[quote=“CaliDude”][quote=“jinjunwei”][quote=“CaliDude”]I am a 24 Hour Fitness member in the U.S.
It sucks to know that California Fitness got bought by World Gym.
So, besides the Sports Centers run by the city, where else can I work out for cheap when I visit Taipei?
Thanks in advance for any answer.[/quote]
I was in the same boat. It was nice to be able to use Cali’s gym for free while in Asia. Some of us 24 members pay more per year than the locals in Asia do per month. Go figure. The Tai-Da gym is cheap. The cheapest gyms are the public fitness centers run by the city government. A few people have written about them previously on this thread. Taipei gym isnt too bad either but is pretty crowded.[/quote]
You mean, “Some of us 24 members pay LESS per year than the locals in Asia do per month”?
I just called around and found out how expensive it is for a short-term gym membership.
World gym at Taipei Station-- 1-time use for NT$650; 1-month for NT$3500
Taipei gym at Ximen-- 10 times for NT$2000; 1-month for NT$2500
Do they sound right? I am a bit enraged by the high prices, considering how much average people make in Taiwan and how little I pay for my membership in the US. Dealing with gym salespersons kinda reminds me of dealing with car or Lasik salespersons. All the prices are so inflated and negotiable. (Yes, I put car sale and Lasik sale in the same category based on my own experiences. And yes, even Lasik is negotiable because I did it before.)
OK, enough for the ranting. Some people said that the public fitness centers are always crowded with the machines not being well maintained. So, what should I do? … LOL.[/quote]
Opps. Sorry typo. Yeah, that is what I mean: People in Asia pay more in 1 month than we do in a year. It is basically smart business by those who run the show. They have convinced local consumers that these goods (gym membership and many other things) are luxury items. I also noticed that the same Garmin GPS I bought 4 years ago in the US is about 30% more expensive in Taiwan which makes absolutely no sense since the factory is here. Walk through Guanghua market and many of the electronics are more here than in the US. Go figure. Some stuff is cheaper tho: food, greeting cards, electricity, lots. But yeah, the gym thing is very annoying.
If you are hear temporarily I’d just do body weight workouts. At Crossfit we do many of them: pullups, dips (a pair of rings is $60 and can be taken anywhere), skin the cats, dip pullups, dip pushups, running, squats, one legged squats, jumping squats pushups, heandstand pushups, double unders (jump rope), sprints, broad jumps, lunges, jumping lunges, etc. There are many more.