The Best Of Hong Kong
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By Susie Riza | November 12th, 2018

Hongkongers are known for being an active bunch. From dancing the night away in Lan Kwai Fong to spending a Sunday hiking the hills, we like to keep as busy as possible. However, with dozens of boutique gyms opening on the Island in the last year alone, deciding on the best fitness option for you may seem a little daunting. We’ve sweated through some of the city’s hardest workouts to find our favourite places to get your blood pumping — so whether you’re looking for somewhere to drop those extra pounds with high-intensity workouts, heavier-than-heavy weights or customized training plans, here’s our list of HK’s top crossfit, MMA, and personal training gyms.


CrossFit Asphodel

CrossFit Asphodel
CrossFit Asphodel

A perennial favourite with hardcore crossfitters, Asphodel became the first CrossFit gym in Hong Kong when it was established in 2010. Being the only Reebok-endorsed CrossFit gym in the city, Asphodel focuses on honing your body into amazing shape using strength and conditioning. The program is headed up by three CrossFit level 3 trainers: Ashley Booth, Cris O’Brien and Vanessa Cheung, who bring a wealth of CrossFit knowledge with specialities in weightlifting, gymnastics and nutrition. They offer an excellent standard of facilities, with personal training sessions also on offer. Classes start from $250 for drop-in.

Shop 11, 22 Praya, Kennedy Town, 3568-7719, www.crossfitasphodel.com

Coastal Fitness

Coastal Fitness
Coastal Fitness

Coastal Fitness is one of the biggest players in the Hong Kong CrossFit game. Located in North Point, super-experienced founders and brothers Ed and Ant Haynes take a holistic approach to fitness through providing workouts, nutrition, lifestyle, stress management and sleep advice, offering clients support from all angles. Known for providing a friendly, family-like environment, Coastal Fitness prides itself on having a huge range of group, individual and online services, including CrossFit, Max HIIT, Strongman, SMAC and personal training among others.

G/F, Shop 3, Victoria Centre, 15 Watson Road, North Point, 2989-1900, www.coastalfitnesshk.com

CrossFit Typhoon

CrossFit Typhoon
CrossFit Typhoon

Need that extra attention? CrossFit Typhoon is the place to go for coach engagement with a low client-to-trainer ratio. Typhoon’s CrossFit box (affectionately known as “The Bunker”) has a unique street vibe to it, with graffiti artwork decorating the walls, and offers the full range of strength and conditioning elements that make up the CrossFit program. The daily bootcamp sessions are a definite must-try for a fun and intense workout that really burns off those calories, whilst personal training and workout-of-the-day sessions are also available. Typhoon offers all new customers a no-obligations free trial to check out their facilities. Individual personal training sessions start from $850, while drop-in CrossFit classes start at $250.

The Bunker, G/F, Fung Yat Building, 38-40 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, 2858-8864, www.crossfittyphoon.com.

CrossFit 852 

CrossFit 852 values community above all else, priding themselves on a wonderful atmosphere with loyal members. Putting safety first, they make sure all individuals complete a 3.5 hour OnRamp course to become familiar with movement techniques before beginning regular CrossFit sessions. Providing everything from CrossFit and bootcamp to power lifting and yoga, 852 has a little something for everyone. The gym also puts on regular group outings, including an annual junk trip, to really cement that community vibe. Different class packages available, including a 3-month membership for $2,950.

1/F Li Dong Building, 9 Li Yuen Street East, Central, 2250-0338, www.crossfit852.com.

Fitness Academy

Fitness Academy Hong Kong
Fitness Academy Hong Kong

Fitness Academy is located in Quarry Bay and focuses on providing high-intensity training and constantly varied, functional movements in a small class environment led by experienced head coach Wesley Fung. You can enjoy a free first trial here, with classes scheduled every day of the week from morning to evening. Personal training, open gym sessions and an “Academy 101” introduction course are also available. Different packages available, including a 3-months unlimited pass at $2,500/month.

Shop D, King’s View Court, 901-907 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, 3708-8190, www.fitnessacademyhk.com.


The Studio by JAB

Jab Fitness
JAB Fitness

Not simply an MMA studio, JAB Fitness offers mixed martial arts training, Brazilian jiu jitsu, boxing, kickboxing and personal training, on top of intense group fitness classes. Located in the heart of Central, they have two floors dedicated to all types of fitness fun, whilst their experienced trainers also provide clients with specially tailored nutrition plans suited to meet their goals. Members here have the opportunity to sign up for semi-competitive inter-club white collar competitions, alongside the gym’s annual hedge fund fight night. Simply rock up for a free taster session to find out if this gym is for you, with rolling monthly contract or package deals available once you’ve decided. Different packages available, including single personal training sessions (from $700) and package deals.

5/F, Crawford House, 70 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 2851-6684 , www.jabmma.com


Impakt is one of the biggest MMA and fitness centers in Hong Kong, providing elite training services for all fitness levels. This gym offers classes in a variety of martial arts such as Muay Thai, kickboxing, boxing, jiu jitsu, karate and MMA as well as personal training, providing a combination of aerobic and anaerobic workouts, circuit training, core stabilization, strength and power conditioning. Classes take place daily, with programs also available for teens and kids. A Basic monthly membership package which includes gym access and unlimited classes is the go-to option here.

2/F, Wing’s Building, 110-116 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 2167-7218, www.impakt.hk.


Evolve Personal Training Studio

Evolve Personal Training
Evolve Personal Training

Looking to be trained by professional Hong Kong athletes? Evolve is the place to go, with three of the trainers here being players for the Hong Kong rugby team. Established in 2011, Evolve provides members with a unique training experience that delivers serious fun and a positive environment to the sweet sound of hip-hop beats. Trainers here really know what their stuff, providing clients with a well-rounded personalized experience that combines quality training with the nutritional knowledge to help them achieve their goals. Evolve offers all styles of training, including weight, mobility, circuit and strongman training, so expect to be pushed hard.

12/F, A&F, Ho Lee Commercial Building, 38-44 D’Aguilar Street, Central, 9459-7556, www.facebook.com/evolvepersonaltrainingstudio

Ultimate Performance

Ultimate Performance
Ultimate Performance

At Ultimate Performance, trainers strive to create the most ideal environment. Trainers here tailor programs according to their client’s specific goals and are fully committed to getting them where they want to be, with nutritional advice included. With gyms all over the world, it’s no wonder that Ultimate Performance is known for being one of the best in the game. UP also offers strength circuit classes for small groups of up to 6 people.

3/F, Unicorn Trade Centre, 127-131 Des Voeux Road Central, 2798-9000, www.upfitness.com.hk

RAW Personal Training

RAW Personal Training
RAW Personal Training

RAW, which stands for Real Athletic Workouts, is a top-of-the-range fitness training studio in Central offering personal training and nutritional advice to urban professionals and athletes. The Wyndham Street studio has a relaxed atmosphere, making for a non-intimidating environment that uses the most effective training tools, from machines to free weights. RAW prides itself on catering to all levels of fitness and requirements with a strong team of highly experienced, certified personal trainers, and specializes in body building, cardiovascular conditioning, flexibility and stretching, injury rehabilitation, lean muscle mass and weight training. Each program is extremely detailed and personally tailored, meaning everyone can benefit from a session here.

23/F Winsome House, 73 Wyndham Street, Central, 2415-6233, www.rawpersonaltraining.com



TOPFIT  pride in being one of the toughest and most devoted gyms in Hong Kong — with equally tough trainers to match! Trainers here demonstrate top-tier knowledge in their respective disciplines, including strength and conditioning, bodybuilding, HIIT and sports performance training among others. TOPFIT understands that everyone has a different lifestyle and helps clients achieve their body goals through a realistic, flexible and sustainable approach to fitness. Expect to find the who’s who of Hong Kong’s elite here… Group classes start from $300 per session.

3/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Sheung Wan, 2776-7298, www.top-fit.com

Elite Personal Training

Elite Personal Training is a family fitness center in Wong Chuk Hang, specializing in corrective exercise and body transformations. Elite offers a 21-day body transformation program which includes exercise and nutrition information to help clients get to where they want to be, fitness-wise. Elite also provides a happy and welcoming environment to train in.

20/F, Regency Centre Phase 2, 41-43 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, 2552-9925, www.eliteptstudio.com 


Wild Hong Kong 

Wild Hong Kong - Ping Nam
Wild Hong Kong – Ping Nam

Looking for a different way to work up a sweat? Wild Hong Kong is Hong Kong’s premier adventure and eco tour operator, providing the perfect way to explore Hong Kong. With over 70% of the city made up of mountainous forests and lakes, Wild Hong Kong celebrates the beauty and adventure that our stunning territory possesses, aiming to open clients’ eyes to Hong Kong’s hidden gems — from remote hilltop vistas to secluded waterfalls and golden beaches. Focusing on hiking, cycling and kayaking around various parts of rural Hong Kong, adventure lovers can sign up for half-day or full-day routes, with different “Wild Factor” ratings depending on how difficult the routes are. Current excursions include Dragon’s Back, Tai Mo Shan Waterfalls, Ma On Shan and Tolo Harbour; customized packages that create adventures tailormade to individual needs are also available, led by Wild’s exuberant founder Rory Mackay, who is full of hilarious stories and expert knowledge. Overseas tours are in the works too, so stay tuned. Excursions range from $300 to $800.

6087-1439, www.wildhongkong.com.

[Updated November 2018]

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