The Big Felafel

15+ Places to work off the Jerusalem 15 – The good, the bad, and the ugly

Gyms in Israel. Grr. I am only complaining because I am from LA where the gyms are huge and the models are extra thin. Where a gym is open 24 hours and there is always a machine available. Where customer service and great deals on membership do exist. Can’t there just be one gym like this in Jerusalem? Just one!

Here is a list of fitness centers in Jerusalem with some honest commentary. Warning: Lots of anger. (Thanks, Rebecca, for putting the list together)

Phone: 02-6783864
Address: Malha Mall
Genders: Men, Women
Comments: This gym is the closest thing to a real gym in Jerusalem and cheaper than most of the other gyms too! Check it out as long as you don’t mind shlepping to Malha for a workout and did I mention walking through the mall in your nasty sweaty clothes!

Body Control Studio
Phone: 02-5865831
Address: a801 Hakisufim, Ramot

Body & Soul
Phone: 02-6788861
Address: Hamusachim 5, Talpiot
Genders: Men, Women
Comments: Well friends, this is the shadiest gym I have ever been to and I’ve been to almost all of them. Two years ago they did renovations and left the gym open during the process. That’s right, I was working out with some guy chipping off paint and asbestos over my head. Did someone say gyms are for getting healthy? Finally, after lots of Israeli-style arguing, the manager said I could have three months free, since in typical Israeli fashion, the one week of renovations took three months. But of course when it came time to give me the three months, he suddenly had no idea what I was talking about. Also, the machines were almost always broken. And it is located in one of the shadiest parts of Talpiot figures that it would be since it is such a shady gym!
**UPDATE** It seems the gym has finally got their act together and respecting the customer a little bit more. They now have top of the link equipment and their new studio is located on the bottom floor and awesome classes, not to mention they have babysitting for your little one when you work out. What exactly is the babysitting, well watching the baby in the stroller and if he or she cries they’ll come looking for you. Still better than nothing. They also have decent deals and if you sign up with a friend then you both get an additional month of free membership.

Phone: 02-6511185
Address: Beit Hadfus 7, Givat Shaul
Genders: Male, female, separate hours
Comments: They offer a cycle workout to Curves (see below to see what I have to say about that)

Address: Kiryat Mada 11, Har Hotzvim

Phone: 02-6787812
Address: Pierre Koening 38, Talpiot
Genders: Women only
Comments: Yes, Curves believes in a 30 minute work out but I had to do the routine twice just to burn a sweat. That and I went on a mile run. This is the kind of gym I see myself growing old in. That sounds strange, but what I mean is, when I am 45 and up, I will spend my days workin’ that 30 minute routine, but until then it just isn’t for me.

Emek Refaim Pool & Gym
Phone: 02-563-2092
Address: Emek Refaim 13, German Colony
Genders: Men, Women, offers separate men and women’s hours
Comments: The word anger comes to mind. Anger that a one room crap hole can be called a gym. Anger that old women were always using the equipment and then saved it for their old husbands to use next. Anger that I am still angry about the experience even though I was a member almost three years ago. I guess if you like swimming then you can appreciate this gym, but I have sinus problems and so the only pool I saw, was the pool of sweat of an old man chasing me to the bike machine.

Phone: 2-6241956
Address: Luntz St. 10, City Center

Great Shape / YMCA
Phone: 02-6258436,
Address: 26 King David Street
Genders: Men, Women
Comments: While it is true that the classes are fun, the prices make you want to cry. Expensive is not even the word I would use. Lets just say that the YMCA is trying to keep the cheap Jews out and doing a good job.
**UPDATE** I recently attended a few classes at the YMCA thanks to another great Groopbuy deal, and really got a good workout. The classes are a full-hour and the teachers make sure to take advantage of every minute. The classes are still expensive, but if you live in the area and have the budget it is worthwhile. There are supposedly almost done with their brandnew gym which is going to be huge, so double the price.

Hebrew University
Address: Mt.Scopus campus
Comments: A great gym for those of you who attend Hebrew U or work there, otherwise it is too out of the way. I like the equipment, but often you had to put your name on a waiting list for a machine. It’s funny how I have never had to wait for a table in Jerusalem, but I have waited over a dozen times for a damn eliptical! Party of 1 your machine is ready!
**UPDATE** Since I first wrote this post, the Hebrew University has redone their gym again and God Bless Them. I love this gym, not just for the two floors of great machines or pool, but for their TVs and great views of the Old City. If you are a Hebrew University student or worker than you get an amazing discount on membership and if you’re not then you pay through the butt. I think the same goes for their Givat Ram campus.

Hotels – almost every hotel in Jlem has a workout room/gym (ex. David Citadel)

Iron Gym
Phone: 02-6252829
Adddress: Keren Hayasod 19
Genders: Men, Women

Phone: 02-6233377
Address: Binyanei Hauma, City Center
Genders: Men, Women, offers separate men and women’s hours

Kosher Gym
Phone: 02-6526730
Address: Shtener 3, Givat Shaul
Gender: Separate Hours for Men and Women
Comments: Praying on the treadmill, anyone?! Featured on BBC

Phone: 02-5632946
Address: Diskin 9, Rehavia
Genders: Women
Comments: Ahhh finally a gym that a girl could really love. Located just outside the center of town, this gym may not be the biggest of them all, but to me it was the best. A friendly staff, fun classes and almost enough equipment, this gym wasn’t so bad. So why did I stop going? A gym needs to be close by, otherwise you aren’t motivated to get your lazy butt there and work out. So when I stopped working in the city, I just wasn’t close enough to make it work. That’s right, I couldn’t handle a long distance relationship. It was too much and I couldn’t commit. So I said good bye to my membership, even though I have secretly always wanted him, I mean it, back. I may get my chance one day, since it’s a chain and I might find my match somewhere else!

Studio 6
Phone: 077-7866630
Address: Yad Harutzim, 10, Talpiot
Genders: Women only
Comments: This isn’t a gym, but they offer lots of fun classes. I took a hip hop class and really enjoyed it. It is a fun place to do a girls night out and be healthy instead of pigging out. It is totally decked out in femininity and makes you want to love you body. It was a great alternative to the sterile gyms.
**UPDATE** This is still a really beautiful studio with lots of great dance classes and an amazing Pilates class where you have to reserve your spot the day before!

Studio C
Phone: *5045
Address: Yad Charutzim 19, Talpiot; Keren Hayasod 25, Talbiyeh
Gender: Women only

Phone: 02-5619444/3
Address: Emek Refaim 43, German Colony
Gender: Women only
Comments: Located just around the corner from my old anger pool gym, is my new anger, Swan. By far the most expensive gym I have ever been to in my whole life, it is also the most tiny, most broken and most rude. They only open at 7am, which is ridiculously late in the gym world, and they are almost always late. Yes, one time the staff didn’t even arrive until a quarter of eight and all they could say was, “it happens.” But does it?
**UPDATE** I hear that they have redone the gym so the studio is bigger and the workout rooms are larger as well. But I still don’t care. Still don’t like that gym and still think it is expensive for the size it is.

It is a good thing I have a gym to release all my anger, but it is bad when it is the gym itself that makes me angry. The only redeeming aspect is the best work out teacher ever, Aviva. If I had the money I would build a whole gym around her.

And isn’t there someone that does have that kind of money who wants to open up a real gym in Jerusalem, somewhere on Emek? Come on, this is a great money opportunity. Do it! And build a Mexican restaurant next door, so I can take my fatass there and gain back all the calories I burn.

Here’s an awesome video that might motivate you to go on a treadmill. Or just appreciate what wild entertainment a treadmill can be.

Please share your own experiences at these gyms, I’d love to hear them.

**UPDATE** Since I wrote this post we have had over 100 comments and the advice continues to roll in. I want to thank our readers for sharing their opinions here and truly giving others the opportunity to make a wise decision before investing thounsands of shekels into working out. My perfect gym search continues, but a few years later things do look better (and when I say things I mean my butt and thighs…just kidding). Thanks!


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  1. * Ezra Butler says:

    I am very sorry to disagree, but I work out at Body & Soul and love it. It was completely redone, they are always buying new machinery, and have amazing classes. They are extremely helpful and friendly, and just great all around people.

    The only thing that I can answer about the usage of the word shady is that I live near there.

    I am sorry if 2 years ago you had a bad experience there, but I can attest that it has changed (apparently) for the better.

    I would recommend Body & Soul to anyone.

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 10 months ago
  2. * Benji Lovitt says:

    Where is the best place for spinningeem? I can’t decide if I want to take that or pilatim.

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 10 months ago
  3. * aliyah06 says:

    I dunno–I checked out Body & Soul 18 months ago, and wasn’t impressed. Our problem is that the husband is the weight-lifter/body-builder guy who also does the aerobic machines, and I’m the swimmer, who ocassionally does the aerobic machines. We needed a place with a pool and a gym and close to us AND parking, since if you can’t be close and can’t park, you won’t go…..and we ended up at Ramat Rachel, and love it. Great pool, very nice gym (enough for my husband’s fastidious tastes, anyway) nice staff. Not cheap, but cheaper than the YMCA–which at the time we checked it out, was also closed on Sundays, meaning we had TWO days a week we couldn’t work out, Besides, there’s no parking near the Y. Biggest drawback at RR—slow swimmers in the fast lap lane at times, too crowded on the machines between 0800 and 1100, and crowded pool during summer afternoons, but still okay rather than perfect.

    Glad you posted about Studio 6–my neighbor and I are looking for a dance class and we’d heard there was something but didn’t know where–thanks!

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 9 months ago
  4. Yes, I’m with you on two counts: no matter which way you slice it, gyms here in Jerusalem suck – and we need Mexican food!

    The gym in Ramat Aviv for Tel Aviv University is actually an American-style gym. I was impressed. It was, however, bloody expensive.

    Still, nothing is going to compare to even a small university’s gym. For example, I went to William and Mary in Virginia, a school with 7,000 kids. The gym was awesome. 3 basketball courts, olympic pool, big weight room, tons of raquetball and squash courts, private rooms for pilates and yoga and stuff, rock climbing wall, aerobics room, etc etc etc.


    | Reply Posted 14 years, 9 months ago
  5. * Rebecca says:

    Wow, I wish I had found your website earlier. I just moved to rehavia for the year and joined the YMCA, because I thought it was the only workout option nearby:-( Needless to say, now I’m broke, but hopefully I will be thin:-) Love your site by the way it’s an American in Jerusalem’s dream!

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 9 months ago
  6. * Molly says:

    Here’s an update: Sunday I walked into Swan and noticed there were finally more machines. Well it turns out that Ego (one of the above mentioned gyms) closed on Sunday. And none of the members even knew. That’s right, on Saturday, a day they are closed, one of the members walked by and noticed all the equipment being put onto trucks. The next day, Sunday, when the normal group of women went to work off Shabbat lunch, there was a note on the door: We closed. Turns out they sent a text message to some of the members saying they would now have their membership with Swan. So that is why Swan has new equipment and 200 new members. Forget asking how this happened…this only happens in Israel!

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 9 months ago
  7. * Chatch says:

    Just out of curiosity, what is the best gym to use if I just want a treadmill?

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 9 months ago
  8. * Molly says:

    If you don’t care about price and just want somewhere to use a treadmill then I would say go to the closest gym in your area. First do a free trial and see if the time when you would go to the gym is crowded. If not…then join. Also make sure you can sell your membership (and freeze) it, this way you always have a way out!

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 9 months ago
  9. * Berrin says:

    I’m so glad I found this website. I was one of those unfortunate souls who was forced to leave EGO (which I loved very much) and I’m wandering around the city, looking for a gym. Swan is way too glitzy for me and YMCA too expensive (although the pool does make me think twice). Since they seem to be the most accessible-do you know anything about JUMP or giraffe?

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 8 months ago
  10. * Nirel says:

    You are AAAWESOME for putting this together- THANKS so Much! Coming from NY SC (New York Sports Clubs gyms this has been really rough)

    FIrst I went to Giraffe and it sucks!…it has just 5 treadmills, the AC was barely on.. it’s so stuffy and the arrangement is absurd- and just like almost all the gyms- the bathrooms and showers are separate..??!!!….
    I just joined bodyline for convenience ( choosing the best from all the horrible options) but I wish I had read this yesterday and would have joined Razim… oh well I can always sell my membership- (at least that’s one perk)

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 8 months ago
  11. * Elina says:

    Thank you – your post is very helpful! I’ve been walking around Jerusalem for 5 days (I will be here for 9 months) and I haven’t been able to find 2 things – a gym and a store that sells hangers! Just two questions – what is a reasonable price for a membership at Razim or Giraffe if I join for 8 months? And, how aggressively are you supposed to bargain? Thanks!

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 8 months ago
  12. * Molly says:

    While I have never been to Giraffe, I heard they do good deals and the monthly rate is something like NIS 150, but go there first and check it out. I have heard people complain that it is dark and there are no windows…get a free trial and see. Razim, when I went there two years ago was about NIS 220. Make sure you try to get student deals. Also, if you are going to be here for 9 months, you should try and bargain to get the year rate for 9 months. If that doesn’t work then I think it would be better to get a year plan and then try to sell the last 3 months…you might even make money off of that. But make sure you are allowed to sell your membership before you agree to a contract. As fair as bargaining goes…it isn’t the shuk. Prices are as is in most cases, so I don’t think you will have too much luck trying to get them any lower. Hope that helps!

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 8 months ago
  13. * aliyah06 says:

    Home Center at Malcha Mall sells hanger–they’re on the wall towards the back near the wood.

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 8 months ago
  14. * Molly says:

    Hi Berrin,
    I don’t think Swan is glitzy…in fact I just complained about how dirty everything is there…i.e. I found toliet paper on the work out map…ewww! I have never been to Jump or Giraffe…but like I wrote in a comment above, you should just go there and try it out for a day to see if it is your style.

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 8 months ago
  15. * Timea says:

    Just moved to Jerusalem (Baka) and am looking for a good place to do arobics. An add went by which offered latin dancing workout that sounded fantastic but I lost the add…Any ideas???

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 7 months ago
  16. * Molly says:

    Hi Timea,
    I don’t know about latin dancing, but Studio 6 in Talpiot which have awesome dance classes. Also, Swan on Emek Refaim has a lot of classes. You should also check out and do a search for gyms or classes. Hope that helps!

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 7 months ago
  17. * Ilan says:

    Does anyone know of a gym in jerusalem that is the equivalent to David Lloyd, LA Fitness, Holmes Places, Virgin Active, e.g. a large commercial gym that has a pool and steam/sauna/hot tub…

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 7 months ago
  18. * aliyah06 says:

    The ONLY place we found that had a gym, pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub was Ramat Rachel. The gym is smaller than the big commercial gyms in the States but its still your best bet in Jerusalem.

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 7 months ago
  19. * amy says:

    hi! Thanks for the info, so helpful! Do you know if there is a yoga studio anywhere near Baka? Preferably Ashtanga..! And also what is the general weekly/monthly gym price?Thanks!

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 7 months ago
  20. * Molly says:

    Hi Amy,
    I think there are studios in Baka for yoga, although I am not sure exactly where they are located. My advice is to post the question on Janglo and do a search there, you are bound to find info there.

    As far as monthly gym rates: It depends on if you have membership for 3 months, 6 months or a year, if you want to be able to freeze you membership, if you are a student, etc. There are a lot of variables, but prices generally range from NIS 190 to NIS 300. Obviously there may be some cheaper and some more expensive places. ALWAYS MAKE SURE TO TRY OUT THE GYM before you commit.

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 7 months ago
  21. * amy says:

    Thanks Molly. Janglo is awesome! So so helpful! I am coming in January so I’m on a mission to find out lots before I arrive in the land of chaos!I will definitely try out the gyms first.. (I used to be a I’m pretty fussy!!)Thanks again, your whole site is fabulous!

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 7 months ago
  22. * daniel says:

    I don’t know about the past, but I just returned from my first workout at Body & Soul and currently (Nov 9, 2008) there is nothing shady about. Sure, the free weights are a little cramped together and are always in disarray, but the equipment is fairy up to date. They have 15+ treadmills (fairly new), each with its own TV set with cable channels, plus 5 or 6 elliptical machines and as many bicycles.
    The place is well lit (at least the top floor, where the cardio and weight room is), well ventilated, and clean. It is a non religious, men and women setting.
    Price, depending on the deal and length of contract, hits 500 shkalim at highest per month. Longer deals are considerably reduced (1200 for three months I believe).
    I did NOT see the studios and rooms where classes are held. They are on different floors.
    I also checked out Iron Gym on Keren Hayesod. I did not work out there, just looked around. That one is definitely shadier, and wanted the same money. Only a couple of dated treadmills. The equipment can use some upgrading too. Not impressed. It is a lot closer to my place (walking distance), but not worth the money. Actually, I am impressed with prices. Gyms are charging $100+ per month on 12 month memberships. I use to go to a gym in Salamanca, Madrid (great location) for about $60-$70 per month. In my home town in Costa Rica a month in a top gym will run at about $50-$60.
    I will be checking out the one in Malcha Mall later this week.
    One last correction, Razim is for women only. I went over there and was not very impressed with what I saw (from the entrance). B & S is way nicer.

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 7 months ago
  23. * Molly says:

    Thanks for your input. Like I said, I have not been to Body & Soul in over a year and I am sure a lot has changed…but when I was there it was awful and it left a bad taste in my mouth. You kind of don’t want to do business with someone who lets you inhale paint while you work out. I never heard of Iron Gym so thanks for the update. Let us know how the Malcha Mall gym is. I have been there but never worked out with the equipment.

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 7 months ago
  24. * amy says:

    does anyone know if there are Les Mills classes available?

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 7 months ago
  25. * daniel says:

    I went to the Malha Mall gym (Bodyline) and don’t want to waste too much time on it. Very similar setting to Body & Soul. Very similar equipment, size, light, cleanliness, price, etc. Pro: The mall has more parking and its nicer than Body & Soul’s area. They also told me that they have a running team or group that meets twice a week, if you like to run.

    What I do want to tell you is that a friend showed me a perfect place to workout yesterday. It is a community center called Beit Hanoar Ha’lvri on Herzog street, between (I’ve been told) Katamon and Rasco. I live in Rehavia, and for me it’s a 15 minute walk down Aza street which turns into Herzog.
    This place has it all. A nice gym with lots of light, good cardio equipment each with its own TV screen and cable, fairly decent bodybuilding equipment, indoor pool, indoor full size basketball court, dance lessons, aerobics, jazz, the works!
    And it’s way cheaper than any of the others I visited. This week they had a special of 2000 shkalim for 12 months (give or take). I opted for the three month 975 shkalim choice.
    They have ample parking, great bathrooms/facilities, etc.
    Best option hands down.
    105 Herzog St. Buses 6,17,19,31,32, Tel: 02-6494111

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 6 months ago
  26. * Judy says:

    >> This is the kind of gym I see myself growing old in. That sounds strange, but what I mean is, when I am 45 and up, I will spend my days workin’ that 30 minute routine, but until then it just isn’t for me.>>
    Hey, watch it please! I’m 60 and lift weights for an hour 3X/week. (Great Shapes – Raanana)

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 6 months ago
  27. * Dawn says:

    I have had a membership in Giraff, it was a horrible experience. The trainers never paid attention or helped with anything unless you were extra hot or paid them for private lessons. As for the membership it’s bloody expensive, they are asking for 350NIS a month, it’s a small place and very crowded and sometimes really dirty. Check any place you are thinking of having a membership in by using the trial time and talking to people to go there.

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 6 months ago
  28. * Nuts says:

    Having tried and tested a few gyms since making aliyah, i have to agree that decent gyms just don’t exist in this city.

    I joined Jump in September, and while its bomb-shelter setting is far from the nicest place to work out, its definitely conveniently located, esp for inter-city commuters like myself(binyanei hauma right by begin exit), free parking galore, and lets say pretty cheap.

    i got offered 175shek/month, which was a fair bit cheaper than i was paying at Body and soul, but you get what you pay for i suppose, or what the sleezy salesman feels like quoting you. The sales guy was fairly shady in his dealings, not able to give me a price over the phone, and offered me a price on a piece of paper, take it or leave it..

    The place could do with a serious makeover – for all the new customers they bring in, all they’ve managed so far is some new paint and light fittings and lino in the bathrooms. i was told by the shady salesman they would be very soon upgrading the very old and often breaking cardio equipment. no changes 4 months later. 5 tvs at the front, with bad channel selections.

    What makes this place so popular -well the location seems to be the draw card for its significant dati-charedi clientele, plus there’s a separate woman’s section for those that way inclined. if you just want a weights workout, this place will do the job fine.

    There is a dietician, beauty therapist, and plenty of classes, though many are woman-only.

    Body and Soul – i was with them for a year, and wasn’t disappointed. very well-run, friendly front-desk and always modifying their equipment. the instructors didn’t seem too interested in you unless you were mates with them (although i’ve felt this in all israeli gyms). Just a bit expensive, and no parking facilities.

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 5 months ago
  29. * jim says:

    why not try the kosher gym even though it is seperate the place has plenty of equipment is probably the cleanest gym i have ever been to and most everyone is nice.

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 5 months ago
  30. * chaya bracha says:

    Michael Berezin JERUSALEM FITNESS!!!

    *Personal one-on-one training! Customized exercise program, couples plan! FREE consultation 054-625-0269

    *WOMEN only classes! First Class FREE!
    Mon 7:30-8:30pm Strength Training
    Weds. 9-10 am Cardio Kickboxing
    Weds. 6:30 -7:30 pm Cardio Dance
    Thurs. 1:30-2:30 Power Yoga

    call to reserve spot 054-625-0269


    | Reply Posted 14 years, 3 months ago
  31. * cb says:

    Power Yoga and Budokon Yoga Flow for Women!!

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 2 months ago
  32. * pol says:

    I have to disagree with Daniel.
    I work out in Iron-gym for more than two years. It’s a small, clean and well-groomed place with nice people. And it’s definitely NOT shady! Yes, there are only a couple of treadmills (in addition to couple of bicycles and one walking don’t_know_what) and only one TV according to the room size. Yes, not all equipment is newest, but all is heavy-duty professional and function properly.
    The real pearl of the place is the coach!!! Michael is reputed to be maybe one the most professional coaches across Israel. And the most professional in Jerusalem for sure. He has a huge experience and published several books by sports medicine.
    Concerning the price… Daniel’s words sounds doubtful to me. I hope he wrote them by mistake otherwise I would admit it’s a lie. The 12 month membership costs about 670-680$ that give us 55-60$ per month! (You can easily verify me by the phone in Jerusalem: 02-6252829.) Besides individually fitted training program, for this money you get unlimited lessons in studio like dances, yoga, pilatis, boxing and whatever. I know, the are some discounts for students, soldiers and morning hours. Price for one month is more expensive, just like in every other gym, I checked.
    Bottom line…
    If you are looking for a 15+ treadmills each with it’s own TV set – that’s not the place. But if you’re don’t afraid of hard work, want to improve you body and health, expecting for individual training and close attention or, God forbid, have some motion diseases – I would very recommend to visit Iron gym and speak with Michael first, before you decide.

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 2 months ago
  33. * daniel says:

    I hate it when people fight in forums over opinions. It makes no sense to me, so I won’t start an argument. Have you ever heard the term “your miles may vary” or YMMV? You can’t say that my opinion is a mistake or a lie just because you don’t share it. You may and should express a different opinion, if you don’t share mine. I (ME, ANI, YO) find the place to be shady, and the cardio equipment to be outdated. That is my opinion, and it’s no mistake or lie, it’s the way I see things. You added you 2 cents, they are welcome. Unless of course you are shilling for the gym or just plain work for them in which case your post is very very bad form! Anyway, I’m back home across the world by now, so I can’t visit places or check out improvements anymore. I wish you all a Jag Pesaj Sameaj well in advance.

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 2 months ago
  34. * pol says:

    I don’t fight here for nothing! I shared my own opinion exactly as you shared yours. You found this place shady or outdated – it’s your right. But when you say it costs 100$+ per month – that is not true which you can’t call “your opinion”. Because the price is something measurable and I know exactly how much I pay for my annual membership.
    I’m not shilling for the gym – I’m just one of the satisfied customers. And I think people may know another point of view from somebody inside.

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 2 months ago
  35. * Greg says:

    Can anyone give more info on the YMCA gym. I happen to live very close to it and was wondering exactly how much it costs and how you would compare the facilities to other in-town gyms. THANKS!!

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 1 month ago
  36. * Ilan says:

    Someone posted something about a health club in Ramat Rachel, does anyone know the name of this?

    Does anyone have a list of the facilities offered at YMCA gym?

    Why cant Holmes Place open in Jerusalem! they look like the only decent gym/health club in Israel!

    What i am really looking for is not only a gym but a health club…

    I want a club with pool,gym,tennis,hot tub, sauna, steam, weight room, relaxation area, lounge and cafe…

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 1 month ago
  37. * Sam says:

    The Lerner Sports Center on Har Hatsofim has all of the above items you mentioned and in my opinion is probably the most American-like gym in Jerusalem. It’s down the street from Hadassah and Hebrew University. The author of the article disregarded it because of its location but it’s easily accessible by car (if you have one) and by several bus lines. I used to be a member there but have since joined the Y because I wantd to be within walking distance of my gym. The Y also has everything you mentioned but no tennis courts (they have squash courts) and if you count the restaurant then I guess maybe a cafe but it’s really not a part of the gym. The facilities are also pretty dated but if you don’t care about aesthetics then it will suit your purposes just fine.

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 1 month ago
  38. * aliyah06 says:

    I belong to Ramat Rachel–that IS the name. The pool/spa/hottub/gym/aerobics/cycling-studio/sauna and steam room are in a building down the hill from the hotel run by the kibbutz. Parking is adequate except on the busiest of days in the summer; there is no ‘lounge and cafe’ in the hi-end gym sense but there is a restaurant/snack bar that I’ve only used once or twice in the summer–NOT health food, more oriented to the kids. I think the pool is the best in Jerusalem and my husband likes the gym, altho it is smaller than Gold’s Gym or World Gym in the States. We like it better than Holmes Place, which we checked out in Modi’in. Check it out. You need a car, altho the 7 goes there.

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 1 month ago
  39. * Molly says:

    Quick update: A new two-story gym has been built at Hebrew University’s Har Hatzofim campus and will be opening within two months. They have it all in terms of gym and health club, but again for people who do not live in the area or don’t have a car, it is harder to get to.

    Hebrew University also has a gym at their Givat Ram campus, although I have never gone to it, so I can’t give you any details. People I know that went were pleased.

    Go Team Workout!

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 1 month ago
  40. I got winded the other day going to get the mail. What do you suggest, Felafel ladies?


    | Reply Posted 14 years, 1 month ago
  41. * Molly says:

    I suggest you start working out with those old women work-out tapes before you even consider a real gym!

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 1 month ago
  42. * Shoshana says:

    I just made aliyah and i am looking for a gym to actually be a personal trainer. but, i cannot train someone in herbrew so it has to be a gym with many olim… do you know of any? and do you know if any gyms are actually looking for personal trainers?

    | Reply Posted 14 years ago
  43. * Molly says:

    You’ll find that most of these gyms on the list will be interested in hiring an English trainer- there are olim at all of these gyms. The best advice is to start making phone calls to each place and see if they are hiring. Mazel Tov and best of luck!

    | Reply Posted 14 years ago
  44. * Ilan says:

    You should try private personal training, I for one would like to have some sessions. I miss my English PT sessions!

    | Reply Posted 14 years ago
  45. * Shoshana says:

    Well to be honest i would love to do private training but i only brought 4 bands with me and some free weights and i like my weights…i mean to be honest if i find a lot of people who want to do private i would invest and buy all mt stuff here…but to start i do want an actual gym..

    | Reply Posted 14 years ago
  46. Daaaaaaamn, falafel ladies! Look at you! Between gyms and Mexican food, you are all over Jerusalem.

    | Reply Posted 14 years ago
  47. * Lucy says:

    it makes me so angry, the way americans move to isreal and expect it to be just like the us. its not.
    israel looks at american culture as a model, but i think its so wrong. not everything has to be the biggest, and with the most machines or whatever.
    so greedy.

    | Reply Posted 14 years ago
  48. * Molly says:

    Hi Lucy,
    I think Israel has always modeled itself off of many countries since it is still such a new country. I don’t see anything wrong with wanting to have nice gyms if I am going to pay more for it here than in America. I agree with you about not having to be the biggest- but on other issues.

    I think it is important to have high expectations for a country but to also be its own unique place.

    | Reply Posted 14 years ago
  49. * Ayelet says:

    Hi I just moved to Baka and I am looking for a kikboxing class. Does anybody know of one? I am also looking for a belly dancing class. I would love some help Thanks

    | Reply Posted 14 years ago
  50. * Molly says:

    Hi Ayelet,
    I know they offer those classes at Swan and Razim- most places will give you a free trial so go to as many places as you can!

    Best of luck!

    | Reply Posted 14 years ago
  51. * sarah says:

    I was wondering if anyone knew where I could find a good spinning class (indoor cycling group fitness) in the Jerusalem area? Or perhaps at least a gym with several of the newest spin bikes available with the rest of the cardio equipment..?


    | Reply Posted 14 years ago
  52. * Molly says:

    Most of the gyms do offer spinning classes, but the bikes aren’t so new. Maybe someone who takes classes can give you advice here or you can try out classes at the gyms. I can say from experience: Swan has great teachers and the classes fill up quickly. When I went to Body and Soul, I loved the teacher but the bikes were really old. I went to the YMCA once and the bikes were ok but the class was too easy. Hope that helps!

    | Reply Posted 14 years ago
  53. * Ilan says:


    Why shouldn’t Israel have the biggest and best gyms? With the amount most of these gyms charge you should be getting a whole lot more. I do not think it is unfair to expect a good work out area, a good weight room, a pool with good showers, steam room, jacuzzi, sauna ect when being asked to pay 400 shekels a month!

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 12 months ago
  54. * Sophie says:

    I am making aliyah in a couple of weeks, and I am moving to Jerusalem! (aaah!) Do you know of any rec sports leagues, for softball, kickball, soccer – basically anything?

    I’m wary of joining a gym, but want to get in some physical activity!


    | Reply Posted 13 years, 11 months ago
  55. * Molly says:

    Mazel Tov on your big move! There two leagues I know about. Every Tuesday a group of girls get together to play soccer, you can contact them at There is also a football league for just girls, and girls and boys. That I don’t know too much about, but you can go on Janglo at to try and find out more from people there.

    Good luck and Mazel Tov!

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 11 months ago
  56. * Aviva says:

    This is Aviva who used to work at swan. I left swan about 4 months ago and opened my own Power Yoga studio called FLOW in Rechavia. Come in and check it out! The website is: You can also call me at 0542143450.
    Hope to see you soon,

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 11 months ago
  57. * gabriel says:

    hi im going to be staying on caspi street in jerusalem for the next month and i wanted to know what was the closest gym from there since i dont know the area… any help would be great. also are taxis expensive there becuase i dont want to spend 400 shekels just to go to the gym for amonth

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 11 months ago
  58. * Molly says:

    Hi Gabriel,
    I am not familiar with Caspi street, what part of town is it? Let me know and I will try to help.

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 11 months ago
  59. * aliyah06 says:

    Caspi is a road overlooking the Old City in North Talpiot. The “closest” gym is the Jerusalem Pool in German Colony with a very tiny-always crowded closet of a gym. There may be other newer things that have opened since we moved out of the area.

    Or you could walk two blocks from your apt. to catch the #7 bus and go out to Ramat Rachel, which has an excellent, clean gym with new equipment and a pool, hottub, dry and wet saunas. A 20-ride bus ticket is 59 shekels (a bit under $15.00)–and you can use the ticket for rides other than the gym.

    OR–you can walk. It’s a 45 minute walk to Ramat Rachel. I know because I used to do it every morning.

    There is also the Y but I don’t go there because it’s closed on Sundays, and I don’t swim on Shabbat so I lose 2 days a week. You can get there by bus also, or walk (40 mins walking towards the downtown). I like the pool and equipment at Ramat Rachel better.

    Taxis aren’t as cheap as they used to be…the meter starts at 19 shekels approx and any gym near you is probably 25-30 NIS, easily. ON a daily basis, this gets expensive. Take the bus. Or walk. Both are cheaper and the latter is much more aerobic.

    Good luck.

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 11 months ago
  60. * Personal Trainer says:

    Hi. I’m a personal trainer for women only and worked as a gym instructor for 7 years in Israel. I’ve worked in 6 of the gyms mentioned above. I think this list is a great idea. Its hard to find the ideal (American equivalent gym) in Jerusalem. Here is my advise…
    1) A gym has to be no more than 5-15 mins walking distance from where you live (or work) – or the chances are you won’t go!
    2) If you want information on the gym talk to the members at the time. Don’t be shy to go up to at least 3 people and ask them their opinion. What to ask:
    * Are the teachers/trainers good? Do you get a personal program and how often? Do the trainers know what they are talking about and are they helpful. Are the trainers the kind of people you have no problem approaching. Is there enough staff available?
    * Equipment – It really does not have to be new and fancy it just has to work!! Are there constant repairs needed? Are the machines user friendly? Women – mixed gyms are usually geared to men (tall and broad) and not to women and the equipment will be too big or the weights will have large increments. Women need small increments.
    * Cardio (treadmill etc.) machines – Is there a limit on usage (eg 20 mins in peak time). Are there enough available or is there a waiting list system? Are there TVs for each person and if not how many people do i share with? Do I need to bring earphones? If you don’t watch TV and there are take this into consideration – you can’t complain about a place that has tvs if you chose to sign up!!
    * hygiene and cleanliness: Bathrooms – Is there always a cleaner. Are there often times with no toilet paper or hand paper? Equipment – everything should be wiped after use (at least once a day!) and are people required to bring an exercise towel?
    * Staff – are they friendly and easy to deal with after you have made your membership? Is it a gym that listens to your suggestions?
    * Is there enough light/air and air conditioning for your needs (don’t over look this one)
    * General atmosphere – in general are people positive about the place? Is it a nice social atmosphere?

    Feel free to email me with any further gym or exercise related questions.

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 10 months ago
  61. * Darrell says:

    I’ll be moving to Jerusalem for a year in 2 weeks. I’m an avid runner, cyclist and swimmer and was hoping someone could provide some route reco’s for the run/bike as well as the best/cheapest 25-50m lane swimming pool in the area…Thanks!

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 10 months ago
  62. * Nate says:

    I’ve tried out a number of gyms since i’ve made aliya, and the Hebrew University Givat Ram Campus Gym/sports club is by far the best thing i’ve seen in the Jerusalem area so far.
    -reasonably priced, standard membership also includes swimming pool (33.3m), tennis courts and athletics track facilities
    -large, clean, modern and bright (the gym is only about a year old), extensive cardio and weight machines. most cardio machines have personal lcd with Yes.
    -Friendly and mature atmosphere – attracts mainly students,university employees etc.

    -bit out of the way if dependent on public transport. though there are bus lines that run to givat ram, like 9,17
    -No real ‘mivtzaim’ unless you have some connection to the university. otherwise as long as you have a batchelors degree you can get the price of a ‘boger universita’

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 8 months ago
  63. * Molly says:

    Hey Nate,
    That’s great info! I am actually going to start at the Hebrew U Lerner gym and the student prices are kick ass! They just rebuilt their new gym with 3 floors! And the awesome machines and LCDs that you mentioned. Thank G-d for the university!

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 8 months ago
  64. * Nehama says:

    Hey, coming to town for 3 weeks and want a spining class in jerusalem that I can pay by the class, no memebership…. any thoughts??

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 8 months ago
    • * Rebecca says:

      Nehama, I know that Swan has pay per class options and Spinning. I think most places have per per class so you’ll just have to call up whichever gyms are close to you to find out.

      | Reply Posted 13 years, 8 months ago
  65. * Molly says:

    It’s true most places have special classes and you can pay per class- also you can always pretend to be interested in a gym and try it out for a day- sure it’s more shady but it is the cheaper way!

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 8 months ago
  66. * cb says:


    Women’s and girls 7-12 Budokon classes are now starting at El HaLev!!!

    Budokon translates directly in Japanese as (Bu) Warrior (Do) Way (Kon) Spirit, or Way of the Spiritual Warrior. Founded by yogic and martial arts master Cameron Shayne, Budokon is the first and only art form to combine yoga, martial arts, and living arts into one complete system. The foundation of the Budokon physical practice is precision, alignment and Zen mind. All Budokon techniques are designed to explore the body’s full range of motion while cultivating agility, control, speed, power, balance and flow. It is a true evolution of movement that must be experienced to be understood.

    Budokon conditoning classes will rotate focus : Budokon Basics , Budokon Flow & Flexibility, Strength & Balance, and Power & Agility.

    Budokon conditioning classes are led by Budokon certified instructor

    Chaya Bracha Adelson Zippor

    Call El HaLev for details:


    | Reply Posted 13 years, 8 months ago
  67. * Shmuel says:

    Any updates on Hebrew Univ at Mt. Scopus gym? If I am a grad. of Hebrew Univ. do I get a discount?

    Any thoughts on Body & Soul in Talpiot?


    | Reply Posted 13 years, 7 months ago
  68. * Molly says:

    Yes Shumel the gym at Hebrew U. Mt. Scopus is awesome and brand new (again) and cheaper than most gyms! As a student at Hebrew U you can pay only NIS 1300 for the year! That is super duper cheap! Just bring your student ID or acceptance letter when you register. The gym is amazing!

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 7 months ago
  69. Ok, Felafel Ladies, I actually have a serious question this time.

    I just called Iron Gym which is the closest gym to downtown from what I can find. They said they don’t do free trials unless you agree to sign up after the fact. If I don’t sign a contract, they charge 70 shekels. That’s a crazy amount of money. Do most places do free trials? Or have you found any other places near downtown?

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 6 months ago
  70. * Molly says:

    Benji- Iron Gym is the only gym I ever heard of that does not do a free trial. Every gym should do that- what’s free about signing a contract? Try the many other gyms in the city center first and try Gan Sachr where you can go for a great run and use those incredibly fun workout machines in the park!

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 6 months ago
  71. * dovid says:

    If you looking for professional results orientated one on one training, with an expert personal trainer which provides you with nutrition programs and monitors your results, in an kosher (men only) gym in Jerusalem.
    Contact : Dovid Ballen 0547214730

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 6 months ago
  72. * Sivan says:

    I haven’t noticed anyone reponding about the Curves fitness clubs and since I’ve been a member firstly at the Maale Adumim location and now at the remolded Talpiot location (I moved back to Jerusalem# I feel I need to state my opinion. Both locations are amazing!! The staff is so attentive, professonal, warm and inviting. Both clubs are very clean and the up keep is very professional. Both clubs have a very healthy social calender, things are always happening. As far as breaking a sweat: since the equipment and the type is circuit training and they have hydraulic equipment instead of weights; speed of the workout determines the effectiveness or equivalence to a conventional gym workout. The faster you work the more you get out of it. Trust me, try doing a shoulder press as fast as possible in 30 sec. YOU WILL BREAK A SWEAT! You just have to work against your own ability & I happen to be 34 years old and in good physical shape, working out all my life)and I get an amazing all body workout at Curves! It’s also safer than a conventional gym and the trainers are always there by your side, like having a personal trainer at your side all the time without the high cost (their membership is very reasonable for the attention you recieve: It’s 199 a month for a 12 m. membership plus they do weight and measure every month and offer nutritional advise as well. Curves is also very convienent and fast, you come whenever you please for a 30 minute workout which incorporates both strength training and cardio at the same time; the consept is very smart. It’s for women only and I HIGHLY RECOMMAND it. BTW, the reference to comparing clubs to the States, since Curves is a international chain, with a yearly membership you can receive a travel pass and workout at any of the 10,000 locations in the world or in Israel, I think they have 15 branches here). I’ve had a number of opportunities to visit some clubs while in the States and none of them were as nice nor as energetic as the 2 clubs I’ve been a member of in Israel…so there! ;o)

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 6 months ago
  73. * Molly says:

    Thanks Sivan your feedback is great! Do you know if they give a free trial for our readers that might want to try it out?

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 6 months ago
  74. * Sivan says:

    I know that they offer a free health and fitness analysis which includes trying out some of the equipment. You really need to be taught how to use the machines so to be responsible they don’t just allow you to come in and jump on the equipment without special guidance like is common at the conventional gyms. The owners of the Talpiot branch are Ruth, Sima and Lorraine and the phone # there is: 6787812. Ruth also ownes the Maale Adumim branch: 5903824. If I’m not mistaken, Lorraine owns the Pisgat Zeev branch as well. They’re all really great ladies, I would talk to them.

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 6 months ago
  75. * Michal says:

    Thanks for the info on the Hebrew U. Is just a normal student card useful in any other gym for a discount?

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 5 months ago
  76. * Molly says:

    Hi Michal,
    I know you can get a student discount at Swan- so you should definitely try the other gyms! Good luck and stay healthy!

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 5 months ago
  77. * Signe says:

    Dear felafel girls and your readers,

    I’m moving to Jerusalem in January and will be working in Queen Shlomzion Street. I am not familiar with the city, so I don’t know the locations of the different gyms. I am looking for a nice gym with lots of good cardio machines close to where I work. Can you help me out?
    And I’m also looking for a pool to do some swimming. Your help would be highly appreciated….
    And while we’re at it: what about at good hair dresser?

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 5 months ago
  78. * Molly says:

    Hi Signe,
    Congrats on the move and the job! Your street is basically the city center. This means you have a ton of options.There are a few chains of the gym Giraffe right off Ben Yehuda street and near the shuk that you can try out. Also, the YMCA is near you and has a pool. Unfortunately the Emek Refaim pool is being closed down at the end of this month to build more homes for rich people to maybe buy and live in once a year. Your other pool options are both Hebrew U campuses, Har Hatzovim and Givat Ram and I’ve heard there are pools in hotels that you can get membership to. Both campuses are a bus ride, or a bike ride away. A gym that I liked was Razim, located in Rehavia which is about a 10-15 minute walk from your work. I use to go after work from the same area and it was great. Remember that you will be working on Slomzion, but you might live closer to one of the gyms. Good luck!!

    As far as hair goes- unfortunately my trusted hairstylist is moving back to the states, so I too need to start looking. I know there is another molly that does hair from her home and used to work in New York- you can 077-504-7008. If you ask Becca she’ll tell you about Shuki zikri which cut hair for cheap because they are a school- I wouldn’t do it, but she does. Other than that you will have to leave it up to our readers to help you out.

    Good luck!

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 5 months ago
  79. * Jackie says:

    Are any of these gyms open on Saturday?
    I know its Shabbat, but some things are open…

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 5 months ago
  80. * Molly says:

    You need to check every gym- since they all have different times and rules

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 5 months ago
  81. * aliyah06 says:

    Ramat Rachel is open on Saturdays. I think the pool closes earlier in the evening than other days but it’s open, as is the gym.

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 5 months ago
  82. * jasmine says:

    Sivan, thanx for your positive feedback, im thinking of joining curves, You said you’ve been working out all of your life, do you feel you get a better workout at curves vs. conventional weights at regular gyms? Is the membership price you posted in dollars or shekels??

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 3 months ago
  83. * Yitzhak says:

    For more gyms in Jerusalem and in Tel Aviv, check out – great place to leave reviews if you find you are impressed or don’t like a gym.

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 3 months ago
  84. * Sivan says:

    Hi Jasmine,

    I definitly think that the workout at Curves is much more effective than a workout with weights at a conventional gym. Only if you would pay for a personal trainer at a conventional gym to work with you individually each time (very expensive and time consuming) would that workout be comparable to the Curves circuit workout. At Curves the workout is only half an hour & you get both cardio & strenghth all at once for the exact time frame that is needed to overload the muscles and reach an elevated heart rate to achieve a cardio workout as well.

    The price is in shekels of course.

    Good luck & have a great day!

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 3 months ago
  85. * Yehudit says:


    Does anyone know of a gym in Kiryat Yuvel? Thanks.

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 3 months ago
  86. * Rena Sered says:

    Hey Molly,
    I’m the heatlh & wellness director at the Jerusalem International YMCA.
    You need to take another good luck at our fitness facility!
    We are not so expensive. A year membership is only NIS 280 a month and if you are a student it’s NIS 270 and if you are a student that only wants classes it is NIS 195 a month. Not to mention that we have the best classes in town, over 60 classe a week including Zumba, Spinning, KIckbox, Hip Hop, Yoga, Pilates and much more! Our membership also includes our pool and fitness room which just got brand new Cybex equipment. Come check us out and be my guest! (

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 3 months ago
  87. * Molly says:

    Rena thanks for the update- I wrote this post in 2008 so maybe the prices have changed. It was expensive when I went. And NIS 280 is still one of the most expensive gyms in Jerusalem- but as you say you have a lot of great options- I love your classes!

    Thanks for writing and please keep us up to date if there are sales or great deals!!

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 3 months ago
  88. * Eli says:

    Just to let you know, Aviva from Swan opened up her own studio for Power Yoga in Yankuta on Jabotinsky (Which has babysitting on site for 10 shek while you go to the class).
    Check out her facebook group
    Flow Power Yoga studio in jerusalem.

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 1 month ago
  89. * Molly says:

    Hi Eli,
    Yes! We heard the great news and hope Aviva is doing well. That is amazing about the babysitting and we will make sure to check out her facebook page.

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 1 month ago
  90. * Steve says:

    How come no gym (except curves for women only) in Maale Adumim? I visit here often and every time I think someone would be enterprising enough to open one, but no luck yet.

    Also, where can a visitor go to work out for a reasonable day pass or week pass?

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 1 month ago
  91. * Rena says:

    You cna come to the YMCA on King David for either NIS 70 a day or NIS 250 for the week.
    This includes a towel, swimming pool, fitness room and classes.
    (Guy options are spinning, yoga, bootcamp, kick boxing and Zumba

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 1 month ago
  92. * Steve says:

    Thanks for the reply, Rena. Though the Y is not too conveniemt for me from Maale Adumim, I may make the trip. I do have a car – is there any parking there? Thanks again.

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 1 month ago
  93. * Rena says:

    We have parking under our facility that is uncluded in the membership price.
    Come visit me at the membership office and I will be happy to help you out!

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 1 month ago
  94. * Molly says:

    Thank you for being so helpful and answering people’s questions!!

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 1 month ago
  95. * Lani says:

    In terms of the options available, the YMCA does look pretty tempting, but it is very expensive. One month for 600 shek? Even the Hebrew University is only 450 for non-students…

    Does anybody know if there are ever any special membership deals offered by the YMCA?

    | Reply Posted 13 years ago
  96. * Rena says:

    The YMCA is NIS 280 a month for non students if you join up for a year.
    We try to encourage yearly membership.
    If you are only in Jerusalem for a short period of time, come to the y memgership office and we will try and come up with an attractive memberhip offer for you.
    The Y number is:5692684
    Let me know if you have any other questions.

    | Reply Posted 13 years ago
  97. * Aviya says:

    I’m a bit confused about something… Are Giraffe Gym and Lady Giraffe two separate gyms? I’m looking in to Lady Giraffe which I heard is in Binyan Clal near the shuk, and there is also Giraffe Gym in the centre of town on Rechov Luntz?


    | Reply Posted 13 years ago
  98. * Sara says:

    Hi —
    I’m coming to Jerusalem for the summer and looking into 2 places to work out:

    I’m a student, does anyone know current student membership rates per month for:
    1.Swan (on Emek)
    2.Studio C

    Todah Rabah!

    | Reply Posted 13 years ago
  99. * Tony says:

    Does anyone here in J-Town do Crossfit (CF)? ( If so you can catch me at Sacher Park doing modified CF workouts. Or if anyone knows of a place to buy Olympic Barbells/bumper plates that would be helpful too.

    One last question. Is there an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) scene here in Jerusalem? Any no-gi jiu-jitsu/wrestling places around?


    | Reply Posted 12 years, 10 months ago
  100. * chaya bracha says:

    Hi all!
    this is the place!
    Check out FLOW Power Yoga Studio.
    classes offered
    *power yoga flow
    *slow flow
    *yoga sculpt
    *prenatal yoga flow
    *workshops-budokon(yoga+martial arts system) & various styles
    *more to come

    women only and mixed (men and women) classes
    33 Jabotinksy, Talbiya, Jerusalem
    inside Yankuta (pregnancy&birth/gan center)
    for more information please call me Chaya Bracha 0525308203 or email

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 10 months ago
  101. * Sam says:

    If you’re looking for something different and are up for the challenge, we do high-intensity fitness classes that combine strength training and aerobic training at Personal Best in the German Colony.

    You can check it out at

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 10 months ago
  102. * Anne says:

    Further about Body and Soul they lie to people telling them that you can stop subscription every three months whereas the truth is that they take money for a way longer period in order for you to get out. The manageress is not professional…

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 9 months ago
  103. * Molly says:

    Hi Anne,
    Thanks for the info. You should report them! And if you have a contract make sure you show that to the authorities so you can get any money back they may owe you.

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 9 months ago
  104. * Sara says:

    Has anyone had any experience (good or bad) with Studio C?

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 8 months ago
  105. * Jen says:

    Hi i wanted to know if anyone knows of an all womens gym with free babysitting. someone told me that holmes place in modiin has that–anywhere in the jerusalem area, gush or bs with that? thanks

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 6 months ago
  106. * Tamara says:

    I’ve heard good things about Iron Gym, but only from men. I’d love to hear from a woman who has worked out there. Anyone?

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 5 months ago
  107. * Ellie says:

    Hi, I’ll be spending the next six months in Jerusalem, and would like to learn Krav Maga. Does anyone know if this is taught in central Jerusalem/in any of the clubs. What are the costs? Ideally I’d like to join a group rather than have individual tuition, to keep costs down.

    Also, do any of the gyms offer kickboxing 2-3 times a week? I’m addicted to Body Combat, but can’t see any Les Mills classes offered in Jerusalem 😦

    I’m a student, and will be living in either Givat Ram or Mount Scopus.

    Thanks for your help,


    | Reply Posted 12 years, 3 months ago
  108. * Molly says:

    Hi Ellie,
    Both campuses have amazing gyms and you get a great discount as a student. And they have workout classes, which I am sure include kickboxing. You might also want to try El Halev in Talpiot, here is their classes schedule:

    Good luck and enjoy your year learning!

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 3 months ago
  109. * Sam says:

    Hi, Ellie.

    At Personal Best in the German Colony, we do high-intensity workouts combining strength and aerobic work, often incorporating punching and kicking. With groups of no more than 4 people at a time, you essentially get personal training at a fraction of the cost. 🙂

    Check out our web site at to get a taste of what we do. If you click on “Training options” you’ll see my phone number at the bottom. Give me a call and I’ll set up a time to meet with you!

    All the best,


    | Reply Posted 12 years, 3 months ago
  110. * Sha says:

    It was great to find this review!It helps me a lot!!!!I went to look the places and would like to let here my impression too
    I`m looking for a good Latin aerobic(zumba with samba) and spinning class
    I did a class of zumba in ymca I`m a Brazilien so I could see it`s not really zumba it`s more american style…But was so fun that I`m planning to attend.
    The price is very expensive 70 one class or 20 for 1000 or you can became a membership
    I was also at Iron gym and Razim and felt bad I cant workout in a small place without windows.
    Now I`m going to see the hebrew university like I read here its a good place but they give me a price of 4000 a year, because I` m not a student there and it doesn`t include the classes just poll and the gym. The classes cost are 12 for 300 that is sheap comparing to ymca…
    Do anyone knows about Zumba class with a south american teacher???

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 3 months ago
    • * Molly says:

      I am taking a zumba class at Body and Soul and the teacher is Israeli, Moran, but she definitely has a latin dance background. A lot of her songs are latin music. Although I have to say, I much preferred the YMCA class because of the pace, much faster, and I like hip hop more. Body and Soul has a class only monthly price of NIS 195, which I found to be one of the cheaper deals around town.

      | Reply Posted 12 years ago
  111. * Miriam says:

    I’m a member of Curves for women in Talpiot. I joined about 6 months ago and since I’m a student I get a great rate of 167 a month. Curves is a circuit workout with hydralyic resistence equipment and YES you can break a sweat alright but it depends on you and how hard you work it so the workout really is suitable for all fitness types. I LOVE IT!! The club is very estetic (sp) and the staff is THE BEST, very professional, there is always someone in the center of the circuit correcting, motivating and leading us in fun aerobic exerchises to really fun music. I recommand curves for the fact that I can get in a full body workout with both strenght and cardio in just 30 minutes and I can come whenever I like to do that. They just started ZUMBA classes as well and that was amazing!! If I’m not mistaken they accept non members to thier zumba classes as well. You’ll need to call to find out 02-6787812. I know there are 7 or 8 Curves in and around the Jerusalem area alone from Beit Shemesh to Efrat to Maale Adumim as well as in Pisgat Zeev, my branch in Talpiot and some otheres. What’s fun at Curves is if you have a yearly membership you can get a travel pass and workout at any of the branches in Israel as well as in the world, they claim there are about 10 thousand clubs on every continent. You can check out their website: I’ve worked out at many a clubs in Israel as well as in Canada & the US and I’m telling you there’s no better place that provides so much attention and support as this!

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 3 months ago
  112. * Rena Sered says:

    I want to comment about the YMCA prices.
    If you get a 1 year membership for
    NIS 280 a month and you go to 4 classes a week the price per class is
    NIS 16/class! And this includes unlimited use of the fitness room and the pool as well as classes.
    Also, if you have a current student card there are big discounts including an unlimited classes only option for NIS 195 a month if you commit for a year. The YMCA has great classes. Check it out!

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 3 months ago
  113. * Chaya V says:

    Lady Giraffe at Binyan Klal. The latest deal, a few months ago, was 170/month if you join for a year. Pretty darn good. They have classes and a gym, as well as half-hour workout sessions with a trainer at various times throughout the day. Personally I like these the best – a way to get a great workout in half an hour while not zoning out in front of their televisions. The aerobics or body sculpting by the trainers during these half hour “ma’agal” sessions are great. The classes are so-so.

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 2 months ago
  114. * chaya bracha says:

    Hi all!
    this is the place!
    Check out FLOW Power Yoga Studio.
    classes offered
    *power yoga flow
    *slow flow
    *yoga sculpt
    *prenatal yoga flow
    *workshops-budokon(yoga+martial arts system) & various styles
    *more to come
    women only and mixed (men and women) classes
    33 Jabotinksy, Talbiya, Jerusalem
    inside Yankuta (pregnancy&birth/gan center)
    for more information please call 0525308203 or email

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 2 months ago
  115. * Kevin says:

    Does anybody know of a combat gym in Jerusalem. I take Mauy Tai Kickboxing in Canada and am looking for something simialr in Jerusalem

    | Reply Posted 12 years, 2 months ago
    • * Molly says:

      I know there are different combat classes underneath Teddy Stadium in Malha. I have seem them there, but I don’t know the names of the places. If you are in Jerusalem I would suggest going there and checking out the different places.

      | Reply Posted 12 years ago
  116. * Ariel says:

    I’m going to be living in Talpiot for a month this summer and I’m looking for a gym there. Does anyone know of one that’s affordable and won’t make me pay for a year membership? Thanks!

    | Reply Posted 12 years ago
    • * Molly says:

      Hi Ariel,
      All the gyms will most likely let you have a one-month membership, it will just be more expensive. You should look out for deals through which have amazing one-month deals at gyms, like Body and Soul in Talpiot, every now and then. I am now there again just doing classes which I am really enjoying. Hope this helps!

      | Reply Posted 12 years ago
  117. * Judith says:

    Hey, i really liked reading your article as i will be moving to israel for a couple of month in a few days. I am very active and like going to the gym here in germany – so i was looing for a gym near to Ain Kerem where i will be staying!
    which is the nearest to Ain Kerem?
    thank you

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 11 months ago
    • * Molly says:

      Hmmm…En Kerem is not so close to a lot of gyms…but I believe the closest gym would be in the Malha Mall, Bodyline. I heard they have pretty good deals. Also, in Teddy Stadium, adjacent to the mall, there are a ton of work out options, including the track, there is rock climbing, pilates, dance, martial arts, etc. If you are up for running then you have the Jerusalem Forest…but with the hot weather you only want to be running in the early morning or early evening hours. Enjoy your stay in Israel and if you have any questions please email us to help you have the best possible time while you are here!

      | Reply Posted 11 years, 11 months ago
  118. * Judith says:

    Thank you for your fast answer!:) I really liked the page of Hebrew University fitness center Givat Ram. I think this is also not very far away as i will be very often in Jerusalem in my dayly freetime won’t i?
    how about the prices for this university and for the gym in the malha mall?

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 11 months ago
  119. * Molly says:

    The Hebrew U gyms are great! If you are a student then they are super cheap (it is around NIS 1400 for the year). But if you are not a student or faculty or staff, then it is really expensive. All the gyms will probably let you ‘test ride’ for a day so try to check places out before committing. Also, check since they have great deals for gyms every now and then!

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 11 months ago
  120. * Judith says:

    thank you=) how much is malha mall? i found their page also quite mentionable=)

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 11 months ago
  121. * Judith says:

    and which of them is closer to the city and better to reach with busses etc?

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 11 months ago
  122. * Molly says:

    I don’t know how much it costs, they have deals all the time, but most gyms range from NIS 200-350 (average NIS 250). The price is higher for 3-6 month membership as opposed to a one-year contract.

    In terms of buses, I think that Givat Ram is closer to the city, but you would still need to take a bus to the center. Malha is a mall so it has a lot of stuff and is good to escape the summer heat. You can go there for the gym, then stay for lunch and shopping! There are a lot of buses from there to city center. Hope that helps!

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 11 months ago
  123. * Sam says:

    Ariel — My fitness studio, Personal Best, is located in the German Colony, close to Talpiyot. I’ll be happy to give you the same monthly rate as my regular clients get for their high-intensity, small group classes. Feel free to call me at 052-858-7521 for details, and to arrange a free consultation!

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 11 months ago
  124. * Sam says:

    Judith — The German Colony may not be right next door to you, but it’s about the same as going to Malha, and I think you’ll like what we offer here at Personal Best ( You’ll get a lot more instruction, and a lot more privacy, than you would get at *any* gym — with each class costing about the same as lunch!

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 11 months ago
  125. * Nandor says:

    I’m sure I’ve commented before – Givat Ram University gym is a fantastic complex. Have been a member nearly 2 years. Prices very reasonable, even if you are not currently studying. Plus membership includes access to newly refurbished 33m indoor pool, tennis courts,athletics track, and jacuzzi/sauna.

    Busses 24 (from Emek refaim,katamon), and 9 (from town) both reach there.

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 11 months ago
  126. * Sara says:

    I heard there’s one in bet Hakrem wats wit dat one

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 10 months ago
  127. Ive been working out and exercizing at Body and Soul now for 6 months and I have never struggled to find a machine. The facilities are beautiful and the machines are excellent. One thing I can appreciate is there being TV to keep me going. The downstairs bathroom and shower room with lockers are awesome. The trainers are very helpful. I recommend this gym to anyone. The one problem is for people who like mixing the gym and going to the pool. I am not one of those people so it’s not a problem for me.

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 9 months ago
  128. * Robin says:

    Well, I’ve been going to The Giraffe lately. I absolutely hate it but it’s close. The trainer walks around singing which drives me crazy when I’m trying to concentrate on my lifts. All the barbells are bent, the flooring is coming up and I even saw blood on one of the barbells the other day. The place is nasty.

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 8 months ago
  129. * Judith says:

    Hey Guys,
    can anyone of you tell me a gym which is quite near to a trainstation?(for me, the easisest is to take the train to go anywhere)

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 8 months ago
  130. * aliyah06 says:

    Closest to the train station in Jerusalem is the one in Malcha Mall–top floor, above the shopping floors, elevator in the center north wing.

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 8 months ago
  131. * Judith says:

    which station woeld that be?

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 8 months ago
  132. * aliyah06 says:

    AFAIK, there is only one train station in Jerusalem so far–it’s the last stop, and it’s Jerusalem/Malcha.

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 8 months ago
  133. * Judith says:

    are we talking about the same train? the tram which is new and doesn’t cost anything yet?
    maybe u got me wrong

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 8 months ago
  134. * aliyah06 says:

    You’re right….we have a failure to communicate. The “train” to me is the train; I think you’re talking about the Light Rail System? Can’t help you there, sorry. 🙂

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 8 months ago
  135. * David Stern says:

    Body & Soul is one of the worst gyms in Jerusalem. The owner is a crock, lier and a thief…he is a mini gangster of the worst Israeli kind you wanna meet anywhere…he is what gives Israelis a bad name, his contract is a lie…even the police is afraid of him! BE WARE!

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 6 months ago
  136. * Ridge says:

    I will be assigned at the UN compound in Jerusalem. Is there a gym on the premises or what’s the closest gym to that area

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 6 months ago
    • * Molly says:

      There is a gym at the kibbutz Ramat Rachal about a 10 minute drive. There is Body and Soul in Talpiot and Swan, women only, on Emek Refaim. There is also Curves in Talpiot, women only. And if you are runner than you can just go outside the compound and run the promenade. Hope that helps!

      | Reply Posted 11 years, 6 months ago
  137. * Sam says:

    Ridge, there is also Personal Best. ( A fellow UN staffer is starting his training here this week. If you contact me, I’ll put you in touch with him to get his feedback.

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 6 months ago
  138. * Ridge says:

    Molly, thanks for the quick response. I am a guy so the latter two gyms won’t help. I’m looking for info on the first gym. Just to be sure, I take it there’s no gym on the compound? Is that a fair statement? How long would the promenade allow me to run? What is the area called where the compound is located? Looking for an apartment as well.

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 6 months ago
  139. * Molly says:

    Ridge- The UN Compound in near Tapiot, Arnona and closest to Armon HaNatziv, so those are the best areas to live. I thought the UN provides you housing? The promenade can be a short run or if you go all through it a longer run. I have never gone all the way through it, but you can make a nice run in the area for a 5k up to a 10k, run to the old city and make it even longer. Just note, there are a lot of hills!

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 6 months ago
  140. * Ridge says:

    @Molly, again thanks for the response. I’ve got a contact at the UN that I’ve been corresponding with and he keeps missing my questions. I asked if there was lodging at the compound and he told me about him having an apartment. I’m not certain that means yes available or not. At any rate, I hope you’re right, there is lodging at the compound. Thanks
    @Sam, will contact you shortly. Thanks

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 6 months ago
  141. * Molly says:

    Good luck! The Big Felafel is always happy to help with any questions you have. Enjoy your time in Israel!

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 6 months ago
  142. * Rena says:

    When you get to Jerusalem you are welcome to come try the YMCA.
    We are located on King David Street and we have some UN members already part of our club..
    We have great fitness equipment and fun classes. In the spring we will be moving to a brand new sports center. Come check us out!
    Health & Wellness Director
    Jerusalem International YMCA

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 6 months ago
  143. * aliyah06 says:

    The area around the UN Compound has a lot of nice apartments, many of which are rented by UN staffers. The “Caspi area” on Caspi street is nice; there are new apartments just a few blocks from the UN Compound in Arnona. I’ve met many UN staffers at Ramat Rachel, which has a good gym, great pool, good hours, parking and tennis courts.

    Good luck, and welcome to Jerusalem.

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 6 months ago
  144. * aliyah06 says:

    And since I’m on this page — Molly, you and your readers might be interested in knowing that a Curves appears to be coming to Har Homa–passed the sign on the store front this morning.

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 6 months ago
  145. * judy says:

    i Know its not really theme of this page, BUT are there mechanical sunbeds(solarium) ANYHERE in jerusalem?

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 5 months ago
  146. * Gina says:

    This was the most informative website ever! I really enjoyed reading Molly’s description of the gyms and how it works only in Israel. We have moved to Jerusalem in October for 3 – 5 years(lived here before also). I need to exercise and couldn’t make up my mind between Zumba, Yoga or just a proper gym workout. Coming from South Africa we are also spoiled with fantastic gyms at a reasonable good price. Thanks, I am really glad to have found your website.

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 4 months ago
    • * Molly says:

      Thank you for the kind words! So what did you decide to do in the end? Have you also thought about running? The Jerusalem Marathon is March 16, there is a half, a 10k and even a 4.2k! It is a lot of fun!! Anyway, let us know if there is something else we can write about to inform you while in Israel!!

      | Reply Posted 11 years, 4 months ago
  147. * Danny says:

    EXPENSIVE and very RUDE! I had an entry card for 5 classes which no one told me has an expiration date. I convinced what I think was the owner to let me in and she told me very obnoctiously to go in but she’s throwing out my card and that’s what she did.I was actually calm but she raised her voice insisting I tell her who let me in the last time. This was a real chuzpah and unprofessional.
    Also,my mother ran 10 minutes late to her facial and when she got there they already moved on to the next client in such short time.They still wanted to bill her for the appointment but finally they let her in after but only after arguing for a while.
    I’ve also heard stories from other people how they are rude over there. It’s too bad, the gym is kind of cute but not worth it!!

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 3 months ago
  148. * Danny says:

    By the way I feel bad posting this but I was just so turned off by their behavior that people should know and maybe Swan will clean up their act if they hear all this from different people. I had a boot camp class there and I don’t remember the teacher’s name but she was very nice.

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 3 months ago
  149. * maroam says:

    is there gyms like curves or Razim in the north my mother and sister could go to?

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 3 months ago
    • * Molly says:

      I don’t know the answer to that, but hopefully someone will help you out here!!

      | Reply Posted 11 years, 3 months ago
  150. * Izzy says:

    I am looking for an exercise program in Jerusalem where I will be motived to lose weight. I prefer co-ed but separate is also ok. Maybe an aerobics class similar – maybe someone wants to push me and a gym?
    Another gym which was not mentioned is VIP which is off ben Yehuda.

    | Reply Posted 11 years ago
  151. * esther minsky says:

    Don’t discard Curves the 30 minute workout for women. Any woman age 15 to 80 can work out there. The staff are professional helpful and friendly. They really care about their members and the sessions are fun especially with the addition of Zumba.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 11 months ago
  152. * Ami Raz says:

    Body and Soul —
    Good for the body (maybe) but definitely bad for the soul. Stay away.

    I ended up with a Chip, refundable for 40 NIS. I had to go back three times to get my money. The last time I only succeeded in getting my refund by raising my voice and getting angry. In the process, the manager threatened to call the police. Finally, she came through with 40 NIS in cash. STAY AWAY !! !

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 10 months ago
    • * Molly says:

      YES!! I 100% agree- in fact I have told them so many times that they are going down hill and tried to tell them some things that would make it better- but they just don’t listen. I told them I am not renewing membership and that I would make sure to let everyone know that you should no longer consider Body and Soul and worthwhile gym. If the management sucks then the gym will suck. The classes have gone down hill, the place is dirty and the yeah NIS 40 for a chip you don’t really use, well guess what they wouldn’t give me my money back either- so now I hope I take money away from them by telling people its a crap gym!!

      | Reply Posted 10 years, 10 months ago
  153. * Memo says:

    this really a great post,thank u.
    I am new here in Jerusalem,but I can,t believe there isn’t 24 hour gym or at least a gym to 1:00 am>>>is there???

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 10 months ago
    • * Molly says:

      I don’t know of any and yes I feel your pain!!

      | Reply Posted 10 years, 10 months ago
  154. * Jessica says:

    Dear Molly,
    Swan became my ‘anger’ as well. I was shocked by the state of disrepair of the machines, the malfunctioning TV remote controls (you try to change the channel on the TV…it doesn’t change your channel, but it does change the channel of the woman 2 machines over from you), and the rudeness of some of the employees. I wrote a letter to the owner of the gym–very diplomatic and thoughtful, and never heard back. Someone would do amazing business if they opened up a decent womens’ gym across the street.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 10 months ago
  155. * Thomas F says:

    I am moving to Jerusalem for half of the year for work. I have purchased an apartment in Bayit Vegan. Can anyone suggest the best gym nearby? Price is not an issue, just a good gym! (seems like it might be a long shot…)

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 9 months ago
  156. * JS says:

    Molly, (& everyone else!)
    Thanks so much for all of this information and the updates. I just moved here and am looking for a good gym. At least now I know where NOT to go!

    Planning on running the half marathon. Anyone else?

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 8 months ago
  157. * TS says:

    I was enjoying your post till I got to the Ekek Refaim Pool & Gym. Inconsideration has nothing to do with the age of a person, and I was extremely put off by your comment about the “old” people.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 6 months ago
  158. * diana says:

    Swam? Rude and filthy. I tried mamilla, you cant rent lockers, rude employes. I am going to try David Citadel.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 4 months ago
  159. * diana says:

    Body and Soul. Disaster!!

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 4 months ago
  160. * miriam says:

    swan is beyond horrid. angry is a nice wor. its filthy how the ministry of health hasnt closed it yet is a miracle. and why do women actually pay more in their membership to stand on a vibrating machine that has no liability to do anything but damage to your body. i have so much more to say about this but m not going to. the only good think yaffas spinning class but its only three days a week.
    ramat rachel is exensive and out of the way but decent

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 2 months ago
    • * Molly says:

      I am sorry you had to experience such dirtiness. But it is important that you inform the people here!

      | Reply Posted 10 years, 2 months ago
  161. * Rena says:

    Come try the Y!
    We have great spinning classes + much more.
    Our Zumba classes are great. Estee teaches a really fun, athletic and motivating Zumba class, usually to a full house of very happy students. We also have a visiting Zumba teacher from Madagascar. He’s moves parts of his body that you didn’t know could move that way!
    Our fitness room has great equipment and cardio machines with personal LCD screens.
    And, you hardly ever need to wait in line!

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 2 months ago
  162. * Memo says:

    Hey again,
    I have a question
    what do you think about the YMCA fitness and Bodybuilding machines?do they have all the machines?
    thanks in forward

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 2 months ago
  163. * Rena says:

    The YMCA has 8 Precor treadmills and 5 Precor Elliptical machines with personal LCD screens in mint condition. The Y also has Cybex strength circuit machines, also in very good condition. There are also olympic benches and inclines, smith machine and dumbbells.
    You can come have a trial workout.
    Call the membership office at 5692684 or stop by.
    Hope to see you soon.
    Rena Sered
    Health & Wellness Director
    Jerusalem International YMCA

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 2 months ago
  164. * adi says:

    Hello all,
    I am not quite sure aboit body and soul because I just gave them a call trying to ask about the membership prices and the timing of the fym yet all I got from the lady who answered is a big Yawn that almost sucked me out of the phone. Plus she was somewhat rude and only answered about the price but never gave me an answer about the timings of the gym. I guess my point is that it might not be worth visiting since I wasn’t greeted well over the phone so obiously I might have dumbells being thrown at me if I visit there in person. Oh well, checking out the next gym.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 1 month ago
  165. * Chava says:

    A woman I know fell and broke her leg in a class at Swan in the German colony – because of a bump in their floor. I would be interested to know
    people’s opinions of Lady Giraffe in
    Binyan Clal.
    By the way the Jerusalem pool in the
    German colony is still open (the community fought to keep it open) and the large new sports center built by the YMCA (which was scheduled to be open 4 years ago) will not be open any time soon

    | Reply Posted 10 years ago
  166. * Deborah says:

    Great article. Thanks. 2013 Update: SWAN gym in Jerusalem (Emek Refaim) has the rudest customer service available. I live in the area and have been there a few times. I always try to go 2-3 times to any gym before signing up and I got so digusted by the “freha” style service (really young rude women staffers talking on their cell phones and doing you a favor that they acknowledge you) that I decided not to join.

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 8 months ago

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