Gym bunnies need not fear piling on the pounds while in Phnom Penh, because the Cambodian capital is full of gyms, ranging from basic to high-tech. Here are the 10 best gyms to be found in Phnom Penh.
Gym, Swimming Pool
Take a yoga class at stylish The Gym | © The Place Fitness Center
Probably the capital’s most popular gym, The Place is usually packed with Phnom Penh’s affluent locals and expats. Air-conditioned throughout, the gym offers aerobics and yoga classes and is home to a large swimming pool, as well as the usual fitness suites. Personal training services are also provided.
11 Street 51. T. +855 (0)69 876 777
Keep up with weight training while on holiday © xmee/ Shutterstock.com
This five-star hotel’s may be slightly out of town, but its top-class gym is well worth the 15 minute tuk tuk drive. Gym entry includes access to the large swimming pool and sauna, as well as the daily aerobics, Pilates and yoga classes. A range of weight training machines, treadmills, exercise bikes and other workout equipment are available.
296 Mao Tse Tung Boulevard. T: +855 (0)23 424 888 ext. 4721
Physique Club at Cambodiana Hotel
Cambodiana Hotel’s fitness offering comes in the form of free weights, weight-training machines, bikes and treadmills. Weekly aerobics classes are also held, along with Khmer dance classes. Gym users also get access to the spacious swimming pool.
313 Sisowath Quay. T: (0)23 426 288 ext 622
SuperFit Fitness and Health Club
Another modern offering in the capital, SuperFit features Technogym weight machines, an Octagon fitness station and Hammer Strength weights. SuperFit also has an outdoor pool and a studio that hosts classes, including yoga, Metafit, Insanity, step Reebok and Khmer dance classes.
Mao Tse Tung Boulevard. T. +855 (0)23 999 229
Exercise in the pool © Jacob Lund/ Shutterstock.com
Phnom Penh Chey Mongkul
Don’t worry if you get out of the tuk tuk to find a wedding planning and photography studio because, true to bizarre Cambodian form, this cheap and cheerful joint also houses a gym, sauna and massage parlour. As a relative newcomer on the scene, the equipment here is fairly new. With entry costing less than a dollar – $6 for a steam, massage and sauna – Chey Mongkul is a bargain way to keep fit on your holidays.
44 Street 360. T. +855 (0) 16 281 111
Muscle Fitness Centre
Having recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, Muscle Fitness offers value-for-money to its patrons. The air-conditioned space is packed full of weight training equipment and a swathe of tools to help out with cardio regimes. A steam room is also available.
65 Street 96. T. +855 (0)12 796 374
Prokout Fitness and Fight Centre
Fancy getting into the fighting spirit? Then head to Prokout, which translates as “fight” in Khmer. This new venue offers training in Khmer boxing and other fighting sports, such as Muay Thai, kickboxing, MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The clean and modern 1,000sqm space also offers fitness, cardio and workout equipment, as well as access to qualified personal trainers.
2 National Assembly Boulevard. T. +855 (0)66 606 000
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Aerobics at Olympic Stadium
While this probably isn’t going to cut it for fitness fanatics, the aerobics sessions that take place every dusk and dawn across Phnom Penh are well worth attending, if only for the experience. Classes take place in many areas, including riverside (or Sisowath Quay) and Wat Botum Park. However, the sessions at National Stadium come recommended because it’s a great spot to watch the sunset and see the action taking place on the courts below.
Charles de Gaulle Boulevard. T. +855 (0)86 734 905
Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra
Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra boasts a range of fitness facilities. So Fit offers cardio workouts, exercise bikes, running machines and weights, with trained fitness supervisors on hand. Phokeethra Sport Club features the latest fitness equipment, a range of classes, two squash courts, four tennis courts and outdoor pool.
26 Old August Site, Sothearos Boulevard. T: (023) 999 200
Yoga Phnom Penh
Yogis can get their fitness fix at Yoga Phnom Penh. The studio hosts a range of yoga classes, taking in a variety of techniques and levels, such as fly yoga, Vinyasa flow, Khmer fighting fitness classes and meditation sessions. Visiting teachers are often included on the schedule.
39 Street 21. T. +855 (0)12 739 419