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Running, celebrity workouts, yoga in ALL its forms, whatever your preference, Hong Kong knows how to make you sweat. Here’s our run-down on some of our favourite spots to get your body moving and soul soaring.
One of the leading gyms in Hong Kong with a jam-packed schedule, Pure Yoga is the word on the street when it comes to Hong Kong’s yoga scene. It’ll take you a while to get through all the different classes on their schedule: hot yoga, wall rope yoga, classical hatha yoga…you’ll be spoilt for choice at the sheer variety on offer. If you prefer bigger classes, then look no further than Pure Yoga. Hong Kong’s biggest fitness chain offers yoga of all kinds and for all levels. Our favourite locations include Pure Yoga in Tsim Sha Tsui — which has the best view — and Admiralty. Once you’ve gone to a couple of yoga classes, we suggest trying Pure Yoga’s Detox Flow or Hot Vinyasa, both of which are pretty dynamic.
Conveniently located on the West Side of Hong Kong Island, the Warrior Academy is a unique all-encompassing concept and space, that bridges martial arts, strength & conditioning, wellness and nutrition to provide you with a complete holistic health and fitness experience regardless of your age, gender, ability or experience. Classes include Thai Sword Fighting, Muay Thai, Boxing and Wrestling. The Elephas serves up healthy, nutritious and delicious bites to eat post workout as well as some great protein shake combos. They have fostered a tight-knit community, who train and grow together, in an environment that is down to earth, encouraging and motivating. Check it out next time you’re in town.
Visit: Warrior Academy
Yoga BamBam is in the chicest area of Sheung Wan. The convenient location will have you going back for more and the small class sizes are a real attraction. You get more attention from the instructors who are talented and super friendly. There are no membership fees, you just pay for each class (perfect for the unorganised among us) and you can choose from intro classes (perfect for beginners), aerial and acro yoga (maybe not for the faint-hearted!) and meditation. With two locations set along Sheung Wan’s pedestrianised Pound Lane and Shing Hing steps, Yoga Bambam’s studios are some of the hippest in town. Expect a wide range on the schedule: from the traditional hatha yoga to the trendy aerial yoga. We like the attention you get here, it doesn’t feel rushed like other Hong Kong yoga studios and has a tranquil quality to it.
Flex Studio is known for its mix of classes, including yoga, pilates and barre. You’ll get in great shape in no time and it’s one of the best studios to go to for strength conditioning. The Pilates-lovers’ premiere place to be seen, Flex hosts an impressive array of classes to suit all levels and interests. The classes here range from Pilates mat and reformer, to yoga, TRX, Xtend Barre, Zumba and pre- and post-natal classes. The vibe in this studio is light, airy and relaxed. Be sure to book ahead as classes are popular, especially with the Yummy Mummy crowd in the week.
No longer a new kid on the block, this Lagree method studio is still a firm favourite with the crowd. The 45-minute workout takes place on a machine called a ‘Megaformer’ (which sounds scary but is easily mastered) and promises to work over 600 muscles. Workouts are fast paced with difficulty levels adjustable depending on your ability.
XYZ is Asia’s unique articulation of the new wave of indoor cycling, the ‘ride’ phenomenon that grew out of the cracks of the New York sidewalk and left America and Europe spellbound. XYZ reinvents exercise as a way of life, a way to rediscover your human potential. From their secret homes in Central and Causeway Bay, they take deeply energising instructors, put them into a studio of unimagined beauty and let them coerce your senses as you ride into a superhuman trance. Sounds surreal? It is. And it’s awesome.
The Yoga Room
Another boutique yoga studio in Sheung Wan, the small class sizes and personalised instruction from the teachers is sure to have you coming back. They offer group classes in hot yoga, hatha, ashtanga, mat pilates and more. What’s more, you can try out a session for free to see if you enjoy it. Alternatively, if you’re looking to practice on a one-to-one basis, give them a call to work something out either in the studio.
Their studio features large windows with natural light sweeping in during class which is stunning. We recommend starting with the ‘Yoga for the Core‘ class. Instead of holding poses, this class is more fast-paced and aims to energise the entire body with a series of movements that will improve your posture, increase the strength of your core and pelvis and leave you feeling ready to take on the rest of your day.
This place is great for yoga beginners who are looking for something more accessible — most of the teachers are extremely friendly and don’t take themselves too seriously. We took part in a candlelight yin yoga session: no lights, just flickering candles accompanied by ginger lily aromatic oil for a dreamy state of relaxation. This yin-inspired ambience was totally divine and is enough to help you let go of all your tensions and calm your nervous system.
Bounce Limit is Asia’s first trampoline fitness studio, set in a 3000 square foot space in Sheung Wan, with 20 individual mini-trampolines, or ‘rebounders‘. The studio offers 10+ different functional and bodyweight fitness classes on rebounders, including ‘Air Bounce, TRX Bounce, Combat Bounce, Tabata Bounce, Bounce Pilates’ and more, ensuring the body gets the best fitness results from a varied workout. This is really fun & worth going to just for the experience not to mention it’s a beautiful studio!
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