You don't have to atrophy into a puddle of tanned flab while visiting Tel Aviv, or settle for the convenient and charming but rather tame public workout facilities on the beach or at parks around town. If you don't have suitable gym facilities at your hotel in Tel Aviv, you can easily get a short-term membership at one of the city's gyms.
Most offer quickie options, from a one-time workout to a six-month membership to help you avoid your biceps turning into bingo wings. Here are some of the deals on offer.
This chain has three centrally located branches. The main one is located one floor below the entrance level of Dizengoff Center, the maze-like shopping mall at 50 Dizengoff Street, at the intersection of Dizengoff and King George streets.
Because of its convenient location, this branch attracts a great number of young Tel Avivis, some local celebs and not a few members of the gay community (it's not far from the LGBT center a few hundred meters away).
The Dizengoff branch was recently renovated, and offers saunas and classes, as well as the usual weights and cardio machines.
The cost of a one-off entry to the gym facilities is NIS 100; a week will set you back NIS 250 and for two weeks Holmes charges NIS 300. A month's subscription costs NIS 449. The price includes access to all classes.
This branch is open 6 A.M. to midnight Sunday through Thursday, 7 A.M. to 7 P.M. on Friday and 9 A.M. to 10 P.M. on Saturday.
Not too far from Dizengoff is the Great Shape facility, located in a basement, just off Rabin Square, on Ibn Gvirol. This is a better venue for exercise buffs who are serious about their bod, boxers and the type. There's a large boxing ring in the center of the gym and it also features punching bags. The facility sports a dry sauna and offers spinning classes and more.
Great Shape offers two options: A one-time entrance for NIS 50 or a month-long membership for NIS 400.
Located on 68 Ibn Gvirol Street, Great Shape is open from 6 A.M. to midnight Sunday through Thursday, 7 A.M. to 7 P.M. on Friday and 9 A.M. to 10 P.M. on Saturday.
Also quite centrally located but in a different part of town is the Pure gym, which charges NIS 70 for a one-time visit, NIS 250 for a week's subscription, and NIS 350 for two weeks.
The entry fee includes use of all the contraptions and access to all the classes such as kickboxing and yoga, with one exception: the Pilates reformer class.
Located on 77 Ben Yehuda Street, Pure's hours are 6 A.M. to 1 A.M. Sunday through Thursday, 6 A.M. to 7 P.M. on Friday and 8 A.M. to 10 P.M. on Saturday.
Another option is the Go Active gym in the Weizmann Mall next door to Ichilov Hospital, on 14 Weizmann Street. This is a convenient venue if you've come to Israel to visit a brand-new member born to the family, to visit a sick family member, or are just worried about something horrible happening to you while pumping the iron.
Like the others, the short-term subscription at Go Active includes use of its machinery and access to its classes, which include Pilates and yoga. It also entitles you to a meeting with a fitness consultant.
One-time entry will cost NIS 75, two weeks cost between NIS 150 to NIS 200 (you can also practice your haggling skills) and a month costs NIS 450.
It's worth noting that some 700 employees of Ichilov Hospital work out there, says the gym.
Opening hours: 6 AM – midnight Sunday through Thursday, 6 AM- 7 PM Friday, 9 AM – 10 PM Saturday.