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Opening hours: 5.30am to 10.30pm
Price: 220 NTD (Approx £5)
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: I think that having come from countries whose main income is tourism, Taiwan is a bit of a culture shock. This is a manufacturing country, not a tourist economy, and therefore things here are set up for the local population and not to cater to random tourists like me.
Having taken the train from Taipei to Kaohsiung City, I went out that evening to try and find a gym. New city. Same old story. The first gym I found was the Fitness Factory wanted 600 dollars for a day pass, earning them a spot in my article, Gyms to Avoid in Taiwan.
After this annoyance, I managed to find, 自由室內休閒養生游泳池 or the local Indoor leisure health swimming pool. As well as having a swimming pool, they also have a gym upstairs on the second floor. And, even better, they were open late on a Sunday and were willing to sell me a day pass for 220 NTD (Approx £5).
The gym itself is kind old, lacking in equipment and was one of the more expensive that I trained in. But given the number of failures, I couldn’t have been happier to find it. The gym reminded me of the kind of leisure centres we used to have in the UK about 20 years ago.
Next to the gym was a strange VIP gym room, but not really sure of whats VIP about it. There was no-one training in here and the equipment looked exactly the same as the non-vip next door. From the cardio equipment in the gym, you get a nice view of the pool to distract you from the boredom of running.
The gym itself has mainly machines, but there are a few dumbbells and free-weights dotted around, alongside bodyweight stations such as dips and pull-ups.The main issue here is that there is no barbell benches or a squat rack. There is however, a smith machine, meaning you could do these exercises there if you wanted. Personally, I hate squatting or benching in the smith machine, but I guess beggars cant be choosers.
- Dumbbells up to 20kg
- Adjustable benches
- Smith machine
- Pull up / dips bars
- Chest press machine
- Pec Dec
- Lat pulldown
- Easy bars
- Seated low row
- Leg extension machine
- Preacher curl bench
- Static bike
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