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Fit Nation


itness centers are becoming increasingly popular. Group classes for specific sports, such as boxing, are available, and the clubs offer stateof- the-art equipment. The main centers are Fitnation, LifeFitness and WorldClass.

Membership is required, but some centers offer short-term (six-month) memberships. FitNation will offer daily passes during the OSCE events. Some of the older fitness centers will allow daily passes. Highvill community center offers daily passes, as does the fitness club in the Duman Hotel.

Kazakh banya are very similar to Russian banya. They offer a mix between a Scandinavian sauna and a steam room. But sauna and Turkish baths (steam rooms) are also available. The most popular spot is the central banya, Keremet, a rather large complex. Banya is a social experience. You can rent a private facility with sauna, shower room, pool, and can order food service and drinks. You can also rent a hamam room, with a warm marble slab, where you get scrubbed clean. (Duman, Khan Shatyr)

There is no membership required for banya. Costs will range from $20 to $30 per visit. Private rooms are available and can be charged by person or for the room. Rooms start at $50 per hour. You can bring your own food and drink or order from the menus as you relax between sessions. Business is often carried out and social relationships are sealed. In some upscale banya, a conference room may also be available.

The quality of banya range considerably, from high quality to low end and a visitor has to be aware of the establishment.

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(Please note: the telephone numbers listed here are for dialing in Astana from a cell phone. For more information on making telephone calls, please see the “Practical Information When in Kazakhstan” section.)

Type: Sports complex and tennis courts
Description: The Dualet center is the premier tennis complex in Kazakhstan. The training complex includes locker rooms, showers and three cafes, as well as a small hotel and sauna facilities. It boasts three stadium courts, which can seat 583, 1201 and 2686 spectators for tournament play. Six training courts, three of clay and three hard, are scheduled to open in December 2011.
Address: 6/3 Kabanbai Batyr Avenue
Phone: 8 (7172) 44-56-24
Hours: 8:00 am-11:00 pm

Type: Banya
Description: This banya is located in the Astana Park hotel. Services include a pool, a Jacuzzi and showers. The facilities
also include a dining-room and a billiards room.
Address: 2 Sary Arka Avenue (Left Bank)
Phone: 8 (7172) 55 63 33
Hours: Around the clock
URL: http://astana-park.kz

Fitnation Network
Type: Fitness center
Description: The Fitnation club in Astana includes a gym, swimming pool, sparring room and studios for martial arts and fitness classes. Group classes include dancing, cycling, yoga and aerobics, among others. Finnish, Russian and Turkish saunas are available, and the spa offers massage, a sun deck and the services of a manicurist and cosmetician. Fitness programs for children are also available.
Address: 4/1 Turan Avenue
Phone: 8 (7172) 23 05 95
Hours: 7:00 am-11:00 pm
URL: www.fitnation.kz

Highvill Cultural and Community Centre
Type: Fitness center
Description: The Highvill Cultural and Community Center includes a sports complex with a gym, running track and free weights, as well as a variety of exercise machines. Instructors are available for individual training, and clients can participate in a variety of exercise classes. The Center provides towels and slippers, and there are locker rooms and showers.
Address: 1, 23-21 Street
Phone: 8 (7172) 51 32 69
Hours: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm

Jeti Kazyna
Type: Sauna complex
Description: This sauna complex offers three styles of saunas: Coral, Egyptian and Japanese. They also offer massage services, a spa and a VIP cottage.
Address: 18 Bogenbai Batyr Street
Phone: 8 (7172) 23 65 09
Hours: Around the clock
Website: http://7kazyna.kz

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