Paris - Post Report Question and Answers

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

Gyms are not as prolific as in the U.S. I didn't join one but heard they are expensive. There are different types of sports facilities, such as pools and row clubs. - Jul 2020

The embassy and compounds all have small gyms. There are of course gyms in Paris, but French people don't work out nearly as much as, say, people in Washington, D.C. It's not considered desirable to be seen walking around with a yoga mat, as in DC. With the amazing restaurant and bar scene on offer and tendency to meet up for drinks after work, you may find yourself struggling to find the time/motivation to work out. I did. - Jan 2018

Gyms are available but there aren't as available as in the States and they are very expensive. The U.S. Embassy has a gym through the employee association. There are parks and paths for running and walking and the city is relatively bike friendly with many bike share stations. - Aug 2015

Tiny, crappy gym at the Embassy. Some other options in town that are very expensive (over US$150/month). Just get out and walk or you can run and bike along the Seine and in the huge and lovely parks. - Feb 2015

Yes. - Jun 2013

There are some gyms but they are pricey. Many people walk, jog or bike in the parks. - Sep 2010

Paris has great public pools. If you want to pay for something like Club Med gym, feel free. The U.S. embassy has a small gym that is supposed to be getting refurbished. Big green spaces in the Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes. - Apr 2009

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