The 14 Best Gyms in Nairobi [With Prices] – Updated for 2021

Gyms in Nairobi

In recent years, finding affordable gyms in Nairobi has gotten a lot easier. 

Some older gyms are still incredibly overpriced. But modern gyms are popping up all over the city. Even better, they offer excellent classes to suit everything style of fitness – from CrossFit and Muay Thai, to yoga and pole dancing.

This guide will show you the best gyms in Nairobi’s neighbourhoods to help you achieve your fitness goals wherever you are.  

Check them out for yourself, and let me know if I missed any!

Quick Guide: The 8 Best Gyms in Nairobi

  1. Smart Gyms Junction Mall, Ngong Rd.
  2. Racing Sport Gym, Westlands
  3. Smart Gyms Diamond Plaza, Parklands
  4. Hyat Fitness, Kilimani
  5. Zarnash Gym, Lavington
  6. Penthouse Fitness, CBD
  7. Smart Gyms The Hub, Karen
  8. Laurasam Fitness Centre, Ngara
How much is gym membership in Nairobi?

Gym membership in Nairobi usually costs around 5,000 – 7,000 Ksh per month. Some gyms are more expensive, but they also offer cheaper rates for longer membership plans (ie. 3 months or one year). You can also ask your gym about off-peak and corporate plans.

Junction and Ngong Rd. 

Smart Gyms Junction

Smart Gym’s Junction Mall branch was it’s first to open and immediately made a huge impact. It felt like the first truly modern, affordable, well-equipped, and well-located gym in Nairobi. 

And for all those reasons, it’s still just as popular. Smart Gyms continues to offer excellent value and high standards, with a wide range of cardio and weight training equipment and fitness classes to choose from. 

  • Monthly Membership: 5,000
  • 3-month Membership: 12,500
  • 6-month Membership: 23,000
  • 12-month Membership: 46,000

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Colosseum Fitness Centre

Colosseum is an excellent pick if you’re looking for something more immersive than the usual gym experience. 

They focus on more personalized training, offering group and individual classes in Muay Thai, boxing, fitness, and pole dancing. But you like to work out alone, there’s plenty of room and equipment for that too.  

  • 1 Training Session: 500
  • 12 Session Per Month: 4,000
  • Unlimited Monthly Membership: 5,000

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Rates for Muay Thai, Personal Training, Pole Dancing available on their website.

Westlands

Racing Sport Gym 

RSG is conveniently located in the heart of Westlands – perfect if you work or live in the neighborhood. 

It offers exceptional value, with plenty of modern workout equipment, a steam room and sauna, and access to their Parklands branch included in your membership. And despite being in one of Nairobi’s busiest areas, just down the road from The Alchemist, it never gets crowded.

  • Day Pass: 1,350
  • Monthly Membership [Off-Peak]: 5,300
  • Monthly Membership: 6,150
  • 12-month Membership [Off-Peak]: 50,150
  • 12-month Membership: 59,000

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Parklands

Smart Gyms Diamond Plaza II

Smart Gyms’ Parkland branch offers the same quality and value as the Junction Mall branch, conveniently located in Diamond Plaza II.

It’s close to loads of offices, apartments, and shopping centres, as well as the Africa Yoga Project just across the road in Diamond Plaza I.

  • Monthly Membership: 5,000
  • 3-month Membership: 12,500
  • 6-month Membership: 23,000
  • 12-month Membership: 46,000

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Racing Sport Gym

Like its Westlands location, RSG Parklands provides excellent, well-maintained equipment, plenty of space, and a pleasant atmosphere. 

  • Day Pass: 1,350
  • Monthly Membership [Off-Peak]: 5,300
  • Monthly Membership: 6,150
  • 12-month Membership [Off-Peak]: 50,150
  • 12-month Membership: 59,000

[View on Google Maps]

Kilimani

Hyat Fitness

Opposite the road from Yaya Centre, Hyat Fitness is an excellent gym with a great location.

While the space is a bit small, the equipment is well laid out, so it never feels too crowded. The staff are friendly and welcoming, and there’s always someone hanging around to help you push a little further or get your posture just right.

Hyat Fitness also offer personal training, starting at 90,000 per month. Ask at reception and they’ll connect you with a trainer, who can take a quick fitness assessment and create a tailored plan.

  • Day Pass: 1,000
  • Weekly Pass: 3,000
  • 2-Week Pass: 3,500
  • Monthly Membership: 6,000
  • 3-month Membership: 16,500
  • 6-month Membership: 31,000
  • 12-month Membership: 62,000

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Ultra Fitness Gym

On a quiet stretch of Kilimani Rd, close to Adams Arcade roundabout, Ultra Fitness Gym has great equipment and classes for weight training, CrossFit, Muay Thai, and much more. 

Members speak very highly of the passionate staff and trainers. 

The gym also offers plenty of flexible membership plans, whether you’re in Nairobi for a week or a year. 

  • Day Pass: 500
  • Weekly Pass: 4,000
  • Monthly Membership: 6,000
  • 3-month Membership: 30,000
  • 6-month Membership: 15,000
  • 12-month Membership: 60,000

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Lavington

Zarnash Gym @ Jafferys

Zarnash Gym is part of Jafferys Sports Club in Lavington, most popular for its free running track. 

While the gym is relatively small, it’s rarely busy and well equipped, with plenty of fresh air from the upstairs balcony. 

One of the older gyms in Nairobi, Zarnash is expensive for what it offers but is conveniently located for anyone living or working in Lavington. 

  • Day Pass: 700
  • Monthly Membership [Off-Peak]: 6,500
  • Monthly Membership: 8,500
  • 3-month Membership: 23,500
  • 12-month Membership: 68,000

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Gigiri

Crossfit Kwetu

Perfectly located halfway down the road between Village Market and the UN, Crossfit Kwetu is definitely targeting the local diplomat scene on their way home from work. 

It offers an all-in-one package with plenty to compliment the regular CrossFit classes that draw the crowds: a snack bar selling smoothies and healthy snacks, personalized training, and more. 

As the name suggests, this is for Crossfitters. If it’s not your scene, you may be better suited at a more traditional gym. 

  • Monthly Membership: Starting from 8,750

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CBD

While researching this guide, I was surprised to learn how many gyms there are in Nairobi’s CBD. 

Even better, they’re all affordable and of good quality. However, due to traffic, they’re probably only convenient for people working or studying in the CBD. Everybody else would be better off finding a gym in their local neighborhood.

PentHouse Gymnasium

Like the name suggests, PentHouse Gymnasium is on one of the top floors of Viewpark Tower, looking out over Central Park. It’s also on the same street as Alliance Francais. 

Penthouse is super-modern and perfectly located for people working in the CBD. 

They offer a wide range of classes and training regimes, along with an in-house kitchen selling healthy smoothies and juices to boost your workout and recovery. 

For the facilities, quality of equipment, and location, PentHouse Gymnasium offers excellent value. 

  • Day Pass: 550
  • Weekly Pass: 2,500
  • Monthly Membership: 5,500
  • 3-month Membership:15,000
  • 6-Month Membership: 28,000
  • 12-month Membership: 44,000

[View on Google Maps]

Ngara

Laurasam Fitness Centre

Laurasam is one of the best budget gyms in Nairobi. 

They offer a wide range of flexible membership plans for students, couples, and corporate customers, as well as off-peak plans. Their long term memberships are amongst the best value in the city. 

It’s not a big gym, so I recommend going off-peak, so you’re not competing for machines. 

  • Day Pass: 500
  • Monthly Membership: 5,500
  • 3-month Membership:14,500
  • 6-Month Membership: 16,200
  • 12-month Membership: 33,000

[View on Google Maps]

Karen

Smart Gyms The Hub

Offers the same excellent value for money and high standards you can expect from every Smart Gyms location. 

There’s plenty of fresh air and room to move around as you work out. 

Unfortunately, despite being open from 05.30 am to 7 pm, the gym can get very crowded. This is probably due to the overall lack of good gyms in Karen. Hopefully, that will change!

  • Monthly Membership: 5,000
  • 3-month Membership: 12,500
  • 6-month Membership: 23,000
  • 12-month Membership: 46,000

[View on Google Maps]

Mombasa Rd. 

Smart Gyms at Southfield Hall

Everything you can expect from Smart Gyms, with a convenient location for anyone commuting in and out of Nairobi.  

  • Monthly Membership: 5,000
  • 3-month Membership: 12,500
  • 6-month Membership: 23,000
  • 12-month Membership: 46,000

[View on Google Maps]

Bonus Tip: Apartments with Gyms

Many modern apartment complexes in Nairobi now include small private fitness centres and gyms for tenants. 

You’ll pay higher rent in such complexes, and equipment may be more limited than in big gyms like Smart Gym. But it’s often much better value and more convenient when you don’t even have to leave your complex to work out. 

Sports Shops in Nairobi

Before jumping into your next workout, make sure you have the right clothes and equipment. 

Nairobi has plenty of great sports shops and online stores selling training, workout and, 

Nairobi Sports House

Nairobi Sports House has plenty of equipment and exercise clothing for the gym with physical stores dotted throughout Nairobi. 

Jumia

Jumia has a massive range of cheap exercise equipment for both the gym and home workouts. 

As always, quality on the site varies greatly, so check the reviews before you purchase anything.

What’s Your Favourite Gym in Nairobi? Did I Miss It?

Hopefully, I’ve helped you find the best gym in Nairobi for your workout style, budget, and location. 

This list is still growing, and I’m adding to it regularly as I explore more of the city’s gyms. If you know a great gym in Nairobi that I’ve not included here, put a link in the comments below, and I’ll add it ASAP. 

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