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The Mutation of Gabana: from mythical jet disco to luxury spa

Former ACB player lex Escudero, CEO of the center

The Wellington Hotel breathes new life into the venue, which closed its doors two years ago, with Le Max, an exclusive sports club for members and guests.

The gym of the Le Max club, in old Gabana.
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High-pompadour parties, paper-cut romances, antological bachelor parties, lots champagne and the most extensive list of local and international celebrities in the capital. The Gabana nightclub, on the ground floor of the luxurious hotel Wellington Madrid, was until its closure in 2018 synonymous with beautiful people and famous DJs like Bimba Bos or Mario Vaquerizo.

Now, in the semistano of this legendary five-star on Velzquez Street, music is still heard and the hips are swaying. But it is no longer nocturnal and treacherous, but under the watchful eye of the instructors of Le Max Wellness Club Wellington: the space occupied by the disco has reopened its doors two years later as sports club for hotel members and guests.

Like everything Wellington does, which has taken advantage of the confinement to superbly renovate all its facilities, Le Max it’s not just another gym in the capital. For starters, your CEO is lex Escudero (Madrid, 1974), former CBA player and physiotherapist by profession, with an extensive curriculum as a high-performance instructor and coach.

Escudero has surrounded himself with a team of professional athletes of different nationalities who teach the collective classes – never more than six people per session – and are in charge of doing the remote monitoring of the partners thanks to a cloud where they can access videos and demos to exercise anywhere they are.

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But let’s go back to Le Max, ancient Gabana. The 800 m2 center -very well used and with an impeccable interior design- has a spa dim lighting and calm atmosphere in which the Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, and a 16-meter long indoor pool, in addition to several cabins for facial and body treatments with products from the cosmetic firm Clarins.

In the sports hall, Le Max offers members high-performance activities divided into four clubs -or boutiques, as they like to call it-: Crossfit (they pride themselves on being the only official space –box, in slang- of the entire Salamanca district); a cycling study with machines indoor last generation – sessions given, by the way, by the Squire himself-; the Running Club Retiro for amateur and professional runners; and the Soul Hot Yoga, for the practice of bikram yoga (at 40C ambient temperature in the room).

This offer is completed with a corner of fitness with innovative devices such as love antigravedad Alter G. According to Laura Gmez, director of Le Max, “it is a treadmill that uses an antigravity system originally from NASA, which reduces the gravity to which you are usually subjected and, therefore, your weight when run. If you have any injuries, this is your machine. ” With this level of sports equipment Le Max will soon be, like Gabana, on everyone’s lips.

More information: Open from Monday to Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

A new Yoofit

Another sports center multistore located in an emblematic place of the capital, in this case the Chamartn Station, is Yoofit, which opened three years ago and has just been completely remodeled. It has more than 8,300 m2, in which the vaulted ceiling amphitheater where the cardio and cycling machines are located indoor. They insist on the concept boutique and therefore make available to their customers seven specialties (boxing, pilates, crossfit, suspension training, flamenco …) to which other services such as solarium, spa, zone wellness and barber. More information at

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