Lonely Planet Writer

Europe’s first airport terminal gym opens in Estonia

Europe’s very first gym situated within an airport terminal has opened at Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport in Estonia and it is free for passengers to use. Located at Gate 6 in the departures area, it provides a view of the runway, which will take the monotony out of pounding the treadmill.

Europe’s first airport terminal gym has opened in Estonia . Image: MyFitness

Fitness club operator, MyFitness, opened the gym, which is equipped with a treadmill, elliptical trainer, rowing machine, exercise bicycle and a staircase trainer, all of which have a screen and are connected to the internet. There also four specialist training machines for feet, shoulders, chest and back exercises, plus a stretching area. The gym plans to roll out additional features over the coming months to help travellers get the most out of the their experience, including a trainer to give advice on using the machines and tips on the best exercises and nutrition tips for long flights.

Europe’s first airport terminal gym has opened in Estonia . Image: MyFitness

“We know how important keeping fit is to people nowadays and travelling can get in the way of a healthy lifestyle,” says Erkki Torn, chairman of MyFitness. “We want to give travellers an easy way to keep up with their fitness regime even when their lives are busy. Whether it’s 15 minutes on the treadmill or some stretching before a long flight, this provides a healthy way for travellers to occupy their time while waiting to board.”

Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport is located only 3.5km from the city centre and is already home to a children’s area with playhouse, sleep pods, a café where customers can prepare their own sandwiches, and a free library that is open 24 hours a day and operates purely on trust. It was ranked the third best airport in Europe and the ninth best in the world by airport guide ‘Sleeping in Airports’ in 2016.

Europe’s first airport terminal gym has opened in Estonia. Image: MyFitness

For more information on travelling to Estonia please visit www.visitestonia.com.