DD Fitness Bangkok
4/1 Sahakom Pranakom Building, Phaholyothin Road, Samsennai, Phaya Thai, 10400, Bangkok
Opening Times: Mon – Fri: 700-2200, Sat and Sun: 900-2100
Free day pass here. After filling it in, it told me simply that my submission had been received – worth a try and mention to the club that you have done this upon arrival if you receive nothing by email.
Usual cost : 500THB per day.
DD Fitness is located centrally in Bangkok near Ari Station on the Skytrain line, not far from Phaya Thai. It is a couple of kilometres North of Victory Monument. Both reception staff and gym staff alike were friendly, spoke reasonable English and willing to help.
The gym is medium-large, well laid out, clean and attractive. All the free weights, functional training and cardio equipment is in the main room and there is a dedicated resistance machine room behind it. The functional training area is aptly labelled “Functional Training” in English in the gym. Equipment includes medicine balls, kettle bells, Swiss balls, several BOSUS, a TRX, battle ropes and plyo boxes. You’ll also find many sets of gloves and pads for boxing, as well as mats and a good deal of floor space to use everything or do your own thing.
The changing rooms are also in good condition and have toilets, showers and hairdryers (in the women’s anyway!) as well as toilet roll when I went – bonus!
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What is a little odd here is that the gym can’t seem to make up its mind whether to go metric or not. The dumbbells go from 2.5kg to 25kg and from then on, the heavier weights have their values displayed in pounds, which is a little confusing at first, but they go up to 100lbs. There are sets of straight and curled barbells up to 50kg, along with a couple of adjustable barbells, one squat rack and one Smith machine. Additionally there are several sets of pull up bars and one assisted pull ups machine. If you want to do lat pull downs you’ll have to make do with the assisted pull ups machine or kneel and use a cable, but there’s little else to criticise!
There’s also an attractive studio which hosts around 19 classes a week, ranging from Gym Ball to Body Pump, Yoga to HIIT and a few things in between. Not to mention a bike studio with 1-2 classes per day! (See pic for timetable at the time of writing)
Over all, DD Fitness is a very good quality gym – definitely recommend visiting if it’s within your budget. Otherwise check out the budget-friendlier Yellow Star Fitness nearby, or see my post on Gyms in Bangkok.
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