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I work out at O2 Gym on Mahadol Rd... there is a farrang guy that trains others there most morning at 9-10am... he seems to be very engaged with his clients... I have never once seen him using his cellphone while training someone ;-)

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Ruamchok Fitness Center

 

This just recently opened and all the equipment is brand new. They have everything you could possibly want to lift or pull or push. They have yoga sessions as well as other group classes, which are free if you sign up for a year membership. 

 

They have trainers but they don't come cheaply, however, they do seem to have knowledge of how to set up and maintain a work-out program. 

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14 hours ago, sfokevin said:

I work out at O2 Gym on Mahadol Rd... there is a farrang guy that trains others there most morning at 9-10am... he seems to be very engaged with his clients... I have never once seen him using his cellphone while training someone ;-)

Thanks, maybe I'll swing by on a day pass and see if I could find a moment to chat him up. That's definitely the kind of work ethic I'd be looking for!

2 hours ago, Trujillo said:

Ruamchok Fitness Center

 

This just recently opened and all the equipment is brand new. They have everything you could possibly want to lift or pull or push. They have yoga sessions as well as other group classes, which are free if you sign up for a year membership. 

 

They have trainers but they don't come cheaply, however, they do seem to have knowledge of how to set up and maintain a work-out program. 

Good tip, though this place is definitely too far to consider. Like I said I'm on Chiangmai Land so that's quite a bit out of the way from here. I'll keep it on the list though if any other place falls through, thanks!

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I go mainly to a few of the O2 gyms, CNX and Magnus lately.

 

Firstly mixing it up keeps it interesting, allows me to use different machines as none have all the others do and different locations and opening times are convenient to when and where I am when I want to workout.

 

The last point is huge! If it's not convenient it's much more likely one won't go as much!

 

Another point is parking, all the one's I've listed have ample parking for large vehicles. I rather not park in a mall or hotel as their gym can be far away. 

 

Finally the costs! If you do the math of a long term plan it can work out to as much as going 5x a week EVERY week!

The one's I've listed are 60-100 bht a day. The more expensive one's have a/c so when it's hot or smokey I find it worth the extra cost.

I lift weights usually 2x a week (I cycle 4x/week) so the daily fee is much more cost effective for my exercise program.

Check out the relatively small Rumchok gym for an example of an over priced gym for what you get (300 bht a day!!).

If you do sign-up for a term membership ask what the rules are for putting it on (vacation) hold. They will tell you it's allowed but then you might find out it's only allowed once a year and for no more then two weeks. Not great if you go home for a few months a year or travel more regularly. 

 

When I use to lift more regularly I had yearly memberships at Fitness Thailand and Harris and gone to many other on daily rate but listed my current preferences.

 

As for a trainer I have observed so many here that teach not only incorrectly but dangerously!

It's sadly amusing watching them teach a technique that was proven harmful in the 70's. 

And that's when they are not playing on their phone on your time!!

I'd be very wary of signing up with one here.

 

To learn how to use a basic machine I think youtube would be a better choice (sorry don't mean to be of of those "google is your friend" people but ..

 

Good luck and I'd be remiss not to say that cardio is an integral part of a work-out program and with the wonderful weather we have here, especially this time of year, one should really do it outside. 

 

Why not try a bike riding too!! :) 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, junglechef said:

I rather not park in a mall or hotel as their gym can be far away. 

So you have to walk too far before you get some exercise?  Kidding - it's the way of our species. 

 

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11 hours ago, amexpat said:

So you have to walk too far before you get some exercise?  Kidding - it's the way of our species. 

 

No just don't like walking around inside a public space all sweaty from the gym.

Harris for instance you have to take an elevator from the hotel lobby for instance. 

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16 hours ago, junglechef said:

Check out the relatively small Rumchok gym for an example of an over priced gym for what you get (300 bht a day!!).

It's sad indeed to see so many overpriced gyms in Chiang Mai. For 300 baht in Canada, I get a clean, spacious air- conditioned gym equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. All for 300 baht PER MONTH, not per day!

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5 hours ago, searcher22 said:

It's sad indeed to see so many overpriced gyms in Chiang Mai. For 300 baht in Canada, I get a clean, spacious air- conditioned gym equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. All for 300 baht PER MONTH, not per day!

Well one doesn't have to look hard to find a bad deal here in most industries. 

But there are many fairly priced gyms too.

I think Mae Jo Gym is 50 bht/day and O2 is 60 bht. Magnus is 80 bht for a clean, well stocked and AIR CONDITIONED gym. 

 

 

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Not in your area, but I'll put this in for informational purposes if people are looking for a gym- 'Like Fitness' near Big C Hang Dong is a great gym from an equipment perspective, and they're adding new, quality stuff all the time- it's definitely worth checking out if you live within striking distance.  

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On 7/10/2017 at 6:29 AM, junglechef said:

I go mainly to a few of the O2 gyms, CNX and Magnus lately.

 

Firstly mixing it up keeps it interesting, allows me to use different machines as none have all the others do and different locations and opening times are convenient to when and where I am when I want to workout.

 

The last point is huge! If it's not convenient it's much more likely one won't go as much!

 

Another point is parking, all the one's I've listed have ample parking for large vehicles. I rather not park in a mall or hotel as their gym can be far away. 

 

Finally the costs! If you do the math of a long term plan it can work out to as much as going 5x a week EVERY week!

The one's I've listed are 60-100 bht a day. The more expensive one's have a/c so when it's hot or smokey I find it worth the extra cost.

I lift weights usually 2x a week (I cycle 4x/week) so the daily fee is much more cost effective for my exercise program.

Check out the relatively small Rumchok gym for an example of an over priced gym for what you get (300 bht a day!!).

If you do sign-up for a term membership ask what the rules are for putting it on (vacation) hold. They will tell you it's allowed but then you might find out it's only allowed once a year and for no more then two weeks. Not great if you go home for a few months a year or travel more regularly. 

 

When I use to lift more regularly I had yearly memberships at Fitness Thailand and Harris and gone to many other on daily rate but listed my current preferences.

 

As for a trainer I have observed so many here that teach not only incorrectly but dangerously!

It's sadly amusing watching them teach a technique that was proven harmful in the 70's. 

And that's when they are not playing on their phone on your time!!

I'd be very wary of signing up with one here.

 

To learn how to use a basic machine I think youtube would be a better choice (sorry don't mean to be of of those "google is your friend" people but ..

 

Good luck and I'd be remiss not to say that cardio is an integral part of a work-out program and with the wonderful weather we have here, especially this time of year, one should really do it outside. 

 

Why not try a bike riding too!! :) 

 

 

 

I want to thank all the new posters but yours in specific was very well written and in-depth. In my head, with all the young hipster people being 'digital nomads' here I had thought the fitness culture would mean there would have been an abundance of good, educated trainers though I am increasingly becoming convinced I was wrong. I suppose google and YouTube are my friend but that isn't so bad! I'd love to run outside but between the dogs, the heat and the random rain, just not a cool mix for me. Used to live in southern California and could run outside without a second thought but here, not so much, same goes for biking at least for now.

 

I'll try out the places you mentioned. Though I'll be here six months, I'll be doing visa runs and frequent holidays, so the plans probably won't work for me. Popping in and out of different gyms seems fun and refreshing.

 

Thanks again for your insightful reply, maybe I'll see you around!

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You can check out these guys. Thailand Private Fitness http://ThailandPrivateFitness.com

 

They have expat and Thai trainers that are Certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine a well known accredited organization from the USA. Considered to be the best.

 

There is also this group too that meets every 2 weeks. Could be helpful.

 

 

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