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Do you know what the hours of the gym are? If it's part of the hotel, does that mean it's 24 hours?

Are there any 24 hour gyms in Chiang mai in the Nimma area?

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24 hours? Only the gym you put in your spare room. Powerhouse is the only gym on Nimmanhamin, though Fitness Thailand isn't too far away, and the Hillside 4 gym is close, if you have very low standards. All of them close at 9 p.m.

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Do you know what the hours of the gym are? If it's part of the hotel, does that mean it's 24 hours?

Are there any 24 hour gyms in Chiang mai in the Nimma area?

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24 hours? Only the gym you put in your spare room. Powerhouse is the only gym on Nimmanhamin, though Fitness Thailand isn't too far away, and the Hillside 4 gym is close, if you have very low standards. All of them close at 9 p.m.

I haven't been in Powerhouse since they moved to their new, smaller location. It used to be OK if all you were interested in were freeweights. But if that's all Mr Lamb is interested in he's better off at the previously mentioned gym in KSK for 50Baht a day.

I haven't been to the Hillside 4 gym in about a year, but that would be my first choice for the variety of machines. Mr Lamb should check them all out before deciding.

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A friend and myself checked out both Fitness Thailand and Powerhouse gym today.

We were quoted yearly memberships at Fitness Thailand at 6000k, and 10,000k at Powerhouse (discount because two of us are joining at the same time).

Some of the quotes given recently here (ie: Fitness Thailand at 4500k baht) seem cheaper.

Guys, whats the general promotional rates the moment you are finding please?

Also, do you still rate Powerhouse above Fitness Thailand?

Thanks for opinions!

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I'm looking for a nice gym in Chiang Mai. I used to work out at Fitness First in Bangkok which is an excellent gym. I've taken a look at California WOW the other day, it seems to be quite okay there, and already cheaper then what I payed for Fitness First.

I myself am mostly looking for good cardio machines, my GF is more into yoga classes and stuff. Would be nice if we could go to the same gym.

Haven't had time yet to check out any other gyms. Which would be good gyms to check out?

Staying near Chiang Mai Gate btw, so easily accessible from there would be a plus.

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I'm looking for a nice gym in Chiang Mai. I used to work out at Fitness First in Bangkok which is an excellent gym. I've taken a look at California WOW the other day, it seems to be quite okay there, and already cheaper then what I payed for Fitness First.

I myself am mostly looking for good cardio machines, my GF is more into yoga classes and stuff. Would be nice if we could go to the same gym.

Haven't had time yet to check out any other gyms. Which would be good gyms to check out?

Staying near Chiang Mai Gate btw, so easily accessible from there would be a plus.

If you don't mind paying the price and going through all that traffic to get there, California Wow is probably the best gym in Chiang Mail.

Fitness Thailand is your closest serious gym. It's not nearly as nice or as expensive as California Wow. Lots of weight machines, adequate free weight equipment, many treadmills, and eight or ten cross trainers. The only stationary bikes are in the room where they have the organized bike workouts (I think it's called Spinning), so if you just want to use them at your own pace you'll have to work around the classes. Maintenance standards aren't high and some machines stay out-of-order for weeks, but there is so much equipment you can usually find what you want in working condition. I know they have yoga clases, usually with just a few students, but I don't know the schedule.

Another popular gym on soi 6 Nimmanhamin is Powerhouse. It is smaller and more expensive than Fitness Thailand, but it seems well run and well maintained. However the last time I checked, about a year ago, they only had five or six cardio machines.

About three years ago I cheerfully let my membership at the Hillside 4 gym expire. I was impressed by the number of cardio machines and didn't realize until after I joined that few of them worked. The staff's attitude was that if there was any machine with wheels going around and a display lighting up there was no need for maintenance. That may have changed, but I doubt it.

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I'm looking for a nice gym in Chiang Mai. I used to work out at Fitness First in Bangkok which is an excellent gym. I've taken a look at California WOW the other day, it seems to be quite okay there, and already cheaper then what I payed for Fitness First.

I myself am mostly looking for good cardio machines, my GF is more into yoga classes and stuff. Would be nice if we could go to the same gym.

Haven't had time yet to check out any other gyms. Which would be good gyms to check out?

Staying near Chiang Mai Gate btw, so easily accessible from there would be a plus.

If you don't mind paying the price and going through all that traffic to get there, California Wow is probably the best gym in Chiang Mail.

Fitness Thailand is your closest serious gym. It's not nearly as nice or as expensive as California Wow. Lots of weight machines, adequate free weight equipment, many treadmills, and eight or ten cross trainers. The only stationary bikes are in the room where they have the organized bike workouts (I think it's called Spinning), so if you just want to use them at your own pace you'll have to work around the classes. Maintenance standards aren't high and some machines stay out-of-order for weeks, but there is so much equipment you can usually find what you want in working condition. I know they have yoga clases, usually with just a few students, but I don't know the schedule.

Another popular gym on soi 6 Nimmanhamin is Powerhouse. It is smaller and more expensive than Fitness Thailand, but it seems well run and well maintained. However the last time I checked, about a year ago, they only had five or six cardio machines.

About three years ago I cheerfully let my membership at the Hillside 4 gym expire. I was impressed by the number of cardio machines and didn't realize until after I joined that few of them worked. The staff's attitude was that if there was any machine with wheels going around and a display lighting up there was no need for maintenance. That may have changed, but I doubt it.

Thnx for all the info. I definitely thought California WOW looked okay. For me it's a 5 minute drive on the motorbike. Prolly quicker to get there then to nimman aera. I don't mind paying a bit more for a decent gym as I plan to go there 5 times a week when in Chiang Mai. Might get a good deal if we join with two people. They offered us 1200 baht per person per month last time we were there. But I just wanted to check it out and did not feel like negotiating prices.

Is there any gym in Chiang Mai that has a sauna? I loved the sauna in Fitness First to relax after working out.

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California Wow, quoted me 12,000 baht and then only 100 baht to renew the subsciption for next year, so effectively 6,050 baht per year.

That's a pretty good deal for whats on offer.

Are you sure this is correct. Or it just means you don't have to pay joining fee, admin fee etc. Can't believe they give you 1 year for 100 baht...

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I'm looking for a nice gym in Chiang Mai. I used to work out at Fitness First in Bangkok which is an excellent gym. I've taken a look at California WOW the other day, it seems to be quite okay there, and already cheaper then what I payed for Fitness First.

I myself am mostly looking for good cardio machines, my GF is more into yoga classes and stuff. Would be nice if we could go to the same gym.

Haven't had time yet to check out any other gyms. Which would be good gyms to check out?

Staying near Chiang Mai Gate btw, so easily accessible from there would be a plus.

If you don't mind paying the price and going through all that traffic to get there, California Wow is probably the best gym in Chiang Mail.

Fitness Thailand is your closest serious gym. It's not nearly as nice or as expensive as California Wow. Lots of weight machines, adequate free weight equipment, many treadmills, and eight or ten cross trainers. The only stationary bikes are in the room where they have the organized bike workouts (I think it's called Spinning), so if you just want to use them at your own pace you'll have to work around the classes. Maintenance standards aren't high and some machines stay out-of-order for weeks, but there is so much equipment you can usually find what you want in working condition. I know they have yoga clases, usually with just a few students, but I don't know the schedule.

Another popular gym on soi 6 Nimmanhamin is Powerhouse. It is smaller and more expensive than Fitness Thailand, but it seems well run and well maintained. However the last time I checked, about a year ago, they only had five or six cardio machines.

About three years ago I cheerfully let my membership at the Hillside 4 gym expire. I was impressed by the number of cardio machines and didn't realize until after I joined that few of them worked. The staff's attitude was that if there was any machine with wheels going around and a display lighting up there was no need for maintenance. That may have changed, but I doubt it.

Thnx for all the info. I definitely thought California WOW looked okay. For me it's a 5 minute drive on the motorbike. Prolly quicker to get there then to nimman aera. I don't mind paying a bit more for a decent gym as I plan to go there 5 times a week when in Chiang Mai. Might get a good deal if we join with two people. They offered us 1200 baht per person per month last time we were there. But I just wanted to check it out and did not feel like negotiating prices.

Is there any gym in Chiang Mai that has a sauna? I loved the sauna in Fitness First to relax after working out.

Fitness Thailand has a sauna, but I've never tried it. I don't know about California Wow or Powerhouse.

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Both Fitness Thailand and Powerhouse have a sauna (in the changing rooms). Fitness Thailand also has a steam room though.

You can get gym membership at Fitness Thailand for 5000baht atm. Powerhouse's promotional rate is double (for full gym membership..all opening hours, classes etc..off peak hours membership is cheaper). Well, thats the deals offered to my friend an I recently anyway

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California Wow, quoted me 12,000 baht and then only 100 baht to renew the subsciption for next year, so effectively 6,050 baht per year.

That's a pretty good deal for whats on offer.

Are you sure this is correct. Or it just means you don't have to pay joining fee, admin fee etc. Can't believe they give you 1 year for 100 baht...

With this promotion you can join the gym for a year at around 12,000 baht; then, you can renew your membership for 100 baht per year.

Remember that the initial joining fee can be bargained. I think I paid less than 10,000 baht for the first year (can't remember cause it was a couple years ago). I then paid 300 baht for the next three years, giving me a total of four years. I was told I could buy as many years in advance as I wanted to--like 1000 baht for 10 years--but you can renew at any time before your membership expires. Make sure you renew before the membership expires, or the offer is not valid.

Your mileage may vary, and the sales people obviously are using sales tactics, but this is how it worked for me.

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California Wow, quoted me 12,000 baht and then only 100 baht to renew the subsciption for next year, so effectively 6,050 baht per year.

That's a pretty good deal for whats on offer.

Are you sure this is correct. Or it just means you don't have to pay joining fee, admin fee etc. Can't believe they give you 1 year for 100 baht...

With this promotion you can join the gym for a year at around 12,000 baht; then, you can renew your membership for 100 baht per year.

Remember that the initial joining fee can be bargained. I think I paid less than 10,000 baht for the first year (can't remember cause it was a couple years ago). I then paid 300 baht for the next three years, giving me a total of four years. I was told I could buy as many years in advance as I wanted to--like 1000 baht for 10 years--but you can renew at any time before your membership expires. Make sure you renew before the membership expires, or the offer is not valid.

Your mileage may vary, and the sales people obviously are using sales tactics, but this is how it worked for me.

The major problem that so many people have with California-WOW is that they have no real printed pricing information. They will charge whatever the market will bear. If they think they can hold you to 24000 for a lifetime* membership they will. If the next guy that comes in looks like he can't pay that .. he may get a deal for 5000 membership and 100 a year renewal.

Second hand information from a Thai friend suggests that at California-Wow in BKK on Silom Rd. that the pricing is clearly 2-tiered. He went in and negotiated a price for 2 people without stating the second person was farang and they would not honor the deal later. (again that is second-hand)

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I am currently also looking for a new gym in Chiang Mai. Here are my findings so far:

Fitness Thailand:

I checked out Fitness Thailand a few days ago, promotional yearly membership is 5,000 Baht (down from 7,000). The place is OK, but a bit warm. After I asked the attendant, he switched on the main AC for the front half of the gym and closed several blinds that were letting in the hot westerly sun. Temperature was OK after about half an hour. Equipment is good, but only 3 bicycles in the main gym (plenty in the spinning room).

California WOW:

I got a quote today for 11,999 Baht Lifetime membership prepaid, second year only 100 Baht renewal. The gym looks fantastic, the best equipment I have seen in Chiang Mai and clean facilities. The music is a bit loud, but they will turn it down if you complain. AC very cool :) and treadmills even have 2 inbuilt fans.

IMO a lifetime membership is not a viable business model. Already having been a member of 2 gyms that closed down on me (one in BKK, one in CM, but luckily I got refund from both) I am careful with CAWOW.

I searched on Thaivisa and I don't like what I found out. See the Financial Report for the company here CAWOW . I also read the contract carefully and nowhere is lifetime membership mentioned. There is pre-paid membership for a year and a renewal for 100 Baht. But no mention of how many times you can renew. Even if only for 2 years, 11,999 Baht is good value. CAWOW has been making a net loss for the last 3 years, the most recent year's loss being more than double of the year before that. Read the News and F/S Highlights in particular.

I don't think I will join, because I am worried that this place will closed down also and I will yet again have to wait for a refund. Pity, because it is a nice looking gym.

Kawee Gym at Kad Suan Kaew:

I was a member here before. It is convenient to me, but the facilities and the equipment are less than great. No toilets or showers within the gym, the AC is OK, but the music is loud and very repetitive Thai style music that the gym attendants pick and choose. Can use the large swimming pool on rooftop for 50 Baht extra per visit.

Many students use the facility, but it is not too busy until 4-5pm.

Yearly membership currently is 4,999 Baht. I used (and may use again until I find the gym I like) their 10 visit coupon within 20 days for 350 Baht.

I will check out Powerhouse next...

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