Gyms in Luang Prabang
Hey and welcome to my page on gyms in Luang Prabang! I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful town, which just happens to be my favourite in Laos. With a beautiful night market, stunning buildings and a great vibe all around, this is a place I’d happily return. And I can be sure of finding somewhere to work out when I do! Let’s take a closer look at gyms in Luang Prabang…
1. Mr Big Muscle Fitness
Mr Big Muscle Fitness is the most central of the gyms in Luang Prabang that I found. It’s a free-weights oriented gym, and best of all it’s a very affordable 10-15k kip!
Next up, confusingly, with a very similar name:
2. Mr Big Muscle Gym, Luang Prabang
Opening times: 6am – 8pm, presumably every day.
Cost: I was told it was 50k kip – not expensive by Western standards, yet five times what I paid in town. Hence I didn’t use it.
According to Google, there are two other gyms next door to each other, a little out of town on Manomai Street. It takes around 10-15 minutes to walk there from town. Unhelpfully the location is wrong at the time of writing on their Facebook page, it actually shows the location of Mr Big Muscle Fitness!
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Initially I didn’t spot either of them when I walked down the street and asked directions. It’s always entertaining to trying to gesticulate a gym to people who don’t speak English. I usually start by imitating doing shoulder presses and, if that doesn’t work, I’ll do some jumping jacks for them. So far at least, I haven’t been locked up in any loony bins.
I was pointed in the right direction, and actually Mr Big Muscle Gym (not to be confused with Mr Big Muscle Fitness) was pretty much where Google said it was. It’s just a little set back from the road, or perhaps I wasn’t too awake this morning.
At first glance it looks to be a small outdoor gym with slightly tatty machinery, mainly aimed at heavy lifters – not dissimilar to the gym in town. However, if you head through the gym and into the building, it actually opens up into a very large room. This is 2-3 times the size of what you can see out front. There’s a medium sized cardio section with equipment that looked like it would work, though I didn’t use it. You’ll also find another weights room further back.
The quality of equipment was similar (a little old but functional) to the other gym, and so was the cooling – a couple of fans here and there. At 10am when I visited, there were only a few people around.
I left in search of “Powerlifting Gym”, which looks to be next door on Google maps, but couldn’t see it at all and gave up.
If budget is not your main concern and you don’t mind a walk out of town (or you’re staying near here) this is probably your best bet, especially if you like to use a lot of resistance machines. Otherwise, stick to Mr Big Muscle Fitness.
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