Cost of a “fitness center”

I love to exercise. I’ve ridden a bike, or run, or lifted weights, or used aerobics machines my entire life. Except for the past six months. Actually, I had been exercising, sort of, because I was walking all over Tbilisi. But with winter, my walks are shorter and slower. I need to exercise.

I went to the Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel to check out its fitness room, but learned that this hotel has a “spa,” not a “gym” or “health club,” or “fitness center.” I received a free one-day pass (normal cost is $50). I must say, the place is wonderful. From its location on the 18th floor, you can see the entire city through floor-to-ceiling windows whether you’re in the fitness room, the sauna, or by the pool. You get a large white towel and white robe. There’s soothing music everywhere. And it’s not crowded! I was there from 5pm to 6:30pm and I saw no one in the sauna; one person in the pool; and 5 people max in the fitness area. The cost is almost $300 per month, and I need a membership for three months, so the cost would be $900, which is out of my price range and may explain the lack of after-work crowds of ex-pats.

View from the 18th floor on a clear autumn day

View from the 18th floor on a hazy winter afternoon


About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

One Response to Cost of a “fitness center”

  1. Too pricey for sure!

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