Ultimate Guide On Gyms In Bangkok

Several dudes email me every month asking where are the best gyms in Bangkok. For a country in South East Asia, most weightlifting gyms in Bangkok cost way too much in my opinion. After living in Thailand for 3 years, half the places listed in this article cost more than gyms in England, and I’m not quite sure why that is.

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But anyway, here’s a breakdown of all the gyms in Bangkok located near the Sukhumvit BTS line, how much they cost and where they are located and what they offer.

Tony’s Fitness

Sadly there is little information about Tony’s Fitness gym in Bangkok. Located on Sukhumvit 19, Tony’s Fitness is the cheapest gym in Lower Sukhumvit that also offers the best value for money.

Tony’s Fitness membership prices start at 900 baht a month or 2,900 baht for the whole year. Yes year!

The gym has no air-con or any of the fancy things you would expect from a posh gym, but does have a squat rack, bench and heavy enough weights to get you swole.

The place is open 24 hours so great for night owls.

  • Best for :People who want to lift heavy weights at a gym that has everything on a budget.

Racquet Club

The Racquet Club is located on Sukhumvit 49 (between Thong Lo and Phrom Phong BTS). They have a fairly large gym, rock climbing wall, two pools, squash, tennis and badminton courts. They offer a number of daily classes like yoga and body fit which are all in Thai but you can do them as they are easy to follow.

Their monthly memberships start at 4,000 baht, and unless you have money to burn, every deal they do asides from the yearly membership (21,400 baht) is rather expensive.

Racquet Club

The gym is in good condition although a bit dated, but there are some hot girls that go there to make up for it.

This is the gym I use (have a year membership #baller) I have very few complaints. The Racquet Club is the best gym in Bangkok if you’re into your racket sports IMO, membership prices include the free use of everything.

All membership fees must be paid up front.If you have a family member they get 50% off if they join with you.

  • Best for :People who play racket sports often

We Fitness Society

I’m not sure what to think of this Bangkok gym.

We Fitness Society has some weird ass branding that reminds me of Planet Fitness. I’ve only ever been to the branch in Ekkamai (near the BTS) which has two floors, a MMA cage, tons of weights, machines and plenty of hot girls. They have a number of classes and have branches all over Bangkok.

We Fitness Society membership price is 20,000 baht for the year which you must pay in one go. Only if you have a Thai credit card can you opt for monthly payments.

You can find out more about this Bangkok gym by clicking here.

  • Best for :Location. We Fitness is directly attached to Ekkamai BTS, all equipment is new and several branches.

Virgin Active

A few of my boys go to Virgin Active in Phrom Phong and say it’s awesome. They have a fully kitted out gym, thermal pools, squash and tennis courts and everything else you would expect from a big fancy Bangkok gym (even an ice bath and sleep pods).

Virgin Active Bangkok

Last time I checked they run just over 200 classes per week including yoga and bodybuilding programs (whatever the hell that is).

To join Virgin Active Bangkok will cost you 3,000 baht for member activation and 645 baht per week thereafter. If you went for the whole year that would cost 33,540 baht but that includes the use of any Virgin Active gym in the world.

No thanks Virgin.

To find out more about Virgin Active Bangkok click here.

  • Best for :Short-time travelers who often come and go. Although the 3,000 baht membership fee is annoying.

Fitness First Bangkok

Fitness First Bangkok is another big name known all over the world. They are located on Sukhumvit 39 near Phrom Phong BTS, and offer a bunch of daily classes from hot yoga to spin classes.

They have a fully equipped gym with sauna and steam room, an outdoor saltwater pool, sun terrace and offer all their paying members free fruit and drinks (tea and coffee).

They don’t have any racket courts.

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Fitness First Bangkok prices start at 2,200 baht per month which can be reduced to 2,000 baht per month if you pay by a Thai credit card.

This membership price will allow you to use every Fitness First in Bangkok while cheaper packages ( I think 1,700 baht per month) only allow you to use the gym you singed up for.

For more information on Fitness First Bangkok click here.

  • Best for: An all round gym.

True Fitness

True Fitness Bangkok is located in the Exchange Tower in Asoke. What I like about True Fitness is they offer a 7 day free trial rather than locking you up into a long ass deal.

They have a massive gym floor, spinning bikes room and a separate area for classes. Unlike the Racquet Club and Virgin Active, they don’t have any racket courts.

True Fitness Bangkok membership price is around 2,800 per month which I think is rather expensive. This plan lets you visit any three of the True Fitness branches in Bangkok.

You can find out more by clicking here

  • Best for: Location. True Fitness is close to Askok BTS and Sukhumvit MRT.

The Aspire Club

I almost didn’t list the Aspire Club Bangkok because they focus quite a lot on doing crossfit, but I’m trying not to be a hater this year. Located right next to Asoke BTS, The Aspire Club do a lot of stuff that I really have no idea about.

From what I hear they have a good community and my friend who goes there says the workouts are really intense. Aspire Club Bangkok has a number of pricing plans from a daily pass (600 baht) to a monthly pass (2,900) along with other special boot camp passes and crossfit only memberships.

You can find out more about the Aspire Club Asoke by clicking here.

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  • Best for : People into crossfit or joining a gym with a nice community feel.

The Lab

The Lab is quite similar to Aspire Club in that they offer pro grammes to get you fit. Once again I don’t know too much about the Lab Bangkok or their prices as they are a new Bangkok gym.

To find out more you can visit The Lab website by clicking here.

Best for :Crossfit?

Training Ground Bangkok

Training Ground Bangkok is a huge warehouse style gym that does everything from cossfit to boot camps. The only lessons they do outside crossfit is yoga.

Training Ground Bangkok membership prices vary on what you want to do. You see the breakdown here:

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To know more about Training Ground BKK visit their website by clicking here.

  • Best for :For getting fit and crossfit.

Ekkamai School gym

Right opposite Major Ekkamai there is a school playground. If you walk inside and scout around you will find the cheapest gym in Bangkok on the Sukhumvit line. Like Tony’ Fitness, there is no air-con and it gets pretty hot inside.

The weights are really old, most of the machines don’t work but they do have an Olympic barbell and enough free weights to stick 100kg on it. They have a squat rack but unless you’re 4’9 you won’t be able to use it.

This is a small Bangkok gym and only really an option if you’re broke and can’t afford any other options. Quite a few of the machines are not safe and the benches look like they are about to fall apart any second.

Membership here is 200 baht a year and you pay 25 baht every time you want to use it. It’s a little hard to find so please read the comments in this article I posted here to find it.

  • Best for: Broke people.

Thai-Japan Youth Center

The Thai-Japan Youth Center was built as some sort of initiative between the two countries to provide the poor people of Bangkok a place to get fit. Membership prices start at 40 baht a year and that’s it. This gym has everything.

A huge gym, swimming pools, indoor football, badminton courts, squash, Muay Thai ring – like I said it has everything. The closest BTS is Sanan Pao and then you will need to get a taxi or motorcycle to get there. It’s really a shame this is not in Sukhumvit as all the other gyms would have to lower their prices as this rips them to pieces.

You can find out more about the Thai-Japan Bangkok Youth Center by clicking here.

  • Best for :Best gym in Bangkok, although not in the best location for expats.

Summary

If you’re looking to lift weights and get swole in a nice Bangkok gym, you will need to pay a premium. For most gyms in Sukhumvit, unless you opt for a yearly membership I feel the rates are pretty expensive given how cheap everything else is in Thailand.

Every Bangkok gym I listed in this article (except the last one) is located on Sukhumvit not to far from the BTS. I know there are a few in Silom but I rarely visit so I left them out. For the serious lifters who are looking for steroids in Bangkok, I’ve been told Nana is your best option, stay safe.

Where do you guys go to get your pump? Have I missed any Bangkok gyms out that I should add to the list?

27 thoughts on “Ultimate Guide On Gyms In Bangkok

  1. Pat
    31 July, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Chatuchak Park to the left of the BTS. 3km marked running track, two weights areas, walk further towards the market and you can hire mountain bikes and ride purpose made cycle park.

    Bike hire was about 80 baht an hour a few years back, also a weights area in that park.

    Weights, running and big aerobic classes with the loud music and mostly women taking part.

    ALL FREE! Better after 6pm when no visitors hanging round the park, just keep fit fanatics.

    Ekkamai school is great value and they have the pool for 30 Baht too.

    Muay Thai gyms also have weights and punchbags, plus training. Usually about 300 Baht a session if you wanna learn to fight.
    Ingram gym next to Ekkamai is a Thai/Japanese run place, you’ll be training alongside several champions past & present, great bunch of guys.

    If that’s your thing.

    1. 1 August, 2015 at 3:32 am

      Muay Thai lessons have gone up everywhere quite a bit. I can’t find a play for less than 400 baht these days, usually it’s 450-500 unless you get a month package.

    2. Roy
      12 June, 2016 at 8:02 am

      Pat to the rescue!!

      Thanks for leaving comments here man, this is EXACTLY what im looking for (I stay in Ekkamai).

  2. roge
    1 August, 2015 at 1:16 am

    Hey man, do you any good, farang friendly Muay Thai places?

    1. 1 August, 2015 at 3:31 am

      No Muay Thai gym in Thailand has farang friendly prices. You will always be paying 400 baht or more.

  3. WL Chee
    2 August, 2015 at 6:27 am

    Many thanks for your update on the Ultimate Guides for Bangkok Gym.
    Those prices you mentioned in your blog is simliar to gym prices in Singapore where I live.
    I truly enjoyed your blog.

    Any chance of updating the cost of living in BANGKOK, a post you wrote a couple of years ago.

    1. 2 August, 2015 at 6:41 am

      Hey WL Chee,

      I will do so in the upcomming weeks hopefully.

  4. Scandibro
    2 August, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Thai-Yippun is hard to beat for the money (50 baht year), but not exactly welcoming if you’re lifting weights. I used to go there and train power cleans and such because they have rubber weights as they have a youth olympic weightlifting team training there. They began locking bars down though, probably because you’re not supposed to use them if not a member of that team. The bodybuilding weightlifting area is home to some hardcore bodybuilders and again, not very welcoming to the average farang.

    True Fitness does do their best to lock you down for a yearly membership but you can pay monthly with a credit card. A lot of cute girls there too. Good facilities.

    Racket Club is also my favorite as you can also use their non-crowded pool and go for some laps afterwards. Expensive though.

  5. 5 August, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Lumpini Park bro. Dirt cheap and has everything you need. If you don’t mind lifting outside with a bunch of shirtless Thai men. Think I paid 200 baht per month. Plus the park is just a great place to hang out.

    1. 6 August, 2015 at 6:22 am

      Yeah the gym is decent and prob another good location to find steroids, a bit out the way unless you live in Lumpini though.

  6. slak
    23 August, 2015 at 2:24 am

    im not broke but i go to ekkamai school gym, just on a budget

  7. tonny
    3 October, 2015 at 5:33 am

    hi ,

    i just ask my thai girl to call true fitness they charge 5000 baht for one month… so i think the price you mention here
    not relevant.
    fitness first told my girlfriend they don’t do monthly program any more… so i think it’s about time you will double check and update.

    i’m going to check this place

    Clark Hatch Fitness Centers – Thaniya Plaza.

    1. 3 October, 2015 at 5:35 am

      I think it’s a lot less than that if you went inside. I will check again the next time I’m there to find out.

  8. 8 December, 2015 at 1:02 am

    Great guide – thanks for your useful information! Can you apply for any free passes at these places if you’re only going to be in BKK for a few days? Some of these places are like 1000 baht for one visit!

    1. 8 December, 2015 at 2:40 am

      Hey Shawn, sadly you can’t mate. Most want you to sign up for a year.

  9. Deepa
    19 December, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    I want to join gym in sukhumvite 19…please connet me..I’m from sukhumvit 12.

    1. 19 December, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      Just go there or ask a moto driver to take you from the start of Soi 19.

  10. Gill
    27 January, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Hey Harvie, great blog, very informative. I’m gunna be in Bangkok for a month, do you know if any of the gyms do les mills classes? Body pump, grit, body attack etc?

    1. 27 January, 2016 at 9:48 am

      Hey Gill,

      A few do things like that you have to read up on their site as they all offer different classes buddy.

  11. johhny
    16 June, 2016 at 9:52 am

    hey there , great info but I went to 2/fitness firsts and.both quoted 2500 up credit card only and all.tuff selltalks ….anyone know if still can do for 2200 a month

    1. 16 June, 2016 at 10:05 am

      Try Racket Club, 1950 if you get the 12 month membership.

  12. Fredrik Harkestad
    6 August, 2016 at 6:30 am

    Hi, great blog! I’m going to Bangkok in just a couple of days. I’m doing competitive powerlifting and desperately need a gym with decent enough equipment, which gym would you recommend for me when I want to do squat, deadlift and bench press? I live in Rama rd. near Lumpini Park, but the equipment in the park looks like it’s made for roidbro’s rather than powelifters. Any help would be highly appreciated. I am btw willing to travel far to get to a good gym if that’s what I have to do.

    Fred

    1. 6 August, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      Your best bet by location would be Virgin Active in Sliom I think, they will have everything you need.

      1. Fredrik Harkestad
        7 August, 2016 at 5:51 am

        Thanks for the quick reply! I’ve seen some pictures now, looks like they have everything like you say. You have any idea what a week of training there would cost me? I have a feeling it won’t be cheap

        1. 7 August, 2016 at 9:25 am

          It won’t be cheap. I think Virgin have a join up fee of 700b and then you pay around 1,250 per week. Yearly memberships are cheaper.

          Also look for Clark Hatch Fitness, I know there’s one in Sliom too, that may be cheaper.

  13. Matt
    28 September, 2016 at 1:34 am

    Fit4Fin on corner of soi 31 is where i normally train. 500/visit. 2500/month but they normally run some sort of promos. Its always super quiet (average of 2 people training in gym) but is closed on sundays and closes at 9pm. Limited cardio equipment (1 bike, elliptical, treadmill) but heaps of weights (dumbells up to 130lb i think) and a decent range of machines.
    Pretty warm inside but thats not unusual.

    Theres another new gym supposedly on soi 30 which i’m trying to find out about.

    1. 28 September, 2016 at 3:49 am

      Nice, I think the gym on soi 30 is actually 30/1 and is inside the Waterford condo.

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