Phillipines – Gold’s Gym, Cebu

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Location: Gold’s Gym, Cebu, top floor (escalator near Pizza Hut), Ayala Center, Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu City Cebu
Google maps: Click here
Opening hoursSunday – Thursday 10am – 9pmFriday – Saturday 10am – 10pm
Price: 900 pesos (approx 13.80) – Members of Gold’s Gym elsewhere may be able to access the gym as part of their home membership.

Like the look of this gym? If you want to stay nearby then you can check out the links to hotels within walking distance at the end of this article.

Review: This was the first gym that we went to as part of our trip around the Philippines. At 900 pesos (£13.80) the entrance fee was pretty mind boggling for the quality of the equipment and I was fairly underwhelmed. The whole place looked pretty tired, rumour has it much of it is a throwback from when it was a Fitness First.

We visited in the evening and it was surprisingly quiet, at one point there were more trainers than visitors!

The gym is broadly split into five sections; downstairs consists of a mirrored class room, a space for stretching/warm up which included a climbing rig, and a section that is astroturfed for sled pulls. Upstairs there is a large weights section and a separate cardio section. We didn’t visit the cardio section but from my brief glance, it appeared to have ample spin bikes, cross trainers and treadmills.

The weights section has a large dumbbell selection with a couple of Olympic bars and a good selection of plates, and numerous fixed resistance machines which when put together would give you a full body workout. There was also quite a large class programme with all the usual suspects, including body combat and Les Mills classes.
This gym has:
  • Olympic bars
  • Dumbbells
  • Squat rack
  • Cardio equipment

Who is this gym for? While we were there we saw a group of women, a couple and quite a few single men. The space is large and well lit, and with it being inside the mall it is easy to get to, so feels safe. The area around the mall itself is less desirable and although it is fairly busy I’d not recommend single women to walk alone in the evening if at all possible.

Tips: Bring a small padlock for the lockers. Given the steep entrance fee I’d suggest checking out another gym first as this one is quite pricey for what you get.

Nearby Hotels:

$ – Island Stay Hotel: From £21

$$ – Red Planet Hotel Cebu: From £27

$$$ – Quest Hotel and Conference Center: From £44

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About the author: Chris and Claire 

whatsapp-image-2018-01-22-at-15-01-09.jpegClaire, a communications manager, and Chris, a personal trainer, are competitive cheerleaders from the UK who met at gymnastics. They got engaged but decided to use their wedding cash to quit their jobs and travel the world together instead!

Their current travel plans will take them through Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Mexico, America and Canada. Both hope to gain a place on a Worlds cheerleading team to compete in Florida in 2019 so it’s important they stay fit and strong while out on the road.

You can read more about them on their website at

You can also check them out on Instagram: at @bigwych88 and @chrishutcheson1990