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Best Saigon Gyms for Weightlifters

Edited on: October 28, 2018

If you are a weightlifter, such as myself, finding a good gym in Saigon can be challenging. Until the summer, 2014, I actually struggled to find a gym that will allow me to do the classical Olympic weightlifting exercises; Clean & Jerk and Snatch. Most gyms just do not like the idea of a lifter “dropping” the weights after each lift. Hence, you are going to have very limited access in Saigon, let alone Vietnam, in finding a good gym for the Olympic Lifts.

Below are some of the gyms in Saigon that will allow you to some Olympic Weightlifting at their gyms:

1. CrossFit Thao Dien

Run by a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and Physio, weightlifters will be able to do the Olympic Lifts at this location in Thao Dien. CrossFit Thao Dien is an affiliated CrossFit box. Joanna is an experienced CrossFit trainer from Poland. She used to be the CrossFit trainer at the Saigon Sports Club.

CrossFit Thao Dien

Image Source: CrossFit Thao Dien

For more information or class schedules, visit the CrossFit Thao Dien website.

2. Crossfit KSON

Another new guy in Saigon. Crossfit KSON just opened a couple months ago. This gym stands out in that they have chosen to use high quality Eleiko bars and plates. As the name entails, Crossfit classes are offered as well. Visit http://www.ksoncrossfit.com/landing/ for more information.

Crossfit Kson Saigon

Crossfit Kson Saigon

3. Evo Fitness

Power Racks at Evo Fitness (Saigon)

Power Racks at Evo Fitness (Saigon)

Newest guy on the block, Evo Fitness was started by Daniel Frazier, an avid powerlifter in Vietnam. It is definitely my favorite gym now with the Rogue equipment. Powerlifters will love the two power racks. Weightlifters can take advantage of them as well.

Evo Fitness is located at Luxcity Apartments in District 7.

4. UFC Gym

Lifting platform at the UFC Gym in Saigon

Lifting platform at the UFC Gym in Saigon

UFC Gym has a lifting platform as you can see from the left picture. You can even see the famous Arnaud TheGame Lepont, manager and trainer at UFC Gym, using the platform executing some Power Cleans. UFC uses hard rubber plates so they will not be ideal for heavier weights but for those just looking to do some technique work, then UFC Gym will be fine.

I promised Arnaud to visit occasionally and help him with his Snatches. He already gave me a tour of the facilities. I love the ice bath. By its name, the UFC Gym caters to MMA but offers other HIIT style classes as well.

The UFC Gym is located in Thao Dien at the Thao Dien Pearl. It will take you about 15-20 minutes to get there by taxi or motorbike from District 1.

For more information contact either Arnaud at his Facebook page or visit: http://www.ufcgym.com.vn/.

Definitely make arrangements with Arnaud if you want to use the lifting platform.

5. Phu Tho Stadium

National Vietnamese Weightlifting Facility at Phu Tho Stadium

National Vietnamese Weightlifting Facility at Phu Tho Stadium

Strangely, I actually have no worked out at this location where the Vietnamese national weightlifting team works out under Coach Hoa. I plan to visit this gym next week. I have been told that there are classes offered in the evenings as well.

This weightlifting facility is located at Phu Tho Stadium near Dem Sen Park in District 12. It is about a 20-30 minute ride by taxi. It is a bit out of the way for most people unless you live in the Tan Phu District area.

Below I added the video from Facebook of the facility. As you can see, there are several lifting platforms and bumper plates that you would expect from a national weightlifting gym.

I hope to work out there a couple times a week starting in September. If I move closer to Tan Phu District, I may just workout there more often. I will keep you informed.

If you speak Vietnamese, you can contact Coach Hao at his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000275685717

6. Star Fitness

Star Fitness in Saigon

Star Fitness in Saigon

Star Fitness used to be considered the place to workout for the serious lifters. Several bodybuilders and some powerlifters may still work out there. The equipment is quite good and the bars acceptable. Unfortunately there are no lifting platforms at Star Fitness. You will be asked to put some mats down, in layers, if you do any Olympic Lifts here. as with UFC Gym, you will only be able to do light weight here since you are “not allowed to drop the weights”.

With the squat rack, you can still do some Presses and Jerk exercises. When CrossFit becomes popular in Vietnam in the next 3-5 years, do not be surprised to see Star Fitness expanding and adding lifting platforms to their gyms.

See http://www.starfitnesssaigon.com/ for more information. The gym is located in the Binh Thanh District about 10 minutes from District 1 by taxi.

FYI, my friend Robin, the owner of the popular Indian restaurant, Baba’s Kitchen, works out at Star Fitness

7. Old School Gym

Old School Gym will expand to a larger location in District 1 that will be able to accommodate Olympic Lifters and CrossFit. They expect to open this new location in about 6 months. When that happens, it will be one of the top gyms in Saigon, if not Vietnam. They use all Rogue equipment which is properly maintained. I will do a thorough review of Old School Gym in the future.
You can go to https://www.facebook.com/pg/HCMOldSchoolGym/ for more information.


2 comments on “Best Saigon Gyms for Weightlifters”

  1. Hung Hoang

    Thank you for this informative post! Which location would you recommend for a person who lives in district 3?
    Warm regards,

    • Kevin Miller

      You can look at Old School Gym if you are a Powerlifter. Otherwise you will have to come to Phu My Hung if you want to do the Oly Lifts for now. I ride my bike from Q4 to there as a good warm up.

      Old School will have a bigger gym in about 6 months. You can do the Oly lifts then.

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