For our May male member of the month, we get to know none other than Graeme Jones! Graeme has been part of the CFTH community since he arrived in Hanoi in August 2017. And from that first moment he joined he has brought nothing but positivity and good vibes to the box.
Graeme can talk to anyone about anything at any time. He is the first person to greet you when he walks through the door, and always manages to keep things positive and light even when they’re not. Graeme genuinely loves CrossFit and all that it brings to his life. We can always count on him to be sporting the latest CrossFit attire - not only does he show up everyday, but he shows up looking good!
Graeme is one of the first to lend a helping hand and has truly been a backbone of our community for the last three years.
Graeme demonstrates the great habit of persevering through it all. We have watched him rehab and recover from an injury and come out the other side stronger. Most recently we have seen him push through his frustration with the elusive double under - which he has now mastered.
Graeme, along with his wife Carys (see her Member of the Month here!) will be leaving Hanoi at the end of the school year, and boy will it be bittersweet. We will miss his regular appearance at the box, but know he will be jumping right into a new CrossFit Box in his next home.
Find out more about Graeme and what CrossFit Tay Ho means to him:
CrossFit Tay Ho is more than just an exercise class. It is a community of likeminded people. It’s what I look forward to at the end of a busy day. It’s a group of people who come together to encourage each other to improve and progress. It’s a place where people leave their egos at the door, and enjoy the opportunity to work hard, and meet new friends.
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
I started CrossFit 4 years ago while working in Kuwait. There was a box as part of my international school which I attended each night after school. It actually took me almost a year of working at the school to pluck up the courage to go to CrossFit, as I had this idea that it was too challenging for me. However, once I went I fell for it hard. I love how varied it is, and how supportive it is.
I have now been attending CrossFit Tay Ho for the three years I have lived in Hanoi.
Favorite Movement/WOD and why?
My favourite workout is DT. I just love heavy barbell cycling, and it’s a workout that is long enough you need to pace yourself, but short enough you can give it your all in those final few rounds.
What is something positive CrossFit has taught you?
Probably the most positive and humbling thing about CrossFit is having to learn new skills. Realising that you don’t know everything, and have to start as a beginner can be frustrating, but it is a sport where you can see progress relatively quickly, which is very satisfying.
What advice do you have for someone just starting out?
Attend classes regularly, and just enjoy being there. You aren’t going to know everything and that is ok. Also, don’t feel silly about asking questions.
How long have you lived in Hanoi?
I have lived in Hanoi with my wife Carys for 3 years.
Favorite thing to do in Hanoi (outside of CrossFit)?
Going to Hoang Sen Sauna for a tea barrel and a massage. Gorging on the delicious food here and drinking good coffee comes in a close second.
Favorite thing to eat in Hanoi?
All the Vietnamese food! But since I have turned veggie, I do miss bowls of Pho and Bun Cha.
The Sicilian Pizza from Pizza Belga with added burrata is outstanding. The mushroom burger from Sunkats with fried egg and mozzarella is also a must try!
A perfectly timed Member Feature for this month of May: Colleen O’Brien. She recently turned year older (Happy Birthday Colleen!), and is sorely missed these days (particularly by that 9am crew!). Colleen arrived in Hanoi and CFTH in August 2019. Though with us for only a short time, she made quite the impact on coaches and members.
Colleen is a literal ball of light. Her constant positive energy shines bright on everyone she meets. According to Coach Rebecca, Colleen is one of the most graceful people around. When she walked down the ramp at 77 Xuan Dieu, or made her way to the board, it was as though she was floating. Colleen is also very keen to improve. Despite a prior injury, she was always ready to embrace the work and improve in all aspects. Colleen had to leave Hanoi earlier than anticipated, though she continues to be an active member of CFTH. She made a lasting impression on all of us during her eight months in Hanoi.Here is what Colleen has to say about CrossFit Tay Ho:
CFTH is a community of incredible human beings from all over the world who have provided so much support, wisdom, and encouragement inside the box and out. CFTH has allowed me to connect with people who inspire me and hold me accountable to being the best version of myself, both physically and mentally. I am so grateful for all the laughs, cheering, tough love talks, and camaraderie I have shared with this awesome group of humans. I have never once walked out of the box without feeling lighter, more joyful and stronger than when I walked in.”
How long have you been doing Crossfit/how long at CFTH?
I was doing CrossFit for about 2 years back in the 'States before I moved to Hanoi in August 2019. I've been doing CrossFit as long as I've been teaching--it's a much-needed outlet for a tough job!
Favorite movement/WOD and why?
Sandbags! I can't get enough of a good sandbag clean, sandbag carry, or even sandbag hold. It's such a functional movement, and chucking a heavy bag of sand over my shoulder makes me feel extra badass. It's also an awesome stress release.
Something positive Crossfit has taught you?
I can be incredibly hard on myself, and ruminate unproductively on where I want to be next instead of where I've been or where I am now. One thing I really appreciate about CrossFit is that you can actually see yourself get stronger over time as you can move more weight, run faster, or access movements you previously couldn't do. CrossFit has helped me remember to celebrate the distance between who I was and what I used to be capable of, and who I am and what I can do now. Keeping that in mind sets me up to keep moving forward instead of getting stuck.
Any advice for someone just starting?
It's really easy to look at the weights other people are choosing for their WODs and get discouraged instead of inspired. Remember that you don't know what anyone else's journey (fitness or otherwise) has been. In all likelihood, they were once right where you are. Choose to be grateful you get to train alongside such badasses and let yourself progress one day at a time toward where they are (and beyond!).
How long have you been in Hanoi?
Since August 2019.
Favorite thing to do in Hanoi (outside of Crossfit)?
Kickboxing! I often double-up and head to kickboxing right after CrossFit. I also genuinely love my teaching job and get excited to go into work most days, as nerdy as that may be.
Favorite thing to eat in Hanoi?
I'm vegetarian and gluten-free, so when I find places that accommodate those needs, I usually become a regular. I am obsessed with La Studio in Tay Ho, and I absolutely adore the gluten-free pastries at the nearby Easter Oriental Teahouse and Coffee Parlor.
The third in our series of discussions, talks and insights. This week Coach Rebecca talks with Friend, Gymnastics Coach, Weightlifter and Handstand Extraordinaire Matt Reid. @ReidPerformanceGymnastics
Together they talk about Gymnastics in CrossFit and what we can all be doing during lockdown to hone in our Gymnastic abilities. Also, injury management and the potential impact of injuries on mindset and progress.
Tune in for some real insights and plenty of laughs.
CFTH sTAYHOme PODCAST #003
The second in our series of discussions, talks and insights. Today we have Coach Rico who is joined by CrossFit Coach, Regionals Athlete, Nutritionist and friend Daine Mitchell.
In this episode, training during lockdown and the new training opportunities we have all been presented with under these new circumstances.
The guys also discuss:
How to fuel your mind and body with solid nutrition.
How to avoid cravings, finding personal Challenge/Balance and even “Nasal Breathing.”
Tune in for back to back knowledge bombs and plenty of talk about Pringles.
CrossFit sTAYHOme Podcast #002
Introducing the first in our series of discussions, talks and insights. Today we have Coach Rico who is joined by longtime member, friend and all-round badass Carrie Veatch.
Today we talk about coping mechanisms, life hacks and opportunities during this difficult time. Finding and accepting the “new normal” while trying to mitigate the impact of Coronavirus isolation on our physical and mental state.
There’s a broad-spectrum of difficulties that we are all experiencing and this discussion will provide some solutions and may even alter your perspective on the situation. We truly hope that this will provide some relief and focus to anyone struggling with any aspect of isolation.
Also, tune in to hear how many times Rico can say the word “sedentary” wrong in less than one-hour.
CrossFit sTAYHOme Podcast #001
It could not be more fitting that April's male member of the month is Rainer. An OG member of Crossfit Tay Ho, Rainer has been part of the backbone holding CFTH together for the last 5 years.
He is typically an early morning CrossFitter, starting his day with the 5:30am crew. Rainer can talk to anyone about anything. He brings a sense of calmness and positivity to all situations and conversations - anyone who has had the privilege of knowing Rainer, know this about him. Rainer continuously aims to better himself. Asking for advice on movements, putting in the work to improve, and recently taking on the added challenge of competitions.
It is with great sadness that we had to say goodbye to Rainer abruptly, and without much notice. His family made the hard and fast decision to leave Hanoi and head back to Germany a few months early. We will miss him and all that he has brought to the CFTH family over the years.
Here is what Rainer has to say about what CrossFit Tay Ho means to him:
CrossFit has totally changed the way I approach my health and fitness. Since I started CrossFit, this has become a clearly progressive journey for me. I am constantly improving my abilities and functionality of my body - even though these steps are mostly tiny ones and there are periods without progress - it is now about gains and reaching goals, not about digression and fighting against physical degradation and "age". Since I have entered the second half of my forties, this is quite something! Besides this, CrossFit Tay Ho has become a constant in my life, a "second home" were I am part of an awesome family, a very diverse crowd of people but all on the same mission. Everyone sweating next to each other, everyone on the same level and intensity, no matter if a bamboo stick in the hands or a fully loaded barbell. And all gains, tiny or large are equally respected and cheered.
How long have you been doing Crossfit/how long at CFTH?
I started at the end of 2015 with CrossFit at CFTH's first location on 44 Au Co, after Loris Ditta, founder of CFTH had to leave Hanoi on short-notice for job reasons. He had been inviting me to try CrossFit several times but I never got my butt off the sofa. When he left, I felt bad and went to the box... and got hooked, as so many.
Favorite movement/WOD and why?
My favorite barbell movement is the deadlift, probably because its the only one where I'm hitting 3-digit numbers :) Apart from that, I learned to enjoy gymnastics, such as the pull up movements. Again, it's about the tiny little progressions over the years - I started with no pull up at all in 2015 and managed a first bar muscle up in the open 2019.
Something positive Crossfit has taught you?
I learned that I can improve my physical abilities and body functionality when I am putting in the work and time and when I am doing this in a supportive environment. Consistency is key but I also learned to listen to my body and give it the necessary time for recovery.
Any advice for someone just starting?
See it as a life-time journey, a sustainable process of constantly improving yourself and staying healthy. Be patient and enjoy the tiny little steps. Set short-term and long-term goals. Listen to the coach but also listen to your body. Sleep well, eat well.
How long have you been in Hanoi?
It is my 6th (and final) year.
Favorite thing to do in Hanoi (outside of Crossfit)?
Discovering new food places. Since I recently started a plant-based nutrition journey, I am currently scoping the vegan food scene in Hanoi which is much bigger than I expected.
Favorite thing to eat in Hanoi?
Some pearls from Hanoi's veggie universe: Uu Dam Chay, Galeria Cafe, Roots Cafe, Maison Tet, V's Home, Salt'n Pepper, Kiez (new in lane 31 Xuan Dieu!)
All over the world women are swarming CrossFit boxes in pursuit of health and fitness. CrossFit Tay Ho is no different. Our population of members is 60% female, and 75% of our coaching staff are ladies! Our group of strong women represent 15 different countries - from Canada to Wales to Bhutan to Vietnam and everywhere in-between. We have women who were college athletes and women who never stepped foot in a gym prior to CrossFit. CrossFit represents wellness, hard work, and persistence. It brings together people from all age ranges, races, religions, fitness levels, and educational backgrounds.
CrossFit is redefining fitness and beauty for women. In an article for Time magazine in 2016, Katrin Davidsdottir said, "In CrossFit, there’s no such thing as a male or female workout—we all do the same exercises. There is no fear of women becoming “too strong.” Men and women compete in the same arena (literally), all as part of the same competition."
The women at the front of this movement are not just the elite female athletes like Davidsdottir. It's the women coaches and box owners, female members, young girls who watch their moms, and supporters of the sport who are catapulting this movement.
Here are just a few ways that CrossFit women are shaping the world of fitness.
Being a CrossFit Woman Means Empowering the Female Community
Every woman has experienced some form of judgement when it comes to exercising. Not enough of this or too much of that. Every person that steps into CrossFit Tay Ho is focused on their own personal journey, but with a lot of support behind them. The community of women do not judge - they empower!
Being a CrossFit Woman Means Redefining Stereotypes
CrossFit is not about getting ripped and lifting the most weights. It is about accepting your body and transforming it in whatever way makes you the healthiest and happiest. No longer do women aspire to fit into a certain body type. CrossFit women know that they come in all shapes and sizes.
Being a CrossFit Woman Means Appreciating Yourself
When you work hard and feel good about your wellness journey, appreciating yourself for all you can do comes a lot more easily.
Being a CrossFit Woman Means Celebrating All Your Accomplishments
Getting a pull up for the first time.
Going a little bit deeper in your squat.
Getting a healthy check-up from your doctor.
Not walking on an 800 meter run.
No matter how big or small your accomplishments are, you recognize that every little step means progress.
Being a CrossFit Woman Means Working Hard, Never Giving Up, and Challenging Yourself
Working through progressions to master a movement.
Getting yourself to the box, even when you 'don't feel like it'.
Pushing a little bit harder or faster in a WOD.
CrossFitters know they need to put in the work to see the results.
CrossFit Tay Ho is home to strong, confident women who represent all of these qualities and more. CrossFit has shaped and changed many of our members lives for the better. Here is what they have to say:
"The female community of CrossFit has helped me take more pride in my body and it’s capabilities. In fact, the CrossFit community in general - males and females - has. I’m reminded in CrossFit of all the things I can do, and even those I can’t do yet but will some day with support and hard work. It helps me keep a positive mindset both in and out of the gym."
"CrossFit has become the fitness piece I was missing in my life after not having group fitness for the last couple of years. It has created a way for me to challenge my mental and physical limits, along with being part of an incredibly supportive community.
As a woman, I think it is so important that we support other women and I love that CrossFit allows a place for that. There is always a new level to push yourself to and a supportive community cheering you on. My time in Hanoi would never have been the same if it weren't for CFTH"
"I first joined CrossFit with the goal to get fit, healthy and to look better naked. Little did I know it would teach me to appreciate my body, not for how it looks, but for what it can do. This positive mind shift is not only down to the excellent coaches I have had, but also the inspirational women in the CrossFit community."
"Getting introduced to CrossFit TayHo has brought me so much joy in areas which you couldn’t imagine less you actually experience it yourself. Not only do you get to see, watch and learn from some amazingly strong & talented boys...the women, which I have met throughout my first year in CrossFit, have made it unforgettable.
They’ve shown me how to be comfortable with lifting heavy weights, how to love being so deep into a WOD you even love looking and feeling an absolute sweaty mess with dribble coming out your mouth. I’m not shy to say before joining my first box - CrossFit Tay Ho, I felt intimidated by CrossFit, and pretty much everything which came with it other than the handstand side of it. The loudness of the music throughout a WOD, the sound of a 10000kg barbell smashing off the floor, and some of the women lifting and doing crazy ass moves on a bar...I was like nope, I can’t do this.
A year later CrossFit has done nothing but taught and shown me how to be one of those strong, cool and talented women. I’ve learnt things which I’ll never forget, strength and wisdom from some stronnnnng Momma’s. And.. you’ll learn yourself after one WOD, you generally feel like you’re able to run a marathon, your stamina goes through the roof. Every women needs a bit of CrossFit in their lives.
"My first day of walking into the box...I saw sweaty muscles, heard grunts and heavy thuds of weight dropping to the floor...and it was a class full of bad ass women and one man... I wasn't intimidated.. I was attracted to the energy, the determination and the work ethic. Each woman at the box is on their own journey and together we support each other."
"CFTH gives me my mental health as well as my physical health. I don't know what I would do without the sweat, focus, challenge, and camaraderie of CFTH. All of the members I've worked out with---- past, temporary and present, have supported me....just by being there with me. Crossfit has changed my mind, spirit, and body for the better. I feel STRONG in every way because of it. I never felt that until Crossfit."
"Moving from Bangkok to Hanoi in February 2016, I had a tougher than expected time finding friends and feeling settled in a new city. After a few months, a friend convinced me to try out Crossfit. (I had always been active, but I was extremely nervous and intimidated about starting up a new activity like Crossfit which seemed so intense and hard.). The minute I walked into CFTH, I knew I had found "my people". CFTH is more than a box, it is a family. And what is really cool is that we are a family with such diversity - nationality, age, ability, etc. I love that we are all a bit different - and that is what makes CFTH unique, interesting, and special.
It can be intimidating for women to walk into a male-dominated gym. Walking into Crossfit Tay Ho (or any Crossfit box) you will experience a sense of respect for all athletes, regardless of their gender. CrossFit helps you get fitter, better and stronger physically, mentally and emotionally. The whole community - men and women - add to the empowering dynamic, and make CrossFit Tay Ho a place for anyone. Come see for yourself!
This month, get to know Teri! CrossFit has improved Teri's life dramatically. It is very clear how much she loves everything about CrossFit.
Teri arrived in Hanoi in August 2018, but was in touch with us long before that. As soon as she knew she was moving to Vietnam, she immediately contacted us - the only CrossFit box in the city. She wanted to make sure she found a place to live close by, and she wanted to get started with her membership as soon as she arrived in the city. The summer heat and humidity was no match for her Florida roots.
Teri very quickly became an integral part of the community. She sticks to a consistent training schedule, shows up for all community events, and makes sure to check in with members and coaches regularly. We have seen Teri's confidence grow over these last few years; in her CrossFit abilities and herself. Sadly, she leaves us this June for a new adventure - make sure you hit a WOD with Teri before June!
Here is what CFTH means to Teri...
CFTH gives me my mental health as well as my physical health. I don't know what I would do without the sweat, focus, challenge, and camaraderie of CFTH. All of the members I've worked out with---- past, temporary and present, have supported me....just by being there with me. Crossfit has changed my mind, spirit, and body for the better. I feel STRONG in every way because of it. I never felt that until Crossfit.
How long have you been doing CrossFit/how long at CFTH?
I've been at Crossfit Tay Ho for 1 1/2 years and I've been doing CrossFit for 3 1/2 years.
Favorite movement/WOD and why?
My favorite movement is everything cardio --- but I love deadlifts and front squats best. I also love flipping tires and hope our new space will allow this!
Something positive Crossfit has taught you and any advice for someone just starting?
CrossFit has taught me confidence, focus, trust and discipline. My advice for a beginner is to STICK WITH IT and DO YOUR BEST. You will surprise yourself at what you can do and at the power given to you by the people working out with you. There is nothing like it. It will change your life.
Favorite thing to do in Hanoi (outside of Crossfit)?
If you are new to Hanoi --- get to CrossFit Tay Ho NOW! It's what I did --- you will feel at home if you have been doing CrossFit already, and you will make friends and connections right away with people who have a common spirit. Everyone here will understand you immediately ---- even if you don't speak the same language, there is a bond
You just had a solid training session at Crossfit Tay Ho, and now it’s time to refuel. But where to go? There are countless restaurants all over Tay Ho, and deciding where to eat in Hanoi can often be harder than the workout itself.
Whether you are ready for a Sunday brunch, or a post WOD evening meal, here are 8 restaurants within walking distance of Crossfit Tay Ho to get your feed on.
Hanoi’s first fusion Bao restaurant opened in 2018 and has never looked back. Located on Dang Thai Mai (literally directly behind Crossfit Tay Ho) this small space screams ‘Cool’. The tables, the merchandise, the decorations, the waiters - everything about this Hanoi restaurant pulls you in.
They’re known for their baos - a type of bun (or bread like dumpling) filled with almost anything - pork, chicken, veggies, fish. While their baos are incredibly flavorful, if you’re looking to stick to healthy eating - opt for one of their Bao-less Bowls. Think burrito bowl - but bao style. Choose the main topping, then substitute the bun for rice, kale salad, or a mix of both. The perfect post workout meal. Ask to double the meat for that extra protein kick.
This tiny vegan cafe/bakery churns out all day breakfast and lunch in a beautifully decorated, chilled out spot down a Tay Ho alley. They have a nice selection of healthy options; think smoothie bowls, homemade bread, sandwiches and bagels plus a selection of baked goods that changes daily.
You don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy the food offered at La Studio - ask anyone that lives in the city and this eclectic little cafe will almost always come up as one of the best restaurants in Hanoi. Your best bet for some post workout carb refueling would be a smoothie bowl. Made with fresh fruit and veggies and topped with homemade granola and coconut.
MAISON DE TET
Maison de Tet’s cool vibe in a quiet space overlooking West Lake is always a classic go-to restaurant for any meal of the day. The calm ambiance, unique decorations, and picturesque views add to the chilled vibe. It’s easy to park it here for awhile and eat and drink the day away.
There is no shortage of healthy eats here. You’ll find a menu filled with nourish bowls made with just the right portion of carbs, fats and protein. Gluten free baked goods entice you from the downstairs cases. A full two pages of smoothies and healthy juices, and of course a variety of egg dishes, salads, sandwiches and soups. On top of the healthy food that will be sure to fuel you after a tough workout, you’ll find good coffee as well. The coffee comes from a local roaster, and they have a variety of micro blends for sale.
C'EST BON CAFE
This adorable french cafe tucked around the corner from the old Crossfit Tay Ho location is an excellent choice for a weekend morning post-WOD brunch. The cozy space has a large outdoor terrace and three floors of tables for you to choose from.
The menu includes savory and sweet options for whatever you’re craving - though we think the healthy, savory options are your best bet. We always go for the set meal of the Eggs Breakfast or Healthy Breakfast, which includes a tartine, coffee, fresh squeezed juice, salad, and homemade yogurt and granola. All of that for 135,000.
HANOI TACO BAR WEST LAE
In a peaceful and scenic spot right on the banks of West Lake sits Hanoi Taco Bar. The outdoor and indoor seating come with views and ambiance. The extensive menu means it is a top restaurant in Hanoi for any meal; brunch, lunch, dinner and/or drinks.
Mexican food can be as healthy or unhealthy as you want it to be. We like to come to Hanoi Taco Bar for a post workout burrito bowl. Ask for a bowl filled with rice, salad or a mix of the two. Top it with your choice of protein - pork, chicken, beef or shrimp. It comes with veggies and beans, as much or as little as you want. Top it all off with some guacamole. The staff does a very good job understanding dietary needs, and will make sure your food comes out just as you want it.
Located inside the Fraser Suites Building is this unsuspecting healthy restaurant. Inspired by the famous Hainanese Chicken Rice, Chicken Society dishes out set chicken and rice meals flavored with clean ingredients like garlic, ginger, and chili. All of the chicken at this Hanoi restaurant is juicy and well cooked, a nice change from some of the grittier meat you might get on the street.
There is a decent sized menu of different kinds of chicken parts and salads. But the best post (or pre) workout meal is the chicken + starch + greens plate with free flow chicken broth for just 95,000. For the healthiest option fill your plate with steamed chicken, rice, and a mixed green salad.
HANOI SANDWICH HOUSE
If you’re jones-ing for a sandwich fix in Hanoi, you won’t find a better place than Hanoi Sandwich House. Located in a spacious and cozy villa at the end of Tay Ho Street - dine in or get your sandwiches to go. Made with quality ingredients, choose from one of the custom sandwiches, or opt to make your own.
The bread is made in house - no need to worry about added sugar - the portions are large, and all sandwiches come with homemade potato chips. Compliment your sandwich with a large selection of teas, coffee and smoothies. We opt for the club sandwich - chicken breast, bacon, egg, beetroot, lettuce and tomato - all sandwiched between three pieces of bread.
MILK AND HONEY
A newcomer to the Hanoi restaurant scene, Milk and Honey is quickly becoming our go-to choice for pre/post WOD meals. The small, perfectly decorated cafe has big tables and couches for sharing a meal or coffee. Their philosophy is all about purchasing local, clean and sustainable ingredients and being environmentally friendly. The staff is fantastic as well, very attentive and on top of their game!
The menu is an interesting mix of sweet baked goods, healthy juices and smoothies, savory sandwiches, and filling bowls of overnight oats. All of the meals are freshly made to order. Our go to is the salmon sandwich - a large portion of salmon on rye bread with cream cheese and cucumbers. The coffee selection just adds to the excellence of this top restaurant in Hanoi.
GAZPACHO SALAD BAR AT MOON YOGA STUDIO
This Hanoi restaurant is not in Tay Ho, but we had to add it. Sometimes in life you just crave a big ol’ plate of greens, and it might be tricky to find a solid salad restaurant in Hanoi. You’re in luck because the Gazpacho Salad Bar will help your salad cravings. Set inside Moon Yoga Studio in Ba Dinh, technically this place is not in Tay Ho BUT they will deliver to you.
Whether you live in Hanoi or your visiting for some time, take the guesswork out of eating and make sure you always have something healthy on hand. Gazpacho Salad Bar offers a weekly Salad Challenge meal plan.
For 350,000 (5 salads) you’ll get:
They also have a wrap challenge (5 wraps for 280k). A wrap and soup challenge (5 wraps + 5 soups for 500k). A smoothie challenge (5 smoothies for 200k). Have your salad or wrap or smoothie delivered straight to Crossfit Tay Ho to enjoy after your workout!
Whether you are coming to or from a workout at CrossFit Tay Ho, or just looking for a healthy meal in the Tay Ho area of Hanoi - we think these options will satisfy anyone.
If you’re living in Hanoi, or at least hanging around for more than a few weeks, finding a place to get your sweat on is important. Whether you want to work off the bia hois and banh mis, find a like minded group of people, or simply crave a routine that includes fitness - there are plenty of gyms in Hanoi that will meet your needs. With the TayHo neighborhood housing a large number of expats, let’s take a look at the selection of Hanoi gyms in TayHo. Ranging from cheap to pricey, basic to elaborate - you’ve got a lot to choose from in this neighborhood.
CROSSFIT TAY HO
Home of the only CrossFit in Hanoi, this gym is a home away from home for its members. Not your typical traditional gym - no ellipticals or Zumba here - CrossFit is considered “The Sport of Fitness”. Movements are constantly varied, performed at high intensity and functional. It is meant for everyone - of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels - and improves your overall health, physical fitness and mindset.
In simple words, CrossFit makes you fitter, better and stronger in a welcoming and fun environment.
CrossFit Tay Ho has members from over 25 countries who have bonded over tough workouts, camaraderie and a love of the sport. But CFTH (as it is fondly called) is more than challenging workouts and great results, it is a place to belong. For many members, CrossFit Tay Ho is where they found their place in Hanoi. Members not only train together, but spend time outside of the gym, and travel together. If you’re looking for a community in Hanoi, this might be the place for you.
Each class is run by a highly qualified coach who will help tailor each workout to you. Coaches are invested in your fitness journey and will follow up and check in with you on a regular basis. Group classes run at varying times throughout the day, from 5:00am to 8:00pm. On top of the group classes, CrossFit Tay Ho has an open gym area where members can do accessory and strength work on their own.
CFTH recently moved to a new location at 34 Dang Thai Mai. The space is newly constructed with all brand new equipment. We will be offering new classes and new merchandise with the same core values we have been cultivating for the last five years.
One former member reached out to share her thoughts on this Hanoi gym:
“I joined CrossFit Tay Ho when I was newly postpartum, incredibly self conscious, unfit and intimidated. It took me three times to be enticed inside and then...I never looked back. I have never experienced a gym or environment like it, it changed the way I view fitness and what a gym could be. The results will speak for themselves (fastest most obvious results I’ve ever achieved) but the thing you’ll fall in love with is the community and the people. Whatever other option you entertain, highly recommend adding CrossFit Tay Ho to it too, you won’t regret it!”
CrossFit can be intimidating to the uninformed. Take a look at this breakdown on what Crossfit is, and whether or not it is right for you!
THE FITNESS VILLAGE
The Fitness Village is a tranquil fitness space tucked away down a quiet alley in Tay Ho. This Hanoi Gym offers a range of classes suiting everyone’s goals. To start, they have a large selection of group fitness classes including HIIT classes, Zumba, Yoga & Pilates, Pump classes, Spin, and even guided meditation. These classes run at varying times all day long, from 6:30am to 7:50pm on most days. All of the classes are run by qualified instructors bringing tons of fitness knowledge. Members enjoy the large range of different classes and the selection of instructors who bring their own style and variation to class!
Aside from the group fitness class space The Fitness Village has a fully equipped, air conditioned & air purified gym with free weights and cardio machines, as well as a separate zone for calisthenics training. You can use this space on your own, or hire one of their three PTs to train you. The Personal Trainers at The Fitness Village are super knowledgeable and friendly. Each has their own unique style, but all believe in finding the right path to help their clients reach their goals.
According to a current trainer, one of the strongest points is the environment they’ve created. Whether it’s in the classes or the gym, all instructors and members are really welcoming and it doesn’t feel intimidating at all. Another little perk on joining The Fitness Village is that from April to October, members can relax by the peaceful swimming pool. It’s not meant for lap swimming, but definitely a lovely refresher on a hot summer day.
CALIFORNIA CENTURYON WEST POINT
Located inside the Somerset in a prime location in Tay Ho is a California Fitness. This chain of gyms in Vietnam caters to Vietnamese and foreigners in a clean and modern setting, and the Tay Ho branch is no different. The gym has a large selection of cardio machines (treadmills, ellipticals, stair climbers, upright/recumbent bikes), and lots of weight machines. There is a smaller section of free weights and dumbbells, and multiple rooms for group fitness classes. Group classes include yoga, dance, spinning and Les Mills Body classes.
The jury is out for this gym in Hanoi. People seem to be split down the middle and quite vocal about whether they love it or hate it. For Team ‘We Love California Centuryon’, members appreciate the range of classes, swimming pool, sauna, cold plunge pool, and cleanliness and upkeep of equipment. On Team ‘Not a Fan of California Centuryon’, people often comment on the crowded environment, loud pulsing music, confusion on membership costs, and lack of awareness of staff and trainers.
This seems to be a place to come and check out for yourself before deciding to join. Chances are you won’t be meeting your new BFFs while here, but if you want a good workout - whether solo or in a group - they can definitely meet your needs.
When it comes to membership, it seems like no two people have paid the same price! There are constant promotions and deals, and you can figure out a way to talk the price down if you have good haggling skills. Obviously, the longer you sign up for the cheaper the price will be. There are also typically people selling their memberships on many of the Hanoi Facebook Groups where you might be able to get a better deal.
Sidebar → I joined this gym for one reason. I needed a specific kind of treadmill called an Air Runner, and this is the only place around that had one! I ended up paying 13,000,000VND for 18 months (roughly 700,000VND a month). In hindsight, it seems like a lot for one machine, but what can you do! My experience with this gym is that I can get in, run, and get out. I put my headphones in so I don’t have to hear the music or chatter. No one has ever bothered me, and most of the interactions I’ve had with staff have been pleasant.
Another often sought after gym in Tay Ho is Top Gym on Au Co. You might have heard the bumping music as you walk by, or been impressed through the big windows filled with equipment. Three floors to be exact. This Hanoi gym has everything you need to get your workout on. They have all benches, machines, equipment, treadmills, and dumbbells, all new and well maintained. They also have two power racks with Olympic standard barbells. There is a kickboxing training space and lots of group classes, like zumba and yoga.
Most people are respectful and re-rack the weight. The staff speaks English, though sometimes they are not so attentive. The extra facilities are also a big selling point of this gym. It is air conditioned, has a steam room and sauna.
This is another gym with constant promotions and varying memberships. At certain times of the year they have specials. Some people have reported they spent 6,000,000 for the entire year while another person paid 4,800,000 for six months.
If you’re in the market for a no-frills fitness center in Hanoi, then Olympia Gym may be what you are looking for. At the end of To Ngoc Van, you’ll find this large gym with a lot of light. It has most of the things that you need to get a workout in - free weights, bench presses, ellipticals, bikes, machines, etc. In the summer they open their semi-outdoor pool (though it is not included in your membership and you’ll need to pay an additional 80k). It is simply a solo adventure as there are no trainers or group fitness classes.
If you join Olympia Gym, you need to manage your expectations because you are not getting a state of the art, well kept gym. The space is crowded with unused, old, or broken machines. The equipment is not maintained and it is not the cleanest of fitness centers.
What sets Olympia apart from other Tay Ho Gyms is the price. It is very affordable. There are varying membership options, but for the most part they seem to average at around 400,000k for unlimited access to the fitness center (some people buy memberships at 570,000k for 30 visits). It is also rarely crowded which is always a bonus. This gym is not pretentious and does not attract pretentious people. Lots of local Vietnamese use this gym. You are also able to hire your own trainer and bring them to the gym to train you. If you want fancy, this gym is likely not for you.
Fit24 has been a bit harder to find information on. It seems like the majority of people who go to this gym use it sparingly through the Wefit App. According to their website they have state of the art equipment with well planned structure that brings a positive experience to their clients. They have a variety of fitness classes like yoga and dance.
A few members from Hanoi Beautiful have commented on their experience at FIT24. People like their good mix of cardio and weight machines and wide range of classes. The gym itself is rarely crowded. A bonus is that they have really nice showers, a small sauna and comfortable chairs to chill out in after a workout.
There are six locations throughout Hanoi, and it seems as if your membership gets you access to all of the locations. This gym is another one with varying price structures. One person paid 16,000,000 for a year membership, while another paid 9,000,000. Similar to California Fitness, the price seems to go up or down based on your haggling skills.
Now you’ve got all the information needed about choosing a gym in Tay Ho, Hanoi. Take all these points into consideration, chat with your friends, and get your sweat on!