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Malaysian Gym or Fitness Center Review

Looking to join a gym?

Yeah some of you have been asking me for advice on which gym to join in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor or Malaysia. i have been to most mainstream gyms in and around KL and always wanted to tulis this gym review post based on my personal experience.

But first, how to choose a gym

Before I’ll info the gym reviews, following are some quick tips (more in my book) on how to choose a gym:

  • Location: Make sure you can get there easily.
  • Cost: Make sure you are aware of all the hidden costs, cancellation fees etc.
  • Facilities: They gotta be able to cater to your current and possible future needs.
  • The crowd: Can you fit in the general going members? How busy are their peak hours?
  • Special needs? Ask them beforehand.

Ok on to my Malaysian Gym Review. I sorted them in order I joined or visited them. Pls note that i have no affiliation with any of these gyms.

Ultimate Gym, Wangsa Maju

Its the first gym (in Malaysia) that I joined after coming back from the US in 2002. Compared to the US, gym membership rates in Malaysia were/are ridiculous so I was looking for an economical gym around my area (Ampang). Thats when I found Ultimate Gym that is owned by my (now) very good friend Terry Gallyot, former Mr Asia 1999.

…if thats not enough, you have the luxury of an experienced bodybuilder bernama Terry Gallyot to help you out….

The gym is extremely friendly as many regulars become your friends. Although it is not as big as the big players, it has everything you need to get a quality workout…. and if thats not enough, you have the luxury of an experienced bodybuilder bernama Terry Gallyot to help you out. He owns the place and is there all the time! Keep it up Terry!

[rating:4]

Fitness First

Joined Fitness First as my work required me to move around a lot more. With their various locations all around the Klang Valley, it comes in handy.

…I have been extremely disappointed with the promises that Fitness First is making. I “worked” with them on my book as location sponsors but they have yet to fulfill their promises to me…

Facilities wise its adequate but probably lacks behind the other big players. Locker rooms are getting a lil old as well.

[rating:4.5/5]

California Fitness

My good friend Tony worked at California Fitness for a while. Actually dunno if he still does hahaha. He a few photoshoots there. Definitely has a very American appeal with lots of alternative training facilities (i.e. kick boxing and some fancy equipments).

I feel they are lacking a little in the number of outlets compartment but overall, no complains. If I worked or lived near one, I would definitely consider joining but they should improve their website of lack thereof.

[rating:4.5]

Celebrity Fitness

Ah that place. Also had a few shoots there. In fact just yesterday at their BSV II outlet. Behind Fitness First, they probably are number 2 in terms of outlets and memberships. Facilities are definitely excellent and the fact that Celebrity Fitness and I are sponsored by Adidas is a plus in my books at least. hahah. Cons? Well their whole “celebrity” craze and the fact their outlets fee like a nightclub ain’t my thing la. Visit their website for more info.

[rating:4.5]

Clark Hatch Fitness

Ah yes. They used to be da shit way way way back. Hahaha and I think thats their problem la as their equipment, brand and facilities are not as attractive as their competitors. That said, Clark Hatch are smart enough and have a niche in the hotel gym line. Would I join? Hmmm only if location and the package works for me.

[rating:3]

True Fitness

…found True Fitness a little arrogant in my opinion hahaha…dunno but probably just my experience….

Found True Fitness a little arrogant in my opinion hahaha…dunno but probably just my experience. In terms of area, they probably are the biggest around and add the yoga touch to their brand. Place feels a little too big for me but equipment and facilities are obviously impressive.

[rating:3.5]

Gold’s Gym

Visited them a few times. Got a free pass and since they are not too far from where I live, I trained at Gold’s Gym for about a week. Equipment wise they are decent but can’t compete with the big players. Sayang la in a way, especially since they have such a big brand/presence in the US and around the world. The mall they are in (Yow Chuan Plaze…hahah sorry probably mispelled that one) is dying as well..so that doesn’t help.

[rating:2]

Sweat Club

Are they still around? Worked out there a few times and did some photo shoots with them. Although a lil old, its a decent place to work out as the crowds are not that huge. So if you are looking for some privacy, a swimming pool and tennis courts, Sweat Club is great!

[rating:3]

Momentum Fitness

….was approached for a potential collaboration by one of the Momentum Fitness staff but it turned out to be a complete waste of my time!..

Never heard of it? Yeah you are not missing much. Its an effort to turn gym membership into some MLM business where you can make money to recruit. Was approached for a potential collaboration by one of the Momentum Fitness staff and it turned out to be a complete waste of my time! All that said the gym is decently equipped but location is only ideal of you work around Phileo Damansara. Would I advice you to join? No!

[rating:0.5]

Kelab Darul Ehsan (KDE) Gym

My current gym! Well probably the worst in terms of equipment and safety, but its the nearest to my apartment. Its just a 2 minutes walk away and I play tennis and go swimming there. But seriously la……the equipment must be like 20+ years old and and and some of the equipment are unsafe and actually harmful!

[rating:1.5]

Kevin Zahri

I am a US certified personal trainer and nutritionist with over 12 years experience. Over the years, I have published over 10 books, written for Men’s Health, other fitness and lifestyle magazines, hosted TV shows and appeared on various TV shows, programs and magazines. I am also an avid corporate wellness speaker and web entrepreneur.

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Kevin Zahri

I am a US certified personal trainer and nutritionist with over 12 years experience. Over the years, I have published over 10 books, written for Men’s Health, other fitness and lifestyle magazines, hosted TV shows and appeared on various TV shows, programs and magazines. I am also an avid corporate wellness speaker and web entrepreneur.

More about me here or follow me on Facebook or Twitter.