More Than Just Exercise: Sports Clubs in Bali

Indulge | Written By, Life on the Island |

It is not easy to keep fit at the best of times under the tropical heat of Bali. Going to the gym or practising Yoga is one of the solutions to maintain your stamina. These days, yoga or fitness centres have become more than just about exercise. It is the emotional integration and spiritual elevation with a touch of mysticism, which gives you a glimpse of something beyond all imagination. It is a way where you can dedicate yourself to a new lifestyle.



There are heaps of spots in Bali to get full access to these physical health centres. If you happen to be in Nusa Dua area, yoga sessions in Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa runs daily in the morning between 6 to 8 at the Garden Beach Bale or the air-conditioned aerobic studio where a professional instructor will guide you through gentle movements, postures and breathing techniques. A fully-equipped world-class gymnasium is also available in their sport complex, including a basketball ring, tennis and squash courts. Whether you want to strengthen your core muscles or supplement your general cardio routine, practicing dynamic fitness yoga can help improve your overall health.

Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa
A : ITDC complex Nusa Dua, Nusa Dua, South Kuta, Badung
T : +62 361 771210
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Driving 15 minutes south to Jimbaran, you can practise Restorative Hot Stone Yoga at Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay. This deep, relaxing and gentle form of yoga involves long-held postures to increase flexibility, endurance and willpower. Heated stones from the sacred Ayung River are placed on the body during postures to gently penetrate into muscles, melting away layers of physical and emotional tension, allowing you to fully relax and connect to the energy of the river valley environment. For beginners, Yin Yoga is more suitable as the practise is slower and gentler, focusing to increase elasticity and mobility of connective tissues around knees, pelvis, sacrum, hips and lower spine. After yoga, you can straight away take a spin with one of the world’s most advanced human-powered watercrafts, water bikes! Merging modern design, technology and engineering, these water bikes deliver an exhilarating and safe ride across the top of the waves – all from human power. A unique vantage point around Jimbaran Bay is an additional bonus.

Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay
A : Jimbaran Bay, Jimbaran, South Kuta, Jimbaran,Badung
T : +62 361 701010
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In Seminyak, SOHAM Wellness Centre brings a unique concept in health & wellness. They offer modern and hi-tech fitness facilities with programmes and specific classes, regarding your age or physical condition. More than 30 classes are available weekly, starting at 8 in the morning and 5 in the afternoon. Fit class, cardio, strength, functional training and balance runs everyday from Monday to Saturday. If you want to find inner peace, a deep sense of relaxation to your body and mind, the yoga session is for open level in this wellness centre so do take part. All classes are overseen and guided by professional and certified trainers to ensure safety and privacy of all members and guests. After workout, you can take your time in the relaxation lounge, steam and sauna room, or spend time in the outdoor Olympic-size swimming pool.

SOHAM Wellness Center
A : Jalan Lebak Sari 7, Petitenget, Seminyak
T : +62 361 4741616
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For those who are staying around Canggu, Canggu Club is the first option to go to keep up your health and wellness goals. Their newest deal gives you access after 5PM for only IDR 150,000 and entitles you to unlimited usage of the gym’s state-of-the-art facilities, including free weight area, cardio machines and resistance equipment, and bonuses such as locker room and shower facilities, steam room and sauna. This club has a ‘no excuses’ policy when it comes to accomplishing your fitness goals, and therefore, fitness classes are accessible throughout the day from Monday to Saturday. This classes include Body Pump, Yoga, TRX, and Cycle. As for the personal trainers, they hire the best International Personal Trainers, including a Regional CrossFit champion from New Zealand, European Fitness Presenter and Brand Ambassador from Finland. So, worry not for your safety, as you will be in the good hands.

Canggu Club
A : Jalan Canggu Club, Canggu
T : +62 361 8483939
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Still in Canggu area, right in the middle of a rice field plantation, Desa Seni provides an authentic Indonesian experience through the exploration of culture, art, yoga, organic farming and complete wellness. Their expansive 90-square-meter open-air Maha Devi Yoga Studio overlooks organic vegetable gardens, providing a perfect setup for a revitalizing yoga class. The team of certified and experienced teachers offer a variety of classes for all levels on a daily basis, and a private class is arrangeable by appointment. All the equipment you might need is provided onsite, including mats, straps, blocks and blankets. A cup of ginger lemon grass tea will be presented to you after the yoga session.

Desa Seni
A : Jalan Subak Sari 13, Canggu, North Kuta, Badung
T : +62 361 8446392
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Going more specific, The Joglo offers the first and only fully-equipped Pilates studio in the Canggu area. Providing an intimate and comprehensive spot in a beautiful studio with a stunning glass-walled, wooden panelled space overlooking the rice paddies, their training foundation is based on the ‘classical method’ in keeping with the legacy and traditions of Joseph Pilates. All the rehabilitation programs are focusing to encourage people to embrace a lifelong learning through an understanding of movement and ‘mind body’ connection. Pilates is a safe and effective whole body workout, without any limitation of your age, body type and fitness level.

The Joglo
A : Jalan Subak Sari 13 #8, Tibubeneng, North Kuta, Badung
T : +62 361 9347778
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Travel up to the centre of Ubud, Yoga Barn have established themselves as a healing and renewal centre for everyone, from beginners to experienced practitioners. Providing a lush and inspiring environment for the nourishment of body, mind and soul, the yoga teacher trainings will guide you to go deeper into profoundly peaceful and energised states of mind. Apart from uplifting spiritual values, they believe that the act of meditation can also boost your confidence and lower stress, thus improving your daily mood. Known to be one of the largest yoga and retreat centres in South East Asia, this place caters over 15 classes and workshops every day from 7Am to 9PM.

Yoga Barn
A : Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud, Gianyar
T : +62 361 971236
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