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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
They have a wide variety of machines and even offer various classes.
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.
Pricing for the new gym is as follows:
Pricing for Gym use
50.000vnd / 1 day
250.000vnd / 1 week
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.