FINALLY got to pay a visit to Muscle Factory gym. I’ve heard its reputation for a while, how this huge gym has all kinds of equipments you could imagine for everyone, with an extremely affordable price, only 250 THB for a one day pass. I will let the pictures speak for themselves.
Simple, straight to the point, what you see is what you get, no bullshit – these would be my short keywords/summary of Muscle Factory gym.
I am so happy to see so many lifting platforms myself – most important thing for me. No need to share with anyone too. And many squat racks! I could even borrow a lifting belt from the reception. And they’ve got chalk! So I’m pretty much good to go.
And lots of machines…
Even Muay Thai ring. And more squat racks and machines. They also have a cardio room of treadmills and bikes on the 2nd floor of the gym.
And really long lines of dumbbells, come in both kgs and lbs.
(Hi, it’s me between sets of dumbbell bench, and wow…just noticed how my arms and shoulder have changed. For sure it didn’t look like this just 6 months ago!).
So I did deadlift today. According to our program, my top set is at 85 kgs for 6 reps. Then working set at 77 kgs for FIVE sets of 6.
I was pretty much minding my own business trying to spot the plates with the weight I wanted. The plates are a bit all over the place, quite messy. Wish it could have been more organized!
Got to chat with a guy on a platform next to me who was practicing Snatch, weightlifting stuff. He saw me do my top set at 85 kgs then commented I’m so strong, wow did you really do 6 reps? And what is your bodyweight? He’s a trainer himself and said a woman my weight (51 kgs) in general would deadlift around 60-65 kgs. He even asked if I’m going to compete!
So I just smiled. It’s funny to hear this kind of comment when you get out of your usual environment, full of competitive people who are powerlifting athletes, where women my bodyweight deadlift 120-140 kgs. My 85 kg deadlift really IS nothing. I swear I never really thought I AM strong, because I’m the weakest one in this environment! Sure thing, I am much stronger now. But when you are surrounded by people who are way better than you, you can’t help thinking you are such a noob and still have a long, long way to go (which you do, of course!).
I suppose from time to time you should think how far you have come and where you started even just a year ago, to help put things in perspective that hey, you are a badass yourself! You made a lot of progress. Have more confidence! Walk in the room like you own it! Pat yourself on the back and celebrate your big and small wins, while push yourself forward and aim for a bigger goal.
Such a tricky thing to balance for someone like me who has self doubts creeping in too often.
Apart from all the equipments, it’s pretty basic and simple. Restrooms and shower rooms with lockers are pretty clean and quite empty, but you have to bring everything yourself (towels, toiletries etc). My friend told me they have towel rental service though.
No one is there to mess with you while you train. It’s just the gym and yourself. Forget commercial gyms where there are trainers walking around and salespeople taking potential clients around the gym. It’s got none of those. The reception didn’t really introduce anything to me at all. I had to ask all the questions about the place myself.
OH, there is NO air con, by the way. Probably why it kind of wore me out today as I’m used to training in an air con. Got tired more easily today. It wasn’t insanely hot, though I did go train around noon, as it’s a really big and open air space.
Cheap for full equipments gym like this. Love it! My gym at Base is way overpriced, even the open gym there costs 500 THB though you are a member (major eye rolls). Glad to see normal affordable prices like this.
Sukhumvit 56. BTS Bangchak station. The place is quite hidden in their small Soi which 2 cars can’t even pass at the same time! I think it’s quite hard to access the place if you don’t come by car. But the maid told me you can catch motorbike from BTS Bangchak for 25 THB, or call the gym for Tuk tuk service.
Lots of free parking space available.
I feel like this place is amazing for people who take training a bit more seriously and know what they are doing. Feels like it’s a no bullshit gym.
As a beginner I would feel a bit intimidated by this kind of place though, unless you come with friends or your own trainer. Everyone in the gym looks SO muscular and HUGE. Even I was there having my own program and more or less know what I’m doing, I still felt a little intimidated by the stares when I was in the weight room with all the men.
It’s the kind of place that you go in and out quickly. Very convenient if you have your program to train. I was there at a weird timing (around noon on Saturday) so the gym was quite empty. Not sure if it would be packed on weekday evenings or some other times. So in a way it could feel a little lonely with no sense of community. It was a bit hard for me telling myself to keep going in my last set even though I’ve got a program to stick to. Also did feel a bit lonely and slightly unmotivated. Perhaps I’m used to a group class environment when people are doing the same thing and sharing the same experience pushing ourselves when we lift.
But I guess if you keep going regularly, you will get to talk to people more and get to know them. That’s usually how it is in the gym anyway.
I might go there again as it’s pretty convenient for me, and my trainer/friend also trains there from time to time. Always nice to have a gym buddy! I’m in a situation that some external factors forced me to explore other options outside of my current gym for a bit. Honestly speaking, I am still a little pissed off by this change. But trying hard to stay positive. Maybe some changes could be good, who knows? Stepping outside of your comfort zone, no matter how small, will always feel a little uncomfortable at first, but I try to embrace them as always.
Exploring new things and places could be a cool experience too. For a moment today while resting between sets and watching a guy training next to me, I was even thinking…hey, maybe I should give weightlifting a try some time!? Snatch, Power clean, Clean and jerk and lots more I don’t know. Ah, all the techniques to perfect those lifts. It’s quite intimidating as any movements with weight overhead could easily kill me. But that’s exactly the point. How can you grow if you don’t challenge yourself, in anything, right!?
Good training session today. Now my body feels a little lighter, I feel a little sore, muscles a little tender. Love it. Now here comes the bubble milk tea and foot massage as rewards…