The guide to Stockholm's best gyms
Updated 4 Jan 2019
Stockholm has been at the forefront of health and fitness trends for some time. Which means plenty of healthfood restaurants, but also a huge selection of gyms. Whether you're a die-hard gym junkie who's new in town or, possibly even more likely - someone who has good intentions about getting off the sofa, but hasn't quite made it all the way to the gym yet. If you're looking for the ultimate gym where you can hone your skills or somewhere that can provide some advice and motivation, our list of the best gyms in Stockholm will help.
Enjoyment is key
The emphasis here is on both health and enjoyment. The gym, which also includes one of the best squash courts in the city, aims to provide personal service, a relaxed atmosphere and spotless facilities, to make incorporating a daily exercise routine into your life easier. They pay special attention to older members. You'll find a large room for circuit training as well as several personal trainers who are there to help and give advice.
- Example classes: Don't have any group exercise classes
- Guide price: Membership 500 SEK per month
Kungstensgatan 44, Vasastan
Fresh, clean and personal
A bright and personal gym which offers everything from classic weight lifting and keep fit and fun workout classes to more tailormade training, to improve your golf or tennis game, for example. Top notch personal training is provided by, among others, Marcus Miramadi - one of Stockholm's most popular personal trainers.
- Example classes: Kettlebells, zumba, power yoga, aerobics
- Price guide: Annual membership around 4 500 SEK, monthly membership around 339 SEK
Stjärnvägen 1A, Lidingö
Holistic health concept
Träningspuls can be found inside the World Trade Center, in the heart of Stockholm city centre. Their aim is to provide more than just a gym - as a member you can benefit from their holistic health concept. Train in the gym or take part in group classes, book a massage or an appointment with an osteopath, see a chiropractor or try shockwave therapy, zone therapy and laser therapy.
- Example classes: Yoga, core, spinning, dance
- Price guide: Annual membership around 5400 SEK, 3 months around 1700 SEK
Klarabergsviadukten 70, Norrmalm/City
The founder of Delta Gym, near Odenplan, is a former professional bodybuilder and lots of gym regulars compete within the fitness world.This doesn't mean beginners will feel out of place, however, as the gym has a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of members who are happy to give tips and advice. Motivation and inspiration levels are sky high.
- Example of classes: No exercise classes
- Price guide: Annual membership around 4 200 SEK, monthly membership around 500 SEK
Hälsingegatan 5, Vasastan
Top notch training
It's clear a great deal of thought and money has gone into the surroundings at Balance. The famous architect firm Claesson Koivisto Rune designed the gym and everything from the facade and rooms to the toilets and changing rooms are seriously stylish. There's also a strong emphasis on personal training (two sessions are included when you sign up).
- Example classes: Crossfit, boxing, pilates, kettlebells, zumba
- Price guide: Monthly membership around 745 SEK at the city centre gym (595 SEK in Solna)
Classic and historic
Sturebadet is Stockholm's most exclusive and luxurious gym. It costs significantly more than all the other alternatives, but the facilities are also the best. The swimming pool, which members have free access to, is heated to 29 degrees, and if you feel like a sauna there's both a dry sauna and a steam room. There's also an excellent restaurant, Curman. Sturebadet is probably the ultimate option for anyone who appreciates luxury and doesn't have a problem with the high prices.
- Example classes : Qi gong, pilates, bodypump, zumba
- Price guide: Annual membership around 16 000 SEK
Sturegallerian 36, City/Östermalm
Everything you need for fitness
At Metropolis Gym it's all about service. Their platinum membership, for example, includes a breakfast buffet, freshly launded gym gear, towels etc. A stylish, recently renovated locale, fresh, clean changing rooms and top quality equipment.
- Example classes: Yoga, pilates core, spinning, Thai boxing
- Price guide: Annual membership around 9 900-15 900 SEK (depending on what kind of membership, monthly membership around 845-1 350 SEK
Birger Jarlsgatan 36, City/Östermalm
Stockholm's oldest gym
ProGym on Medborgarplatsen is one of Stockholm's oldest gyms and was founded in 1979. There's a huge selection of weights and machines here. Plenty of ordinary Södermalm locals use the gym, but also a large number of professional bodybuilders. Lots of gym newbies worry about having to go to the gym in full make up and snazzy, brand-new workout gear but at ProGym you can turn up just as you without anyone batting an eyelid, which may isn't necessarily the case at some of the more exclusive gyms. It's a case of horses for courses, and many prefer this kind of gym.
- Example classes: No classes
- Price guide: Annual membership around 4 295 SEK, monthly membership around 600 SEK
Högbergsgatan 46 C, Södermalm
An emphasis on health and strength
Actic uses the so-called "Nautilus method", a fitness concept invented in Florida in the Seventies. There's a strong emphasis on health and the method results in increased strength, condition and flexibility. Nautilus machines are intended to be used with high intensity in a calm, controlled way, for short periods (30-40 minutes per session), a couple of times a week.
- Example classes: Core, spinning, body combat, box, step, zumba
- Price guide: Annual membership around 5 500 SEK
Work out all around town
With some 15 venues within Stockholm and a further 45 around Sweden, Sats is the best option for anyone who wants to be able to work out at different locations. MiniSats is a great childcare concept that's offered at around half of the venues. At other venues you'll also find a climbing wall (at Regeringsgatan), tennis (Nacka Strand, costs extra), squash (Gärdet, Väsby, costs extra) and swimming pool (Vasagatan). Gyms are bright and clean. Slightly more expensive than the competition, but also a cut above in most cases.
- Exemple classes: Box, spinning, body pump, afro dance
- Price guide: Annual membership around 4 400 - 8 700 SEK
A budget-friendly option
Friskis&Svettis has 8 locations in Stockholm city centre. There's a large choice of classes; 60 different kinds over 850 sessions per week. There's also lots of weight-lifting equipment. And it's cheap.
- Exemple classes: Core, gympa, yoga, circuit training
- Price guide: Annual membership around 2 350-2 950 SEK
Large fitness chain
Nordic Wellness, one of the largest fitness chains in the country, has some 20 clubs in the Stockholm region and more than 100 clubs throughout the country. Their aim is for everyone to be happy, and they offer both a good selection and good prices. .
- Example classes: Zumba, bodypump, yoga, spinning
- Price guide: Monthly membership around 345-445 SEK
The best budget option?
Fitness24Seven has far from the best facilities, if you consider service, choice and quality, but it's without doubt the cheapest choice. You can also work out 24 hours a day, which is great for anyone with unusual working hours or a different body clock, or if you just prefer to come when the place is empty.
- Example classes: Only the Hötorget gym has classes
- Price guide: Monthly membership around 99-199 SEK
For all ages
At World Class they've created an atmosphere that suits all different kinds of people. Young and old, elite athletes or intermittant exercisers, yoga fans or weightlifting professionals. With an emphasis on wellbeing and health, they've put a great deal of time and thought into making all their spaces appealing, pleasant places to be. As well as a large selection of group exercise classes, there are also pensioners' session, as well as "kids aerobics".
- Example classes: Step, body combat, aerobics, afro dance
- Price guide: Annual membership around 4 200-6 000 SEK, monthly membership 399-599 SEK
Wide range of classes and machines
Eriksdalsbadet in Skanstull is one of Stockholm's council-run swimming and sports facilities where a work out will cost you less than at a private gym. It includes a modern gym with hundreds of machines, as well as free weights and other equipment. The gym has instructors and also offers masses of group classes, from bodypump to yoga.
- Example classes: Bodypump, yoga, spinning, water aerobics
- Price guide: Annual pass around 4400 SEK
Hammarby Slussväg 20, Skanstull/Södermalm