E-52 is a gem of a find about two minute’s walk from Yonghegong subway station (Exit B). It's a simple, affordable and clean gym with a variety of equipment, including over twenty treadmills, a number of bikes, crosstrainers, weight machines and free weights. It has a separate aerobics studio and sparring area, with a boxing ring and punch bag. There is even a ladies-only weight and stretching room.
E-52 offers a range of exercises classes, including yoga, tai chi, Chinese folk dancing, aerobics and daily spinning classes. While the staff at E-52 couldn't be more friendly, English speakers are few and far between, so make sure you learn a few key words in Mandarin before your class!
A year's membership costs 2,799RMB, including all classes (and with a ‘promotion’ we were offered two extra months free).
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