Envigado lies in the Aburrá Valley, which is completely surrounded by mountains and hills. You might face some new challenges if you want to keep up with your running habit. But, there are a ton of opportunities to work out in Envigado! See below for our tips for staying in shape while living in the area.
Free Outdoor Gyms
You’ll notice the free outdoor gyms as soon as you arrive in Envigado. Public parks often have a section for adults to work out, that includes a set of exercise equipment. It’s common to see groups of people working out any time of the day, or even after sunset.
The closest one to the school is located around 15 meters from our entrance – it’s just across the street. Students can see it from the balcony and some of the classrooms.
A group usually trains there from 7-9pm and focuses on body weight moments in intervals. Participation is free for everyone, plus you have again the benefit of being included in a group that speaks only Spanish.
Crossfit is a training methodology invented in the USA which has become a global trend in the last decade. One Crossfit lesson lasts one hour and usually consists of 4 parts.
- First, crossfit always begins with a warm up to get your body in the right state.
- Next, there is usually a weight-lifting or skill part, where the focus is to work on technique.
- The main part of every lesson is the workout of the day or “WOD”. This can have the most variation of movements and rep schemes; the focus is on constantly varied, functional movements, performed at high intensity.
- The last part is the stretching, which is necessary to prevent the shortening of tendons and to increase flexibility.
Crossfit classes at Hakuna Crossfit, right near the school, usually have 6-15 people in attendance and are overseen by one or two coaches. Since most of the people there don’t speak English, it is another great way to immerse yourself in Spanish outside of school, to pick up some new vocabulary, and to get to know the local community.
By foot, the gym, or “box”, can be reached in 10-15 minutes from Colombia Immersion. Classes start every hour on the hour on weekdays from 6-10 a.m. and 4-9 p.m. On Saturday, classes are at held at 8, 9 and 10 a.m., and following classes, the box is open for members to train on their own until 1 p.m.
If you’re looking to find some inner peace, have no fear: yoga is here!
For a local class, check out the yoga classes at 20 Mission Medellín, just a few blocks from the school. They offer flow yoga classes twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. And yes- classes are led in Spanish.
The classes usually consist of up to 10 people with different backgrounds and nationalities. The practiced level is not hard, so it is also perfect for people who never have done yoga before. If you don’t have a mat, you can buy one there, or borrow one for free.
Located inside a valley, Medellín is surrounded by hills and mountains. The unique landscape can add a variety of challenges to your workout. Locals and tourists alike try to conquer the rolling hills and towering mountains by bicycle.
Especially on weekends, you’ll see numerous mountain bikers creeping up the hills, fighting the incline, the sun, and the exhaust of passing cars.
You may find a few bike lanes in the downtown areas, but most mountain roads don’t have them.
To follow this exercise trend, you’ll need a bike. While many travelers bike here from other countries or fly here with a bicycle, if you choose not to, Medellín has countless bike shops and offers a free bike share.
The tough rise up the mountains ends with an astonishing view of the city and the surrounding area. After a quick photo stop, you can (carefully) enjoy the thrilling descent.
The popular “sport” of the local youth however is to hold them self with one hand onto a bus or truck to pull them and their bikes uphill to get the sensation of the descent without the taxing ascent.
Like in most Latin American countries, dancing plays a huge part in the local culture. It’s a great way to make exercise fun! Salsa and Bachata are the most common types of dance practiced and taught in Medellín.
Every week there are free tryout classes across the city. If you decide to continue practicing, you can choose from any number of dance studios.
Arguably a favorite sport in Colombia, it is no wonder that there are stadiums and covered courts for futsal and football all over Medellin. The closest court in Envigado is 20 meters from our door. It’s right next to the park and outdoor workout equipment.
If you’re looking to meet the locals, our students usually take part in matches with locals on Tuesdays. The court is public, so it’s available any time there are no events scheduled.
These kinds of gyms don’t necessarily need an introduction; they exist across the globe. With a membership, you’ll get access to the fitness equipment in the gym and you can go whenever you want.
Some gyms in Envigado, like Trainmax, also offer boxing or MMA classes. You can book these outside of a membership too. Prices vary, but they are posted on the gym’s individual websites.
If none of the above meets your needs, sport complexes exist in and around Medellin. You’ll find all kinds of activities, from yoga to rock climbing and more.
In Envigado, the Centro Recreativo Envigado probably what you’re looking for. It’ll be hard to find a location with more opportunities to exercise than here. It offers chess, archery, swimming, karate, and more.
Check out their website for a full list of activities and prices.
Another option for getting your exercise fix in Envigado could be the Poli Deportivo Sur. It’s is not only the home of Envigado’s first league football team, Envigado FC, but also offers all kinds of exercise classes, like spinning, or the native sport of Tejo, which involves throwing rocks at gunpowder to cause an explosion.
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