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A Fitness Lover’s Guide To Edinburgh

Picture of Tori Chalmers
Updated: 20 September 2016
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.

CrossFit Edinburgh

CrossFit is not a phase  — it’s a way of life and it’s here to stay. Embark on the workout of all workouts and push your body to unprecedented limits. CrossFit Edinburgh provides everything you could ever want, need or desire from a CrossFit gym. The coaching is sublime and the gym itself is the epitome of authenticity with its hardcore garage vibes and intense workout atmosphere. Oh, and it also happens to be a stone throw away from Holyrood Park. This fitness paradise is legit and should not be taken lightly. Hone in on your strength, work on your core, embrace newly-found mobility and never look back.

CrossFit Edinburgh, 7, 10 Clockmill Ln, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 17884 551 491

Julie Smeaton Yoga

Consider Julie Smeaton the queen of Edinburgh’s yoga scene. This lovely lady is as knowledgeable as she is adept in the art of yoga. Trained in Ashtanga, Julie pays particular attention towards vinyasa flow, a style that favors synchronized movements and specific mirrored breathing techniques. This is the perfect pick for those looking to release stress in a calm, controlled and healthy way. After a class with Julie, expect to feel like a whole new being. It really is a no brainer that this lovable yoga angel is an Edinburgh ambassador for the well-loved fitness brand Lululemon.

Julie Smeaton Yoga, Soulshine Yoga, 58 Warrender Park Rd, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 7765 533 440

Outdoor Gyms

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!

Edinburgh International Climbing Arena

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.

Edinburgh International Climbing Arena, South Platt Hill, Newbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 131 333 6333

LifesCycle

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

Royal Commonwealth Pool

Avid swimmers and divers alike will take like a duck to water at the Royal Commonwealth Pool. Since 1970, this pool (which is perfectly placed at the foot of Arthur’s Seat) has been the most bustling fitness hub in town. Strengthen your core and perfect your stroke in the main 50 meter pool that has a depth of 2 meters, the ideal temperature of 29 degrees, and eight lanes. What more could you possibly want? Divers can delight in the tailored 25 meter diving pool and also practice in the dry dive area, too. After a well-deserved dip, complete your workout at the brilliant gym. Make sure to check out the myriad of fitness classes that are offered — they will satisfy all of your fitness desires and then some.

Royal Commonwealth Pool, 21 Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 131 667 7211

By Tori Chalmers