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Body N’ Soul Gym, Kilimani, Nairobi

Body N’ Soul
Chaka Road, Kilimani
Tel: +254-20-2712017/2712021
Mobile: +254-733-561783

I am thoroughly in love with the gym I go to! I have been a member for over four years and, truly, I can’t imagine what would ever make me go elsewhere!

I love Body N’ Soul, that’s its name by the way, because it is extremely clean, has a lot of space, and has great machines. German-owned Body N’ Soul is run with the strict efficiency and attention to detail that is commonplace with all things German. :-) The towels are always neatly pressed; the instructors are professional and knowledgeable; and the gym is always open when you most want it to be.

Located at the corner of Argwings Kodhek and Chaka Road, not far from Yaya Centre, Body N’ Soul is the epitome of easy gymming. In a convenient location, with adequate parking space, long opening hours, and sufficient numbers of training machines, Body N’ Soul allows you to pop in, attend to your fitness, and then pop right out.

Although membership prices at Body N’ Soul have been steadily increasing over the years, I still find that Body N’ Soul offers one of the best value-for-money packages among credible gyms in Nairobi.

Do you gym regularly? If so, do you have a gym that you are happy with? If you don’t and are looking for a gym that’s convenient, easy, and serious about fitness, then check out Body N’ Soul. It might just be what you are looking for.

Let me know what you think when you do.


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Update: For a full schedule of prices for  Body N’ Soul Gym for 2009,  please see the 10th comment to this post (below) posted by Mentalacrobatics.  – Mentalacrobatics, thank you for sharing this information!

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  • Pseudo Intellectual says:

    Body & Soul is a fabulous gym. I used to be with them when they were across the road on Arwings Kodhek Road’s Studio House, but decided not to continue with them after their closure. Sadly the place does not a swimming pool which to me is a necessary component of a gym. I did see the large empty space they have at the back where mostly cars are parked. Any new development Biche?

    August 1, 2008 at 22:41
  • Biche says:

    Hi Pseudo Intellectual,

    Yep, their closure was a problem for their members. I joined other gyms during that time, but nothing was as perfect (for me). Where did you end up going?

    No, no pool yet.


    August 3, 2008 at 16:36
  • Pseudo Intellectual says:

    Serena Hotel, although commute is an issue. They do open early though, 5:30am which is a good incentive for me. Preferably I’d love to move to Silver Springs’ Gym and Spa which is equally good and has jacuzzi & swimming pool, but its too pricey for single or even couple. Managed to get hold of three of my neighbors to sign up as a corporate entity(minimum 6 person), are you interested? Do check it out and let me know.

    August 3, 2008 at 19:28
  • Biche says:

    Hahahaha Pseudo Intellectual,

    The Silver Springs gym is nice! It’s the only other gym that I have really been tempted to join. But the 10k monthly charge was just a little more than I was willing to fork out. Is that what it still costs now? I also tried to get some workmates to join on the corporate tariff but that didn’t work out. Sorry, I am not interested now. If ever I do become interested, I’ll check to see if you are still interested too. Good luck finding people! :-)

    What’s the gym like at Serena?


    August 4, 2008 at 18:46
  • Natasha says:

    How much? How can I get information about this place? Do you have photos? Can you get there by bus?


    September 22, 2008 at 14:45
  • Biche says:

    Hi Natasha,

    Welcome to ChickAboutTown! I am sorry I didn’t provide a telephone contact for Body N’ Soul but that’s because I didn’t have one at the time I was posting. :-)

    Are you in Nairobi? If so, then I advise you to just visit Body N’ Soul Gym to find out more about its services and to get price info. Yes, you can get to Body N’ Soul by bus. Take a bus going to Yaya Center (or Kawangware) from town (that would be a matatu or bus number 46) and get off on Chaka Road (the stop right before Yaya Center). Body N’ Soul Gym is located at the intersection of Chaka Road and Argwings Kodhek, across Chaka Road from Chaka Place.

    I hope that helps some.


    September 30, 2008 at 22:05
  • romancipationin' says:

    Hey Gurl!

    I felt like i needed to drop a line, for real! actually, I’m living in Nairobi since sunday and I’m here for 2 years. As soon as i knew I’d be living here, the first internet research was about the gyms in Nairobi… that’s when i saw this page. and guess what i discovered, my residence is on Arwings Khodek road! How great!

    Though tomorrow’s Moi day, I’ll go and see if it’s opened, something tells me that i’ll love this gym!

    I’ll let you know…

    October 9, 2008 at 22:26
  • Biche says:

    Hi Romancipationin’,

    Welcome to ChickAboutTown and to Nairobi! I hope your next two years in Nairobi will be a blast!

    So did you check out the gym? What did you think of it?


    October 11, 2008 at 21:30
  • Mentalacrobatics says:

    Body and Soul is one of the better gyms in Nairobi – well perhaps I’m only saying that because it’s the gym I go to as well.

    I had a leaflet with this years (2009) rates. Here they are – hope it helps. All prices Ksh/=

    Body and Soul

    Tel: +254.2.712017 +254.2.712021
    Mobile: 0733.561.783

    Opening Hours
    Mon – Fri: 06.00 – 21.30
    Saturday: 08.00 – 20.00
    Sunday + Public Holidays: 10.00 – 18.00

    Off Peak Hours: Mon – Fri: 09.00 – 16.00 – Sat + Sun: all day
    Group = minimum of 4 people

    1 year single: 62,200
    1 year couple: 113,200 (56,600 each)
    1 year group (4 or more): 55,200 each
    1 year off peak: 52,400 per person

    6 Months Single: 37,300
    6 Months Couple: 63400 (31,700 each)
    6 Month Group (4 or more): 30,700 each
    6 Months Off Peak: 29,300 per person

    3 Month Single: 21,100
    3 Month Couple: 35,600 (17,800 per person)
    3 Month Group: 17,400 each
    3 Month Off Peak: 16,800

    1 Month Single: 8,300
    1 Month Couple: 14,400 (7,200 each)
    1 Month Group: 6,900 each
    1 Month Off Peak: 6,700

    1 day try out full access – 1,300

    January 21, 2009 at 09:55
    • Biche says:

      Hi Mentalacrobatics,

      Welcome to ChickAboutTown!

      Thanks for sharing this information. I am sure it will be useful to anyone who reads this post.


      January 22, 2009 at 19:20
    • Jerry Okungu says:

      I would like to join your Health Club.
      Please send me your latest prices.
      Best regards

      Jerry Okungu

      February 26, 2012 at 22:23
      • Biche says:

        Hi Jerry,

        Welcome to ChickAboutTown!

        For the latest rates, please check Body N’ Soul’s website If they haven’t posted their latest price information there, then use their contact information to contact them directly.

        Good luck!


        February 27, 2012 at 15:01
  • Sherry says:

    I’m going on my second week in Nairobi and have
    been looking for a gym — how great to stumble
    onto this site! I’ll definitely try out B&S
    and report back. Thanks for posting rates/schedule.
    Very useful for newbies like me.

    February 17, 2009 at 12:42
    • Biche says:

      Hi Sherry,

      Welcome to ChickAboutTown!

      This site is intended exactly to help people like you (newbies to cities in East Africa), so it’s music to my ears when I hear that you found any of my posts useful. Please keep reading ChickAboutTown regularly, and don’t hesitate to submit any queries my way.

      As for the rates and schedules, I wish I could take credit, but in this case the credit goes to my readers who not only read my blog but also submit useful information to share. Thank you for this, my readers! With time, I know we’ll build a phenomenal resource center here on ChickAboutTown!

      Last but not least, welcome to Nairobi! I wish you as enjoyable a stay as I have whenever I am there.


      February 17, 2009 at 19:15
  • Adam Lask says:

    Hi Biche,

    I know this a long shot but Im hoping you can help. Im based in the UK and looking for 2 well qualified personal trainers in Nairobi to help me with a course in May. There will be plenty of follow up work as well. Do you know of any personal trainers in Nairobi who may be interested?

    Many Thanks


    April 6, 2009 at 17:19
    • Biche says:

      Hi Adam,

      Welcome to ChickAboutTown!

      Hmmm…yes, you are right – it’s a bit of a long shot – still I’ll see what I can do to help you. Off head, although I can’t think of any personal trainers, a particular physical trainer comes to mind. Let me forward your query to him and if he is interested, I will forward his contacts to you. I am not sure what you mean by well qualified, though, because I am not a fitness buff that way, but I am sure you can work out the details once you get in touch.

      Otherwise, maybe one of my other readers might be able to give you a lead. Anyone?

      I wish you luck finding what you are looking for.


      April 6, 2009 at 21:53
      • Priya says:

        Hi Adam,

        Are you still looking for trainers? I am based in the UK but my boyfriend is in Nairobi and he knows some very good trainers. Please let me know.

        April 14, 2009 at 18:14
        • Biche says:

          Hi Priya,

          Welcome to ChickAboutTown!

          Thanks for sharing a lead that might be useful to another reader. I hope Adam is reading.

          Wishing you all the best,

          April 17, 2009 at 19:50
    • Eli says:


      I am a personal trainer and am very interested.I just happened to come across this blog and am very interested.

      May 4, 2010 at 13:53
  • zena giessen says:

    so pleased I found this site. arrived on friday in Nairobi and have been desperately trying to find out info on gyms and pilates. know anything about pilates instructors near state house area????? PLEASE

    September 23, 2009 at 17:06
    • Biche says:

      Hi Zena,

      Welcome to ChickAboutTown! (And please excuse me for the lateness of my reply.:-)) Karibu Nairobi!

      Unfortunately, I have no clue about Pilates instructors anywhere in Nairobi, though I am sure they must exist. Does anyone else know more?

      If you haven’t had any luck finding an instructor yet, I recommend that you visit a reputable gym and inquire there. They might know a little more since fitness is their area of expertise. I wish you luck and look forward to seeing more of you here on ChickAboutTown.


      November 5, 2009 at 22:44
  • Lain says:

    Thanks for the posting. Are there any gyms in the Westlands area that you can recommend?

    November 17, 2009 at 19:39
    • Biche says:

      Hi Lain,

      Welcome to ChickAboutTown! I apologize that it has taken me so long to respond to your comment.

      About gyms in Westlands, I can’t recommend any personally because I have never been a member at any, though I can give you a number of suggestions that you might want to look further into.

      From the net, I found this recommendation for gyms in Westlands, in the Mashada Forums that seems quite reasonable. At, I found this exhaustive list of fitness clubs in Nairobi (complete with contact information) that lists a number of gyms in Westlands.

      Otherwise, the first gym that came to mind when I read your comment was Arena at Sarit Centre. Although I have never been inside the gym, I know people who used to go there and were happy with it (though I imagine it might be pricey). I’ve also seen a number of promising-looking gyms while driving along Rhapta Rd. in Westlands. You might want to check those out too.

      I hope my response doesn’t come too late. If you do find a gym that you particularly like, please come back and share this information with us for anyone else who might one day find themselves in your same situation.

      I hope this information is useful to you.

      Happy Holidays!

      December 23, 2009 at 20:25
  • Lynne says:

    hi i like the fact abt gyms but am not confident in registering in one i would really like to register in one so i keep fit

    February 26, 2010 at 12:44
    • mzee says:

      Hate to go back to the gym question – I am heading to nairobi in particular Kilimani/Hurlingham area, need a gym that has cross trainers, spinning classes at a reasonable price I must say those advertised above are fairly pricey

      March 9, 2010 at 16:14
      • Biche says:

        Hi Mzee,

        Welcome to ChickAboutTown!

        Sadly, I think the area you are looking at will generally be expensive. I personally can’t think of a good, much-better priced gym in the area.

        Might anyone else be able to help Mzee? I am sure he would appreciate it very much.


        May 5, 2010 at 22:57
    • Biche says:

      Hi Lynne,

      Welcome to ChickAboutTown!

      Why are you not confident about registering at a gym? What is it that you fear?


      May 5, 2010 at 22:41
  • Lysh says:

    hi ya’ll i am new in Dar, would like to find a good affordable gym in town, preferably close to mikocheni A, that has flexible instructors (some kind of personalized attention for special needs) and still affordable… have gained quiet some since i got to Dar… the oily food is to blame, plus a sedentary lifestyle… i guess
    please tell me… anyone… someone

    April 12, 2010 at 16:00
    • Biche says:

      Hi Lysh,

      Welcome to ChickAboutTown! If you are looking for a gym near Mikocheni A, have you tried the gym at Mayfair Plaza? I don’t know much about it, but I have heard reliable people tell me that they go there and I’ve never heard them complain. You might want to check it out if you haven’t already.


      May 9, 2010 at 20:24
  • Kevin Angoro says:


    Please send me your membership rates.



    March 16, 2012 at 16:37
  • Biche says:

    Hi Kevin,

    Welcome to ChickAboutTown! You’ll have to contact Body N’ Soul directly for those. Their contact information can be found at the top of this post.

    March 17, 2012 at 01:14
  • kristopher says:

    Body building Supplements available at This is kenya’s leading body building supplement store.visit the website to find out more.

    June 27, 2012 at 21:54
  • maurine awuor onyango says:

    hi i’m Maurine i would like to join your team as a member and also as an employee i’ll be glad if i get a cleaning job after hours of work-out to help me earn a living. thank you and God bless

    August 21, 2012 at 17:15
  • Biche says:

    Hi Kristopher & Maurine,

    To both of you, welcome to ChickAboutTown!

    Kristopher–thanks for sharing that website.

    Maurine–Sorry, but I am in no way affiliated to Body n’ Soul. If you are interested in working at the gym, try to contact them using the information at the top of the post.


    October 17, 2012 at 13:33
  • Rose says:

    Impala Club has a great gym! Body N soul keep changing the masseuses all the time!!! whys that??????

    February 4, 2013 at 21:53
  • Jackiejey says:

    Hi? am a student in K.U doing Recreation and leisure management. Am in third year second semester and as per now am in long holiday. I have done aerobics and dance, calisthenics and weight training and management of equipment and other gym courses. Is there any job opportunity in your gym where I can work and get a few coins to help in paying my fee. Thanks in advance.

    January 10, 2014 at 20:28

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