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They say that fitness is like a drug; there really is nothing like releasing endorphins or finding an epiphany via the wonderful act of exercise. With its stunning scenery and threads of health-conscious folk, it is no surprise that Scotland offers an infinite list of options for fitness fanatics. Whether yoga or cycling is your go-to escape, check out our ultimate guide to fitness in Edinburgh.
Yes, the rumors are true — outdoor gyms seem to be all the rage these days and are popping up like Pokémon. The concept is simple yet brilliant; gym bunnies can carry on with their usual workout shenanigans and roam free amidst the fresh Scottish air. Enjoy the liberating freedom of breaking a sweat free from the confines of encapsulating concrete walls. Try this trend out while gazing across the Firth of Forth at the alfresco gym on the Silverknowes waterfront (amongst many other locations). The multipurpose equipment can be utilized for only a couple of quid and includes a cross trainer, chest press, recumbent bike and rowing machine. Go back to the basics and get ready to let the endorphins flow!
Sharpen those spider monkey skills and test your might at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena. This impressive adventure sports facility happens to be the largest indoor climbing wall in the world. There is no time for dillydallying with over 11,000 bolt-on holds and 300 routes — finding the right path shouldn’t be an issue, as they have grades 2 to 8b. Those who like to walk on the wild side can delight in the aerial assault course, which is suspended in mid air 30 meters above the ground. Don’t let the two identical speed climbing walls act as deterrence — challenge a worthy opponent and start climbing. A nifty room especially for bouldering is also readily on hand, giving you quite the selection of activities to choose from.
Since 2009, LifesCycle has been sending the good people of Edinburgh into a spin. This peddling paradise was Scotland’s first indoor cycling studio. Expect to find hip furnishings and the most charming bike enthusiasts and instructors around. What you see is what you get with this place — plenty of stationary bikes, fab people, top tips, unwavering support and a space for cycling that feels like a home away from home. Move those legs to the music with hardcore spinning classes or peddle like blazes solo style. Either way, this gem is a fitness lover’s dream.
LifesCycle, Bonnington Mill, 72 Newhaven Rd, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 7536 013 511