Fitness is no longer about figures, it’s about fulfillment.
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What with fitness being on the tip of everyone’s tongues these days, it’s hard to imagine a well-balanced life without the addition of some sweat-inducing activity involved. But there’s more to exercise than just sweating and gym selfies — in the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong’s breakneck-speed lifestyle, any time spent on yourself should not only feel good, but be good for you. Here are our picks for the best places to work out for that shiny New Year's resolution goal.
Part Spa, Part Workout at Velocity
Tech has found itself at the heart of many recent fitness trends, and Velocity is bringing the latest French innovation to Hong Kong with aqua-biking — a solo workout designed for women that is “effortlessly effective”. Combining fat-burning cardio activity with rejuvenating hydro massage jets, the aquabike studio is perfect for anyone looking for a restorative fitness experience.
Velocity Aquabike Studio, 14/F, OLIV, 15-21 Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay, velocitystudio.hk
Discover Hong Kong’s Latest Indoor Boot Camp Studio
Recent years have seen the rise in popularity of boot camps—fitness challenges of varying high-intensity exercises designed to build strength and metabolism. HIT45 offers their take by combining an energetic atmosphere and motivational instructors with 45 minutes of intensive workouts that take place on eco-friendly treadmills, which promise 30% more calories burned in addition to 80% less chance of injury—those sound like pretty good odds, don’t they?
HIT45, 1/F Abdoolally House, 20 Stanley Street, Central, hit45hk.com
Experience Wellness in Every Aspect at Odinson
A boutique fitness studio with a focus on health of both the mind and body, Odinson totes itself as a wellness hub with offerings of personal training and private or small group yoga classes. Their aim is to motivate you towards a holistic healthy lifestyle with a balance of weight training and yoga — the best of both worlds in one top-of-the-line, beautifully-lit studio.
Odinson, 11/F-12/F, 22 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, odinson.asia
Be at the Top of Your Game with TOPFIT
Having dubbed itself Hong Kong’s premier fitness space, TOPFIT lives up to its name by devoting itself to a mantra of excellence. The private training gym promises to deliver results and support in equal measure, and is all about setting high standards for yourself—and breaking through them. With highly-qualified personal training sessions as well as small group classes on offer, consider TOPFIT if you’re looking to elevate your fitness game.
TOPFIT, 3/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington St., Central, top-fit.com
Get Your Bounce On with BounceLimit
BounceLimit takes a new approach to the fitness train with workouts that heavily feature a childhood favourite—the trampoline. In its fitness-friendly incarnation, the bouncy apparatus is called a rebounder and boasts a wealthy list of benefits including stimulating lymphatic circulation, injury rehabilitation and increasing kinesthetic awareness. Rebounding at BounceLimit takes on a multitude of different forms with their array of classes featuring elements of TRX, martial arts, yoga or dance.
BounceLimit, 13/F, The Pemberton, 22-26 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, bouncelimit.com
Let XYZ Take You On a Ride to Remember
A spinning class like no other, XYZ promises to let you ride into a “superhuman trance”. An intense and immersive experience, workouts at XYZ takes place inside darkened rooms with heart-pumping and adrenaline-inducing beats. It’s just as therapeutic as it is demanding, allowing for a special kind of recharging cardio episode.
XYZ Central, 2/F, New World Tower II, 18 Queen's Road Central, Central,
XYZ CWB, 5/F, OLIV, 15 Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay,
Fitness for Her — A Little Bit of Everything at Pherform
As a health and fitness studio created from a philosophy of empowering women to become their best selves, Pherform boasts the largest range of training modalities of any independent gym in Hong Kong—from metabolic conditioning to strength circuits, or from corrective exercise to pre- and post-natal classes. The diversity of the facility means there’s something for everyone, and all in a safe community dedicated to female wellness.
Pherform, 2/F, Man Cheung Building,15-17 Wyndham Street, Central, pherform.com
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Original article written by Jessie Ho for Hong Kong Tatler