Gym 7 Xaltocan- How We Exercised in Xochimilco, Mexico
Not what you wanted, but what you needed...
We found ourselves once again traveling in a different part of the world looking for some fitness locations. We were staying with family and didn't have a car, so it needed to be in walking distance. Gym 7 Xaltocan was the answer.
Located within walking distance to Xochimilco, Mexico City's party canals, Gym 7 is a great mix of antiquated (but still functional) and newer equipment. The entry fee for a day pass was only 50 pesos (2.5 USD at time of writing), and the hours are 6am to 10pm Monday to Thursday, 6am to 9pm on Fridays, and 8am to 2pm on Saturdays, and closed on Sundays.
To be honest, Gym 7 had EVERYTHING we'd need in a gym for fitness. The top floor is split in half with an open functional area on one side that has barbells, rings, bikes, and multiple pull-up locations. The second half has different bench press locations (incline and decline included), dumbbells, and some upper body machinery. There's a nice touch of personality overhead with a "Soy 7" sign which means "I am 7," as opposed to this gym being a big proponent of the vegan protein source.
The bottom floor is filled with treadmills, squat racks, lat pulls, dumbbells, and other machines. The machines are PACKED into a small space for your fitness needs. There's plenty of room to walk around and it wasn't busy when we went, but the machines are definitely in close quarters. The squat racks were in good shape as were the dumbbells and complex machinery such as cable pulls. However, the only down side I could see, was that they had multiple pull-up stations but a very low roof. I tried a few sets and had to cut my pull short due to hitting my head on the roof.
In our famous (or infamous?) travel gym rating, we'd rate Gym 7 Xaltocan a 7/10 due to the cheap cost, character, and the functionality of the equipment plus the use of a free space. We hope you enjoy this gym in Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico.