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Name: Club Gym G
Address: The large building on the intersection of Pham Tuan Tai and Nghia Tan, Cầu Giấy, Hanoi
Phone: 0912963420
21.04319882774367 105.78648054564837
Rating: 4.25 on a scale of 1 to 5. Based on 4 reviews.

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4 Reviews (Followed by 4 users)
Qwestgate on Club Gym G
December 7th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

This is a great gym in Cau Giay. The free weights are open, the staff are friendly, it's cheap and it has a welcoming attitude. Each and every one of the members is friendly and completely alright with westerners in the gym. It is great, but it is far from perfect. Given the price you get quite a bang for your buck, you have access to five bench presses, two incline presses, two decline presses, a smith machine, a squat rack, a pull up bar, and several weight machines for basically every part of your body. This is of course all crammed together in a fairly large room, but not really large enough. The cramped feeling gives it a communal air as you wander through the various members of the gym doing their workouts. The staff is friendly and will watch your bags for you if you bring them. They understand no english. However, registering couldn't be easier, and costs roughly 160,000VND ($8) a month. There is also a pool which may cost extra (I've never gone) and closes in early October.

There are problems of course. For the girls, there isn't really a place here for you to workout. There is an aerobics class area across the hall but I haven't had any dealings with them. As with most Vietnamese gyms I've come across, all the gym goers here are male. The area is cramped and can be full of people so if you like a variety of things to yourself and take offense to a bench being stolen within minutes of you leaving, try and come during off hours. In the summer, early fall, the lack of air conditioning and mass of people can get you feeling the heat. There are also no cardio machines and as far as I can tell, cardio is viewed with disdain by the regulars.

However, for the non cardio inclined, male weightlifter this place is really heaven sent. For those who don't know what they're doing, there are numerous experienced and friendly members whose lack of English doesn't hamper their ability to explain how to do exercises. The owner is very friendly and has access to some protein powders and such (Though I haven't purchased any so can't speak to their quality). There are few things I'm happier to have then this gym though, it has a charm to it that i haven't been able to find at a hotel gym or at the gym in the Garden. Definitely recommend it to anyone who fits the criteria above. Would be 5 out of 5 stars but it's lack of some niceties costs it a star.

pd75nf on Club Gym G
January 28th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

This gym is perfect, if you happen to be looking for certain things. I completely agree with what has been said so far: cardio is not a focus, there are no English speakers, and it can get a bit crowded at peak hours. But in the bargain you pay practically nothing (US$8 a month), the service is welcoming and helpful, and there is a real sense of community- anyone will volunteer to spot you, and if you're willing to reciprocate and chat a bit, you've got a new friend.

Of course, there are caveats. The gym is a long way from the center of town, though, so it might only be worth going if you live in the area. And it is difficult for women to fit in here, as this place is saturated in testosterone. Finally, it might not be the best fit for someone new to Hanoi and Vietnam because of the utterly Vietnamese atmosphere and language barrier.

keano1983 on Club Gym G
June 10th, 2011 at 8:25 pm

After looking at many gyms in Hanoi. Star, N-Shape, Fortuna, California. I stumbled across this on the NHN. What a find!

The gym is pretty much everything you need and has all the necessary equipment for lifting weights. There are a couple of treadmills but I've no cause to use them. Its spacious and wasn't too busy at 5.30 when I went. The price is great and the staff and fellow gym goers were helpful. It has an olympic swimming pool outside which wasn't too busy compared to most other pools in Hanoi (though it might have looked less busy because its massive).

Negatives are the size of the weight plates only going to upto 10kg and the bars are not olympic bars but the 12.5 kg ones. If they had even one of them this place would be a dream come true.

tomfromleeds on Club Gym G
May 24th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Having just gone there today I found this gym to be great....A welcome breath of fresh air. It's on the 2nd floor of a sports centre around many language schools. I paid just 160,000 dong for a months use of the gym. The girl on the desk spoke fluent English and gave me a free locker key. The equipment is all very new and the other guys in the gym were very friendly offering me a spot whenever needed! The only reason this gym doesnt get 5 stars from me is the dumbells only go up to 34kg. However this shouldnt be a problem for most people! This gym does now have HUGE air conditioning units so it was a comfortable temperature the whole time. I have just been converted from club olympia because the equipment at gym G is big enough for westeners (I'm 1m95!) something which caused me many problems at olympia! furthermore the weights aren't all over the floor like they are at olympia!

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