The Best in Rome
HEALTH & FITNESS
Spas and Treatments + Fitness and Exercise + Coach G's Fitness Tips
The In Rome Now Guide to gyms, exercise classes, workouts, care and pampering of the body and mind.
Coach G Fitness: Personal Training
Gerard "Coach G" Burley is a certified personal trainer with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sports Sciences from the University of North Carolina, and eight years of professional experience.
His goal is to change clients' lives through nutrition, exercise and building self-esteem. He provides an in-home experience, tailoring programs to meet the needs of each individual clients.
He also offers a "boot camp" experience of twelve sessions for small groups, held on the grounds of the Villa Borghese or near Circus Maximus.
tel 340 085 2845 email firstname.lastname@example.org
or check out www.coachgfitness.com
Patricia Medros is the only Pilates instructor in Rome to have studied exclusively in the United States with the Master Teacher Romana Kryzanowska and her number one disciple, Juanita Lopez. In addition to thousands of hours as a certified Pilates instructor and teacher-trainer, she has earned certification from the Upledger Institute as a Cranial-Sacral therapist, and has been certified by Dr. Richard Miller’s Center for Timeless Being in Yoga Nidra (guided meditation through deep body relaxation).
Her warm and inviting studio, in the heart of Rome’s historic center, is fully equipped with Gratz Pilates apparatus made in the U.S.A. Pilates training, Cranial-Sacral therapy, Yoga Nidra, vinyasa-style yoga (emphasizing breath, flexibility and strength) are on offer, as well as “Hard Core” a highly aerobic workout, developed by Patricia, which combines tough but fun exercises from Pilates, yoga, dance and calisthenics, choreographed to dynamic music, using light weights, balls and straps.
Private, semi-private, triplets and group lessons are available at the studio, and off-site lessons in the home or hotel can be arranged. The lessons are suitable for all fitness levels, and are tailored to accommodate the individual client.
Patricia offers a professional Pilates certification course, based on the original training she received from Romana Kryzanowska and the experience she has gained as the Power Pilates representative from 2005 to 2008.
She has years of experience in teaching Pilates as rehabilitation, working with post-surgical conditions, acute and chronic debilitating problems including rheumatoid arthritis, paralysis, fractures including fractured vertebrae and the entire gamut of knee, neck and back issues.
She is joined by instructor Jonathan Medros, an accomplished, classically-trained, third generation Pilates instructor, certified in both Power Pilates and True Power Yoga.
Via di San Pantaleo, 69/a (Piazza Navona) tel 06 9727 1571, 339 753 8609
www.onepilatesrome.com, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pilates Muse is a colorful boutique studio fully equipped with imported Gratz equipment originally designed by Joseph Pilates. Private or semi-private instruction is offered by appointment, daily from noon to 8 pm. Men and women of all ages and fitness levels are welcome. The training is excellent for body resculpting, developing flexibility through long lean muscles, posture correction, easing back and neck pain, injury rehabilitation and prevention, optimizing athletic performance and anchoring a healthy lifestyle. Owner Cara Kavanaugh, a native of Seattle, is a member of the American Academy of Classical Pilates and a certified Authentic Pilates instructor. Her US training included a 700-hour apprenticeship with Master Teacher Dorothee Vande Walle, who was an assistant and teacher-trainer to Joseph Pilates’ own protégée, Romana Kryzanowska in NYC.
Authentic Pilates training on Gratz apparatus for body re-sculpting, developing flexibility through long lean muscles, posture correction, back and neck pain, injury rehabilitation and prevention, optimizing athletic performance and anchoring a healthy lifestyle.
Via Eleonora Duse 4 (Piazza Ungheria, Parioli)
Monday-Friday 12-7 pm tel 06 9293 7400 or 338 208 6895
Pre-Natal Yoga and Yoga for All Occasions
Joan Geller has lived with yoga for four decades. She has been privileged to study with many luminous teachers who have given her a wide range of yoga tools : hatha yoga, pranayama (breathing exercises), philosophy, yoga therapy, and sanskrit. Instruction is tailored to each person’s needs to achieve harmony ,clarity and strength in the mind,breath,emotions, and the body. During pregnancy yoga practice is designed for each stage of pregnancy to fully enjoy prenatal life and have a more relaxed birth. She teaches both private and small groups in Trastevere.
tel 06 580 3377 or email email@example.com.
Bikram Yoga Rome
Bikram Yoga is a unique series of 26 Hatha Yoga postures and two breathing exercises performed in a heated room.The series of postures has been scientifically designed to work every part of the body in the correct order. Each pose prepares the body for the next pose, and the sequence maximises oxygenation and detoxification of the entire body. Strength and flexibility are worked together to create harmony in the body. The class is suitable for all levels (athletes to exercise virgins) and ages (from 8 to 80) as everyone just works to their own personal capacity.
Via Aurelia 190 B (near the Vatican)
tel 06 3936 6357
In the fifteen years since Fitness First was founded in London, the chain has grown to 500 clubs in Europe, Asia and Australia, with more than 1.3 million members. The firm’s philosophy is to make daily workouts accessible and fun. Their extensive hours, from eight in the morning till eleven at night, and from nine in the morning to ten at night on weekends, go a long way towards making a daily workout possible. All Fitness First clubs are designed along a similar floor plan — a spacious and bright atmosphere, with comfortable, stylish dressing rooms and areas for relaxation. The facilities are equipped with sauna and Turkish bath, and use the latest exercise equipment. One hard-to-find but important feature is the personalized TV screen with headsets at the cardiovascular stations, which really helps make those minutes on the treadmill fly by. The clubs even offer free DVD and VHS rental. Classes are structured around a range of fitness levels from beginner to athlete. Personal trainers provide one-on-one customized programs. The Fitness First clubs can be found in cities throughout Italy. There are three facilities in Rome:
Roma Decathlon Viale Schiavonetti 325 (Tuscolana) tel 06 72672974 firstname.lastname@example.org
Roma Aurelia, Via Aurelia 740 (near the Vatican) tel 06 66410498 email@example.com
Roma Termini, Via Giolitti 44 (Termini Station) tel 06 47826300 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fitnessland provides clients with both personal training and courses reminiscent of fitness centers in luxury hotels. Founder Mario Nuzzi and instructor Andrea Reali combine elements of weight lifting, cardio workouts, and stretching to create a balanced, healthy, and effective personal training regime, catering to all fitness levels. Their wide selection of courses includes more gentle workouts for beginners, such as Ginnastica Dolce, Pilates, or Posturale. For those who prefer more rigorous workouts they offer Spinning, FitBoxe, and Total Body. And if you are looking for a change, they offer Savate (French-style boxing) and salsa dancing. For children, they offer karate and dance classes. Fees: Monthly memberships begin at €35, with special offers for families and students. Open: Monday – Friday from 9 am – 10:30 pm; and Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm.
Via Aurelia, 350 (not far from the Vatican) tel 06 66.144.969
A certified instructor, trained under Ellie Herman, Mary J. Sant’Eufemia has recently moved her studio from East Hampton, New York to the quiet streets of Trastevere. In addition to her experience as a Pilates instructor, Sant’Eufemia draws upon her 20+ years in private practice as a hypnotherapist and psychotherapist to facilitate a strong mind-body connection. Her studio provides the calming environment and personalized attention essential to Pilates work.
Via Agostino Bertani 8 (Trastevere) tel 334 61 57 494
Spazio Danza Fitness
This two-story facility is funky. Don't expect fancy dressing rooms or shiny new machines. The focus is on classes, offered in two studios, including body sculpting, step dance, and interval training, all part of the monthly fee. There are also martial arts classes, as well as kick-boxing, mat Pilates, and all sorts of dance classes.
Fees: €10,50 daily; single lessons €9; monthly €67; sauna €9 yearly membership including sauna €110
Dance, self-defense and Pilates classes are billed separately.
Open: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 9:45 pm; Saturday, 9 am - 7:45 pm
Via Monte della Farina 14 (near Largo Argentina) tel 06 688 05454
A few blocks from the center of Trastevere, this facility offers a large weight and cardiac room, comfortable dressing areas, a large studio for classes, sauna, steam solarium, a café and a beauty center. The trainer on duty in the weight room will offer to make you a "libretto" with a program that he will monitor and update monthly. Classes in mat Pilates, tone up, hi-low step, and and gag (gluts, abs and legs) are offered. For an additional fee, karate, tae kwon do, belly dancing, kick boxing and other classes are available.
Fees: €70 monthly with reductions for 3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions. Use of sauna and solarium included.
Open Monday-Friday, 9 am -11 pm; Saturday, till 1 pm.
Via Degli Orti di Trastevere 60/66 (Trastevere) tel 06 583 01778
Dabliu Barberini and other Dabliu locations
This facility is a branch of a chain of fitness clubs. Located a short walk from Piazza Barberini, it has a weight room, with cardiac machines, as well as a variety of classes, including supersculpt, stretching, gag, and spinning, using Schwinn machines. There's a sauna in the dressing area, and the beauty center offers massages and facials.
Via San Nicola da Tolentino, 30 (near Piazza Barberini)
A facility in Parioli, at Viale Romania 2 near Piazza Ungheria offers a pool and "aqua spinning," Kniepp aromatherapy, and a solarium. The Prati facility at Viale Giulio Cesare 43, also offers personal trainers, a juice bar and internet point, as well as hair styling.
tel 06 42120 125 15 or 800 690 409
Other locations: Viale Egeo 98 (Eur) tel 06 591 1985
Via dell’Acqua Traversa 251 (Cassia Antica) tel 06 335 0763
Viale Regina Margherita 210 (Salario-Nomentana) tel 06 8586 3644
Via R. Nasini 14 (Tiburtina) tel 06 4080 1914
A small but attractive facility divided into two studios — one for machines and weights, the other for classes, including Pilates matwork, classic, funk and, jazz dance, aerobics, stretching, aeroboxe, yoga, tai chi, total body workout, corpo libero, gag and gym music. Classes in karate are offered for children, teenagers and adults.
Fees: €750 yearly membership; weights + classes €950; six months €540; 3 months €340 one month €140
Single lessons: €15; Monthly fees for classes range from €80 – €125
Open: Monday - Friday 9 am –9:30 pm; Pilates matwork, Tues. – Thurs. 8:30 pm; Saturday,12 pm – 4 pm, Sunday, 10 am – 1 pm.
Via dei Coronari 46 (near Piazza Navona) tel 06 686 4989
Roman Sports Center
Located in the Villa Borghese underground parking facility, this is one of the oldest fitness clubs in Rome. The focus is on machines, though gymnastic classes are also available. A variety of services are offered: sauna, swimming pool, bar-restaurant, internet point and a beauty center. Instructors are also on hand.
Fee: On request Open: Monday – Saturday 8 am – 10 pm; Sunday, 9 am –3 pm
Via Galoppatoio, 33 Tel 06 361 4226
The 300 square meter space is run by Pietro Gagliardi, master gyrotonic trainer and ex-dancer.
Fee: Group classes approximately €15 a session, individual lessons €35 – 40
Open: Monday – Friday 9 am – 6 pm
Via G. B. Tiepolo, 13A (Lungotevere Flaminio)
This small gym offers both machines and exercise classes. Weights, treadmills, bicyling and resistence machines are neatly packed into one spacious studio, while a smaller one is dedicated to cardio strengthening. Other studio spaces are used for a variety of exercise classes including Pilates matwork, toning and stretching, total body, gag, free movement, step, cardio tone, dance, funk, just pump and total body. Small mini-bar and dressing room facilities.
Fees: annual membership €600 - €550, monthly €75; €15 for single class or machine use; Pilates €65.
Open: Monday – Friday 10 am –10:30 pm; Saturday, 10 am –6:30 pm
Via Germanico 101/a Tel 32 19 132
SPAS AND TREATMENTS
Acanto Day Spa
We were impressed the minute we entered this spa in the heart of Rome’s historic center. The interior, an intriguing and luxurious blend of ancient Roman bath and Far Eastern elegance, amazed us. As regal as the surroundings may be, the staff is warm and friendly. Alessandra, one of the owners, told us, “We want our clients to know there is a high level of seriousness and passion, that what we do, transcends the beauty of the center’s exquisite décor.” In the ancient tradition of Ayurvedic and Thailandese body care, massage treatments are tailored to individual needs. The spa offers an extensive list of services. The choice of massage therapies ranges from relaxation to energizing, slimming, cervical, circulatory, reflexology. We love the therapeutic herbal massage, an hour and half of relaxation and body therapy using a mix of aromatic herbs. The house specialty, a Balinese treat called “SaBai SaBai” is exclusive to the Acanto Day Spa. A relaxing romantic occasion for two, this two-hour treatment begins with a sumptious bath in a stone vessel filled with milk and floating flower petals, and finishes with a ninety-minute “pas de deux” as the couple is massaged in tandem. The two-level facility includes spacious changing rooms, showers, a relaxation salon, private treatment areas, a thermal pool, sauna and Turkish bath, and adjoins the stylish Café Universale. Piazza Rondonini (near the Pantheon) 30 tel 06 681 36602 www.acantospa.it
Monday noon-9 pm; Tuesday –Saturday 10 am – 9 pm; closed Sunday.
Erboisteria La Minerva
In the centuries-old tradition of a Mediterranean erboristeria, Francesca has stocked her shop with a all natural products derived from Phytocomplexes (multi plant extracts), Spagyric (alchemy applied to medicinal production) as well as Ayurvedic medicines from both Italian and Indian manufacturers including the celebrated Maharishi Ayurveda line. For sensitive or allergic skins, she also stocks natural cosmetics. She is a valuable source of information, directing her costumers to alternative health care sources such as specialists in ayurvedic massage, yoga, Panchakarma treatment, meditation and Oneness Dikdma.
Via Santa Caterina da Siena 44 (Piazza della Minerva, Pantheon) tel 06 679 2854
Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 am – 7 pm. Closed Mondays
This modern new salon is, in fact, set up like a bar, with rows of brightly colored polish on the shelves below the alcoholic beverages. They pride themselves in treating Rome clients to a New York-style manicure, with three to four coats of polish, careful attention paid to cuticles, and instruments sterilized with a state of the art system used by doctors and dentists. Also on offer are gels and fills, and pedicures, both aesthetic and curative, performed in the luxury of massage chairs. For the body, there is a sun shower, massages and peels. A menu of facial treatments is on offer, using the French Decleor line and the Lanèche range of products from Holland. Parties can be booked for a girls night out, complete with real beverages at the bar, and for special occasions a makeup artist is on call. Nailbar is the sole Italian retailer of American Nails products, which ironically, are manufactured in Germany. Non Italian-speakers will be relieved to know that the friendly beauty consultant, Suzanne Thompson, is English.
via Ara Coeli 35
(near Piazza Venezia) tel 06 693 80479
Furnished with an eclectic collection of natural woods, oversized pillows, and images of '70s pop icons, it's not only one of the few places in Rome where you can find macrobiotic cooking, it's also a source for shiatsu massages (the first one is free), yoga, Tai-chi and cooking classes, as well as roundtables on philosophy, art and music. The reasonably priced vegan menu includes a delicious banana nut cake made without eggs or butter — you have to taste it to believe it. And the organic beer is produced by the only female brew master in Italy. Visit their website for more details.
Via Mattonato, 42 (Trastevere) tel 06 581 0626
Also see: Spas and Salons
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