Cairo - Post Report Question and Answers

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

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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