Bust a Move: Where to Find Gyms in Ho Chi Minh City

Bust a Move: Where to Find Gyms in Ho Chi Minh City

Whether you’ve recently relocated to Saigon or just passing through, you won’t have to miss out on a sweat sesh. The number of gyms in Ho Chi Minh City is actually overwhelming; it can be hard to choose as they all offer something different. While the options are abundant, it will all boil down to personal preference. If you’re keen on cheap and basic, you may want to opt for an open-air space, whereas if you’re seeking a Western-style spot you’ll be paying quite a lot.

I’ll let you decide, though! I have outlined a few of the gyms in Ho Chi Minh City that I checked out when I arrived. Whichever you choose, remember to consider the locations before settling on a gym as Saigon is quite spread out.

Where can you find gyms in Ho Chi Minh City?

There are plenty of locations across all the districts in town, but many of the ones I visited were in District 1 as that’s where I’m currently based. I’ve noticed that quite a few of the apartment complexes out in District 2 and 7 include a gym membership in the rental fee, so that’s something to keep in mind.

Body Expert Systems – HQ

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This gym seems like it would be a perfect fit for anyone who’s seeking HIIT-centric workout space in District 2. These people go HARD. I’m glad I researched this place as it brought it to my attention that there is, in fact, a Warrior Dash-type race in Saigon. If you’re curious, it’s the Red Bull Champion Dash; this gym would be a great place to train for such an event.

Body Expert Systems – HQ offers a variety of packages from single sessions to monthly memberships. Just shoot them a message on Facebook and let them know what you’re after.

Address: 215B19A, Nguyễn Văn Hưởng, Thảo Điền, Quận 2, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

 

Body Shape

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This gym has all the amenities one would need; all you need to do is show up and work out! This space has AirCon, plenty of weight equipment and provides large towels for showering – something almost unheard of in Asia. It features lockers to store your items and free water for members and guests.

There are quite a few classes offered. They range from yoga to spinning to HIIT; there are even children’s fitness classes as well. Drop in sessions cost 220,000 VND ($9.70 USD) and monthly memberships start at 1,250,000 VND ($55 USD.)

Address: Thao Dien, 49G Quốc Hương, Thảo Điền, Quận 2, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

 

 

Elite Fitness

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Not only does this place have the classic charm of a Western-style gym, but membership includes access to its swimming pool, too. While it is a bit farther out from the center of the city, it’s clean and spacious with plenty of equipment. A unique convenience of the swimming pool is that it doubles as a group fitness room; members and guests can sign up for weekly aquatic yoga and HIIT classes. Sounds like a godsend in this Saigon heat!

Address: 151 Xa lộ Hà Nội, Thảo Điền, Quận 2, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

 

 

Mach’s Gym

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Mach’s is a great option for those on a budget who don’t mind a no-frills environment. It’s located a short walk from the Ben Thanh market. I actually settled for this gym as it’s close to home and has everything I need. Walk ins cost 70,000 VND ($3 USD) and a monthly membership costs 680,000 VND (~$27 USD.) James and I were lucky to score three-month contracts for 1,375,000 VND ($60.50 USD, or $20.15 USD per month) which is a steal.

Address: Huyền Trân Công Chúa, Bến Nghé, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

 

 

Manhattan Club NYHC

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This brand new gym is for those seeking an upscale experience. The four-level fitness center offers a sauna, private yoga space and more pieces of equipment than I could count. The District 1 space offers gorgeous views of the city; everything is clean and modern. It’s certainly a luxurious, Western-style way to get fit! I advise messaging the staff on Facebook and they’ll assist you with everything you need.

Address: 104 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

 

S Fitness

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This gym is well equipped but definitely basic. I was keen on getting a membership, but the only drawback is that it is an open air space. If you don’t mind a lack of aircon in this scorching heat then S Fitness might be a great option. The membership for three months is 1,298,000 VND ($57.10 USD) and six months is 2,249,000 VND ($98.93 USD.) The staff was friendly when we visited; the equipment is nearly brand new. Contact the staff on Facebook for further details regarding prices.

Address: 31/4 Hoàng Việt, Phường 4, Tân Bình, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

 

 

GetFit Gym & Yoga

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This gym was quite popular among expats, although it was a bit too far for us to travel each day. Although it might be popular, there have been instances in which the employees have not been honest to expats in terms of money; take this information with a grain of salt as I cannot personally speak to these claims. At any rate, new guests receive five complimentary visits before the staff puts on the pressure to join. This gym offers kickboxing lessons classes, a steam bath, and group sessions.

Address: Lầu 3, Cao ốc H3, 384 Hoàng Diệu, P.6, Q.4, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

 

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17 Comments

  1. July 26, 2017 / 4:18 am

    Anybody who intends to stay for long time in Ho Chi Minh city will just have to bookmark your article and all his/her fitness requirements will be taken care of. I applaud you for writing such a helpful post. I like the concept of pool yoga offered by one of the gym listed here. I belong from a tropical country and I don’t like the non air conditioned gyms. For me A.C is a must!

    • July 26, 2017 / 4:22 am

      I totally agree on the AC, although the gym that I settled on doesn’t always have the AC turned on!! AHHHH!! Thanks for your kind words 🙂

  2. Sandy N Vyjay
    July 26, 2017 / 6:08 am

    Health and fitness assume greater importance when you are traveling, especially as you tend to lose your fitness routine. So one is always on the lookout for fitness centres or Gyms. This is a valuable resource for people looking out to hit the gym when in Ho-Chi-Minh city.

  3. Danni L
    July 26, 2017 / 10:42 am

    Lovely to see there are so many great gyms, and access to a pool is tempting as I can see Ho Chi Minh getting roasting in the summer! I feel like the aircon is crucial too, sweating happens to the best of us!

    • July 26, 2017 / 12:55 pm

      It’s so hot here – and INCREDIBLY HUMID – so air con for me is also a key component. I unabashedly sweat loads when I’m working out, so I gotta have some cool air to cool me down in between sprints and lifting!

  4. July 26, 2017 / 3:00 pm

    This is a great resource for expats. It must be complicated to find gyms in an new big city. I would definitely choose one that is close to where I live. I would go to Manhattan Club NYHC. I like that they have yoga. 😃

    • July 27, 2017 / 3:25 am

      It’s a really nice gym! We almost signed up for it but really couldn’t pass up the excellent deal at Mach’s!

  5. July 26, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    This article prompted my “I’ve got to start working out again” outburst. I’ve added it to my “to do” list, and it might get done. 🙂 I’m better with classes like Yoga or Pilates, so the gyms that have quite a few classes would certainly grab my attention. I would also love to try that aquatic yoga — really anything that involves cooling off in a pool right now sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing — staying fit on the road can be tricky, and this will really help people.

    • July 27, 2017 / 3:26 am

      Thanks for your kind words! I’m also intrigued by the idea of aquatic yoga; I hope our next apartment comes with a pool, though!

  6. July 26, 2017 / 6:34 pm

    Although Elite Fitness is a bit far from the city, this one would be my option. I like spacious gyms and like to be able to use equipment without having to take turns. Being a female, I just enjoy more privacy when working out. Great list for those of us who are always looking for gyms when traveling!

    • July 27, 2017 / 3:24 am

      I enjoy the space as well, although I’ve not had any problems at my current one. It does the trick! I totally agree with you re: privacy. I haven’t felt as creeped out here as I did when I lived in the states.

  7. July 26, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    These look like great gyms to visit! I never seem to stay in a city long enough to find a gym. Maybe that will change someday. Is it weird that would want to go to Body Expert Systems based solely on the look of it? I’m so ridiculous. Ha!

    • July 27, 2017 / 3:22 am

      I’ll be in Vietnam for the next year or so, so this was important for us to find! It’s human nature I think to like places based on their aesthetics – at least for me (and you as well) it is!

  8. July 26, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    I admit am the worst when it comes to gyms – not having a membership for over 10 years BUT if I did go to a gym I think I would definitely choose Elite Fitness because it has a pool. Flexible membership options are always good too for digital nomads or expats who are only staying for less than a year.

    • July 27, 2017 / 3:23 am

      Lots of the places around here have flexible memberships which is great! I was looking into Elite, but it’s quite far from home so we settled for Mach’s! Has everything I need – I am just there to work out 🙂

  9. July 27, 2017 / 10:27 am

    What an interesting read, I never thought about visiting a gym while in Ho Chi Minh City but then again I was on holidays. Ever since I finished working in the bank I have stopped going to the gym and going out side for walks, I have to admit though I really do miss it, especially the happy vibe atmosphere. I don’t mind the looks of Mach’s Gym and I can see why you and your partner choose it especially with that great deal.

  10. July 27, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    I always try to stay fit when I’m traveling and would like to know where to work out. You have a great list here for Ho Chi Minh City. Aquatic yoga at Elite Fitness sounds fun!

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