Dear fellow students,
After last week’s blog about alcohol and partying, it’s time for us to do our bodies a favour by working out and getting fit again! This week I will tell you all about the best cheap exercise options for students in Utrecht. This will help you stick to your new year’s resolutions about being healthy and working out (at least for a month or two). Check out the following tips and you’ll burn off all the Christmas chocolates and new years’ “oliebollen” in no time!
Cheapest gyms in Utrecht
Until a few years ago, gyms used to be pretty expensive, thus not very popular among students. However, in the past few years, big gym chains have expanded and are offering very good deals. In Utrecht, gym chains like ‘Gym4all’ and ‘Basicfit’ offer workout possibilities for low fees (under 20 euros a month). However, the cheapest – and still well equipped – gym in Utrecht is FitforFree. Even though the name is a lie, you’ll be able to work out for only €9,99 per month! There are three different locations in Utrecht and 78 locations throughout the whole country, which you can all access without paying anything extra! There is a good variety of fitness machines and televisions are hanging everywhere – which sometimes air shows like Masterchef, to make you extra motivated to work out… – The only downside is that you have to sign up for a whole year, so make sure you don’t give up on working out after a few months and stay fit (almost) for free all year round!
Olympos – THE student sport centre in Utrecht
Olympos is the one big student sport centre on campus in Utrecht that offers cheap exercise options and hosts many sport clubs all year round. You’ll find a club for any sport you can think of (even Frisbee, golf, and a sport called “acrobatic rock and roll”). If you’re a student in Utrecht, you’ll be able to get a yearly subscription for €125, (or a monthly one for €14,5) which will allow you to join any club and give you access to the gym at all times. Since Olympos is only accessible to students, you’ll get to meet a lot of people of your age and that share your interests. And the best part of it all? It has a big bar which is open every day. On the weekends, after club practises, students party there until late at night.. Visit www.olympos.nl for more information.
Get cheap exercise deals on Groupon
You might be familiar with groupon.nl, the go-to website for any sort of deal, whether it’s on restaurants, hotels, bars or activities. But did you know that Groupon also offers quite a lot of cheap exercise deals in Utrecht? You can filter the city and the kind of deal you’re looking for to easily find what you’re looking for with a big discount. Amigoamigo.nl is similar to Groupon, offering great cheap deals on all sorts of stuff, but focusses exclusively on students. This makes it even more attractive because it is usually in our field of interest and even has cheaper deals than Groupon. Take a look at both websites and you might find a great deal on the type of work out you love!
Free work out options
Do you want to exercise without having to pay any subscription fee whatsoever? Then there are a lot of things you can do for free in Utrecht that will help you stay fit. Utrecht counts multiple great parks in which jogging is actually enjoyable. The nature is so beautiful in parks such as Wilhelminapark and Griftpark, that it will make you want to go back often enough to keep you in shape. On top of that, Utrecht is a city that is made for bikes, so instead of taking the bus or driving your friend’s place, hop on your bike to save money and stay fit!
Dear students, good luck with the work-outs, and if you want to reward yourself for all the hard work, scroll down to my blog from December 3rd, it’s all about the best (and cheap!) student restaurants in Utrecht 😉