Gyms in Hua Hin – where are they?

Hua Hin
Hua Hin

Since moving to Hua Hin almost 4 years ago, finding a good enough gym to train in was pretty difficult. There were really only 2 gyms you could have a decent enough training session in, and those were the Hilton hotel’s gym and the Grand Sport gym. I chose to train at the Grand Sport purely because the price was low (around 1,000.- per month) and they had free weights, whereas the Hilton gym had mostly machines and cost around 2,400.- per month, though it was well maintained and was air-conditioned.

Things haven’t changed a great deal regarding the gym scene in Hua Hin over the past 4 years. There have been a few gyms that have been opened since then, which is actually quite a lot considering the number of people that actually train here and the size of the town. I’ve been to each of these gyms personally, though I have only trained in 1 of them (Grand Sport) because I have a gym at home now. But more about that later. So then, on to the gyms in Hua Hin (in no particular order)…

Choice #1 – Grand Sport Gym

Grand Sport map
Grand Sport map

This gym mainly serves as a Thai boxing gym, and hosts 1 or 2 weekly fights. The entrance to the gym is up a series of steps, with a small bar and a few small shops outside. The actual weight training equipment is in the middle of the room, with the boxing ring at the back.
Pros
Relatively cheap
Good location
Not bad variety of free weights
Cons
No squat rack
Not very well maintained
Can be quite hot (no airconditioning)

Choice # 2 – Hilton Hotel Gym

Hilton Hotel map
Hilton Hotel map

Due to this gym being part of a hotel, most of the members are hotel guests, therefore I believe they aim the gym to be used by the casual users, rather than people actually training hard. This can be seen by walking into the place; most of the equipment is machines for both resistance and cardio, and guess what. No squat rack.
Pros
Air conditioned (if you’re into that kinda thing)
Well maintained
Nice atmosphere for relaxed training (again, if you’re into that kinda thing)
Cons
Huge lack of free weights (including the most important – the squat rack)
Quite pricey

Choice #3 – Fitness Sauna & Spa Center Hua Hin

Fitness Sauna & Spa Center Hua Hin
Fitness Sauna & Spa Center Hua Hin

A little hidden in one of the smaller roads in town is this gym. It’s located down the Soi past Market Village shopping centre if you’re coming from the North. The actual place is pretty new; opened in 2009 I believe. It is well decorated and features quite a range of resistance machines, though not a great deal of free weights, though I heard that they might be getting more soon. When I visited it though, there wasn’t that many free weights. And of course, no squat rack.
Pros
Decently sized for a small gym
Very good price (only 2,850.- for 2 people for 3 months membership at the time of writing)
Nice atmosphere
Cons
Lacks some free weight equipment (no squat rack)
Location is a little out of the way for non-locals

Choice #4 – Letic Fitness

Letic Fitness
Letic Fitness

Very recently opened is Letic Fitness gym in Market Village shopping centre. For most people in Hua Hin, the location is ideal. It is located on the 3rd floor of the mall, at the front side, near the main road. It is divided into 2 sections: the right side has all the resistance machines and free weights, the left side is for classes and those kind of things. Prices vary depending on which membership you want, though I believe the prices are around 1,500.- per month.
Pros
Ideal location for some
Well maintained/staffed
The largest gym in Hua Hin
Cons
Suprise, suprise.. no squat rack (plus they frown upon “bodybuilder” types there apparently)
Relatively expensive

Which should I choose?

Well, that depends on what you’re after. Mostly all of these gyms are catered for people who are just looking to keep fit, e.g. working out at low/medium intensity on machines, and doing a little cardio here and there. Nothing really suits people who want to lift heavy, or even train with pure free weights for that matter. One thing I stress is that there is NO squat rack in ANY gym in Hua Hin. For that reason, I recommend…

Choice #5 – Buy your own equipment

Well at least until a gym buys some decent free weight equipment. It might cost quite a lot to start up, but trust me, if you really want to train hard, it is the best option in my opinion for anybody in Hua Hin, at the moment anyway. The cheapest method would be to buy a… you guessed it… SQUAT RACK! This plus an olympic barbell and a bench, as well as weight plates, would be everything you would need for the most basic but most efficient training. Prices for this kind of equipment would vary depending on sources. For more information, check out our “Building Your Own Gym” article, or please feel free to contact me if you want more information on pricing.

Squat Rack
Squat Rack

Barbell
Barbell

Weight Plate
Weight Plate

Conclusion

Well there you have it, my rundown on the gyms/training options if you’re in Hua Hin. I hope it helps those trying to find somewhere to train if you’re in Hua Hin. Remember, it isn’t necessarily where you train, it is how you train that counts.

2 thoughts on “Gyms in Hua Hin – where are they?

  • April 15, 2010 at 16:35
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    To the author of the “Gyms in Hua Hin – where are they?”. I’m a member of one of the gyms you mentioned and I agree with everything you said. You sound a little more “hardcore” like myself and the gyms in Hua Hin do not cater to the hardcore athlete. I would like more information on prices for a squat rack, olympic barbell, and a bench, as well as weight plates. Sounds like you have the resources to obtain these and I’ve looked all over and researched trying to buy this type of equipment here in Hua Hin with no luck. Please contact me at mimamma77@gmail.com
    Thanks,
    Chris

  • November 7, 2010 at 13:55
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    Hi There,
    My brother and i are traveling late december and were wondering if we could come and train with you for a 10 day period? we would be glad to pay to use your equipment rather than settle for no racks or free weight as this is used for majority of our training. We are from Australia

    Look forward to your reply, cheers

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