The hunt for a gym in Hanoi has been a workout in itself! After testing out plenty of the gyms – and going on wild goose chases to many more that are no longer open – here’s a comprehensive guide to gyms in Hanoi, broken down by type and price. If there are any others that are missing, feel free to give me a shout so I can keep it updated.
If you’re looking for cheap, get ready to get grimy…
There are a range of hole-in-the-wall gyms in Hanoi that start from $1-2.50 for entrance. But be warned: these extremely basic gyms are not known for cleanliness and often lack in basic machines. They are notoriously hard to find, as addresses are unreliable and many gyms close unexpectedly. Note: Club G in Tay Ho is now closed down.
However, one staple dirt-cheap gym that seems to be here to stay is Thanh Cong Club Gym (88 Hang Buom, Hoan Kiem). This cramped gym in Old Quarter offers a simple, cheap workout for those who just want to lift some weights and don’t care about fancy facilities or classes.
Bang for your buck: The best of the budget gyms
A step up from the super cheap gyms, these budget gyms all have pretty good facilities (lockers, showers, and sometimes a sauna) as well as a range of workout machines and weights. They cater primarily to locals, so don’t expect an English translation of prices or classes, but daily rates are normally VND50,000 (about $2.50USD). These budget gyms offer great quality for a super low price.
- BodyStyle (343 Doi Can, Ba Dinh): With two stories of weights and cardio equipment (including a punching bag), this is by far the best of the budget gyms. The only downside is no information is available in English, and opening hours are often inexplicable. There are many times this gym is closed in the middle of the day for no reason, but I keep coming back!
- Club Olympia (4 Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem) One of the only mid-range gyms with a lap pool. The facilities improve constantly, although some have mixed feelings about cleanliness. It’s still a go-to for many expats, especially those searching for an indoor pool.
- Texas Gym (4th Floor, 101a Nguyen Khuyen, Dong Da) Although Texas is more cramped than Olympia and BodyStyle, it’s hours are reliable and it’s facilities are very clean.
Top-tier Health Clubs
These state-of-the art facilities are the best Hanoi has to offer. They have personal training, an enormous range of classes, and any weight or cardio machine you could want. Many have multiple locations, so see individual websites for details. The prices are high (around 200USD a month, but sometimes less if you talk to a representative about a special or get a long-term membership), but you get what you pay for.
Zenith Yoga (Two locations: Tay Ho and Old Quarter) Coming from Santa Barbara, where yoga and wholesome food were in abundance, it was a delight to find this yoga and Pilates center. Both locations offer a calm escape from the busy Hanoi streets, and the Old Quarter location also has a WiFi-equipped cafe that serves delicious vegan and vegetarian food, fresh fruit shakes and juices, and kombucha! The center also offers specialty workshops in meditation, yoga, and healing.
VietClimb Gym (40 Ngo 76 An Duong , Tay Ho) Ideal for climbing enthusiasts, this bouldering center has six circuits spread across a 200 square meter area. New circuits are set up regularly, and the gym organizes regular trips and activities for members.
Vietfighter (44 Au Co, Tay Ho). This mixed martial arts gym offers a weight room, a variety of classes, and personal training. The facilities are clean; however, the lack of AC can make the already intense classes hard to manage. Monthly membership (weight room only) starts at VND 1,000,000.
B Garden Fit’n’Dance Studio (So 68, Ngach 50, Ngo 310 Nghi Tam, Tay Ho). The focus here is on dance classes, with some classes integrating yoga and meditation and others that focus on dance skills or cardio. There is a gym and a pool, but both are very small. However, all the facilities are impeccable, the staff is friendly, and the surrounding garden location is a true oasis. In the summer, lounging at the pool and bar area among the flowers and Buddha statues is a rejuvenating post-workout treat. Membership starts at VND800,00 per month.