Klab Conti has long been a leading light on Florence’s fitness scene, but now the heritage-soaked hub has upped its game with reassuring safety measures and an all-new aeration system.
A hop, skip and jump from the Duomo, the manager of Klab Conti is complimenting his clients on their lunges and run times. “I remember everyone’s names, so that they feel special and welcome here. We want Klab to feel like a sports club with the very best customer service, to give people a feeling of belonging whether they’re working out, unwinding in the spa or having a drink at the bar.” The professionalism comes across the moment you step off the Florentine pietra serena backstreet into the chic entrance shared with the adjacent five-star sister hotel, Firenze Number Nine.
A grey-arched corridor leads to a lounge-like space splashed with parrot and palm frescoes that provide inspirational surroundings for your gym time. Natural light pervades throughout the central loft as instructors interact naturally with Klab members, giving invaluable tips on recovery times and useful corrective actions. A maximum capacity of 46 people on the main gym floor is backed up by the fact that the latest-generation Artis Technogym machines are spaced at least two metres apart and cleaned after use. Escape from the psychological strain of these times also comes by logging into the machine, accessing the Wi-Fi for streaming services and keeping your mind in shape (or, where needed, taking a call or two while training during the day). An open flight of steps twirls up to the mirrored fitness studio, where small groups enthusiastically take on aerobics courses, muscle tone sessions as well as functional training and holistic courses like yoga and Pilates. Word has it that a current favourite up on the top floor at Klab Conti is Technogym Bench, an all-inclusive functional training kit that guarantees a total body workout. A stretching room soothes pre- or post-workout muscle groups, while the weights area is equipped with everything you need to build core strength while staying a safe distance away from fellow lifters.
Set in a stunning fifteenth-century palazzo once owned by the Strozzi family, you can especially feel the sense of history at Klab Conti beneath the impressively preserved brick vaults in the spa. Spa access is currently limited to just seven people at any one time, elevating an exclusive experience to sublime status in the heritage-soaked sauna, hammam and whirlpool. Recent restorations revealed a well dating to the 1400s that has been conservatively converted into a relaxing colour therapy shower.
The pride and joy of Klab Conti comes in the form of an all-new air treatment system that other fitness centres are bound to envy. Positioned a few centimetres from the training spaces on the gym floor and in the fitness studio, any viral matter or bacteria is immediately extracted from the air indoors at the right power level through microhole tubes into an outdoor kill-zone. It’s an additional guarantee of safety for the long-standing clients and newcomers to this paladin of fitness in central Florence.
Klab Marignolle: For water lovers in the Tuscan hills
Just five minutes from Porta Romana, Klab Marignolle is the largest fitness and wellness centre in Florence. Nestled in the green Tuscan hills, the 18,000 square metres are perfect for all those looking for fun and social moments while focusing on wellbeing for body and mind. Amenities include a spacious spa, indoor private parking and an indoor space with a coffeeshop and eatery. The two indoor pools are the highlight of Klab Marignolle, where the water confident can swim or take part in aqua-fitness courses supervised by qualified instructors from the Italian Swimming Federation. Silver medal winner at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, Simone Ciulli leads Klab Marignolle’s competitive and Klab Nuoto Master teams, alongside Antonio Fantin, Simone Barlaam and Stefano Raimondi.
Gym memberships at Klab
Flexible memberships—yearly, three months, monthly, weekly or even day passes—are all available at Klab Conti, which makes it the ideal option for long- or mid-term residents and those in Florence for business or pleasure. Students can make the most of the under-30s Klab Conti special rate (6 months all-inclusive for 594 €). Morning birds can access the facilities between 7:00 and 13:10 and afternoon animals between 14:00 and 18:10 for 800 €/year, plus 75 € sign-up fee. The flexibility of the two-centre CONTI + MARIGNOLLE membership means you can use both the city and country facilities, including the gym room, fitness courses, pools and spa, for 1,200 euro/year + 75 euro sign-up fee.
BRING A FRIEND PROMOTION for a two-hour experience at Klab Conti or 7 days at Klab Marignolle. For more information, pop by the front desk at either fitness centre.