Hong Kong’s best gyms
Taking your average workout to a whole new level, this new 24-hour Mong Kok gym is the city’s only Holofit Functional Traning Zone, meaning the studio is decked out with all sorts of fancy high-tech equipment – imagine a mash-up between Twister and Dance Dance Revolution – complete with a 4D indoor spinning studio. 4ward Fitness also offers an array of small group classes including, K-pop Dance.
Learn the true art of Muay Thai at Abira, whose object is to teach the true concept of the practice, which is often misunderstood as nothing more than a rough and violent martial art. You'll be learning from the best in the business, too, with classes run by professional fighters who have won many competitions around the world.
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Anytime Fitness has gyms across the globe with 10 locations right here in Hong Kong. With a wide range of exercise equipment plus personal trainers available for one-on-one workouts, this gym has a tremendously supportive atmosphere for those who desire external motivation. Your membership also allows you access to any of the company’s 3,000-plus worldwide locations.
Tried and tested, Coastal Fitness is known for its long-term success stories providing challenges, tests and comments for improvement on specific areas of your fitness routine. Using its progressive ‘Energy System Training’ model, this technique ensures continual development in all areas of training for the perfect winning formula. Check out its group classes, like strength and conditioning, and functional gymnastics, and take advantage of the eight-week nutritional coaching course as well.
Entering the state-of-the-art floor space at CrossFit 852, fitted with Rogue Fitness Olympic bars, over 1,000kg worth of weights and a wide range of workout equipment, can be intimidating to many. Fear not, the well-thought-out and customised classes are made to keep you challenged and on your toes. You’ll never feel better. The incredibly friendly staff and community will make you want to return.
Sure, the hype over CrossFit might’ve simmered down a little but the quality of CrossFit Asphodel remains as strong as ever. CrossFit is all about an intense strength and conditioning workout routine based on constantly varied, functional movements executed at high-intensity. Contrary to popular belief, it's not meant to be intimidating – anyone can take part, and that’s where CrossFit Asphodel comes into the picture. Mixing up elements of track and field, gymnastics and weightlifting, the routines here can be scaled to any level to make a fun workout that provides results.
Proud to be Kennedy Town’s first CrossFit studio (even if it’s really in neighbouring Shek Tong Tsui), get your sweat on at this 2,000 square foot training space focused on metabolic conditioning and personal training. Along with a house full of top workout equipment, you can also test out its GHD and Assault AirBikes for the maximum workout. Plus, you can take advantage of all the great Kennedy Town restaurants once you’re done.
A whirlwind of a workout, CrossFit Typhoon is dedicated to developing the health and fitness stamina of all its members with functional movement patterns that take their cues from real-life scenarios. A workout session here (whether it be boot camps or personal training) could include squats, throwing, sprinting, pushing and pulling – you name it, they're doing it. It offers free trial classes and easy drop-in sessions if you’re not looking to commit as well.
One of the city’s top boxing gyms, DEF Boxing is home to Hong Kong’s very own world champion boxer, Rex ‘The Wonder Kid’ Tso, who has fought his way to the top to become our city's most decorated professional boxer. Train to the best of your ability whether you’re a serious pugilist or just looking to get a great workout in.
Hit up this gym for its highly qualified team of professionals ready to kick you into shape – literally. From training courses focused on traditional Muay Thai, fighting tai chi and mixed martial arts, FAC also offers more fun alternatives including jazz, funk and K-pop dancing for those with a bit more rhythm. With an impressive nine branches to pick from, there’s no excuse not to get whipped into shape.
If you live or work around Quarry Bay, this CrossFit studio is a must-try. The 60-minute session here starts off with a warm-up of light cardio then moves on to a specifically designed programme mixed with different body weight movements. Fitness Academy guarantees you’ll never have the same class twice, ensuring your classes stay exciting and energetic, so you’ll definitely keep coming back for more.
For you busy bees out there who like to mix up your routine on the regular, Fitness Bee might just be the one for you. Newly opened in 2018, Fitness Bee is a female-only gym conveniently located in Causeway Bay. Thanks to its impressive variety of classes that range from low-intensity ones like aerial yoga and deep stretch to mid- to high-intensity options such as HIIT (high-intensity interval training) and circuit training, exercising has never been more accessible.
With nine gyms located around Hong Kong, Fitness First is a convenient gym offering a mix of different training regimes, including freestyle, dynamic movement training, group exercise classes, cardio and strength exercises. There’s one-on-one personal training for those who want a bit more help with their workout routine.
It’s time to tone up and move those muscles. Visit Flex for a great variety of workout classes, from pilates to barre, each focused on improving one’s flexibility and strength. This studio also has physical therapy services on hand for those who need a bit of conditioning and offers after-school programmes for kids to encourage them to have a healthy lifestyle from an early age.
You’ll never get bored of your workout routine at H-Kore thanks to its focus on sharing innovative fitness techniques from around the world. Challenge yourself with inspirational coaching in its highly energetic studio setting where classes are capped at 10 students, so each session you get some one-on-one time with the trainer. The studio is also home to a ‘Megaformer’ machine, which can work more than 600 muscles in just 45 minutes.
It’s all about the boot camps at Hit45, which challenges participants with a mix of cardio, free weights and body weight exercises to burn fat and tone the body. The studio also houses unique, environmentally-friendly treadmills, which run on your own power while working more muscles in the body. We like the sound of that!
One of Hong Kong’s largest MMA and fitness centres, Impakt is your spot to learn everything from Muay Thai or kickboxing to Brazilian jiu jutsu or MMA. Whatever training regime you decide on, each professional trainer is certified and ready to coach you to the best shape you’ll ever be in.
Claiming to be Hong Kong's first multidisciplinary health and wellness studio, Joint Dynamics provides physiotherapy, manual therapy and personal training, as well as a bespoke approach to the prevention and treatment of movement impairments and injury. Aside from its eight clinic rooms for physiotherapy and massage, there’s a large gym space for 1:1 personal training and intelligent movement-based group classes like MSS Movement for optimal mobility and stability training.
One of HK's newest immersive boxing clubs, Lights//Out is taking boxing classes to the next level. A concept gym driven by music and inspired by nightclub boxing trends, it delivers a unique high-intensity boxing and fitness workout in a party-style atmosphere with immersive lighting, energising soundtracks and visual cues that are projected onto the walls. That’s not all, though. Instead of sandbags, their classes make use of aqua punching bags for a more efficient full-body workout. Who needs to go clubbing when you have this?
No, that's not a typo. Pherform (the h is apparently silent to fit ‘her’) is a female-only gym space created by the founder of popular outdoor boot camp Bikini Fit, and offers women-specific health and fitness coaching in small group classes. This studio also has an in-house doctor for clinical testing to help each and every person optimise their health and performance to the fullest.
A well-known workout spot for many Hongkongers, Physical has loads of locations dotted around the city and has been around since 1986. In addition to the usual workout spaces, Physical also offers an impressive variety of classes from aerobics to Bollywood dancing and a range of yoga practices for those who want a bit of zen. Membership starts at around $4,790 per year but, depending on how long you sign up for, you can barter for a monthly price of about $400 a month.
Another chain gym that needs little introduction. Pure Fitness may be at the higher end of the commercial gym pricing scale, but it’s worth every penny, with nine comprehensive training spaces around Hong Kong. Each cleverly designed location is stacked with premium equipment for a range of different activities, including gymnastics and suspension stations, boxing rings, plus the world’s first 270-degree Immersive Fitness™ studio in the California Tower branch. A unique range of classes is also offered at all locations, ranging from HIIT to pilates to TRX.
Get down and dirty with Raw Personal Training in Central. This boutique gym offers a range of fitness and lifestyle options that go beyond personal training, including fascial stretch therapy, biosignature modulation as well as informative nutritional advice by specialists from paleo experts Whole9. Why? Because abs aren't made in the gym – they're made in the kitchen.
For something a little different, this Japanese gym studio is ideal for people serious about making a full body and lifestyle change. Rizap offers a fully integrated experience that includes private training with a personalised one-on-one exercise programme, complemented with meal plans and dietary advice to help you reach your ultimate goals. You might want to save up for this one though, as it comes with a steep price tag – the basic training course costs $24,000. However, the studio has seen some amazing results from those who have gone the distance.
Head on over to Studio Fitness for a fun workout atmosphere that fuses hardcore fitness routines with an underground club vibe for an energetic experience unlike anywhere else. There’s no need to feel uncomfortable either, as the studio offers more than 200 personalised workouts, so there’s bound to be a workout to fit your lifestyle.
With a team of 10 native Thai coaches, Swish is one of the most authentic Muay Thai gyms in town. What the gym might lack in size it more than makes up for in its dedication to a small number of students where you get the best one-on-one experience every time. Kids classes are also available if you want to get your little ones involved too.
Join The Studio by Jab and learn everything from boxing, kickboxing, mixed martial arts to Brazilian jiu-jitsu all in one convenient location. You’ll be set to hop into the ring in no time once you’re through with a few sessions in this fun workout environment. And because it cares about your wellness, Jab also offers services like cryo ice bath therapy, infra-red sauna and posturology to help you be in optimal health.
Hit the floor at this elite fitness space that's fitted out with just about everything you could ever imagine. Offering guests a curated experience like no other in town, every class is tailored to your custom level in a fun, encouraging environment that promises results. From HIIT to dedicated core classes, you’re guaranteed to be sore the next day – but the good kind of sore.
If you truly have a passion for fitness, this place is for you. Ultimate Performace is home to a number of world-class personal trainers plus various additional programmes and intensive boot camps. For those looking for something a little more specific, UP also offers unique sessions like its bridal boot camp for eager brides-to-be.
With locations in Tsim Sha Tsui, Wan Chai and Kowloon Bay, Wunique is a one-stop destination for all your boxing needs. Practice makes perfect and there’s no better place to start than in the gym founded by Master Heung Pak-wing, Hong Kong's first Muay Thai world champion. The great facilities offered here include a full range of boxing equipment, boxing ring, weights and pads, with a wide range of martial arts classes on offer, as well as aerial yoga and convenient lunchtime combat sessions.