As a Muay Thai enthusiast, finding the right gym can make a significant difference in your training experience. After trying several gyms in Cebu City, I’ve gathered some insights that might help you choose the perfect place for your Muay Thai journey. Here’s a detailed look at the gyms I’ve tried, along with their strengths and weaknesses.

1. Fraction Fitness

Location: The Greenery, Cebu City

Insights: Fraction Fitness in The Greenery was one of the first gyms I tried when I arrived in Cebu City back in 2022, and its welcoming atmosphere and strong sense of community immediately stood out. The trainers are highly experienced and supportive, making it an excellent choice for both beginners and seasoned practitioners.

Price per class: Php 200 – Php 250

Pros:

  • Skilled trainers with a focus on conditioning and proper technique.
  • Comfortable and clean training environment.
  • Offers one-on-one pad drills, which is great for beginners.
  • Provides additional fitness programs and jiujitsu classes.

Cons:

  • Space can be limited, especially when jiujitsu classes are in session.
  • Strengths lie more in jiujitsu and kickboxing rather than traditional Muay Thai techniques.
  • May need to wait for your turn during one-on-one pad drills.
  • Limited class times may not suit everyone’s schedule.

Do I recommend this gym? Yes! Despite its small size, it’s perfect for those who may feel shy about trying Muay Thai. Coach Shary, Coach Facio, and the gym owner are all very nice and supportive. I also took some private Muay Thai classes with Coach Shary, and his fee is Php 1,000 per session.

2. Tactical Fitness

Location: 5th Flr Amswlai Bldg. Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu City Cebu City

Insights: Honestly, my first visit to this gym was quite challenging; the staff member I encountered was rather rude, and I nearly lost my composure. However, I needed a gym, and during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2022, finding a Muay Thai gym was particularly difficult, so I decided to stick with it. Everything eventually worked out. I ended up taking only three classes here. Tactical Fitness provides a unique combination of Muay Thai and OCR fitness training, with equipment like numerous bags, ropes, and twister bars, which were invaluable when preparing for the Spartan race.

Price per class: Php 300 (Php 3000 per month)

Pros:

  • Focus on functional fitness and self-defense.
  • Has a proper ring.
  • Experienced trainers.
  • Offers HIIT, boxing, kickboxing, and circuit classes in addition to Muay Thai.
  • Conducts partner drills and fight nights for those who are considering fighting other students/ fighters.

Cons:

  • The facility is somewhat small, dimly lit, not well-ventilated, and not the best maintained.
  • The gym’s emphasis on functional fitness and kickboxing may not appeal to purists seeking traditional Muay Thai training.

3. Muay Thai Cebu

Location: IT Park, Cebu City

Insights:
Muay Thai Cebu in IT Park is my favorite gym to train and it attracts a diverse crowd. The coach there, Coach Franz, is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable, providing a good balance of technique and fitness training. HERE IS A MORE COMPREHENSIVE POST ABOUT THIS GYM – AND WHY IT IS MY FAVORITE.

Price per class: Php 200 (Discounted more if you get more sessions)

Pros:

  • Convenient location in IT Park.
  • Enthusiastic and knowledgeable trainer.
  • Good balance of technique and fitness.
  • Offers free use of shin guards and gloves (but sometimes when the class is really full, probably might not be available)

Cons:

  • Can get crowded during peak days.
  • Doesnt offer classes at various times to suit different schedules. The only schedule at the moment is MONDAYS TO FRIDAYS 6PM – 7:30PM

4. Studio 32

Location: Baseline, Cebu City

Insights:
Studio 32 in Baseline is known for its modern facilities and comprehensive fitness programs, including Muay Thai. The gym offers a holistic approach to fitness, making it ideal for those looking to integrate Muay Thai into a broader fitness regime.

Pros:

  • Modern and well-equipped facilities.
  • Comprehensive fitness programs.
  • Professional trainers.
  • Clean and air-conditioned environment.
  • Very early classes at 6AM.

Cons:

  • Higher membership costs.
  • The gym can get busy, particularly in the evenings.

Other Muay Thai gyms you can check out:

1. Grit Fitness

Location: A-Strip Building, V. Rama Avenue, Cebu City

Price per class: Php 350

Schedule: Mondays and Saturdays 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Conclusion

My journey through these Muay Thai gyms in Cebu City has been enlightening and rewarding. Each gym has its unique strengths, catering to different preferences and goals. Whether you’re just starting or looking to compete, Cebu City offers a variety of options to suit your needs. I hope these insights help you find the perfect gym for your Muay Thai training. Happy training!