The Royal Bangkok Sports Club
The Royal Bangkok Sports Club has stood at the pinnacle of exclusivity for more than 100 years. This members-only club has quite a long waiting list – it can take up to 10 years to gain entry – but once you’re in, you’re in for life, and so is your immediate family.
Membership privileges include access to all the club’s facilities: squash courts, a golf course and driving range, restaurants and cafes, bridge rooms, jogging tracks, lawn bowling, equestrian centres, tennis courts, boxing rings, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, barber and massage rooms, and more.
Plus, the RBSC, as it’s known, has reciprocal clubs located across the world, from Hong Kong to Spain to the US.
A collaboration with Adidas, Base Bangkok adds hands-on exclusivity to personal training.
A team of five trainers, all accomplished athletes in their fields and highly certified in programmes ranging from CrossFit to PowerSculpt Yoga, lead the way at Thong Lo’s newest fitness centre, offering personal and private group training, as well as nutrition plans and group classes.
All programmes are based on science-driven high-intensity training. For personal training, clients get frequent and on-going assessments to help reach their specific goals (and, once there, maintain them).
The Racquet Club
Located on Sukhumvit 49, the Racquet Club has long been the preferred destination for tennis players, thanks to its seven covered courts, stocked pro shop and racquet restringing services. But the club boasts much more than tennis facilities.
From an Olympic-sized pool to indoor rock climbing walls to spaces to play badminton, squash and futsal, the Racquet Club caters to just about every sporting whim. And it offers a range of classes, including yoga and spin, as well as personal training programmes designed by qualified specialists.
The Cascade Club and Spa
More than just a gym or spa alone, the Cascade Club provides a range of fitness and wellness programmes to boost body and mind in a neat and tidy space tucked away on the 6th and 7th floors of the Ascott Sathorn.
There are qualified personal trainers to devise tailored training programmes for members, as well as a spa and restaurant that focus on holistic well-being. And the fitness facilities feature Hammer Strength and Octane Fitness equipment, both high-quality lines of products not often found in Asia.
Among other classes members can join are body combat, Bosu, power step, yoga, pilates and TRX.
The Aspire Club
At the forefront of fitness and exercise since its inception, the Aspire Club offers alternative methods to training with an exclusive touch.
Apart from having some of the most in-depth personal training programmes in town, based on individually-derived goals, Aspire also offers indoor and outdoor bootcamps, youth fitness programmes, sport-specific training and kinesis training, the latter the latest trend in functional training designed to improve dynamic strength and mobility, helping people get stronger at everything they do.
One of the club’s most visible programmes is doubtless its Crossfit training, group classes often held on the rooftop overlooking the Asoke skytrain station. But its most distinct attribute has to be its high-altitude training room, which replicates mountaintop conditions to improve the body’s oxygen capacity.
Another fitness centre based on contemporary training methods, the LAB keeps every session as efficient as possible, lasting no longer than one hour.
Here every member who signs up for personal training gets full assessments of their health and goals – mobility, fat loss, injury rehabilitation – before settling on distinct high-intensity training programmes. The gym itself is slick and full of energy, which tends to draw a younger crowd.
The LAB also offers private group classes, for those seeking special attention without sacrificing the added motivation of having peers to push them.
Opening in January at Phra Khanong’s eco-minded Naiipa Art Complex, Haus no3 is a personal training studio that unites design and fitness, giving workouts more of an urbane and aesthetic edge than ever.
Co-founded by Henrik Oloffson, a former trainer/manager at Aspire, the training regimens will all be custom, and no doubt detailed. The minimalist, fashion-conscious concept – Tom Dixon products, hand-stitched kettleballs, Exxentric flywheels – will make this one of the more attractive fitness clubs in town.