While living or traveling in Chiang Mai, it is easy to forget to remain active thanks to the city’s wide range of restaurants, bars and other entertainment options. Fortunately, there are quite a few choices available when it comes to getting a solid workout, whether the aim is to boost strength, endurance or flexibility.
Powerhouse Gym Fitness Center
Operating in Chiang Mai for over seven years, Powerhouse Gym is the only fitness center in the country operating under this popular US brand. Following its slogan, Fitness for Happiness, the gym boasts a pleasant workout environment and a team of qualified, English-speaking trainers. The center contains a full range of exercise equipment, cardio machines and free weights as well as onsite sauna room, stretching area and lockers. Powerhouse’s trainers also run group exercise sessions such as Power Kick, Power Weight, Cycling, Aerobic Dancing and Introductory Aerobics classes. Finally, the gym has free Wifi, complementary accident insurance and a store selling smoothie drinks, protein powder and gym apparel. It is found on Soi 6, Nimmanhemin Road in Punna Place. Rates are a bit more expensive than other gyms but this is reflected in the better quality facilities:
- 13,500 Baht per year (exercise allowed anytime)
- 9,500 Baht per year (exercise allowed from 9am to 3pm)
- 400 Baht per day
- 2,500 Baht for a 10-visit coupon
The staff at Powerhouse may also provide discounts to those who visit in person. Opening hours are 6am to 9pm on Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm on Saturday and 1pm to 8pm on Sunday. For more information, call 0-5340-0521, 0-5321-0987 and 0-5321-7157 or send an email to <[email protected]>.
California WOW Xperience
Although California WOW Xperience has recently gone through financial difficulties, its Chiang Mai branch still remains open. This fitness center boasts a complete array of equipment including treadmills, exercise bikes, free weights and elliptical trainers. Members can also participate in a number of classes such as Group X (dance exercises), Wow Yoga and Pole Dancing. Those who prefer individual exercises can instead be supervised by their own personal trainer. This gym can be found on the 4th floor of Central Airport Plaza. It is open from 8am to 9pm on Monday to Friday and 9am to 9pm on the weekends. To find out their rates, it is necessary to visit in person and talk with a member of staff as they are not allowed to give prices over the phone. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 0-5399-9499.
Home Fitness is found on the road behind the old Carrefour (now Big C) located on the Superhighway. This fitness center has a decent range of equipment and free weights. There is also a steam room. The gym can get crowded from 5pm to 7pm each day, so be prepared to wait for the machines if you arrive at this time. The rates here are as follows:
- Daily: 70 Baht
- Coupon: 450 Baht (10 visits within 20 days)
- 1 month: 1,000 Baht
- 2 months: 1,700 Baht
- 3 months: 2,300 Baht
- 6 months: 4,200 Baht
- 1 year: 7,200 Baht
Home Fitness also offers discounted rates if two people sign up at the same time. Here, the price for each pair is 4,200 Baht for 3 months, 7,700 Baht for 6 months or 13,500 Baht per year. For more information, call 086-4112453 or 053-850728-9. There is no email as Home Fitness does not have a website.
Kawee Power Zone
Kawee Power Zone has been operating for over 6 years on the 3rd floor of Kad Suon Kaew Shopping Centre. The selection of exercise machines and free weights here is more than satisfactory, and includes treadmills, exercise bikes and elliptical trainers. There are also lockers and a changing room onsite. At no extra cost, members can work with their own personal trainer if they wish. The Lotus Pang Suon Kaew Hotel’s swimming pool is also available with an entrance fee of 20 Baht. Kawee’s rates are very reasonable too:
- Daily: 50 Baht
- Coupon: 350 Baht (10 visits in 20 days)
- 1 month: 800 Baht
- 3 months: 1,699 Baht
- 6 months: 2,999 Baht
- 1 year: 4,999 Baht
There are also discounted rates if multiple people sign up at the same time. All prices listed below are per person.
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For more information, tel. 084-1720888, 089-2639992, 083-1524989 or 089-2642299, email <[email protected]>.
Pilates Plus Studio
Those who want something more personal should visit Pilates Plus Studio. Found on Soi 6, Nimmanhemin Road in Punna Place, this fitness center offers one-on-one training in yoga, Pilates and kickboxing. They have four trainers available, each with a lengthy background in sports and fitness. In the studio’s main Pilates room, visitors will find a range of equipment designed to develop strength, balance and flexibility. There are also treadmills and free weights available as well as onsite showers and lockers. Pilates Plus Studios is open from 10am to 9pm from Monday to Saturday. Those interested can book a free trial session by calling 053-400301 and 08-2468-385 or emailing [email protected]
Hillside Fitness Center
Found on the 4th floor of the Hillside Plaza and Condotel on Huay Kaew Road, the Hillside Fitness Center is a small gym with great facilities. Visitors will find weights machines, treadmills, exercise bikes and cross-trainers. There are several classes available too, such as aerobics and yoga. Outside, there is also a large swimming pool which can be used for 50 Baht. The rates for the fitness center are competitive
- Daily: 100 Baht
- Monthly: 1,500 Baht
- Yearly: 10,000 Baht
This gym is open from 9am to 10pm on Monday to Friday and from 10am to 10pm on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 053-225944 or 053-224241-9.
What was once a good gym, Fitness Thailand can be found on Hasadisewee Road behind Computer Plaza. A range of exercise gear, including bicycles, dumbbells, cardio equipment, and weight machines. Their instructors teach a variety of classes, including aerobics, cycling, body combat, dance exercises, yoga and body balance. The biggest problem here is the extremely loud music, both inside the classrooms as well as on the floor. It is impossible not to damage hearing in the classes, and on the machines, a personal headset simply cannot compete with the obnoxious volume levels. Add to this the obnoxious behavior of the staff, and it is a true turn-off.
Membership fees are as follows:
||Adult Price (23yrs and up)
||Student Price (below 23 yrs)
Seniors (those over 55 years old) get a discounted yearly rate of 7,000 Baht.
Members can also work with their own personal trainers at a fee of 500 Baht per session. Paying for 10 sessions beforehand will discount the rate to 4,000 Baht. In essence, this provides you with two free sessions. For more information on the gym’s location, class schedules or facilities, please call 053-224260-2 or email [email protected]