is fair to say that these guys were at the forefront of the CrossFit revolution in fitness. Situated a short walk from the Danube riverside, Prvi Tim has mastered the inviting yet motivating atmosphere that many fitness centres struggled to properly construct. You can expect to be worked to the bone here, but the whole ‘no pain, no gain’ thing has never been more accurate.
Speaking of the Danube, the Maj. 25 complex on the riverside has long been a true hub for fitness enthusiasts. The SkyWellness centre continues this tradition today, and is one of the most innovative and advanced gyms in the city. The views of the river are worth the visit alone, although the equipment and atmosphere certainly help. Be sure to check the website for the full list of services available, be they fitness- or wellness-based.
Gyms can be intimidating places from time to time, as enviably toned members of staff fly around the place making you feel particularly embarrassed about your sweat patches and lightweight lifting. We may or may not be speaking from experience. The atmosphere at Tonus is a breath of fresh air, a truly communal gym that demands judgments be left at the door. If you’re after a PT, this is the place to go.
Tašmajdan is one of Belgrade’s many fine parks, and it isn’t a huge surprise to find a modern fitness centre lurking here. A variety of group programs are on offer, and the fitness centre is also home to one of the best swimming pools in the city. The gym offers plenty in the way of cardio equipment, and its public place means the atmosphere is always fairly inviting. If all else fails, the sauna is waiting to be sat in.
Another great CrossFit spot, Pobednik comes with the added advantage of native English language classes from total beginner to absolute CrossFit legend. The proclamation of ‘pain is temporary, weakness is everlasting!!!’ on the website is a little disconcerting, but shouldn’t be taken too literally. This is an intense workout for the committed, American style.