Ouagadougou - Post Report Question and Answers

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

Most folks use Embassy gym. There are a few private gyms of decent quality, not particularly expensive. Some outdoor sports leagues. - Jun 2020

There is a small gym at the embassy free to use for embassy employees. There are numerous gyms in the city but I don’t know much about them. - Oct 2019

There are a lot of gyms around Ouagadougou. I am not familiar with the cost. There is a small gym at the embassy free for use by embassy staff. - Jul 2019

There are numerous gyms around town. I am not familiar with the pricing or the quality of the equipment. There is a small gym at the embassy. - Jul 2019

There is a small (free!) gym at the Embassy with treadmills, strength machines, bike and elliptical. There are also a few local gyms that offer fitness classes (Synovie in Ouaga 2000 and Waga Studio in Zone du Bois). We also have a yoga instructor who gives classes at the Embassy twice a week. The American Employees Association hosts an annual Triathlon. Swimming, tennis, and horseback riding are popular. There are adult frisbee and softball groups that meet up at the International School. Also Park Bangr-Weogo is a popular spot for biking and running. There is also an informal group that goes long distance biking on the weekends. There is also a decent golf course not far from the Embassy. - Dec 2017

The Embassy has a modest gym. There are gyms in a few areas of the city, including those that offer classes according to their signs. No idea how much they cost. - May 2016

Embassy gym is good. There are local gyms, but I'm not sure about the quality or cost. - Aug 2015

There are locally available gyms. - Jun 2015

The Embassy has a well stocked gym. - Jan 2015

There are multiple gyms. The Embassy has an amazing gym with state-of-the-art equipment. There is also a gym at the American club downtown. There is a dance studio that runs dance and pilates classes. - Jul 2013

There are a few, but we used the gym at the embassy. It is small, but well equipped for its size. - Jul 2013

Nothing unless you favor hot, stinky, tattered equipment from the 1980s. - Apr 2013

The Embassy has a small but well-outfitted one-room gym that even has yoga and pilates classes. The American Rec Center also has some facilities. There's an expensive gym membership at the Laico Hotel, but otherwise, not much. Gyms tend not to be air-conditioned. This is not the place to come if you are a gym rat. However, there are lots of great outdoor physical activities, like running, riding bikes, horseback riding, rock climbing, etc. - Nov 2012

A small gym is located at the embassy, and the American Rec Center has a nice gym and a nice pool. - Aug 2010

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