Having a regular gym schedule is good for the mind and body, but sometimes, we can get a little bored of the regular routine. Here in Hong Kong, we’re lucky to have an abundance of fun alternative workouts that can burn the same, if not more, amount of calories. From paddleboard yoga to indoor biking in a bath, we’re rounding up the most exciting alternative workouts worth trying in lieu of the gym.
Although there are lots of outdoor bouldering options in the city, beginners best start their practice indoors before venturing into the unknown. The Player Climbingym offers indoor climbing walls which makes a great workout for arms, legs, core, and well, everything. There’s over 10,000 square feet of space and the venue caters to everyone, from first-timers and kids to expert climbers.
6B & 6B1, The Upper Ground Floor of Lai Chi Kok Bay Garden, 272 Lai King Hill Road, Mei Foo, 6380-0112.
Love yoga? Enjoy paddleboarding? Island Paddle does both – at the same time. All sessions are led by certified SUP yoga instructors and takes about two hours to complete one lesson. Besides the fun workout, it’s also the perfect opportunity to soak in the summer sun and enjoy Stanley’s clear waters.
G/F, 14 & 14A Stanley Main Street, Stanley, Southern District, 6689-6270.
Velocity Aquabike is Hong Kong’s first solo aquabike studio. Each state-of-the-art solo jacuzzi aquabike is imported from France and provides an intense workout that you can use to burn off your lunch in less than thirty minutes. The bike works your thighs, calves and buttocks, all the while massaging the muscles with its built-in jets for a quick post-workout recovery.
14/F, Oliv, 15-21 Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay, 2110-4460.
We’re not traveling to the Alps anytime soon but we’ve found the next best alternative – Hong Kong’s indoor snow sports training center. Ski Tech lets you transport to the snowy mountains with its impressive VR technology as you ski and snowboard on the designated machines. The SkyTech VR technologies is approved by the US Olympic Ski & Snowboard Team, so you know you’re in good hands.
Unit 922-923, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, 2177-0008.
This infamous trampoline spot needs no introduction and is a great way to work out without really realizing it. Jumping is an excellent calorie burner and makes an exhilarating option for those who hate the gym. Choose from the open jump to the ninja obstacle course – all available to book online.
3/F, Kodak House 1, 321 Java Road, Quarry Bay, 2337-8191.
Test your pole dancing and aerial skills at Aerial Arts Academy. The activity challenges your core and thigh strength to a whole new level, whether you opt for the aerial hoop or dance trapeze. Strike a pose!
Unit 502, 5/F, The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, 2375-8088. And other locations across Hong Kong.