67/1 Baatik Baatura Street
$30 per month
Although I have many hobbies, my favorite pastime for the last seven years has been lifting, especially powerlifting. When I came to Bishkek, I was honestly worried that it would be difficult to find a decent gym, or at least a decent gym near my dorm. Luckily, I found Fitness House – an incredibly nice, modern, and comfortable gym only two blocks from the London School. The gym is fully stocked with modern equipment, free weights, and cardio machines (although I never use those). There is also an upstairs where classes like yoga are taught. For roughly $30 you can buy 12 gym visits to use over a one-month period. You can also pay extra for a personal trainer. Everyone in the gym is friendly and speaks Russian, but honestly gyms aren’t great places to socialize so don’t expect to make many friends. I’ve gotten to know a few guys who train all the time, but we haven’t ever gotten closer than just talking about lifting in Russian. In general, if you want to stay in shape, Fitness House is perfect since it has good equipment, a clean locker room with showers, and a sauna, all for a fairly good price.