There are no gyms and fitness centers explicitly known as gay-friendly in Istanbul, but the following ones are recommended for the people who do not want to change their exercising habits, no matter.
The Marmara Spa & Gym Center
Address: The Marmara Hotel, Osmanlı Sokak No:1/B Taksim
The Marmara Taksim Gym located on the terrace floor and overlooking Taksim Square, is equipped with a wide range of state-of-the-art cardiovascular, strength and flexibility equipment including treadmills, cross trainers, rowers and cardio bikes..
For more details visit official website
Inn Pera Sporting Club
Address: Sıraselviler Cad. No:15, Taksim, Istanbul
It is located very close to Taksim Square at the basement floor of Inn Pera Hotel. Some of the facilities are fitness equipments, pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Turkish bath, steam room.
Address: Istiklal Cad. No:212 Aznavur Pasajı Kat:4 Tomtom Mh. Taksim Beyoglu, Istanbul
This is comparatively modest gym located on the 4th floor in Aznavur Passage (a historical building functioning as a traditional shopping mall on Istiklal Caddesi). The building is located after Galatasaray square (the middle of Istiklal) if you arrive from Taksim.
Address: Istiklal Caddesi, Sadri Alisik Sokak, No:29/1, Taksim-Beyoglu, Istanbul.
If you prefer a more liberal atmosphere for gays, you can try Aquarius Sauna which has a small gym section. The gym section has very basic work-out equipments such as barbells, treadmill, bikes although some of these may not even be working well. The swimming pool is not very big but should be good enough for daily swimming exercises.
Mac Kanyon AVM
Address: Kanyon Shopping Mall, Buyukdere Cad No:185 Levent, Istanbul.
Mars Entertainment Group's fitness branch in Kanyon Shopping mall .There are onsite pilates, kinesis and cycling instructors. A swimming pool with a track of 18 meters, basketball field with a professional ground, ski snowboard ring and sun terrace are available. NuSpa offers massage service, sauna, steam room, Turkish bath, and ice shower. Swimming pool, the basketball field, fitness and cardio area receive constant sunlight. Kanyon Shopping mall is not located very close to city center, but can be reached from Taksim in less then half an hours by M2 Metro. You need to get of at Levent station.
Visitor Comments and Suggestions:
"Gyms in Taksim area - Was in Taksim for 8 days and had gym workouts in 3 different places :
Aquarius Sauna – just a couple of weights and a bench, as indicated in your guide
CS Club – Siraselviler Caddesi No : 188 tl +90 212 245 12 55 http://www.cihangirsportscenter.com/ – nice gym ; not gay, not really set up for short-time visitors. Cost 50TL per day or 150TL per week to work-out. INNPERA SPORTING CLUB – Siraselviler Caddesi No :15, Small but excellent gym ; including free weights up to 50kg and a small swimming pool. Better set up for visitors : 1 day pass €15, 1 week €50. Entrance through the Innpera Hotel. Ask for the Spor Salonu and the staff will activate the elevator to floor -2. Not gay. " Posted by Paul from Belgium on November 13th, 2011
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