^ Yes, that's true. There ARE some really cheap ones around. If you're 5ft 6 and weigh 50 kilos they might do.
I'm not really talking 'top of the range', but most of us farang sized peeps need the kind of equipment you'll find at any good gym (ie sturdy kit that can withstand a pummeling) and then it costs a fair bit.
Exercise equipment is one of those things that isn't worth trying to 'go cheap' on, I've found.
You just feel like you're not enjoying exercising if the whole thing doesn't feel safe or comfortable
If you buy a cheap exercise bike then it tends to quickly end up as an expensive coat hanger.
im 5'10 and a fat cunt and the one i picked up for 11G is big enough and strong enough and very comfortable
no need to spend 30G plus on meaningless electrical extras, get on and pedal is all
Serial Wolf Bagger
^ But that 11g could buy you more than a year of 'chasing' after svelte lurex clad femme botties in a gym.
We all need a carrot.
Then you'd also have the pool, sauna, jacuzzi, networking ops (OK, I'm not really thinking of california 'ouch' here..)
Ah well, if sweating on your own in your own cubicle does it for ya...
UP TO YOU!!
all gyms in thailand offer you are the chance of gay rape and gangs of scrawny fellas bench pressing 20kg for 4 hours straight, the gyms are shit here, more social clubs
still if scrawny fellas and buttsechs is yer ting, UP TO YOU
me i prefer watching tv at home whilst i peadl naked around my living room
Do you mind, I'm about to eatOriginally Posted by reinvented
Bladdy pervert innit
my shorty uses CWOW,,,,she's been happy wiv it
went regularly at 1st,,,,then tailed off,,,,hardly ever goes now
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i meant from the perspective of getting come serious work done stu
the equipments fine but if theres a horde of cunts doing curls in the squat rack then its fuck all use
lots of top range machines which i dont use
personal trainers who dont know shit, and i dont claim to be an expert
lots of classes which are fun for some but not for me
sauna and steam are nice
i guess at the price they are ok, but only if your schedule allows you to go off houers, i work a pretty regular office week
Yup the showering part of gyms in Bangkok definitely isn't something I look forward to.
First you have to dodge the sausage jockeys, with their towels knotted an inch above their kneecaps, then there's the guy who sounds like he's coughing up 'Alien' in the cubicle at the end.
I used to be a member of a gym next to where I worked though - it was great to 'bunk off' work and go there in the daytime. The wife and I had almost the whole place to ourselves.
Always avoided the place after 5pm tho - for the reason you mention, re.
Okay so you splash out a little on the equip. you want, you will always have it, it's not just for one year, and you can use it when you want to. You are not getting worked up cos somchai has been on the bike or whatever for longer than he should.
So you can relax a little, take your time, get a nice shower afterwards without worrying about dropping the soap.
You haven't got to walk/ride back to your gaff sweating like a pig.
It is just so much more convenient, surely the pros outweigh the cons.
My next door neighbours have challenged me to a water fight , so I am just writing this while I am waiting for the kettle to boil .
With regards to membership costs, I was offered 841baht/month with no sign up fee (final offer) in Chiang Mai Central Airport Plaza whilst bored waiting for the cinema. They were going to throw in 2 weeks use of the gyms all over Thailand to activate at any time as well.
I imagine the Bangkok gyms are more expensive, but the first offer I got was 1800Baht/month (they told me to ignore the 2400Baht stated on the leaflet.
Pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Steam Room, Treadmill, Exercise Bike, Weights, Mat, Cross Trainer.
That's basically the equipment I use.
Maybe one day I'll get a place where its practical to get all that set up for my private use.
'Til then I'll be a member of a fitness club.
So, it's been a month since I forked over 8,000 baht for a 6 month membership. Here is what I've found:
1. State of the art equipment, and lots of it. The cardio machines even have little fans built into them.
2. Lots of hot women around to look at while you're working out. Definite plus factor.
3. It's big. 3 floors, to be exact.
4. Free individual private showers and towel service.
5. Lots of classes (cycling, aerobics, pilates, hot yoga) if you're into that.
6. Since joining, I've lost about 14 lbs (although this is also due to the change in my diet).
1. The idiots who don't wipe their sweat off of the machines after use. Nearly every Thai dude does this, and it's disgusting.
2. The locker room can get quite crowded. Dudes yapping on their mobile phones and talking to each other whilst changing, effectively blocking the aisles.
3. I do have to wait to use a few of the machines, but it's usually not a huge annoyance.
4. Horrid music (bringing an ipod solves this)
5. Everyone seems to have an obsession with talking on their mobile whilst working out, even while running on the treadmills.
^I'm surprised they still have the California 'Wow' going in Thailand. All of the California 'Wow' gyms in Seoul have closed down. Fortunate for me, I was just out of the country. They didn't even let their customers know, and just shut their doors.