Not every vacation maker wants to lie on the beach with a coconut juice or cocktail in hand (even if it’s a paradisiacal island like Phuket!). There are some amongst us who are intent on getting fit and fab, and keeping up with their fitness regime during their holidays.
A fully equipped gym is a tick in the right box. It’s a plus to work out in a fitness centre offering myriad classes, amenities like a sauna room, yoga studio and a wholesome protein cafe where you can easily refuel on healthy, tasty fare that your body needs for workout recovery. Here are some of the best gyms and fitness centres on the island:
There’s something for everyone at Maximum Fitness, whether you’re into demanding MMA and Muay Thai classes, grueling wrestling sessions, working out on a treadmill or cross trainer or want to stretch out tense muscles in a yoga class.
A team of friendly staff and instructors creates a welcoming atmosphere, and you’ll enjoy uninterrupted views out to the sea thanks to the fitness center’s prime beachfront location. After an intense workout, nourish your body with a good shake or satisfying meal at the protein cafe situated right by the entrance of the center.
- Location: 186/15 Thawewong Rd, Patong, Kathu District
- Hours: 7:00am – 11:00pm
Titan offers an impressive range of facilities, ranging from fitness amenities like an outdoor training facility, Strongman area, assault course, three storey indoor gym and yoga studio, to accommodation, fitness gear shop and protein bar.
The warm and inviting atmosphere, created by a team of genial trainers and staff, will make you feel right at home straight away. Take your pick from one of the many fitness classes available depending on your interests or mood. If it’s a beautiful day out, go for the beach training, a dynamic workout that’s held on the coast. In a playful mood, and seeking a change from your structured fitness routine? Try out the Body360, an “all over cardio and body pump workout” that leaves your body guessing as each and every muscle group gets a good workout.
But fitness members at Titan don’t just come and go – some stay here for months on end. Thankfully, making plans for long term stay here is a breeze – Titan has put together a selection of packages that includes a full day program, accommodation and meals. Whoop!
- Location: Soi Ta-iad 22/45, Chalong, Amphoe Muang
- Hours: 7:00am – 9:00pm (weekdays), 9:00am – 6:00pm (weekends)
If you’re up for a good fitness challenge, Unit 27’s the place to be. This well-equipped cross fit gym offers a healthy dose of competition, a strong community vibe and a team of trainers who are keen to give that extra push to help you reach your fitness goals. While elite athletes are known to pop by the gym to keep up with their fitness workouts while on vacation, Unit 27 also caters to individuals of varying fitness levels and goals.
- Location: Soi Tad-Ied, 9/49 Moo 5, Tambon Chalong, Amphur Muang
- Hours: 7:00am – 7:00pm (closed on Sundays)
Set on the third floor of the Royal Phuket City Hotel, Club Asia Fitness offers an expansive fitness area spanning over 1,000 square metres, an air conditioned setting and a wide range of fitness equipment – like treadmills, stationary bikes, steps and free weights – to meet your training needs.
Even if you’re not a fan of working out using fitness equipment, pop by the centre to try out one of its energetic body combat, body jam or body pump courses. At the end of an invigorating workout session, relax your body by enjoying a steam bath, lounging in one of the sauna rooms, chill out in the TV lounge or grabbing a nourishing drink at the juice bar.
- Location: 3rd FL, Royal Phuket City Hotel, 154 Phang Nga Road, Taladya
- Hours: 6:30am – 9:30pm
Thanyapura Phuket is more than just a fitness centre. Set in a sprawling compound measuring a whooping 23 hectares, it houses two resort hotels, an organic restaurant, a mind training facility, medical centre and an international school. The myriad facilities available here draw in a diverse crowd – ranging from world champions and sports professionals, to individuals keen on improving their fitness levels.
Programs and treatments that will appeal to holidaymakers include personal training sessions, Muay Thai training, group fitness classes, vacation and meditation retreats, yoga, spa sessions, mind training classes and detox packages.
- Location: 120/1 Moo 7 Thepkasattri Road, Thepkasattri, Thalang