Moscow Health & Beauty Guide
There are literally hundreds of gyms and fitness centers available to take care of health & beauty of expats in Moscow. The majority are extremely well-equipped, most including a swimming pool, extensive class schedule, open courts for many sports, and also saunas, beauty salons, and tanning facilities. Expect to pay about 28,000 – 62,000 RUR for an annual subscription (in cash, upfront).
These Moscow fitness centers provide information in English and may have some English-speaking staff:
- Gold’s Gym
The international chain – if you have a membership from your home country, you may have guest privileges here. There are two locations:Dinamo (a favorite with expatriates)
Offers a fully equipped gym and cardio area, extensive schedule of aerobics classes, designated courts for football, basketball, volleyball, tennis and squash area, swimming pool, beauty salon, massage, and tanning services. Body revolution programs twice annually.
Leningradsky Prosp. 31/30
Closest metro: Dinamo
+7 (495) 931 96 16
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7:00 – 23:00; Sat-Sun 9:00 – 22:00Lefort
Has all imaginable cardio equipment, free weights, more than 25 regularly scheduled group classes (including yoga and pilates), spinning equipment, designated courts for football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, a table tennis area, sauna, and massage room.
Elektrozavodskaya Ul. 27/3
Closest metro: Eletrozavodskaya or Preobrazhenskaya Ploshad
+7 (495) 662-46 53
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7:00 – 23:00; Sat-Sun 9:00 – 22:00
- Planet Fitness
A more affordable option among Moscow’s fitness centers. Annual memberships start at 29,000 RUR. There are 15 locations in Moscow, most of which offer free weights, cardio equipment, a swimming pool, aerobics and dance classes, and boxing. Many also have massage and tanning.
Typical opening hours: Mon-Fri 7:00 – 24:00; Sat-Sun 9:00 – 22:00 (may vary by location)
- World Class
With 16 locations in Moscow, you’re sure to find one nearby. The biggest and best offer a full range of fitness and cardiovascular equipment, group classes in everything from aerobics to martial arts, personal training, swimming pool, kid zones, and spa and solarium.
Typical opening hours: Mon-Fri 7:00 – 24:00; Sat-Sun 9:00 – 24:00 (may vary by location)
There are three golf course in Moscow and the Moscow area:
- Moscow City Golf Club
This 9-hole course is conveniently located in the city. Also offers a practice area, pro shop, tennis courts, spa and restaurant
Ulitsa Dovzhenko 1
Closest metro: Kievskaya (then by bus)
+7 (499) 147-8330
- Le Meridien Moscow Country Club
This 18-hole golf course is home to the Russian Open (PGA European Tour) every summer. It is part of an exclusive private membership resort in the Moscow suburb of Nakhabino, about 40 minutes out of the city. Also has a comprehensive sports complex and excellent restaurant.
+7 (495) 626-5910
- Moscow Golf Club
Moscow’s newest 18-hole course opened in May 2009. Also offers tennis and a fitness center.
Ostrovnaya ul., 2
Closest metro: Krilatskoe
+7 (495) 234-7451
Many fitness centers in Moscow offer facilities for playing tennis, as do the golf courses. But you can also try a specialized tennis club, or the facilities are the stadiums:
- Zhukovka Tennis Centre
Located 10 km beyond the MKAD in the village Zhukova, this center offers 10 indoor tennis courts; tennis school, massage room and bicycle rental.
1 Illinskoye Shosse, Zhukovo
+ 7 (495) 418-3701
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 8:00 – 22:00
- Luzhniki Sports Complex
This popular stadium has two full-size tennis courts in addition to a great range of other facilities.
Luzhnetskaya Nab. 24
Closest metro: Sportivnaya
+7 (495) 637-0262
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 7:00 – 22:00
The great majority of fitness centers in Moscow also have swimming pools. But you can also easily find great pools and even waterparks without a gym membership.
- Olympic Sports Complex
This stadium has the best swimming pool in all of Moscow. Note that you must bring a medical certificate showing you are free of skin, and other, conditions that can be transmitted through the water (can be issued at any public clinic).
Olympisky Prospekt 16/18
Closest metro: Prospekt Mira
+7 (495) 288-5453
Another nice pool, located on the circle metro line. You will also need to present a medical certificate, but you can get one on the spot (valid for a month) from the swimming pool medical department (open 8:30 – 22:00)
Turchaninov Per. 1/3
Closest metro: Park Kultury
+7 (499) 246-1344
A great waterpark with 5 pools, slides, water games, and a special kids club. Also has a large gym, mini-golf course, beauty salon, and restaurant on site.
Azovskaya Ul. 24
Closest metro: Sevastopolskaya
+7 (495) 310-0401
There are numerous yoga centers in Moscow, and of course many fitness centers also offer yoga classes. The following yoga center has English-speaking instructors available:
- Ashtanga Yoga Center
Hatha Yoga at various levels. Instructors speak both Russian and English. One class costs 350 -500 RUR; a monthly membership is 2200 – 2700 RUR. They have four locations in Moscow:Stary Tolmachevsky Per 7 (inside “Orbita” center)
Closest metro: Novokuznetskaya
+7 (495) 953-6957Zoologicheskaya Ul 30
Closest metro: Mayakovskaya, Barrikadnaya
+7 (495) 550-9646Ostozhenka Ul 8 (inside “Sambo” club)
Closest metro: Kropotkinskaya
+7 (495) 201-7209Bolshoy Vlasyevsky Per 10
Closest metro: Arbatskaya or Kropotkinskaya
+7 (495) 300-4587
Football (Soccer) Fields
Many fitness centers provide facilities for football, as do most stadiums (see Entertainment > Sports Events). You may also enjoy getting involved with the following expatriate football groups:
- Expat Over 30s Football League
A league of 8 teams that plays weekly at Dynamo Stadium. Games are 11-a-side with professional referees. New players age 28 and over with playing experience are recruited at the beginning of the season.
- Women’s Football Club
Open to all, and emphasizes fun over professional play. Meets Sundays from 17:00 to 19:00 near metro Aeroport.
Ice Skating Rinks
Ice skating is very popular in Moscow. In the winter, there are open-air rinks all around the city and at Gorky Park. There are also numerous indoor rinks:
Levoberezhnaya Ul 12/1
Closest metro: Rechnoy Vokzal
+7 (495) 458-1084
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 – 21:00; Sat 19:45 – 20:45; Sun 18:30 – 19:30
Chobotovskaya Ul 6
Closest metro: Prospekt Vernadskogo
+7 (495) 733-0369
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 – 21:00; Sat 17:00 – 20:00; Sun 17:00 – 18:00
- Ice Palace Yuzhny
Closest metro: Prazhskaya
+7 (495) 383-8738
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7:00 – 22:00; Sat-Sun 21:00 – 22:00
- Ice Palace Rus
Voronezhskaya Ul 13/3
Closest metro: Domodedovskaya
+7 (495) 399-1327
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 7:00 – 24:00
- Ledovy Dvorets
(Offers skating classes)
Volgogradsky Prospect 46/15
Closest metro: Tekstilshchiki
+7 (495) 179-3964
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 7:00 – 24:00
Each MEGA Mall (see Shopping) also has an ice skating rink.
Skiing and Snowboarding Slopes
Downhill skiing and snowboarding on a 400-meter slope.
Krylastskaya Ul 2
Closest metro: Krylastskoye or Molodezhnaya (then take bus number 229 or 829)
- Volen Ski Park
A ski resort with hotel, restaurants, and an excellent ski school and ski rentals. North of the city. To get there, head out on Dimitrovskoe Schosse; turn left 46 km beyond the MKAD, and follow the signs.
+7 (495) 993-95-40; 993-95-02
Moscow office: Olimpiyskiy prospect, 7 ste 411/ + 7 (495) 961 00 50
Besides these two slopes, Moscow offers a wealth of possibilities for cross-country skiing, especially in parks in the outskirts of the city including Sokolniki, Bitsevskiy Park, Kuzminki, Vorobievy Gory, and Yakhroma.
Horse Riding Facilities
There are many locations for horse riding in and around Moscow. The following two have English-speaking instructors available:
Individual horse-riding lessons with qualified English-speaking instructors. Single admission to the Club is 1750 RUR, or purchase a monthly horse-riding card for 18,000-24,000.
Begovaya Ul 17
Closest metro: Begovaya
+7 (495) 945 05 87
- Hippodrome Complex
Individual horse-riding lessons with qualified English- and German-speaking instructors available.
Begovaya Ul 22/1
Closest metro: Begovaya
+7 (495) 945 50 59
The following rock climbing school offers English-language instruction:
- AlexClimb Indoor Rockclimbing
Operates from September to May and organizes training across indoor and outdoor locations in Moscow; also organizes tours around Russia and internationally. You can purchase 8 two-hour sessions with an English-speaking instructor in a group of 4-8 people for 5,400 RUR (plus entrance to the rock climbing gym). Individual trainings also available.
The following expat club is a fun way to meet people and play rugby at the same time:
- Moscow Dragons Rugby Club
Play rugby and get involved in many social and charitable events.
Paintball is increasingly popular with teenagers even in Moscow. The following two locations are available:
- Action Paintball Games
Panfilova Ul 20-2
Closest metro: Sokol
+7 (499) 796 46 46
- Paintball Sports Club
A large outdoor complex,10 kilometers outside the MKAD. Horse riding is also available.
+7 (495) 772 88 80, 918 45 80
The following expat club is a fun way to meet people and play hockey at the same time:
- Expat Field Hockey Club
A club that welcomes beginners, and both men and women. Meets Saturday from 15:00 to 16:30 at Sokolniki Football Training Center (closest metro: Sokolniki) Equipment is provided, and the sessions cost 250 RUR per person each.
Contact: Vineet Arora