I will be spending the upcoming study abroad semester in Madrid, Spain and am interested about information if anyone has been there in regards to bodybuilding. I will be there for five months starting early February and am trying to know what to expect so I can plan ahead. I am planning my lifting schedule so I can deserve to take a week rest when I get there in order to recover from jet lag, let my body rest, and look for gyms.
Here are some questions I have but please add all the additional info you got:
How are the gyms in the city and what should I expect (price, atmosphere)? I don't expect a hardcore gym but at least one with all the equipment I need. And what is the best way to finding the ideal gym?
I know the food will be more expensive due to the strength of the dollar but what can I expect from the supermarkets there? Will I be able to find similar products to what is here or is there a dramatic difference?
I will be living with a homestay and I am very open to buying additional food and store it in their fridge if they are nice about it so I won't have to only eat out. Anyone have experience with this type of setup?
I will probably be walking around alot more than here and suspect I will need to prepare on-the-go meals more often. I will bring a few shaker bottles with me everywhere in case but any thoughts on this and how to deal with it?
Any help is much appreciated! I'm very excited to live in Madrid but am trying as much as I can to mitigate its effects from a weightlifting perspective so I can keep progressing.