Cairo - Post Report Question and Answers

What kinds of gyms or other sports/workout facilities are available? Are they expensive?

AECWA - the American club - has a gym. I don't use it, as I find it's rather expensive. There are plenty of local options including the gym at CSA which I go to occasionally for spin class. Spin class costs around 6$. - Mar 2023

Tons of gyms, but the good ones are very expensive, on par or similar to U.S. prices. - Aug 2022

Gyms available for the Embassy employees in several locations, also local gyms are active. Not expensive. - Aug 2022

There are gyms available at the Embassy and USAID buildings with a membership fee. There are many gyms and exercise venues to choose from including a Gold's Gym, yoga studios, spin studios, dance studios, CrossFit boxes, personal trainers who come to your home, sports leagues for kids and adults(tennis, Pickleball, softball, gymnastics, basketball, ...). All are very affordable and easy to plug into. - Mar 2022

There is Gold's Gym in Maadi right next to one of the government-owned apartments that I heard was decent and had a separate area for women to workout. There are gyms all over Cairo and fairly cheap, but very crowded. There are gym facilities at the embassy and the USAID building in Maadi for embassy employees. There is also a pool, tennis courts, and a multi-purpose court at the embassy complex in Maadi that is available with a membership and lessons are an extra cost but reasonable. - Dec 2021

I see many gyms all over, but I'm not a member. - Feb 2021

Embassy gym and private options are available. About what you'd pay in the States for the local options. The Embassy gym is a bit cheaper and comes with some other perks (Maadi house). - Jan 2020

There are plenty of gyms and sports clubs that people join. Gezira Club in Zamalek is popular but expensive and unless you live really close and go basically daily, it's cheaper to just pay the day-rate if you want to go in and use the pool. Lots of Mission staff members join Maadi House club in Maadi for pool use and to be able to access the gym at the Embassy compound. Membership isn't super expensive. - Jun 2018

There are a number of gym facilities. In Maadi, the two most popular are Gold's Gym (very similar to the US Gold's Gym. My husband finds it quite adequate) and the CSA gym (which I use--it is smaller, but more convenient to my housing). There are also many places for yoga and Pilates, including my favorite Osana Family Wellness. Drop in classes are in the $6-8 range often. Monthly gym memberships are $20-40/month depending on place and deals. In Zamalek there is the Gezira Club which is a huge facility with many work out options, but I haven't been. Some people have treadmills and other equipment at home. Running is possible, but really only early morning due to traffic. - Jan 2018

Some of the U.S. government-owned buildings have gyms, which are small but well-maintained and have treadmills, elliptical machines, and free weights. Gold's Gym has several locations around Cairo and is on the expensive side, comparable prices to Washington. Local gyms will not be well-stocked, but they will be more affordable. The embassy also has a good gym but you have to purchase a membership through AECWA. - Sep 2017

There are some gyms in the expat areas of Cairo; some Egyptians are intense gym-goers. They tend to be expensive, however. I know people who worked out at Egyptian CrossFit gyms and who became members at social and/or golf clubs. - May 2017

Plenty in the expat areas. Vary in price but generally cheaper than the UK. - May 2017

Yes, there are multiple gyms with reasonable costs. They're adequate although not up to US quality. - Jan 2016

Numerous gyms around the city - Jan 2016

Gold's Gym, lots of Fitness First type places, even Curves and women's only clubs - Jan 2016

Yes. There are gyms at USAID and the Embassy. There is Gold's Gym, and there are a couple of clubs nearby, too. There is the Maadi House with a pool, and CAC with an exercise area (I haven't been, but I hear that classes are good). - Oct 2014

Yes, the Embassy has facilities. We joined the Gezira Club. It is pricey but worth it to have a safe playground and pool to swim in. - Aug 2014

Golds Gym...reasonable prices. - Aug 2014

Yes they are available, at work and on the market. I'm not sure of the cost. - May 2014

Yes. There is a gym at the Embassy. - Apr 2014

Yes, moderate costs. - Mar 2014

Yes, they are fine. - Jul 2013

The embassy has gyms both downtown and in Maadi; both have pools, but the Maadi pool is the only one that is heated. - Jul 2013

Adequate facilities are available at the embassy and other places. Not great, but at least something. - Jun 2013

Yes, there is a gym at the Maadi house and also at the Embassy. Local gyms are well-equipped. - Jun 2013

Yes, US Embassy and US AID have gyms, but also there is a Gold's Gym and other facilities available. - May 2013

Gyms at the embassy and USAID are good. - May 2013

Yes, all over the place. In Maadi there's CAC, CSA, and private gyms of all flavors. There are also personal trainers for hire. - May 2013

AECWA (the American Association) maintains two gyms - one at the embassy and one at the USAID building. In addition, they maintain a pool at the Maadi House. Beyond that, there are multiple gyms and exercise studios all over Cairo, including Gold's Gym and others. - Feb 2013

There are a number of very good gyms in Cairo, including Gold's. - Feb 2013

Gyms at the embassy are nice, but you have to pay a membership fee to use them. This post needs to get real and start throwing in some perks, because morale is very low and few want to be here more than six months. Many are counting the days until they leave. - Mar 2013

There is a very nice gym at USAID, and there is another suitable gym at the Embassy. However, most people address their morale issues in less healthy ways. The Embassy med unit is probably quite busy these days and the Maadi clinic recently altered its hours to better address the needs of mission families. - Mar 2013

Yes. - Feb 2013

Yes, there are nice gyms in Cairo--a nice Gold's Gym in Dokki/Zamalak. - Jan 2013

Yes. There are a few gyms to purchase memberships from - including USAID in Maadi and the U.S. Embassy gym. In Maadi there is CSA, Fibers, and Gold's Gym, to name a few. - Nov 2012

Gold's Gym, Curves. US Embassy and USAID have nice gyms. - Sep 2011

Yes, public (Gold's) and private. An expat community center in Ma'adi called Community Service Association (CSA) can help new folks find everything. - Aug 2011

Yes - Aug 2011

Yes. In most neighborhoods where expatriates would live you will find something. You may have to go through a local hotel, but there are also sporting clubs, Gold's Gym, Curves, etc. - Jul 2011

Yes. The school offers one, so does the embassy. There are a few community association gyms, too. - Jun 2011

YES. Gold's Gym has several branches in Cairo. Aurthur Murray has a dance studio in Maadi. - Sep 2010

Yes. Gold's Gym is here, and the embassy has two nice gyms. - Jun 2010

Yes, the embassy and USAID have gym facilities. There are also a number of private gyms, including Gold's Gym, Samia Allouba, and Curves. - Dec 2009

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