Here are fifteen ways to get buff
1. Boxing on the beach
Buff up with one-on-one muay thai sessions on the sand on Repulse Bay beach with the new Pure South fitness centre. The sessions burn off a whopping 1,000 calories an hour (running for an hour burns 500 calories), plus they’re fun. Personal training sessions on the beach are also available. Indoors, Pure South has a fully equipped gym, yoga studios and a multitude of exercise and yoga classes.
Address: 1/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay
Contact: 8200 0908
2. Exercise alfresco
Make the most of Hong Kong’s least-sweaty months with outdoor training sessions on the astroturf terrace at Pok Fu Lam’s new gym, Strive Fitness. Based in Cyberport, it offers weight training and fitness facilities for all levels of fitness, with large and small group classes available. Afterwards, cool down with a smoothie at the juice bar in the reception. Three-, six- and 12-month plans are available.
Address: Level 4, The Arcade, Cyberport, Pok Fu Lam
Contact: 2338 9622
3. Pilates plus
Tone your muscles and see improvements in your strength, flexibility, coordination and balance with Pilates at Core+. Reformer+ classes are designed for beginners while Reformer+ Power classes will stretch and push intermediate or advanced clients to the max. The group fitness studio also offers yoga, Zumba, Barre+ and Circuit+ classes, plus children’s dance classes.
Address: 80 Stanley Main Street, Stanley
Contact: 2785 9266
4. Sunday yoga
Soul Trains’ yoga instructor May Nagoy holds group classes every Sunday, 4pm-5.30pm, at the Waterfront Park in Cyberport. Sessions are open to all, with no need to pre-register. “We get seasoned practitioners, curious yoga virgins and domestic helpers,” Nagoy says. “It is a ‘pay-as-you-wish’ class, so the group mindset is appreciative and fun. Domestic helpers are encouraged to attend for free.” For details of private sessions, or to donate yoga clothes and mats to domestic helpers.
5. Learn to climb
Run by experienced climbers, Da Verm is one of the few indoor climbing gyms in Hong Kong and the only one on the island with two climbing walls. Routes change monthly to keep things interesting. Packages of four classes start at $1,100 for two, or there’s a one-hour teaser class for those who aren’t quite ready to commit.
Address: G/F, 419G Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun
Contact: 2803 0567
Kids can learn to climb with Rockstars. Twelveweek courses ($4,500), held at at Hong Kong International School, include two bouldering trips to Shek O.
Contact Andy Cumming on 9484 3060 or email email@example.com
6. Triathlon training
One of the best-regarded triathlon training programmes on Hong Kong Island, 26 Coaching teaches the importance of strength and conditioning as well as improving technique and performance. It offers running, track athletics and aquathon training for adults and children from age six with qualified and insured coaches at various venues, including Southside. Details at www.26coaching.com
7. SUP Yoga
If you thought it was hard to balance on a stand-up paddle board, try striking a yoga pose on one. Popular SUP yoga classes are back at Stanley Main Beach run by instructors Dee Cheung and Nadine Bubner. The classescost $500, including a board and lunch (veggie taco, anyone?), and can be booked by emailing SUPyogahongkong@gmail.com. For details, visit SUP Yoga’s Facebook Page.
8. Sporty Kids
Fit kids are happy kids. Children aged 18 months to 12 years can join in myriad fun activities at Sport4Kids, including dance, minirugby, mini-sports, basketball, mini-soccer, swimming, gymnastics and Gaelic football. Venues include Cyberport, South Horizons, Stanley Sports Centre and Pok Fu Lam.
Contact: 2773 1650
9. Endurance and adventure races
Hong Kong’s endurance running and adventure races cluster during the cooler months. This month sees the Clearwater Bay Chase (January 11; www.cwbgolf.org/cwbchase) and the Hong Kong Marathon (January 25; www.hkmarathon.com). Check out Action Asia’sbusy calendar of adventure races online at www.actionasiaevents.com and keep an eye on the June registration deadlines for autumn’s big events, Moontrekker (www.barclaysmoontrekker.com) and Trailwalker (www.oxfamtrailwalker.org.hk).
10. One for the girls
Bikini Fit is a female-only regime that aims to get women toned, revitalised and ready to brave the beach. Its 13-week personalised programmes include monthly one-on-one meetings with a trainer, group fitness sessions in Hong Kong Park, Kowloon Park and Sun Yat Sen Park (Sheung Wan), plus talks, workshops and private online Q&As. Each week, there are six exercise sessions (including fitness training, yoga, boxing and barbells) and two or three workshops ($795/week). Online registration available.
Address: 3/F, Hong Kong House, 17-19 Wellington Street, Central
Contact: 2799 9603
11. Pilates for skiers
Prepare to schuss down the slopes with a special workshop on Pilates for Winter Sports at Flex Studio (January 17, 2.30pm- 4pm). Instructor Trixie Velez will focus on strengthening the legs, with special attention to the alignment of hips, knees and ankles, as well as helping to develop the balance required for skiing and snowboarding. Pilates, yoga (including aerial yoga), barre and classes for teenagers and children also available.
Address: 3/F, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang
Contact: 2813 2212
12. Open-water races
Join one of Open Water Asia’s endurance swimming races off Southside. On February 24, hardy swimmers take to the sea for the Cold Half Swim from Stanley Main Beach to Middle Island, with options to wear a wetsuit or to take part as a two-man relay. Warm up afterwards with a barbecue at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. Hot-weather events include the Clean Half, the Shek O Challenge and Repulse Bay water polo. Details at www.openwaterasia.com
13. Bootcamp on the sand
Get fit at bootcamp on the beach in Repulse Bay, with rigorous cardio endurance, strength, circuit, muscle and core training for men and women. Run by Elite Personal Training, it’s fun, results based and progressive, getting harder as you do. Teenagers and kids can get in on the action with the FITkids programme.
Address: 20/F, Regency Centre Phase 2, 41-43 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen
Contact: 2552 9925
14. Dragon-boat racing
Join the Tai Tam dragon-boat team Stormy Dragons, which welcomes interested paddlers of all abilities from first timers to international level in men’s, women’s and mixed-sex teams. They train Mondays and Thursdays, 7.30pm- 9pm, and Saturdays 9am-11am. Contact team president Cheryl Fender on 9771 3242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
15. Immersion Fitness
The latest fitness craze to hit Hong Kong is exercising in front of a 270-degree, floor-toceiling cinema screen. Immersion Fitness will make its debut in the next few months when Pure Fitness Lan Kwai Fong opens. The first class will be The Trip, a 35-minute indoorcycling class set to incredible visuals such as flying objects and digitised competitors, with a pumping soundtrack.
Address: California Tower, Lan Kwai Fong