Located in Belgrade, Serbia, and designed by 4of7 the Wellness Sky has become known as the world’s most expensive gym. Spanning an impressive 1100 sqm and looking spectacular, the gym’s average membership costs sits at around £30,000 a year. The original building was created 35 years ago and was designed to be a landmark of the Belgrade waterfront. It used to be the home of a very exclusive restaurant which was a part of the recreational centre which was accessible to the public. The original design was created by the communist government and was supported by the President at the time, J.B.Tito. For a period of fifteen years the building was inactive and unused, so had deteriorated considerably. That was until it was converted into a health and fitness club.
With a whole host of views from its impressive structure, you could probably charge people just to enter the building! The fitness centre is known worldwide for its attention to detail and it’s impressive body balance programmes. These unique classes combine yoga, pilates and tai-chi together into one intensive but highly effective full-body workout which is guaranteed to bring excellent results. Membership costs are the catch though. For all this excellent treatment and exclusive access to the unique gym and its classes, you will have to fork out £30,000 a year for a membership. For that sort of money, you would be after results!
The main volume of the building is elevated fifteen metres above the ground level and the river that neighbours the gym itself. The building is supported by two central columns which both contain lift shafts which bring visitors from the ground up to the gym itself. Thankfully there are no stairs, we don’t feel anyone would fancy going down them after leg day training! Cantilevers stretch out some 12 metres from the building which give the whole structure the illusion that it is levitating. The concrete floor slabs are not connected to the perimeter of the building, this gives the glass facade the ability to continue to its full extent.
Wellness Sky has become one of the world’s most innovative with unrivalled views. The river has become a hotspot of activity and events and the gym provides the perfect place to view them all. You can both view the events and exercise at the same time. They hold a number of fitness programmes which are designed to push you to your very limits, these are:
Les Mills Sprint is built on the science of high-intensity interval training (HIIT). The short duration of a Les Mills Sprint workout will motivate you to push your physical and mental limits. If you like to ride a bike this is the right way to find out actually how fast you can go … It is designed for anyone who wants to burn excess fat, shape stomach, hips and buttocks, to improve fitness level, who want to round up their strength or core training. Take your training to the next level with a workout that’s all about quick results. The payoff is you burn calories for hours after a good HIIT workout.
Intensity is a medium to high-intensity 50-minute training program. You exercise at a very intense pace for a short period of time and then rest for longer periods in between. The idea is to increase your aerobic fitness level while burning fat. You will be using jump boxes, kettle bell’s, the one-handed and two-handed weights. Fast- paced music will add up the motivation to do better and stronger.
W.I.C. is a medium to high-intensity program on a stationary bike. The load can be adjusted individually according to each user. This ride lasts 50 minutes. Take the imaginary track with your coach and ride through the hills and plains to the mountain peaks. You will improve your fitness level in general, strengthen leg muscles and buttocks, and reduce body fat, with minimal joints impact.
Pilates is a gentle or moderate, low-impact, yet serious strength workout that research shows can help ease low back pain, reduce body fat, improve flexibility, contribute to the reduction of frequent headaches and even support mental well-being. Pilates is being performed through functional movements and breathing exercises for a period of 50 minutes. Training includes the use of equipment such as large balls, elastic bands, hand weights. Intended for those who like static exercises and more sedentary people who spend a long time sitting in the office or in the car.
FitBox is a great way to learn the basic techniques of martial arts, way to get in shape and stay in shape. Each 50-minute group exercise class is packed with heart-pumping, fat-burning cardio training, awesome muscle toning that includes punching and kicking the bag – all to the beat of the awesome music.
The original Hour of Power class will allow you to achieve an incredible level of total-body fitness in a very short space of time. It is one of the classes that consistently appeals people from age of 15-75 to both men and women alike. It is a training program for a beginner and a fitness enthusiast, side-by-side in the same class doing the same thing and neither would be out of place, neither would stand out or stand apart, and both would walk away having done the workout of their lives in 50 minutes. HOP always generates the results, come and join the class!
The fact that this class has the word ‘body’ in it, should give you a pretty good idea of what to expect. It’s a whole body 50-minute workout that can improve your overall fitness, which also makes it one of our most versatile classes. You’ll kick off with some aerobics style cardio routines to suitably energising music, then move on to some more focused resistance work. This could involve floor mats and hand weights and body weight exercises too. These classes promise an all-around workout for all parts of your body, they’re a high energy, high impact session combining aerobics.
Yoga classes are body & mind program that combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing and improves health and flexibility, builds muscle strength, perfects your posture, protects your spine, betters your bone health., increases your blood flow, drains your lymph’s and boosts immunity. Ideal 60-minute stress management program!
Exercising muscles around the core, CXWORX™ provides the vital ingredient for a stronger body. A stronger core makes you better at all things you do, from everyday life to your favourite sports – it’s the glue that holds everything together. All the moves in CXWORX have options, so it’s challenging but achievable for your own level of fitness. During the 30-minute workout trained instructors guide you through correct technique as you work with resistance tubes and weight plates, as well as body weight exercises like crunches, and hovers. You will also get some hip, butt and lower back exercises.
With all this on offer, you can see why the gyms prices are so high. The unique combination of views, location, equipment on training is unique and will always guarantee results. Worth the money?