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Body Bar Gym

Jawatte Avenue, Colombo 7


The Body Bar gym sits down Jawatte Avenue (Jawatte Road) in Colombo 7. It seems to be quite quite popular with folks in Colombo - it's clean and there's a sense of homeliness that you look for in a gym. The trainers speak pretty good English and were really helpful when I asked for a tour of the place.



The Body Bar gym sits down Jawatte Avenue (Jawatte Road) in Colombo 5. It seems to be quite quite popular with folks in Colombo - it's clean and there's a sense of homeliness that you look for in a gym. The trainers speak pretty good English and were kind enough to give me a tour of the entire place.

The Body Bar gym is actually separated into two sections; the upstairs section is for cardio - they've got about 6 treadmills, 4 cross trainers, 2 rowing machines, a few exercise bikes and a stretching cage. And downstairs is the weight training area - you find your dumbbells, free weights, bench press and machine weights here. The cardio section is quite spacious but I can't say the same for the weight training area - there are walls and pillars which divide the floor up into 4 or 5 smaller rectangles.

The most important part of a gym is how comfortable you feel when you're inside, the more comfortable you are the more you'll enjoy your workout. Body Bar is well air conditioned and brings in a good, diverse crowd, but I think it's most popular with the older generation. The trainers are pretty friendly, and more importantly, the gym is well designed - the equipment is in good condition (looks new) and the changing rooms have a welcoming appeal.

They have cable TV, which is pretty standard nowadays, a water fountain next to the reception and a convenient, dodgy looking juice bar outside in the car park. They also sell supplements so if you're looking for whey protein or creatine (they've got nitro-tech, muscle-tech, creatine monohydrate, etc.), you can find it here .

The reason Body Bar attracts so many people is because they also host dance classes, yoga, zumba and martial arts lessons (visit their Facebook page for more information). I happened to see a group of guys trying to kill a punching bag while I was there. You have to pay for these classes separately, but members get a special discount.

Like I said the changing rooms are nice, they have clean showers if you want to wash up after your workout. They're nice and tidy so that's a big big plus point.

The membership fees are quite similar to other gyms in Colombo, an individual annual membership will be about Rs.50,000 (see image for full rates). There's also a Rs. 2,000 joining fee, no idea what that's about.

All in all it's a good gym. It's clean and homely, but if you want better value for your money check out Fitness First. It's not as nice but you gain access to a swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi. Food for thought.

TIP

The trainers are quite helpful and speak good English.

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Address

Jawatte Avenue, Colombo 7

Directions

From Bauddhaloka Mawatha turn down Jawatte Road. Jawatte Avenue is the first turn on your right.

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Open 5:45 to 9 PM weekdays, 8 AM to 8 PM weekends

Price Range

More than Rs.1500

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
3
Service Rating
4
Ambience Rating
4
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