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For a city of its size, there are a surprising number of high quality fitness centers in Dalian. If money is no matter, hands down, the best of the bunch (in terms of equipment and services) is Bally Total Fitness Club, which boasts two locations in the city. But not to worry— for everyone else, there are several other fitness centers in Dalian that feature comparable facilities and will not break the bank. So grab your gym bag, slip on your cross-trainers and let’s go pump some iron.

Pumping Iron: Dalian’s Best Fitness Centers
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1) Bally Total Fitness Club
As the name implies, Bally Total Fitness Club is a joint venture between the popular US gym chain and the General Administration of Sport in China. With more than 40 branches already open across the country, Bally’s name is highly regarded by Chinese and expats alike. Open since 2003, the Zhongshan Square branch is something of an exercising institution in Dalian, with over 5,000 sq. m of exercise facilities, featuring a hot yoga room, badminton hall and swimming pool, in addition to the normal fitness accouterments. The newer Xi’an Lu branch is spread out across the 2F-4F of the Roosevelt Center and features the same great facilities as the Zhongshan Square branch. Membership packages are available for access to both locations.

Zhongshan Square branchView In Map
Add: B1-B2, Jinrong Building, 3 Zhongshan Square, Zhongshan District, Dalian
地址:大连市中山区中山广场3号金融大厦B1、B2层, 中体倍力健身俱乐部
Tel: 411 8255 3118
Opening hours: 07:00-22:00
Price: 5,000 RMB (1-year membership, single branch) 5,600 RMB (1-year membership, both branches), 11,000 RMB (3-year membership)
Website: http://www.csibally.com
Getting there: take bus No. 7, 15, 19, 23, 30, 403, 405, 409, 506, 515, 533, 701, 703, 707, 708, 710 to Zhongshan Square bus stop (中山广场站)

Xi’an Lu Roosevelt Center branchView In Map
Add: 139 Xi’an Lu, Shahekou District, Dalian
地址:大连市沙河口区西安路139号
Tel: 411 8389 9777
Opening hours: 07:00-22:00
Price: 5,000 RMB (1-year membership, single branch) 5,600 RMB (1-year membership, both branches), 11,000 RMB (3-year membership)
Website: http://www.csibally.com
Getting there: take bus No. 34 to Parkson Shopping Center (百盛购物中心站)

2) Lead Fitness (Sanba Square branch)View In Map
With seven total branches in Dalian, Lead Fitness (金领第一健身俱乐部) is certainly doing something right. Our favorite branch is the one at Sanba Square, which, at 4,000 sq. m, is just a bit more spacious than the others. The facilities are top-notch with all of the exercise equipment brought in by international brands, Technogym and Matrix. Lead also offers a variety of classes, such as the currently in vogue “Less Mills” series of workouts, in addition to Pilates, belly dancing, jazz, hot dance, step and yoga. Similar to Bally’s, you have the option of purchasing a membership plan for either a single location or all of them (at an added cost).

Add: 6F, Jiahe Huayang Nianhua Building, 100 Zhigong Jie, Sanba Squre, Zhongshan District, Dalian
地址:大连市中山区三八广场职工街100号嘉和花样年华6层
Tel: 411 8277 6777
Opening hours: 08:30-21:30
Price: 3,200 RMB (1-year membership)
Website: http://www.leadfitness.cn
Getting there: take bus No. 7, 11, 27, 30, 40, 201, 501, 534, 703, 708, 710, 712 to Sanba Square bus stop (三八广场站)

3) Hosa Fitness Centre
Formerly just a recreational sports brand in Hong Kong, Hosa Fitness (浩沙健身) got into the club market a while back and now operates more than 70 branches across China. While the outside of the Xi’an Lu branch in Dalian may not look like much, you’ll be surprised by the clean exercise environment inside. The facility is well equipped and offers a multitude of top-notch courses. Personal trainers run a bit expensive (500 RMB for drop-ins or 300 RMB for long-term returnees), but are very good. The bathrooms are also quite nice, featuring saunas and lounges complete with large sofas and various periodicals to browse. Hosa often runs promotional activities offering discounted memberships, so if you’re trying to penny-pinch, keep your eyes pealed.

Xi’an Lu branchView In Map
Add: 5F, Fujia Xintiandi building, 99 Xi’an Lu, Shahekou District, Dalian (near Xinggong Jie)
地址:大连市沙河口区西安路99号福佳新天地5楼(近兴工街)
Tel: 411 8389 7666
Opening hours: 09:00-21:00
Price: 1,699 RMB (1-year membership)
Website: www.hosafitness.com
Getting there: take bus No. 6, 10, 35, 405, 503, 505, 528, 705 to Xinggong Jie bus stop (兴工街站)

4) Whytewoolf Fitness ClubView In Map
You’ll find Dalian’s illusive Whytewoof Fitness Club inside the Yicai City Shopping Plaza. Coming in at 1,800 sq. m, it may not be the largest gym on the list, although it does feature solid ventilation, bright lighting and has windows on three sides, which adds a nice bit of scenery to those 10 km treadmill runs. While the basic membership costs are fairly inexpensive, do note that the instructors here can push pretty hard to get you to sign up for their expensive classes, so be prepared to refuse them. Also, unless you like waiting in line to use equipment, try to avoid heading here when everyone’s just getting off of work.

Add: 4F, Yicaicheng, 1105 Huanghe Lu, Shahekou District, Dalian
地址:大连市沙河口区黄河路1105号逸彩城4楼(近马栏广场) ,韦德伍斯健身中心
Tel: 411 8422 0999
Opening hours: 10:00-21:00
Price: 2,200 RMB (1-year membership)
Getting there: take bus No. 3, 101, 522, 534, 535, 705, 708, 709, 715, 716 to Malan Square bus stop (马栏广场站)

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