Fitness Centres in Taiwan


#361

[quote=“CraigTPE”][quote=“ushneb”]I honestly don’t remember. But I want to say it was for the yearly contract. I’ve been meaning to see what World Gyms policy is for signing up in the US and using their membership abroad. But their website is not very informative at all. I’ve emailed them with no response. They have a twitter account that hasn’t been used. Their Facebook page seems like somebody just set it up and left it sit there.

For such a big company I’d think they’d put more effort into their PR.[/quote]
Did a Google search (World Gym travel card) and found the following information:

[quote]World Gym Guest Travel Pass
As a member of World Gym, you are entitled to a 14 day Guest Travel Pass which is valid for a workout session at any World Gym facility when travelling outside of your World Gym facility. This pass is valid for a maximum of 14 one day workout sessions per year.[/quote]

World Gym’s are individually owned franchises, not one big huge company. There is only limited reciprocal club use.[/quote]

Ahh, thanks for that. I had a feeling that it would be similar to what 24 had when still owned California. I remember it was a max duration of 30 days in any given year.


#362

Ben,

Thanks for the reply. I assume when you said Sunnyvale 24 you mean the new Supersport there. Nice facility, everything is new plus they provide towels. I am from around that area. Try pushups with those new hanging cables those train core very well. 10 on the ground is different than 10 using those cables.

P1ay


#363

[quote=“p1aymakr”]Ben,

Thanks for the reply. I assume when you said Sunnyvale 24 you mean the new Supersport there. Nice facility, everything is new plus they provide towels. I am from around that area. Try pushups with those new hanging cables those train core very well. 10 on the ground is different than 10 using those cables.

P1ay[/quote]

Actually no, I go to the Sunnyvale Sport facility on Fremont Ave. Supersport is new and I don’t have access to clubs above Sport, so Super and Ultrasports are no go’s for me. I have been there though; they offered a 1 week free trial to all current members when they first opened. It’s nice but the additional cost is not worth it for me.

Those TRX suspension systems are nice. Good to see 24 begin to adopt them at more locations.


#364

The World Gym in Xindian has that. All I can think of is why not just tie a couple ropes to a beam in my parking garage…


#365

If anyone wants to do this kind of training, we designed and sell our own suspension trainer that is exclusively available here in Taiwan.
Here it is in action by one of our clients:

This is the complete kit:

The TRX sells for NT7-8000 but ours only costs NT3000.

Anyone interested in purchasing one or learning how to use it can PM me. Thanks!


#366

Do you have to have a credit card to get the monthly payment deal at World Gym Hsin Tien? A friend told me they would not accept the monthly payment unless you had a credit card, but I read in this thread that you can bargain your way out of it. I don’t have a credit card.


#367

I paid mine (one month only) with cash. Unsure about long term contracts.


#368

I would think they want a credit card so they can charge you automatically every month. That’s one way of ensuring someone pays after they sign into a contract. Although, you could just cancel your credit card but that’s probably more than what the average person would do to cancel their gym membership. If there was a way to negotiate a month-to-month plan, I see no reason why they would need a credit card. It’s as simple as, if you don’t pay you don’t have access to the club.


#369

Hi Ben,

I already arrived in Taipei last weekend. I remember you’ve been to Taida gym. I’m wondering if taida gym located right inside the taida campus on Roosevelt Road? And if yes, where in that campus? Thank you.


#370

[quote=“HomeAgain”]Hi Ben,

I already arrived in Taipei last weekend. I remember you’ve been to Tai-Da gym. I’m wondering if Tai-Da gym located right inside the Tai-Da campus on Roosevelt Road? And if yes, where in that campus? Thank you.[/quote]

Umm, I don’t remember the street it’s closest to but you can clearly see the freeway. It’s actually a smaller street right next to the freeway. It’s the NTU Gymnasium. Here’s a PDF from the NTU website and it has some pictures to help you locate the building: tx.liberal.ntu.edu.tw/GCotDtp08/ … sf-v22.pdf.

But it’s a really big structure so it’s hard to miss. The gym portion is in the basement level. When you walk downstairs you’ll see a counter with a few windows and that’s where you pay to use the facility.

EDIT: I just did a google maps search for “NTU Gymnasium Taipei” and it brought it up. Make sure to select satellite view. It’ll be the big white circle on the corner of XinSheng S. Rd and XinHai Rd.


#371

Hello All,
I am looking for a place to workout somewhere near GuangFu/Nanda Roads in Hsinchu.
Can anybody please let me know if there are any Gyms/Fitness centers for Men around. Thank you.


#372

Anyone have any reviews on the gym at tai-da? Is it crowded? Are people constantly bumping in to you? Chicks to pick up?


#373

[quote=“ushneb”][quote=“HomeAgain”]Hi Ben,

I already arrived in Taipei last weekend. I remember you’ve been to Tai-Da gym. I’m wondering if Tai-Da gym located right inside the Tai-Da campus on Roosevelt Road? And if yes, where in that campus? Thank you.[/quote]

Umm, I don’t remember the street it’s closest to but you can clearly see the freeway. It’s actually a smaller street right next to the freeway. It’s the NTU Gymnasium. Here’s a PDF from the NTU website and it has some pictures to help you locate the building: tx.liberal.ntu.edu.tw/GCotDtp08/ … sf-v22.pdf.

But it’s a really big structure so it’s hard to miss. The gym portion is in the basement level. When you walk downstairs you’ll see a counter with a few windows and that’s where you pay to use the facility.

EDIT: I just did a google maps search for “NTU Gymnasium Taipei” and it brought it up. Make sure to select satellite view. It’ll be the big white circle on the corner of Xinsheng S. Rd and XinHai Rd.[/quote]

Ben,

Thanks for the directions. I really appreciate that.

It’s been almost two weeks since I arrived in Taipei. Since then, besides busy looking for rental, I also spent some time checking out Tai-Da gym as well as 4 different locations of Taipei Gym. Here’s what I found:

Both Tai-da Gym and Taipei Gym (all 4 locations) are pretty basic with the latter relatively more advanced than the former. But Taida Gym is way bigger space than Taipei Gym and looks cleaner. All 4 locations of Taipei gyms are very cramped – very very cramped in basements. But they’re associated with the Chinese Taipei Weightlifting Association and lots of Taiwanese competitive bodybuilders are / were trained / work there. In fact, I think most managers of their gyms are / were bodybuilders themselves. And they offer free personal trainer sessions to members. So they are both a for-profit as well as a weightlifting / bodybuilding advocacy group. But their gyms are really small, crowded and un-inviting-looking.

However, if you’re / choose to be on a budget and all you want is a functional gym that can give you what you need to work out so you can keep in shape, build up muscles or lose weight, or just stay healthy, and don’t care all the façade that expensive fancy gyms offer, then Taipei gym is for you.

From what Taipei gym told me, they’re throwing a special now – pay NT 12000 for 3 years and 15000 for 5 years. But when visiting them, only the one on Xinshen S Road and the one on Ba-De Road offered me this special. The other two did not. I didn’t know why but just for your information in case you want to take advantage of this offer after checking them out. Despite lacking in English proficiency (I spoke Mandarin with them), I actually saw one foreigner (Caucasian) member in 3 of the 4 locations when visiting them during off-peak hour.

TaiDa Gym is actually considered a cheaper gym in Taipei but still relatively more expensive than Taipei Gym, with a younger crowd, mostly, but not exclusively, Tai-Da (NTU) students. Their rates are (only for weightlifting room) NT 5000 half a year / 9000 a year. But students only pay NT 750 / 1350, Faculty 1250 / 2250, Immediate family members 2000 / 3600, Alumni 4000 / 7200.

I think these two gyms are probably the most economical gyms in Taipei, neither being perfect but doable, each with pros and cons.

I did not check out World Gym because of their exceedingly high prices and the numerous negative experiences I read over internet. Besides, I believe many Forumosans probably know them pretty well already.

The city of Taipei also has 12 district sports centers that you can use. They normally charge NT50 / visit; if you’re over 65, gym and swimming pool are free 2pm-4pm every day. These centers are free to the physically and / or mentally disabled and one of their indispensable aids all days. But check with them first. I didn’t visit any one of them. Their web site is at

taipei.gov.tw/MP_100087.html

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find an English version of this site.


#374

[quote=“HomeAgain”][quote=“ushneb”][quote=“HomeAgain”]Hi Ben,

I already arrived in Taipei last weekend. I remember you’ve been to Tai-Da gym. I’m wondering if Tai-Da gym located right inside the Tai-Da campus on Roosevelt Road? And if yes, where in that campus? Thank you.[/quote]

Umm, I don’t remember the street it’s closest to but you can clearly see the freeway. It’s actually a smaller street right next to the freeway. It’s the NTU Gymnasium. Here’s a PDF from the NTU website and it has some pictures to help you locate the building: tx.liberal.ntu.edu.tw/GCotDtp08/ … sf-v22.pdf.

But it’s a really big structure so it’s hard to miss. The gym portion is in the basement level. When you walk downstairs you’ll see a counter with a few windows and that’s where you pay to use the facility.

EDIT: I just did a google maps search for “NTU Gymnasium Taipei” and it brought it up. Make sure to select satellite view. It’ll be the big white circle on the corner of Xinsheng S. Rd and XinHai Rd.[/quote]

Ben,

Thanks for the directions. I really appreciate that.

It’s been almost two weeks since I arrived in Taipei. Since then, besides busy looking for rental, I also spent some time checking out Tai-Da gym as well as 4 different locations of Taipei Gym. Here’s what I found:

Both Tai-Da Gym and Taipei Gym (all 4 locations) are pretty basic with the latter relatively more advanced than the former. But Tai-Da Gym is way bigger space than Taipei Gym and looks cleaner. All 4 locations of Taipei gyms are very cramped – very very cramped in basements. But they’re associated with the Chinese Taipei Weightlifting Association and lots of Taiwanese competitive bodybuilders are / were trained / work there. In fact, I think most managers of their gyms are / were bodybuilders themselves. And they offer free personal trainer sessions to members. So they are both a for-profit as well as a weightlifting / bodybuilding advocacy group. But their gyms are really small, crowded and un-inviting-looking.

However, if you’re / choose to be on a budget and all you want is a functional gym that can give you what you need to work out so you can keep in shape, build up muscles or lose weight, or just stay healthy, and don’t care all the façade that expensive fancy gyms offer, then Taipei gym is for you.

From what Taipei gym told me, they’re throwing a special now – pay NT 12000 for 3 years and 15000 for 5 years. But when visiting them, only the one on Xinsheng S Road and the one on Ba-De Road offered me this special. The other two did not. I didn’t know why but just for your information in case you want to take advantage of this offer after checking them out. Although they’re limited in English capability (I spoke Mandarin with them), I actually saw one foreigner (Caucasian) member in 3 of the 4 locations when visiting them during off-peak hour.

Tai-Da Gym is actually considered a cheaper gym in Taipei but still relatively more expensive than Taipei Gym,. Their rates are (only for weightlifting room) NT 5000 half a year / 9000 a year. But students only pay NT 750 / 1350, Faculty 1250 / 2250, Immediate family members 2000 / 3600, Alumni 4000 / 7200.

I think these two gyms are probably the most economical gyms in Taipei, neither being perfect but doable, each with pros and cons.

I did not check out World Gym because of their high prices and the numerous negative experiences I read over internet. Besides, I believe many Forumosans probably know them pretty well already.

The city of Taipei also has 12 district sports centers that you can use. They normally charge NT50 / visit., if you’re over 65, gym and swimming pool are free 2pm-4pm every day. But check with them first. I didn’t visit any one of them. Their web site is at

taipei.gov.tw/MP_100087.html

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find an English version of this site.[/quote]

Mike,

Thanks for getting all the pricing. I don’t think I would’ve been able to remember all of that. lol

Yeah, being a student at Tai-Da brings the cost way down.

I’m really looking forward to going to Taiwan. Still haven’t set a date yet but it’ll definitely be sometime in Oct or Nov so I got a little bit to go.


#375

[quote]

Mike,

Thanks for getting all the pricing. I don’t think I would’ve been able to remember all of that. lol.[/quote]

No worry. No need to remember them. I posted them just for you or whoever read this thread to reference to in the event they can be of any use to you / them.

Yes, unless you have a passion for passionate Sun, Oct / Nov may be a good time to arrive in Taiwan. Keep looking forward …hope is what keeps us going and staying hope-ful!


#376

If anyone wants to do this kind of training, we designed and sell our own suspension trainer that is exclusively available here in Taiwan.
Here it is in action by one of our clients:

This is the complete kit:

The TRX sells for NT7-8000 but ours only costs NT3000.

Anyone interested in purchasing one or learning how to use it can PM me. Thanks![/quote]
wow its awesome can u tell me the price ??


#377

The STX is NT3000.


#378

[quote=“Gerret”]Thanks for providing such useful information about Taiwan fitness centers.
I hope it would be a better guide for the guys who are new in Taiwan.
thanks[/quote]

No problem. There are also independent, stand-alone small gyms here and there. Check them out ,too, if you like. It might just be your day for serendipity. I’ve found a gym for myself since July and also have been busy looking for jobs, so I have not made any effort checking those small potentially hidden gems for a while. Should you find any, share with everybody here, and I’d appreciate if you can also let me know about it. Thanks! :bow:


#379

Hi I am visiting the inlaws in Taipei for a couple of weeks from Saturday. Can you recomend a gym that let’s people pay by the session ? Steve

[color=#408000]Please do a search in this thread. If you do, you’ll find that the Taipei City gyms offer this service.
Thank you.
Scomargo, moderator[/color]


#380

[quote=“ushneb”][quote=“HomeAgain”][quote=“ushneb”][quote=“HomeAgain”]Hi Ben,

I already arrived in Taipei last weekend. I remember you’ve been to Tai-Da gym. I’m wondering if Tai-Da gym located right inside the Tai-Da campus on Roosevelt Road? And if yes, where in that campus? Thank you.[/quote]

Umm, I don’t remember the street it’s closest to but you can clearly see the freeway. It’s actually a smaller street right next to the freeway. It’s the NTU Gymnasium. Here’s a PDF from the NTU website and it has some pictures to help you locate the building: tx.liberal.ntu.edu.tw/GCotDtp08/ … sf-v22.pdf.

But it’s a really big structure so it’s hard to miss. The gym portion is in the basement level. When you walk downstairs you’ll see a counter with a few windows and that’s where you pay to use the facility.

EDIT: I just did a google maps search for “NTU Gymnasium Taipei” and it brought it up. Make sure to select satellite view. It’ll be the big white circle on the corner of Xinsheng S. Rd and XinHai Rd.[/quote]

Ben,

Thanks for the directions. I really appreciate that.

It’s been almost two weeks since I arrived in Taipei. Since then, besides busy looking for rental, I also spent some time checking out Tai-Da gym as well as 4 different locations of Taipei Gym. Here’s what I found:

Both Tai-Da Gym and Taipei Gym (all 4 locations) are pretty basic with the latter relatively more advanced than the former. But Tai-Da Gym is way bigger space than Taipei Gym and looks cleaner. All 4 locations of Taipei gyms are very cramped – very very cramped in basements. But they’re associated with the Chinese Taipei Weightlifting Association and lots of Taiwanese competitive bodybuilders are / were trained / work there. In fact, I think most managers of their gyms are / were bodybuilders themselves. And they offer free personal trainer sessions to members. So they are both a for-profit as well as a weightlifting / bodybuilding advocacy group. But their gyms are really small, crowded and un-inviting-looking.

However, if you’re / choose to be on a budget and all you want is a functional gym that can give you what you need to work out so you can keep in shape, build up muscles or lose weight, or just stay healthy, and don’t care all the façade that expensive fancy gyms offer, then Taipei gym is for you.

From what Taipei gym told me, they’re throwing a special now – pay NT 12000 for 3 years and 15000 for 5 years. But when visiting them, only the one on Xinsheng S Road and the one on Ba-De Road offered me this special. The other two did not. I didn’t know why but just for your information in case you want to take advantage of this offer after checking them out. Although they’re limited in English capability (I spoke Mandarin with them), I actually saw one foreigner (Caucasian) member in 3 of the 4 locations when visiting them during off-peak hour.

Tai-Da Gym is actually considered a cheaper gym in Taipei but still relatively more expensive than Taipei Gym,. Their rates are (only for weightlifting room) NT 5000 half a year / 9000 a year. But students only pay NT 750 / 1350, Faculty 1250 / 2250, Immediate family members 2000 / 3600, Alumni 4000 / 7200.

I think these two gyms are probably the most economical gyms in Taipei, neither being perfect but doable, each with pros and cons.

I did not check out World Gym because of their high prices and the numerous negative experiences I read over internet. Besides, I believe many Forumosans probably know them pretty well already.

The city of Taipei also has 12 district sports centers that you can use. They normally charge NT50 / visit., if you’re over 65, gym and swimming pool are free 2pm-4pm every day. But check with them first. I didn’t visit any one of them. Their web site is at

taipei.gov.tw/MP_100087.html

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find an English version of this site.[/quote]

Mike,

Thanks for getting all the pricing. I don’t think I would’ve been able to remember all of that. lol

Yeah, being a student at Tai-Da brings the cost way down.

I’m really looking forward to going to Taiwan. Still haven’t set a date yet but it’ll definitely be sometime in Oct or Nov so I got a little bit to go.[/quote]

Hi, can you confirm that the cost is 200NT a day for the NTU gym for non-student, non-professor, non-family member? I’m looking for alternatives currently, and will explain in more detail my situation.

Currently I am a member at World Gym, and I primarily go to the Taipei Main Station branch, and live in Gongguan. I had a 24 Hour Fitness membership back in the US (which I purchased for $300 USD, 2 year membership), and converted it into a Calfifornia Gym membership on a full time basis. Since California Gym is now defunct in Taiwan, I am a World Gym member. I made the terrible mistake of purchasing a 1 and a half year membership for my girlfriend for 17,000NT. However bad the old California Gym was at TPE Main, the “new” World Gym is every bit as bad as what has been stated in this educating thread.

I don’t mean to demean the gym, or the business itself, but the whole gym is absolutely atrocious; the lockers are tiny, the changing room is ridiculously small, the bathroom is disgusting with some weird rotten smell permeating throughout the whole place, the gym layout is terrible, and the equipment is basically as everyone said, the same old machines that California Gym was using before exiting this market. This is by far the worst gym I have ever been to in my entire life.

I understand that a gym membership here in Taiwan is considered a “luxury”, so I can only play by the rules. Even though my gym membership doesn’t expire until November, I’m planning on just forfeiting it with my girlfriend if we can find a cleaner gym that is “pay by the hour” or “pay by the day”. However, I find 200NT to be a bit steep since my stays at the gym last no longer than 2 hours at most each time since I don’t get off work till late. This would make the Zhong Zheng District and Da An District gyms more appealing, but I’d have to drive there (no parking there either), as it is not walkable from where I live.