Arriving to Panama, I was shocked at how expensive gym memberships were. I was used to paying $30 a month in the states for a super nice, enormous gym with new equipment, TVs everywhere, and free classes. In Panama, a nice gym comes at a premium price. Prices range from $50 to $80 for the standard gym that offers classes and around $150 for a Crossfit gym. But I love working out so having a gym membership is a need for me. Here is my list of my favorite gyms in Panama, based on what they offer for the price.
Steps Gym: A little hidden in San Francisco on Calle 74, this is my favorite gym in Panama. The membership is $50 a month, no contract and $25 annually. They have nice equipment, classes, and trainers that can help you with your workout by giving you exercises to do. But the best part about this gym is that it is much less crowded than gyms like Power Club.
Fit Time: Also located in San Francisco on Cincuentenario and Av 5 Sur, they have no contract gym memberships for $45 a month and $20 annual fee. They have classes like Zumba, Pilates, yoga, and TRX as well as new equipment.
SportTek: For me, this is the closest gym to what I was used to back home. But their monthly membership costs are very high. If you can afford it, go for it. But if you are on a budget go with Steps or Fit Time.
Power Club: This is my least favorite gym because it is always crowded, but I feel like it is worth mentioning because they have several locations that you can go to. They have new equipment and offer several different classes. I would only recommend signing up for this gym if you are able to go in the mornings or afternoons, the gym is really unusable after work hours because of the overcrowding. Also, if you sign up for the 6 month or year contract, your monthly membership cost is significantly less than their month by month plans.
Arts Fitness: This gym is located in Parque Omar and they have affordable pay per day rates of $3. If you are on a budget or only like to occasionally go to the gym, this can be a good option for you. They only have weights, the equipment is old and dirty, and there is no air conditioning.