Finding a decently priced gym in Phuket can be difficult if you are not planning to go on a daily basis. Prices of around 1,500 baht per month are fine when you plan on going several times a week and joining for group classes, but in my case I just want to go there once or twice a week and I only want to lift weights. Most gyms don’t even offer 1-day passes, and the ones that do charge about 200 baht.
There is an exception to this; the Suanluan gym. This is a low-tech fitness center located in Suan Luan park (near Phuket town) and you can only pay the daily rate there as there are no memberships available. But don’t worry; the fee is a mere 10 baht. So what do you get for this money? Well, you don’t get a swimming pool, a clean gym, AC, or even dressing rooms. The gym is more of an open-air gym with a roof over it with some old gym equipment that must have been there for ages already.
About 95% of the visitors at the gym are Thai and after going there for some weeks in a row I started noticing always the same people are there.
The gym opens twice a day, from 6:30AM till 9:00AM, and again from 5:00PM till 8:00PM. The closing times in the morning are not always followed strictly when it is busy so people can finish their workouts.
The dumbbells only reach a maximum weight of 10kg and you can do a barbell benchpress up to about 90 kg in case it is not too busy and all the heavy weights are taken already. There is some cardio equipment available but none of it is maintained very well or has any working displays.
In general the gym is quite dirty but the atmosphere is pretty good. Fresh wind blows in from every side and most of the gym goers seem to have the right attitude (more lifting than talking). The only real downside is that the machines do not go heavy enough, even for intermediate lifters, meaning you will need to start improvising or find another gym after your introduction period is over. But for 10 baht a time it won’t be easy to find something better for that price.
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