Working out in a Hoi An Weights Gym

Working out in a Hoi An Weights Gym #hoian #vietnam #travelfitness

Hoi An Weights Gym

I have just spent the last couple of weeks staying in an attractive small town in central Vietnam and working out in a Hoi An weights gym.

Vietnam is a fascinating country to visit with plenty of unique things to do. High on my list was finding somewhere I could train during the time Hoi An, and I would be sharing together.

The majority of my recent workouts revolved around running in city parks in Kuala Lumpur & Bangkok, with some callisthenics exercises to mix it up. Now it was time to find a good old-fashioned establishment and work up a sweat in a Hoi An weights gym.

Having arrived in Hoi An later in the evening, I went for a wander on a reconnaissance gym scouting mission.

Son Phong Gym at 578 Cua Dai Road was the first gym I came across which was probably because of the main street location. At first glance, the equipment inside Son Phong looked old school and the jungle gym set up didn’t have the appeal of a state of the art facility. Yet, it had everything I was looking for in a weights workout.

Anyway, after checking out the gym equipment, next step was to grab a feed, before I headed in for the night to get some shut eye at Blue Clouds Homestay.

Working out in a Hoi An Weights Gym #hoian #vietnam #travelfitness

The next morning I returned to the gym at 8 am kitted up in my finest gym shorts, a pocket full of Vietnamese currency and 100% motivated for the weights session.

The gym itself is owned by a Vietnamese bodybuilder who still competes regularly in events. He runs the gym and his father works there as well. Both of them are laid back guys to talk with and always willing to help.

Toan the owner told me in the future he plans to renovate the flooring in the gym and at some point and possibly open a second gym. March 2017 update: the new gym is now open – please see below.

Working out in a Hoi An Weights Gym #hoian #vietnam #travelfitness

There are different rates for daily, short and long term gym use. If you just fancy a quick workout, then the daily rate to use the gym is 50,000 VND.

However, the short and long term rates offer much better savings, with the long term month price being the best rate. If you plan to hang around for a while, the monthly cost is 300,000 VND.

Working out in a Hoi An Weights Gym #hoian #vietnam #travelfitness

The equipment provided in this Hoi An weights gym is for old school bodybuilding transported from the Terminator 1 film era. Don’t expect to find any pump or body combat classes here!

I guess that’s part of the reason I liked training at Son Phong gym so much, the basic structure and no bullshit attitude appealed to my neanderthal brain.

Working out in a Hoi An Weights Gym #hoian #vietnam #travelfitness

A good selection of free weights and benches, some cable machines, and open air environment (no air con) was everything I need for a good sweat covered workout in Hoi An.

The hours are pretty flexible for a small gym, with the door opening at 6 am, and then closing at 8 pm.

Working out in a Hoi An Weights Gym #hoian #vietnam #travelfitness

I’m a fan of early morning weight sessions as you can get things done before any of the day’s distractions occupy your thoughts and time. I would typically arrive at 8 am, just after breakfast and the 30-minute walk it took me to get there from my homestay.

At this time of the morning, it’s not too busy, with generally only a few guys in the gym training.

Some of the locals will have a chat with you and are a friendly lot but it will depend on how good their English is.

Working out in a Hoi An Weights Gym #hoian #vietnam #travelfitness

An added bonus is the easy to find location. This weights gym is probably one of the easiest to find in Hoi An which will suit those who are just passing through or those who don’t have much time to look around.

While strolling around exploring I did manage to find another two gyms after I had joined and paid to use Son Phong. But their locations were down small side streets and were much harder to find without directions.

The good news is after a few weeks training nearly every day at Son Phong, I dropped a couple of KG’s of body fat from around my stomach. The combination of weights training and Hoi An worked well.

Location

Hoi An Weights Gym, 578 Cửa Đại, Cẩm Châu, Tp. Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam

March 2017 Update

A few things have changed since I was training at 578 Cua Dai Road in late 2014 but there’s good news if you are looking for a Hoi An weights gym.

Toan the owner of the gym contacted me on Facebook and said that his second gym is now open for business.

Hoi An Weights Gym

I haven’t had the chance to try the new gym yet, but from the pictures he sent me and the reviews on TripAdvisor, it looks like there’s a good selection of equipment inside.

Hoi An Weights Gym

They have a wide variety of machines and even offer various classes.

Hoi An Weights Gym

For all those who love the old gym, don’t worry it’s still open and going strong. Toan is also still Bodybuilding and recently won some competitions.

As always he can be found around the gym people with their training.

Hoi An Weights Gym

Pricing for the new gym is as follows:

Pricing for Gym use
50.000vnd / 1 day
250.000vnd / 1 week
300.000vnd/1 month
Pricing for Yoga Class
150.00vnd / 1 hour ( yoga class) / 1 per
400.00vnd/1 week/ 1 per
550.000vnd/ 1/2 month / per
650.000vnd / 1 month / per
Pricing for Taichi Class
600.000vnd for 1 hour / 1 class (from 2 per to 12 per ) for 1 class
Time: from 7 am to 9 am
3 pm to 5 pm
Please book before
Pricing for Kickboxing
200.000vnd/ 1 hour/ per
400.000vnd/ 1 week 1 per
550.000vnd/ 1/2 month / 1 per
650.000vnd / 1 month/ 1 per
Please book before

New Gym Location

1A Ngo Si Lien Street, Hoi An, Vietnam

So Which Gym Should You Train At?

If you’re just looking to lift weights at a no-frills gym then I would still recommend the gym at 578 Cua Dai Road. However, if you’re looking to mix it up with a wider selection of machines, cross training, yoga and kickboxing then its looks like the newer gym at 1A Ngo Si Lien Street would be for you.

Hoi An Weights Gym Contact

You can contact the gym through their Facebook Page or by the details below:

Thing’s to Do in Hoi An

Some other places I visited are:

My Son Sanctuary – The remains of the kingdom of Champa, which flourished from the 2nd to the 15th century.

Thuan Tinh Island – Only 3 km away from Hoi An ancient town, making it very convenient to travel by land or river.

Ancient Town – One of the major trading centres in Southeast Asia during the 16th century due to the early western trader occupying period.

An Bang Beach – One of the few remaining stretches of beach that remain mostly unspoilt by development,

Marble Mountains – A cluster of five marble and limestone hills located in Ngu Hanh Son ward, south of Da Nang city in Vietnam.

Working out in a Hoi An Weights Gym

Barry Sproston
Barry is a traveller and expat who spends most of his time between Asia and Australia. He has spent 12 months training at a Gung Fu school learning Wing Chun. Explored the island of Taiwan by scooter more than once. Been tricked into eating raw horse meat sushi in Japan. Even tried to overcome the fear of heights by bungee jumping in Thailand. One day he plans to open a guesthouse.
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25 thoughts on “Working out in a Hoi An Weights Gym

  1. Jen

    Probably the toughest gym I have ever been to!! I had a couple of awesome sessions in this gym 🙂 The owner Toan is also a super nice guy who made the effort to come and meet me when I first came to the gym. If you’re ever in Hoi An and need a weights gym, check out this one!!

  2. Melanie

    I found Tuan Toan gym on TripAdvisor and decided to check it out. It’s in a great location , situated around many home stays. The gym itself it’s quite large, there are 3 different rooms, of the 3 one is very large and split into 2 different sections , cardio and resistance equipment. The other room has a great cable area and free weights and the 3rd room is for aerobic classes, yoga and stretching. The equipment is very good quality and relatively new. If you are an advit gym goer this is a great gym to meet all your needs! The owner is super friendly and helpful and I also trained with Vienpark who was really great. The drop in rate is also very affordable as well 50,000 VND.

  3. Philip Hollin

    After looking around the internet I needed a gym while I was in Hoi An, I found this page and went to Toan’s new gym, I wasn’t to be dissapointed. Firstly Toan is a great guy while in the gym he isn’t like other owners who sit behind a desk he’s constantly out and about in the gym giving advice and showing people correct form.
    The gym itself has everything literally everything you would want in a gym and more, there is weights and fitness machines. Squat rack, 4/5 flat chest benches, incline benches, dumbells upto 45kgs and if you really must use it a Smith machine + loads more and it’s all new.
    All of this for just 50k a visit which is more than fair and a great deal for such a good gym
    If you need a gym in Hoi An make sure you check this one out first

  4. Josh duxbury

    Toan is a really nice guy, welcomed me and helped me with my training after his extensive knowledge as he is a progressional body builder. Really good gym all the equipment needed, and good price. Best gym I have been to in Vietnam. 578 cua Dai street son phong Hội an. 1a Ngo si lien tan an Hội an.

  5. Maija Saastamoinen

    TuanToan Gym is a great place to exercise. Lots of things to do. It’s good for all ages, both men and women. You get all the advice you need. Very friendly, professional and affordable.
    Toan is the Vietnamese and South-East Asian champion in bodybuilding. So he knows what he is doing.

    I can highly recommend this place for everyone visiting Hoi An.

    They have two gyms:
    Address: 1A Ngo Si Lien and 578 Cua Dai

  6. Liam

    Trained at Toans new gym whilst in Hoi An, it was a great place to workout and a good atmosphere. Toan is awesome too, always has time for his customers, I even went for coffee with him on 2 occasions!
    Great gym with a selection of machines and free weights as well as battle ropes and cardio equipment too, very reasonably priced too.

    1. Barry SprostonBarry Sproston Post author

      Nice to hear about the new gym and selection of equipment Liam. Agreed that Toan great guy who always has time for a chat with his customers. While I was training in Hoi An he took me to Marable Mountains one morning on the back of his scooter. Top bloke!

  7. Danney Trieu

    Hello folks,

    We just opened a new gym with new equipments, AC, showers, sauna, personal trainning, groupx classes such as yoga, zumba, fightfit, jamfit, cmc, core fit… We do have short term deal for travellers.

    See more at:
    superfit.vn/tripadvisor

    1. thanh

      He is liar. He isn’t toan(the manager of son phong gym and tuan toan gym). Mr. Toan opened new gym room at 01A Ngo Si Lien street. This room have any thing his say, even this gym is better than his gym. If you don’t believe. Please visit that link and see about this gym equipment

  8. Tina

    Hi.
    I’m off to hoi an in august
    I train in Olympic lifting
    Can I do clean & jerks, snatches and heavy dead lifts & squats at this gym
    I am female also but I understand that my gender isn’t a problem
    Thx
    Awaiting your response

    1. BarryBarry Post author

      Hi Tina,

      Hoi An is great place to visit. Powerlifting is part of my workout and I trained at this gym daily while in Hoi An.

      Although there’s a selection of weights at this gym, when I visited they didn’t have any Olympic bars or heavy weights. More along the lines of the thinner bars you would buy for home use with smaller plates. For heavier lifting this really means adding lots of plates to the barbell. However, they do have a squat rack.

      I guess gym really isn’t the same calibre as what you probably have at your local gym, but then again it is Vietnam. If you’re just looking to maintain strength with the clean & jerks, snatches, heavy dead lifts & squats, this gym should do the job. Just don’t expect to find any 25-30kg plates at hand.

      Finally the owner did mention to me that he was looking to upgrade the equipment in the future, but I can’t comment on if this has happened or not.

      Good luck,
      Barry

    1. BarryBarry Post author

      Even though its mostly guys at the gym, there’s no reason why ladies can’t train here. If you’re looking do a workout revolving around squats, deadlifts and bench press then I would say yes. However, if you’re looking for running, stepping and rowing machines then this probably isn’t the right gym for you.

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