Looking to get your cardio on by joining a sports team? Here’s where to get out and get active in the Big Durian
If you thought that living in the big concrete city that is Jakarta would mean all work and no play, think again. The metropolis abounds in sports centres and groups that bring like-minded fitness enthusiasts together. There are choices for everyone, so whether you are a team sports enthusiast, would rather get fit on your own, here are some suggestions to get you moving. And if sports are not your thing, check out these some other fun ways to work up a sweat!
Jakarta may be an urban jungle, but that doesn’t stop Jakartans from running outdoors! Joggers can take advantage of Car Free Sundays when Jalan Sudirman closes to traffic, or get in touch with the Jakarta Free Spirit Running Club, an organization that runs joggers off their feet at Ragunan Zoo each Saturday at 6:30am.
Not up for team activities? No problem. Get your bathers on and cool down at the Cilandak Sports Center, a complex that boasts a 50-meter swimming pool.
Cilandak Sports Center. Jln. Simatupang, West Cilandak. +62 21 750 3075
For something that’s a bit more daring, why not try wall-climbing? Jakarta Climbers hosts wall-climbing sessions at Plaza Festival where there is an outdoor climbing wall with top-notch facilities and equipment. Jakarta Climbers holds classes here on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 9pm, and Sundays from 9am to 2pm. There is even a kids climbing class, so you can bring your little tots along!
Plaza Festival. Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said Kav. C-22, Kuningan, Central Jakarta. +62 21 526 3134
Some of the city’s apartment complexes come with tennis courts allowing tenants to serve aces close to their home base. Others can opt to wear their tennis shoes out at the International Sports Club of Indonesia (ISCI), a centre that boasts seven gravel courts and one hard surface court.
ISCI Jakarta. Jln. Ciputat Raya No.2, Ciputat Timur, Banten. +62 21 749 0540
Is belly dancing a sport? Who cares! This Middle Eastern dance is rigorous, sexy, loads of fun! Shimmy your way and get a workout of a lifetime with the Bellydance Jakarta.
Lovers of nature and the outdoors, need not be discouraged by Jakarta’s urbanism. Neighbouring Bogor is just a short drive away, and a group of avid bicyclers get together for a mountain trek around local villages, rice fields, vegetable farms, and tea plantations. Check out Bogor Mountain Biking for more information.
Do you love dance, acrobatics and music but can’t quite decide which one to devote your time to? Now you don’t have to choose. The Brazilian martial art Capoeira combines all three for a workout that’s both fun and vigourous! Viva Brazil offers Capoeira classes on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in a number of locations around Jakarta.
Test your swing at one of Jakarta’s ubiquitous golf clubs. Some of the more popular courses to get the ball rolling include Senayan National Golf Club, Pondok Indah Golf Course and Jakarta Golf Club.
Senayan National Golf Club. Jln. Asia Afrika Pintu IX, Senayan, Kebayoran Baru. +62 21 571 0181
Pondok Indah Golf Course. Jln. Metro Pondok Indah. +62 21 769 4906
Jakarta Golf Club. Jl. Rawamangun Muka Raya, Rawamangun, East Jakarta. +62 21 475 4732
This sport may not be super common in Jakarta, but if cricket is your game, the Jakarta Cricket Association should be the first port of call for both aspiring and experienced cricketers. The sports club caters to all levels of expertise and nationalities, and regularly hosts friendly tourneys.
Get a workout while you make some new buddies with ISCI Hockey Jakarta. Field Hockey games are held at the Gelora Bung Karno in Senayan on Wednesdays at 8 pm and on Saturdays at 4 pm. And if you don’t know your flick from your dribble, don’t worry as beginners are more than welcome.
We may be right in the middle of the tropics, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your ice skating on! Get the whole family on board, and cool off at Sky Rink, one of the largest skating rinks in Southeast Asia. You may fall down once or twice, but it’ll be fun and well worth the experience.
Sky Rink. Mal Taman Anggrek, Third Floor, Jln. Letjend. S. Parman Kav. 21, Tanjung Duren Selatan, Grogol Petamburan. +62 21 564 2888
Futsal is probably one of the most popular sports played in Jakarta. Similar to soccer, Futsal is played in a smaller field, with less players and a faster pace. It is definitely a fun and competitive way to work up a sweat. There are many futsal fields located throughout the city, so it’ll be easy to round up your colleagues for a friendly afterwork tourney. Check out Planet Futsal for various locations.
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By Anita Surewicz