The weirdest workouts in Hong Kong
No matter how old you are, bouncing on a trampoline is always a barrel of laughs. And it also happens to be one of the best ways to burn calories. These high-intensity 45-minute sessions put you through your paces to the tune of some pretty awesome music, without putting pressure on your joints. It’s criminal this style of workout isn’t more popular. According to Nasa, just 10 minutes on the trampoline is equivalent to 30 minutes of running. Best bounce on over, then. Classes from $150. Bounce Inc, G/F, E-Max, Kitec, 1 Trademart Dr, Kowloon Bay, 2556 9555; bouncinc.com.hk.
For most of us, hula-hoops are a major throwback to clumsy primary school gym classes. These modern workout sessions, though, have turned the childhood favourite into a useful exercise tool you can utilise at home. While not quite as intense as the other workouts mentioned here, these classes are a super-fun way of toning your arms, shoulders and core while improving your hand-to-eye-coordination. Hoops are provided at Turning Circles but if you do want to squeeze in your own practice from the comfort of your home, the group offers the option of purchasing your very own colourful hoop. $1,050 for eight weeks. Various locations inc 6/F, Rm 42, Hing Ying Mansion, 40-42 Bonham Rd, Mid-Levels, 5324 7473; turningcircles-hk.com.
Except when typhoons shake things up, Hong Kong’s a little thin on the ground when it comes to serious surf action, so this indoor surf centre is the perfect place to hang 10. At Surfset, the workout consists of high-intensity aerobic training while on the board – forcing your core to work extra hard. If you’re on the hunt for some abs and lean muscles, this is one of the best ways to get them. Even better, no wetsuit is required and there’s no need to worry about sand in your shoes. Classes from $150. Surfset Hong Kong, 13/F, Unit A, Kaiser Estate, Phase 1, 41 Man Yue St, Hung Hom, 2362 3665; surfset.hk.
This workout is much harder than it looks, so rid yourself of any ideas of looking super-sexy during your first lesson because that’s not quite how this works. This is a whole body workout that combines strength and cardio training in one, pushing both your stamina and muscles to the absolute limit. Even if you fail to channel your inner sex kitten on day one, after a few lessons you ought to have mastered everything from a crucifix to a chopper. Go along to find out exactly what that means. Classes from $250. Aerial Arts Academy, 9-11 Shelter St, Causeway Bay, 2375 8088; aerialartsacademy.com.
Spinning is tough at the best of times. Throw things into the water and it’s twice as tough but twice as fun. Classes take place in a shallow pool with the seats just inches below the water, allowing your arms and torso some control. The reason for taking it to the water is that it ups the resistance while being easier on your muscles and joints. For those with strained muscles or injuries, this is just the ticket. Classes from $450. Hydro 1.0, 28 Praya Kennedy Town, Brilliant Court Store 6, Kennedy Town, 9475 0737; hydro1hk.com.