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Tired of the Gym? Here are 5 Alternative Ways to Move Your Body in Cairo

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There are many reasons why gyms are packed in the first week of January, but end up deserted by the end of it. For many people, the hopes and dreams of adopting a healthier lifestyle abate by the end of the first month because they haven’t found the suitable exercising environment.

Closed gyms or cardio-based workouts might appeal to some, but for others, they are daunting experiences. The key to becoming consistent is finding at least one activity that is enjoyable—through trial and error.

From walking trails to aerial yoga, here are alternative ways to break the mundane and move the body in Cairo.


Pilates — performed either on a mat or on a reformer machine — is a system of exercises that promotes strength, flexibility, and stability. Reformer pilates are typically more intense than mat-based pilates because the springs on the machine add more resistance.

Where to find:

Reformer Pilates | 24, Gezira el Wosta Street Yousef Kamel Street Floor 1, Apartment 5

AXIS Pilates | Sodic Strip Mall, Sheikh Zayed


Yoga has found itself as a popular exercise in Egypt throughout the past years. There are many gyms, fitness centers, and studios that offer both aerial yoga and mat yoga in all its distinct forms.

Where to find:

Flexana | Street 53, New Cairo 1,

Osana Family Wellness | 4 Al Nadi, Street, Maadi

The Breathing Room | Street 216, Maadi

Aerial Grace | Street 209, Building 4 Maadi

Brass Monkey Studio | LakeHouse – The Club, New Cairo 1

F Square Aerial Arts & Fitness | 138, 26th of July Corridor, Zamalek

Ahmisa | Aswan Agriculture road, Geziret El Dahab, Giza District


If riding a bike outdoors is not feasible everywhere in Egypt, these indoor spinning classes have made riding bikes much more interesting. With fluorescent lighting and upbeat music, spinning classes offer more than just a bike ride; they can provide a stimulating workout assuredly.

Where to find:

Flow Cycle | 3 Abou Bakr El-Sedeek, Dokki, Giza Governorate

Pulse Fitness Studios | New Cairo 1, Cairo Governorate

Pole Fitness

Combining acrobatics and dance, pole fitness is art and exercise adjoined. It relies on the strength of the upper body and core muscle to be able to twirl, climb, balance— and dance. There are several pole fitness classes in Cairo that range from beginner to professional levels.

Where to find:

Project Pole Egypt | Heliopolis, 18 El-Horeya, Almazah, Heliopolis,

Pole Fit Egypt | Sheikh Zayed, Galleria 40 | Slimnastics | Zamalek, B-urn Egypt | New Cairo, behind Choueifat School

Brass Monkeys Studio LakeHouse | The Club, New Cairo 1


Although Cairo does not lend itself as a walkable city, there are many neighborhoods and areas in Cairo that offer safe and suitable walking trails. From Maadi to Mamsha Ahl Misr, here is a list of treks in Cairo for physical and mental health strolls.

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This post was last modified on 24 January 2023 10:26 AM

Farah Rafik

Farah Rafik is a graduate from the American University in Cairo (AUC) with a dual degree in Multimedia Journalism and Political Science. After being an active participant in Model United Nation (MUN) conferences both locally and internationally, Farah discovered her love for writing. When she isn’t writing about Arts & Culture for Egyptian Streets, she is busy watching films and shows to review. Writing isn’t completed without a coffee or an iced matcha latte in hand—that she regularly spills. She occasionally challenges herself in reading challenges on Goodreads, and can easily read a book a day.

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