When you find a budget gym in Chiang Mai, what do you think of? Is it a good gym? Is it cheap? It can be hard to tell, as the first thing that comes into your mind is usually, “How much can it be?” There are various ways you can find a cheap gym in Chiang Mai, but I’m guessing, based on my research, that the prices would vary between, let’s say, a few dollars, to a few hundred.
O2 Gym Chiang Mai is an excellent cheap gym and probably the cheapest we’ve found so far. It’s also possibly the least air conditioned, but that’s another story. If you need to use it mainly for cardio, then you’re on a winner, the cardio area is ironed and the equipment is really modern. My only real issue with it is that the weights room is not that great. I don’t think it’s up to the standard of any of the other options, but maybe I’m just nit picking.
I’ve tried several places, and Boon Fitness is one of the oldest and largest gyms in town. They have several floors and it can get a little confusing where to start. For someone who has just started a strength training program, or has been on baht for awhile, I would suggest going to Boon. They have an amazing equipment and the trainers are top notch, but prices are slightly higher than most of the other gyms. I’m not sure if it’s worth it, but I haven’t had a lot of experience with free-weights so I wouldn’t know.
I’d recommend going to Gym Chiang Mai over Boon because they have more room for bigger people, and they workout harder. However, if you’re a really small person, I would still go to Gym Chiang Mai. I’m guessing that they charge more per month because they have more equipment, but they work hard, so you must consider that. Either way, the gym Chiang Mai has some pretty heavy weights and big machines so if you’re not interested in weights, then this isn’t for you. The workout is great though, and it’s actually in the middle of an open air market so you don’t feel like you’re working out inside a factory. Overall, I’d recommend signing up for a full year, but if you only plan on going in for a couple of months, maybe you can do that.
CrossFit Gyms is incredibly popular in Thailand, especially near the Koh Racha area. They’ve been around for quite some time and they’re growing by the day. This means that you can join for as little as 50 Baht per month, but you don’t want to. For me, I’d rather pay slightly more to get a much better experience and if you’re looking to cut costs, then crossfit chiang Mai is for you. The prices aren’t really cheap, but you get what you pay for when it comes to training in Thailand.
You should try out a few different gyms in Thailand first, like Boon Suan Keaw, before you join a gym in Chiang Mai. If you don’t like it, you can always move onto the next one. The key to a great Thailand trip is to mix it up, so it doesn’t get boring, and there’s no better way to mix it up than training in a local Thai gym where you can pick up a variety of different workouts and stay healthy at the same time. Gyms in Chiang Mai are easy to find and hard to beat. They make great holiday locations because they’re so cheap and you get all the benefits of being in a beautiful country while saving money and enjoying a good workout at the same time.