One of the main differences between the Italian and American high school system is in the field of sports. In Italy, people tend to join teams that aren’t part of the school’s agenda and the concept of school spirit doesn’t exist. Yes, you have school assemblies, and some competitions with other schools, but it’s usually really chill and many times it’s the students that organize the tournaments as well. Compared to the American football team and the various other sports teams that I remember my cousins would be part of, here school sports aren’t part of school curricula.

evolution florence

Now, where am I going with this? 

Every once in awhile I think that the right thing to do is promote some local business here in Florence, and even though sports and exercise were never my forte, I thought well I ain’t all the people that want to visit, stay, and study in Florence. So, why not talk about a gym where you can go and keep in shape? I mean you’ve been all sporty in high school, as I’m sure you’re still keeping in shape while you’re in uni, why would you want to do your semester abroad and waste all the hard work done?

There’s one gym that isn’t hard to reach that can help you push your limits when it comes to endurance, stamina, and strength. It’s Evolution in Florence, and you can get there with the 2 tram that goes towards Novoli.

Where can you get the tram in Florence if you live in the center?

Right at the train station of Santa Maria Novella.

Evolution Florence

Now, why should you think of joining Evolution Florence compared to other gyms?

Well, the selection of courses they offer is limitless, plus with Covid, they’re one of the few places that have a big enough space to practice social distancing while working out. This is great as you won’t find yourself not being able to go if you want to. If you want to work with weights they have a 2 floor 500 square meter surface in which they have all the best equipment that you can use to pump that irooooon

But what if you don’t want to only pump iron? What if you were thinking about some cardio? Or something a little more chill like yoga? Worry not, cause at Evolution they have all of that, they’ve got yoga courses to relax your core and they’ve got a great selection of Les Mills™ fitness courses that are range from a more relaxed Bodybalance course (inspired by Yoga, Tai chi and Pilates) to a high-intensity Bodycombat (inspired by martial arts). 

Evolution also offers a student discount, but I couldn’t seem to find it on the website, after talking to the owner I found out that it’s best to call them – 055 364571 – so they can understand what you need and can find the best plan for you.

But before you call Evolution Florence I would check out the planning page, cause you can see what courses are happening when. This way you can start organizing your schedule and you can also find out what is the best membership for you, without spending more than what you’ll need to.

Now the only thing you have left to do is get your gym clothes on and sign up!


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