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A former Royal Marine Commando (Green Beret) and military Physical Training Instructor for the Air Force Alastair has a love for fitness and coaching.
After leaving the military after over 12 years service in the Marines and Air Force he worked for a few years as a military Boot camp Instructor in Europe as well working on retreats in the winter in Tulum. In 2017 he was inspired to set up Tulum Jungle Gym with his partner Katie. All of the equipment is of his design and is made locally with carpenters and craftsman.
Alastair has a passion for weight training but is also a qualified yoga teacher; Thai masseuse and sports massage therapist so has a holistic knowledge and approach to training and recovery.
Competing nationally as an athlete for many years as a professional gymnast, ironman triathlete and swimmer, she also holds a black belt in kickboxing and travelled to Mexico to set up Tulum Jungle Gym with partner Ali.
Her passion, friendliness and fun motivational attitude are what she is known for not to mention the abundance of training techniques, qualifications and awards she holds from a lifetime of competing and training clients.
For more information please see katietrainsalot.com
She is also a qualified Thai & deep tissue masseuse as well as a yoga instructor and provides one to one private training, private group training, online monthly training programs and fitness eBooks.
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Private Bookings and Hire
Private bookings and Hire of the Gym are available 8-9am for:
– Photoshoots (where you hire the gym and bring your own photographer for non commercial use ie: personal social media page)
– Your own private workout (where you have the gym to yourselves and no instructor )
– Retreats and groups ( with or without an instructor)
– Commercial Hire for filming and shoots
Please note that we require you to fill out a booking form and make a full payment via Paypal before we can confirm your booking. Bookings are only refunded if cancelled with 48 hours notice.
For inquiries email us directly at email@example.com
Or use the form below.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The gym is located in Tulum Mexico and can be found on Google maps. In Tulum we are in the center of the hotel beach zone.
If accessing the gym via the road you will gain entry onto the beach via Ahau hotel (the hotel is also on Google maps) and is just a 2 minute walk down to the gym from there. If staying on the beach we are at km 7.5 next to Villa Las Estella’s.
We offer free gym membership for local police, Fire and Military personnel. We offer half price passes for Military, Fire and Police of any nation with a valid and current ID. If you cannot provide a valid ID as proof we cannot offer you any discount.
We do not do collaborate or work with influencers.
We make it policy NOT to offer any discount or free access to ‘social influencers’ or people that have large followings across social media. Firstly as we get so many requests, but more importantly because we like every post of the gym to be genuine – not because we have offered you a free pass so that we remain 100% organic.
Taking photos is only permitted using cellphones the use of cameras and tripods is not permitted during normal gym hours.
Professional photography must be pre-booked as we do not allow this during normal gym hours out of consideration to other gym users. Photo-shoots are done between 8-9am for best lighting where you have exclusive use of the gym to yourself.
The cost to hire the gym for professional photography for non commercial use is $450 USD for one person. Any extra persons being photographed or entering the gym will incur an extra $50 usd charge per person. So for example, if you were 2 people with a photographer the total would be $500 USD.
You will need to bring your own photographer with you and pay them directly for their services as the gym does not have one.
The above pricing is only for personal use such as for personal social media. If you require commercial photography (such as for advertising products) please enquire with all details via or our contact form as we have separate pricing depending on the use and number of people entering.
Please contact us to enquire about a booking
We do not allow anyone under the age of 16 years old into the gym or to use any of our equipment for safety reasons. It is an adult only area since we have mostly free weights and heavy rocks / weights being dropped and therefore it is not safe for children.
We don’t have a dress code at the Jungle Gym – it really is wear what you want since we are on the beachfront. People choose to train barefoot others with shoes – to wear regular indoor gym clothes or just a bikini. Anything goes as long as you feel comfortable. Don’t worry about what to wear just wear what you feel comfortable to train in.
This really depends on your budget. You can find where we are on Google maps to check the distance from the various beach hotels. Likewise on Trip advisor when searching for hotels in Tulum, on the left hand side 4th heading down you can search for hotels with ‘Distance from’ landmarks and type in ‘Tulum Jungle Gym’ as the landmark – setting the distance you wish to search from, such as within 1-mile of the gym. (See link below)
However there are a vast number of hotels within a 1-mile radius as you can see on Trip advisor.
The Jungle Gym is at km 7.5 – all hotels and landmarks along the beach road are referenced in relation to the distance from the Tulum Ruins that is KM 0. Therefore if you have a hotel booked already you can see how far it is from the gym calculating the distance between using this KM reference. For example a hotel at KM 5.5 would be 2 Km away.
The beach hotel prices are more expensive than those of Tulum town. Tulum town has everything from bunk bed hostels to luxury Air Bnb apartments. The town is not too spread out but if you want to check the distance from a particular hotel / AirBnb you can do so on Google maps as we are listed. (One of the closest and more popular options is those in Aldea Zama).
We are around a 20-minute drive or 30-minute bicycle ride from town. However in the peak weeks of Christmas and New-year’s the traffic can be very congested and take 1-2 hours.
Perhaps the best and cheapest option we would recommend though would be a car rental from Cancun airport (or Tulum town) – prices vary depending on time of year and how far in advance you book but can often be cheaper than scooter rental if for the week. January and February are quite busy times of year though so it may take 30-60 minutes to drive to the beach in a car as the roads are more congested then.
Yes this is something that we specialize in. You can hire the gym 8-9am for groups of no more than 30 to host your own workouts or retreat. The cost depends on whether you need instructors or are bringing your own, the size of the group and number of days you wish to use the gym. Please email us to inquire about your group booking.
From Playa Del Carmen
You can rent a car from various rental companies. Prices vary depending on time of year but are generally pretty reasonable, especially if booked in advance. This is the option we would recommend if you were able to get a reasonable price.
Parking is available close to the gym for around 100 pesos. Travel time is typically around 1 hour 15 minutes (although during peak weeks of Christmas / NY we do not recommend the trip as the roads are so busy getting to the beach and can take several hours and parking is almost impossible.)
Please note you could also choose to rent a car for the duration of your holiday from Cancun airport. There is just one main road from Cancun to Playa / Tulum and so navigation is very simple.
The most economical way to the Jungle Gym is to get the local shuttle bus known as the ‘Collectivo’ from Playa to Tulum for 45 pesos ($3) then get a Taxi from Tulum town to the beach for around 100-120 pesos ($5-6). Travel time with this method is around 1 hour 45 minutes.
The simplest but probably the most expensive way would be to get a taxi direct to the gym, using Ahau hotel located at km 7.5 on the beach road in the hotel zone as a reference.
You can rent a car from various rental companies either from the airport or in Cancun itself. Prices vary depending on time of year. Parking is available close to the gym for around 100 pesos. Travel time around 2 hours 10 minutes.
You could get the local bus from Cancun to Playa and then from Playa to Cancun & then get a taxi from the town to the beach but we do not recommend this method due to the travel time and changeovers. The cost would be around 300 pesos per person but could take you up to 4 hours each way!
The simplest but most expensive way would be to get a taxi direct to the gym using Ahau hotel km 7.5 on the beach road in the hotel zone as a reference. The gym is only a year old so most taxi drivers will not know about it. You will need to barter on price but would cost around $75-100usd each way / 1500-2000 pesos. Travel time just over 2 hours.
For the courtesy of all gym users and for safety we ask that you:
– Listen to music on headphones and do not use speakers.
– Don’t drop the weights it is prohibited on the decking
– Strip bars and return all weights after use
– Only take pictures on cell phones
– Everyone entering must pay
– Respect our staff and our rules, rudeness towards staff will result in you being denied access to the gym
– We do not have WIFI so please download music and workouts before
– Use hand gel before entering the gym and wipe down equipment
General recommendations for visiting Tulum :
* Please note we do not receive any commissions, discounts or incentives to make specific recommendations. These are purely based on what we organically recommend to those visiting Tulum.
- Go to a cenote
Google cenote Tulum to see what & where these are but essentially they are fresh water pools. For swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving. Three popular examples near Tulum would be:
- Cenote Crystal
- Grand cenote
- Casa cenote
- Visit one of the Theme parks
The main ones are run by the same company so if you Google Xcaret you will see all the other theme parks they have. You can hire a car or check their website under FAQ for buses that go from hotels to the parks.
|Park||Distance||Travel time from Town|
|Xel Ha||22 km||20 minutes|
|Xplor||59 km||45 minutes|
|Xenses||59 km||45 minutes|
|Xcartet||59 km||45 minutes|
|Xavage||122 km||1hr 30|
- Restaurant recommendation
On the beach
- Mezzanine (Thai)
- Sanara (Organic, gluten-dairy free)
- Rosa Negra (Steak / party atmosphere)
- The pitted date (Vegan)
- Asadero (Steak house)
- Chiapaneca (Local tacos)
- A lot of businesses are cash only and the ATM’s charge a high premium so we recommend brining pesos. You can pay in dollars almost everywhere in Tulum but again you will get a lesser exchange than changing in your home country.
- If staying in town getting a rental car for the week is very cheap (around 50-100usd) and it is one straight road from Cancun to Tulum and most things are listed on Google maps. You can drive to the gym in 20 minutes from town (except Xmas / NY week which is very busy and you would be better cycling or renting a scooter).
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