If you’re looking to break out from your usual routine, why not try something new entirely? Here’s the low down on all that’s new, alternative and wonderful in the Hong Kong fitness scene.
Unlike the usual gyms, Shared Space is not aimed at helping you get the body that you want, or practice a specific type of workout routine at all. You can expect all things movement focused here, including dance, yoga, Parkour and strength training classes. You will also find Katonah yoga here, which is a Hatha yoga practice that blends Taoist philosophies with some meditation elements.
31/F, The Sharp, 11-13 Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay, 6687-3701.
You can probably tell from the name what this involves. It is basically aerial or flying yoga, but hanging from inside a gigantic bamboo tripod over the calming ocean. Though there are classes for advanced yogis, there are poses, mostly importantly photogenic ones, that beginners can master. As the weather cools, this would be a wonderful alternative to your usual studio practice.
Practices held at both Yoga Bam Bam in Central and at the beach, 6577-8258.
Founded by the team behind popular boot camp Bikini Fit, Pherform is a fitness haven for women who are looking to seriously get fit. The trainers’ roll call includes Asia’s strongest female powerlifter, a Scottish national team Olympic weightlifting athlete, a three-time Hong Kong Powerlifting and Mens Physique Champion, just to name a few. Classes include sculpting, spinning, TRX, powerlift, boxing and more.
2/F Man Cheung Building, 15-17 Wyndham Street, Central, 2798-8824.
This is basically spinning, except you’re in a bathtub of sorts the whole time. Velocity is Hong Kong’s first individual underwater spinning (or Aquabike) studio, but it sometimes feels more like a spa. There aren’t group classes here, but you can overlook Causeway Bay while you work out at your own pace. The water will of course increase resistance and make you work harder while also giving you a massage through the Jacuzzi.
14/F, Oliv, 15-21 Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay, 2110-4460.
Extremely new to Hong Kong, 4D Pro lets you work out while being strapped to elastic slings, or bungees, which will help both support your movement while making your workout more intensive.
5/F, 83 Wanchai Road, Wan Chai, 3426-9223.
Established by two ex-professional ballet dancers, Elevate is all about movement in the forms of yoga, ballet barre, and empowering clients. If you’re looking to release stress and find mindfulness in movement, Elevate is the place to be, whether you’re just a beginner or ready to be a swan. They also have suspension training where you can train your strength, or improve your cardio with trampoline exercises.
802-03 Winway Building, 50 Wellington Street, Central; 2698-4228
The first and only rebounding fitness studio in Hong Kong, Bouncelimit is not to be confused with a trampoline park. Apart from training your co-ordination and balance in the beginners class (which even the fittest may find difficult!), you can also choose from TRX, cardio-focused, Pilates, Yin yoga, Tabata and more.
13/F, The Pemberton, 22-26 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, 2441-0021.