Man’s Fitness Corner: the old school gym in downtown Amman for the working class
Amman, Jordan — The sound of barbells hitting the ground, grunts, old school American hip hop, the latest in Egyptian pop hits and the call to prayer (for which the music stops) emanate from Man’s Fitness Corner. Located across from the Al Husseini mosque in the heart of downtown Amman, this all male gym is different from its West Amman counterparts in a variety of ways. “People come from Jordan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Germany, Norway, Bangladesh the Philippines, Pakistan; it’s international cause it’s in downtown, and most of these people like old school bodybuilding,” Umeer, the gym’s manager, told Al Bawaba, whose author of this article is also a member.
Going to the gym can be an expensive ordeal in Amman, frequently ranked as the most expensive city in the Middle East, or close to it. Gyms in West Amman frequently charge close to $100 USD or more for memberships. Man’s Fitness Corner offers an alternative for those seeking an affordable and traditional weightlifting experience, without the frills. Take a look inside Amman’s gym for the local and foreign working class.