In the haven of food and shopping that is Hong Kong, it certainly isn’t difficult to gain an extra pound or two. Even in the city, the need to keep yourself in shape is an essential one. As they always say, “Health before wealth!” If what I’ve just said struck a chord, here are 10 boutique gyms that you should definitely check out:
1. Ultimate Performance Hong Kong
Union Trade Centre, 127-131 Des Voeux Central
An independent personal training gym with a penchant for delivering quality results, Ultimate Performance is the place to go to if a lean and muscular physique is what you’re after. Their workouts are typically high-density and high-intensity and will no doubt leave you gasping for air!
3/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street
Everything about Topfit just screams “elite” – from the wide range of fitness equipment down to the personalised scaling of each workout class. With HIIT as the core of its training programmes, you’re guaranteed to get a sweat session that’s both quick and effective.
3. Real Athletic Workouts (RAW)
23/F, Winsome House, 73 Wyndham Street
Like their name suggests, RAW focuses on maximising athletic performance. Their range of services goes beyond that of traditional personal training, including even fascial stretch therapy, bio-signature modulation as well as informative nutritional advice courtesy of their in-house specialists. With 3,600-sq ft of space spread over two floors, you’ll never have to worry about entering a crowded gym.
4. CrossFit 852
1/F, Li Dong Building, 9 Li Yuen Street East
The CrossFit scene has definitely taken a hold in just about every major city in Asia! If you find yourself in need of a fast-paced workout to de-stress after a long day at the office, CrossFit 852 provides you with the perfect environment to do so. Featuring Rogue Fitness Olympic bars and over 1,000kg worth of weights, there’s more than enough for everyone!
5. Physical Fitness and Beauty
Hong Kong’s most well-known fitness franchise is also one of the largest, with over 23 branches opened in the city to date! Aside from its accessibility, Physical’s biggest strength lies in the sheer variety of classes available. Aerobics, Bollywood dancing, yoga – you name it, they have it!
1/F, Abdoolally House, 20 Stanley Street
Bootcamp-style workouts are perfect for busy professionals who want nothing more than to just get in, get work done, then get out. Each session only lasts around 45 minutes, and utilises a mix of free weights, endurance training and bodyweight exercises to send your metabolism rate through the roof.
15 Wyndham St
A women-only gym, Pherform was created by the founder of the popular outdoor bootcamp Bikini Fit. Aside from offering female-specific health and fitness coaching, Pherform also has its own in-house doctor to assist with consultation and assessment in order to optimise every woman’s experience under their care.
3F Wincome Centre 39 Des Voeux Road
Classes are kept small at H-Kore – no more than 10 people at a time. This not only allows for more one-on-one time with every participant, but also makes for a slightly more intimate experience compared to regular fitness classes and bootcamps. H-Kore also offers the “Megaformer” machine, which is capable of working over 600 muscles in just 45 minutes!
20/F Siu On Centre, 188 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai
Rizap is a boutique health and wellness franchise that hails from Japan, and offers a fully integrated experience when it comes to making a lifestyle change. From one-on-one private training to personalised meal plans, Rizap hits all the marks as far as fitness is concerned.
10. Ursus Fitness
Unit 2-4, 64-68 Pok Fu Lam Rd, Sai Ying Pun
For those that want a little bit of everything, Ursus Fitness provides classes that instruct in Strongman, Powerlifting, HIIT and Muay Thai/boxing. If you’re pressed for time, they even offer “Turbo” versions of their classes – everything in just 45 minutes!
While it isn’t exactly hard to find boutique gyms in a city like Hong Kong, locating one that is truly suited to your needs can be a time-consuming endeavour. Luckily, this list will help you cut that time in half (or more)! Just as well – when you’re in one of the world’s busiest cities, you’ll need all the time that you can get!