Which Gym to choose? The Quick Guide to Gyms in Sweden

Sweden is one of the most-fitness oriented countries I’ve been to, and the majority of the people have a gym membership. Due to this, there are many gym chains all over the place, which can be confusing when you first come here. So I’ve written this quick quick guide to help you choose the one that fits you the best, especially in Stockholm. The most popular gym chains in Sweden are:


1) Friskis & Svettis (F&S)

This is one of the best value for money that you can get. The yearly student membership costs about 2500 SEK, giving you access to 15 different gyms all around Stockholm. The facilities are usually always clean and with plenty of light and air. There is all types of normal equipment and an appropriate level of free weights.

F&S is for people who want to stay healthy and enjoy exercising, and you’ll see people from all ages in there. Additionally, they have a wide variety of group classes going on the whole time!


If you are really serious about getting in awesome shape, SATS may be the gym for you! Going to SATS is not only for exercising, but to also look fit and have nice fashion training clothes. The equipment is really good, and there are all types of machines and free weights, with a lot of space for training. However, it is also pretty damn expensive, costing about 5616 SEK per year for students.

3) World Class Gym

This gym chain is for people who train seriously but don’t care so much about looking nice. It is more suited for people who want to get stronger and like doing more basic movements. It has a rough/underground look that reminds me of old-school budybuilding. Not sure about the price, since it’s kind of underground, they keep a low profile 🙂

4) Nordic Wellness

This chain of gyms has a lot of machines but not that many free weights. I would say that the people who go there do so feel fit and for health, not for getting huge. They are usually well located and have pretty long opening hours! Additionally , it seems to appeal more to young professionals and students rather than mature adults or kids. Considering the good quality and state of the facilities, it is a pretty good value for money, costing about 299 SEK / month for students.

5) Fitness 24 Seven (24 / 7)

This gym is probably the cheapest that you can find without any special promotions, costing 169 SEK / month for students. As the name indicates, it is open throughout the whole day, and in the night you access it with your membership card and finger print, which is awesome if you like to train in the evenings or night. It usually has a mix of older and basic machines (there is always a couple that are broken), and some basic free weights too, going up to pretty heavy (about 40kg). However, there usually isn’t a squat rack 🙁 The place is not that clean, but has good lighthing. If you are a woman, you can train in a separate part of the gym which is reserved for only women.


6) Your University Gym

Chances are that your university (or residence) will have its own gym. In that case, it is usually pretty cheap to train there, in addition to being a great social tool to meeting new people. To find 0ut if your university has a gym, either call the reception or google it! 🙂


7) Outdoor Gyms

If all of the above fail, or if you just love to be outdoors, then I have some great news for you! Swedish cities often have a few outdoor gyms spread around the city, and some of these are actually quite good! For example, here in Stockholm there are 38 outdoor gyms! All of them are free and you can go there whenever you want! I personally haven’t had a gym membership in over 6 months since I love training outdoor, but I’m starting to consider it now that the winter is well underway! 😀 Click here to see the map of all the outdoor gyms in Stockholm!


8) GymGo

This is a website is specifically designed to help students who don’t have a personal number, bank account in Sweden, to easily train… It’s a hassle free way to buy gym memberships in Sweden.

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  • Julia • 6 Feb 2017 at 12.12 am Reply

    You should definitely add Exhale Gym to this list! It is located in the centre of Gothenburg and is more of a “hardcore gym”. Great gym for those who lift, with lots of plate loaded Hammer Strength machines and heavy weights. The gym is very different from the big chains like Nordic Wellness and SATS. Well worth a visit and the fee for a guest trading is only 50 SEK.

    • Jesús
      Jesús • 6 Feb 2017 at 11.03 am Reply

      Thanks for the suggestion! 🙂

  • Ray • 31 Jul 2016 at 9.33 pm Reply

    I’m just visiting gotenberg and Stockholm each for a few days and be back again looking for a place to use treadmill and/or pool that’s convenient city center preferably? Thanks

  • Lovisa Karlsson • 29 Jun 2016 at 3.10 pm Reply

    Awesome Ideas. This is specifically designed to help the student who does not have their personal numbers and bank accounts in Sweden. It is a good idea to provide free memberships of the Gym. Anybody can get gym membership easily. Thanks for the post.

  • Lovisa Karlsson • 27 Jun 2016 at 2.54 pm Reply

    I like all the information you have shared about which one Gym is best for us. There are millions of gyms today but all of the gyms have their different culture. People can get some great tips from your post that will help them. Thank you.

  • Saji Kumar V S • 22 Nov 2015 at 5.51 pm Reply

    Hi ,
    I am writing this comment to enquire if there is any opening for Power Lifting-Trainer  or how could I get a health club related job in Sweden.

    I am Saji Kumar V S, Post-Graduate, age 41 years ,Male and an Indian Citizen. I am well versed in the area of Power Lifting , Weight Lifting and Fitness for last 20 years.

    • Jesús
      Jesús • 16 Feb 2016 at 2.02 pm Reply

      Hello! Sorry, I have no idea! Try searching for the individual gym websites listed in this website and contacting them instead.

  • Adam • 14 Nov 2015 at 4.58 pm Reply

    Great place to find a gym, though you didn’t mention http://www.gymgo.se this website is specifically designed to help students who don’t have a personal number, bank account in Sweden, easily train…a hassle free way to buy gym memberships. Check it out

    • Jesús
      Jesús • 16 Feb 2016 at 2.10 pm Reply

      Hey Adam, that’s a great idea! I wrote this article before we met at SUP46 and before you’d developed this service! Awesome stuff and great idea!

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