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It's very good place and awasome fitness center to workout
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I'd say Calif Fitness is pretty good considering this is the developing world. I agree with others who complain that they sometimes have more PT's than customers. One thing that bothers me is the number of LOUD middle class ladies that use this as their hangout. It's really clean, and the price is not bad if you buy long term(exact same price I paid in the States). A very clean gym!
Warning, foreigners will be charged 200% what Vietnamese pay, yes even the rich ones.
Average membership is around 20-22 million dong a year. Locals pay half that or around 10-12 million dong, as was confirmed by my VN girlfriend when she tried to inquire about membership fees. The gym is overcrowded, gym ettiquite is still up and coming. The free weights are often scattered everywhere and there is a lack of mats.
***Cali fitness tried charging me extra for towels when I signed up for my membership...Beware! There towels smell like crap as if they don't use detergent anyways and you don't have to pay extra for your yearly membership to use their towel service. So advocate for yourself.
***Locker rooms are overcrowded because the staff give everyone locker numbers that are grouped near each other. This makes it difficult to change because everyone is clumped together. At tiems, guests can't even open the door to their locker because of how crowded the locker room is. Note, there will be other sections that are empty.
***Cali fitness told me I could bring guests with my membership. I did so for about 3 months until one day they told me I wasn't allowed any more. Either the terms of my membership were changed to sell my "guest" a membership, or when I checked in to the gym for 3-4 months, no one noticed I wasn't allowed to bring guests.
+'s : fairly clean, equiptment is decent, has classes
-'s : dual pricing, overcrowded at times, shady sales reps
I have used this gym since mid-2014,and chose it after looking at half a dozen in my area (Hoan Kiem/Hai Ba Trung).
It is modern, has a lot of equipment and is clean and well run. It is busy 5-7pm but not really at any other time. Spread over 4 floors it has plenty aerobic machines, free & fixed weights, a spin room, and other rooms for classes & yoga.
You need to be careful when agreeing a price as it is very flexible, and the "consultants" earn more commission the more you agree to pay. For 2015 they told me 2,2M per month, which went down to 5M for 3 months after negotiation. This is less than I would pay for an equivalent standard gym in NZ or Australia.
One weird thing is that there often seems to be as many PT's lounging around as there are customers. I tried one of their "free consultations" but it was basically a hard sell for their PT services. I said I wasn't interested 3 times and he still persisted.
Still - that aside it is a great gym and is cheaper than others in the neighbourhood like Elite and the one on the corner of Hang Bai & Hai Ba Trung.
Definitely an excellent gym in terms of equipment, facilities and especially classes. Since I live so close, it's extremely convenient for me to hit the gym before work for yoga and then after work for whatever class they're offering.
I think they do a great job with their classes (yoga, Zumba and cycling are the ones I frequent), quite comparable to what I'm used to in the States. The only downside is that they're mostly in Vietnamese, but if you've attended similar classes in English, you can pretty much follow along with the moves. (I've also been picking up some Vietnamese in the process - like how to count to 10 and say "inhale!" - so that's a nice plus.)
The price is a bit steep, but that only encourages me to go even more to make sure I get my money's worth. The staff is welcoming and kind to me as well - then again, I'm a tiny Indian American girl in fairly decent shape, but I know they may treat others differently. I've noticed the local gym-goers also have some personal space issues - they might get a bit too up in your space, but just stealthly side-step away. You also might find some of them want to work out on the machine exactly right next to you, when there's a whole line of them available down the ways. Just hang in there, stay in your own zone. You get out of it what you put into it and it's a great experience over all.
ALSO - make sure you bring a towel, it's like a sauna in there.
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