Keeping fit and working out regularly can sometimes feel like a slog, so it’s important to keep things fresh in order to stay motivated. Thankfully, there are an increasing number of weird and entertaining workouts available. From mermaid swimming to lightsaber fights, here are six fun ways to make exercise feel less of a chore.
Alternative workout ideas in Hong Kong
Making hydrospinning more personal – or anti-social, depending on how you look at it – Velocity Studio is Hong Kong’s first solo aquabike studio, designed specially for women (sorry, guys). Hop in one of the miniature Jacuzzis for a great calorie-burning workout to slim and tone your thighs and buttocks while allowing the jet massage to relax your tired and swollen legs. You’ll have legs like Wonder Woman in no time. Afterwards, take advantage of the Japanese sauna to enjoy a full wellness experience. Starts from $280 per session.
We’ve all heard of aerial yoga but have you tried doing it over the ocean? Bamboo Yoga takes you out of the studio and on to the beach, allowing you to practice aerial yoga suspended from bamboo tripods as you dangle over the sea. Let the sound of waves calm and centre you as you work hard on stretches, flexibility and core muscles. You can try this seriously Instagrammable workout during half-day and full-day workshops held at scenic Tai Long Wan beach, as well as during private classes. $560-$760. Yoga BamBam & Tai Long Wan, Sai Kung.
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Making a gamer’s dream come true, you can now burn calories and play Mario Kart at the same time. RealRyder Go Kart is a multiplayer game where you and a friend can race against each other, throw banana peels and even lob the dreaded blue shell during a spin session. The special bikes, connected to a Nintendo Switch, allow you to tilt and move to control your kart. Only available for a limited time at Pure’s Quarry Bay branch. Free for Pure Fitness members.
Mermaid Experience Workshop
This is your chance to become Ariel in real life. Aquaticity’s mermaid courses, which span five two-hour sessions, teach you all you need to know about getting along under the sea. Learn basic underwater breathing and movement control, how to swim with a rubber fin, the correct mermaid postures and special tricks. And it’s not just for the aesthetics – mermaid swimming provides additional challenges for swimmers, requiring you to work harder on core muscles and hips. There are also two-hour workshops if this sounds like your idea of a party. $580 for individual workshops and $3,580 for five-session course. Various locations inc Kowloon Park Swimming Pool, Kowloon Park Sports Ctr, 22 Austin Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui.
It’s not a trap! Popular neon-lit event space Crossfire Arena really is offering you the chance to get in shape while doing your best Luke Skywalker impression. Enjoy a full-body workout armed with ‘neon sabres’ beneath the venue’s atmospheric dim lighting. Led by experienced gym trainers, these classes provide a mashup of Hiit workouts and strength and cardio training while providing the feel of working out in a Jedi temple gone disco. Exercising has never been so ‘forced’. $280 per class.
This sort of exercise isn’t just for young girls or aspiring Olympic athletes. It’s actually a fantastic way to build co-ordination, agility, flexibility, balance and strength while getting your dose of cardio. Training centre Trybe’s Ninja Flow sessions lead you through a mix of martials arts, gymnastics, dance and parkour that’ll have you flipping and contorting in no time. There are special deals for newbies that provide unlimited classes for five consecutive days for only $550. Starts from $2,950 per month and $130 per class.