I just moved back to Taiwan yesterday and am looking for a decent gym with decent price near Xindian. I did a research and found World Gym in the Xindian Location, any reviews or suggestions, as to what to watch out for in terms of looking to sign up for a membership in Taiwan, would be greatly appreciated. I kinda got lazy from reading all the previous pages so I thought I’ll get a quicker response here.
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You may want to check Energym in Xindian. Used to be a member there when I lived in Xindian. They’re above that Carrefour with the driving range on top. I’d only sign up for World Gym if I would go there very often. Gets a bit pricey. Drop-in rate is currently NT650, which is pretty steep when the public gyms offer drop-in at NT50.[/quote]
You sure Energym isn’t world gym now? World gym in Xindian is above carrefour, same building you mentioned. I stopped going there a couple of years ago and didn’t see any place called energym. Anyway, when I went there it was just under 1,400 NT a month with a year contract. When i signed up i payed 1,600 a month but didn’t need a contract for a set period, just went month to month and gave a month’s notice when I left. The place is OK. It’s not as extensive with the equipment as you would find at a nice gym in the states, but it’s got basically everything you need. Weight machines, free weights, benches, an incline and decline bench, dumb bells up to 80 lbs or so. A few squat racks, one of them for free weights. Several treadmills. During the mornings and afternoons it’s not too busy, a good time to use whatever you like. Hands down the choice to make if living in Xindian in my opinion.[/quote]
I guess World Gym bought the place from Energym. It’s probably 5 years since I went there.[/quote]
Thanks for the info guys, I actually went for a 7 day trial at the WorldGym above Carrefour. Wouldn’t say great but it was a decent gym, it’s got pretty much everything you need to work on different muscle groups, and clean locker room along with shower stalls, hot tub, and sauna. most of the nights are full of people who just got off work so you might have to wait for a bench, but you are free to jump on any machines that you like during noon til 4 or 5ish. I didn’t follow through with the 1 year contract simply because I just don’t agree with the contract; There wasn’t anything like that in Canada where I lived. Anyways, I then have been going to the Taipei Wen Shan Sports centre for 50 bucks an hour. The dumbbells aren’t heavy enough but I’ll live with it.
On another note, I actually wouldn’t mind checking out Formosa fitness and get to know more about it. any chance I can come check it out somtimes this week? I suppose I can just make a call tomorrow but thought I can get a quicker reply here.
Anyways, appreciate your insights! [/quote]
Here’s my 2 cents worth. I don’t know what Formosa Fitness is like, but I was a member of California Fitness then World Gym before. I thought they were okay until I went to Fitness Factory. My biggest issues with World Gym was that no one ever put the weights back on the rack, and even if they did, they put it in the wrong places so I spent a large amount of my time looking for weights. People never took the plates off the machines and barbells after they were done either. Machines were not properly cared for so a lot of them were either dusty or broken and took forever to get repaired. There are also some minor issues that bothered me, but those are the main ones.
At Fitness Factory, there is a general culture of putting stuff back so everyone does it. There will be one or two people that don’t but there are trainers that patrol around and “remind” them to. There’s always 2 people walking around wiping down everything so the machines aren’t covered in dust and sweat. The downside for Fitness Factory though is that they don’t provide towels. Their explanation is that it’s not as hygenic. I also saw a cockroach once in the locker room and told the staff about it. They said they would disinfect the area immediately, but I was leaving so I don’t know if they really did or not. Other than that, I’m generally satisfied. It’s clean, dumbbells go up to 150lbs or 175lbs, I don’t remember which. Hammer Strength and Life Fitness equipment.