There are a plethora of gyms and fitness studios in Hong Kong, all of which are more than capable of providing you with your run-of-the-mill workout. There’s also all of Hong Kong’s stunning hikes and beaches to help you get your exercise in. But gyms can get boring and it’s insanely hot in Hong Kong for most of the year so what if you want to mix things up and try something different, without having to venture outside?

We’ve got you covered. Here are some of our favourite indoor fitness activities around Hong Kong.

Something new to try:

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Pole dancing

Perhaps once thought of as more of a taboo hobby, pole dancing has become quite normalised in Hong Kong over the last few years, and it’s easy to see why. A complete body workout, pole dancing requires similar levels of athleticism to gymnastics and ballet. and improves your overall strength, flexibility and balance. Plus, if you get good enough, you can show off your new skills on the MTR poles on your way home!

Studios to try:

Aerial Arts Academy

  • Address: Unit 502, 5/F, The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai (and other locations around Hong Kong)
  • Phone: 2375-8088
  • Link: Official website
  • Cost: Classes cost different amounts of credits depending on class. Various packages available, starting from HK$1,080.00 for 12 credits (valid for 4 months)

XO Pole Studio

  • Address: Unit 1801-03, China Shipbuilding Tower, 650 Cheung Sha Wan Road Lai Chi Kok
  • Phone: 68711457
  • Link: Official website
  • Cost:
    • Drop in class: HK$330.00
    • 7 week courses starting from HK$2,230.00 for first course

Flaunt

Aquabiking

Here’s a lesser known studio that has the potential to take off in Hong Kong, where people are often found looking for an effective but quick workout. Designed in France, these state of the art Aquabikes provide a jacuzzi massage whilst working your thighs, bum and calves through intense underwater cycling workouts.
The studio also offers Japanese infrared saunas to detox the body (and mind) and packages are available to extend your cycle session with a balancing sauna afterwards.

  • Address: Aquabike, 14F, Oliv, 15-21 Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay
  • Phone: 6828 6653
  • Link: Official website
  • Cost: Various packages available with prices starting from HK$280.00 for either a single 30 minute cycle or single sauna session.

BungeeWORKOUT

This unique workout will either have you jumping (yes, we went there) for joy or walking straight out the door. Founded in Bangkok, bungeeWORKOUT is currently only available at the Grand Jeté Dance Center in Hong Kong.
An all round body workout, this 60 minute HIIT (high intensity interval training) session focuses on stabilising and strengthening core muscles by using the resistance of bungee cords, providing a low impact yet high intensity cardio class. It may look like a gentle stretch class at first but don’t be fooled, you’ll be relieved when you can finally get out of that harness and sit down!

  • Address: Room 903, 33 Tseuk Luk Street, San Po Kong, Kowloon
  • Phone: 9279 1231
  • Link: Official website
  • Cost:
    • HK$266.00 for a trial class
    • HK$1,946.00 for 14 credits, 2 credits per class (valid for 3 months)

Something to raise your heart rate:

Lights Out Boxing

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Got some pent up aggression from the week but not quite brave enough to actually get in the ring and spar? Lights Out is a boxing gym that has taken Hong Kong by storm with its night club-style atmosphere, pumping tunes and 50 minutes of technical boxing combined with high-intensity exercise to work the whole body.

These classes will improve your coordination, agility, strength and stamina. What’s more, the studio offers an extremely passionate community to be part of—all working towards the same goals and turning up with gloves and good vibes!

  • Address: 11F, The Pemberton, 22-26 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan
  • Phone: +852 2392 1428
  • Link: Official website
  • Cost:
    • Single session: HK$300.00
    • 10 sessions (valid for 4 months): HK$2,350.00

Zumba

Zumba is probably one of the most recognised dance style fitness classes in the world and is still going strong, for good reason. Mixing both low and high intensity moves, Zumba fuses various latin dance styles together to the rhythm of upbeat tunes resulting in a high-energy, fun and calorie burning workout. And no, you don’t have to already be a pro on the dance floor but a little natural rhythm may help you pick up the moves a little faster.

Zumba has been popular in Hong Kong for some time now and so classes are available in a number of studios, most of which offer a variety of dance classes to try (Bollywood, belly dancing, hip hop etc).

Studios to try:

XP Fitness Hub

  • Address: 4/F Li Dong Building, No. 9 Li Yuen Street East, Central
  • Phone: 2951 9178
  • Link: Official website
  • Cost:
    • Drop in class: HK$350.00
    • 10 classes (valid for 2 months): HK$1,980.00

Dee Dream Life

  • Address: Unit 1, Level 14, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central
  • Phone: 6334 4266
  • Link: Official website
  • Cost:
    • First drop in class: HK$168.00
    • Unlimited group classes (valid for 1 month): HK$1,288.00

O Pine Studio

  • Address: Shop 2, 88 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun
  • Phone: 7075 8819
  • Link: Official website
  • Cost:
    • Trial class: HK$180.00
    • 18 credits (1 zumba class = 3 credits, valid for 50 days): HK$1,044.00

Trybe Studio

Not as cardio intensive as boxing or dancing, the multi disciplinary training offered at Trybe will still get you working hard with its various class offerings including gymnastics, acrobatics, callisthenics, martial arts and even parkour.

Head stands, bar work, aerial flips, tumbling—there is something for everyone regardless if you’re a total beginner or an aspiring Olympian. All sessions will put your agility, flexibility, strength, and balance skills through their paces and will (hopefully) result in you getting to perform some pretty cool moves.

  • Address:Shop 10B, G/F, Nam Hung Mansion, 5H Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town
  • Phone: 5400 7710
  • Link: Official website
  • Cost:
    • Packages vary where Hong Kong dollars grant you ‘Trybe Dollars’ starting from: HK$1,140.00 = 1200 Trybe dollars
    • 60 mins class = $285 trybe dollars
    • 90 mins class = $399 trybe dollars

Something to stretch you out

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Aerial yoga

Yoga may have been around for hundreds of years but aerial yoga is a relatively new craze. Tossing the yoga mat out the window, this form of practice uses a large piece of fabric (or sometimes a hoop) attached to the ceiling and combines yoga, pilates and aerial acrobatics which will have you ‘namaswaying’ in no time.

Working together with gravity, this form of yoga supposedly offers additional benefits compared to a typical yoga session whereby you can access deeper stretches more easily, decompress the spine more and gain greater bodily awareness.

Studios to try:

Yoga BamBam

  • Address: 10 Shin Hing Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
  • Phone: 5500 3117
  • Link: Official instagram
  • Cost: Drop in session: HK$400.00

Ikigai Studio

  • Address: G/F: Reception & Check-in, Art Piece Building, 3 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay
  • Phone: 9013 3701
  • Link: Official website
  • Cost:
    • 3 class intro package (2 weeks validity): HK$395.00
    • Drop in classes thereafter: HK$290.00

Flex Studio

Two locations:

  • Address: 2205 & 2209, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang
  • Phone: 5740 9420
  • Address: 3F Man Cheung Building, 15-17 Wyndham Street, Central
  • Phone: 5740 5103
  • Link: Official website
  • Cost: Drop-in class (credit packages also available): HK$340.00

Pilates

Often viewed as yoga’s other half, Pilates was actually developed much more recently in the 1920’s and was designed to work the whole body so as to develop functional movement and assist in day-to-day living.

Compared to yoga, Pilates places more of an emphasis on core work in order to stabilise the muscles and improve overall flexibility and mobility. It’s an amazing tool to assist with physical rehabilitation and has successfully been shown to reduce back and neck pain and even reduce pain for those with permanent physical conditions.
Naturally, Hong Kong and its ‘desk bound’ population is a big fan of Pilates and numerous studios offer various forms of the exercise such as reformer classes, regular mat classes and clinical pilates too.

Studios to try

Iso Fit

  • Address: 802-805, 8/F Yu Yuet Lai Building, 43-55 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
  • Phone: 2869 8630
  • Link: Official website
  • Cost: Unlimited group equipment or mat classes (55 minute classes, valid for 2 weeks): HK$650.00

In-Motion

  • Address: 14/F, VIP Commercial Centre, 120 Canton Road, TST, Kowloon
  • Phone: 2376 0033
  • Cost:
    • Drop in class: mat class HK$200.00, reformer class HK$250.00
    • 5 class package (valid for 8 weeks): mat class HK$950.00, reformer class HK$1,187.00

Anhao

Two locations:

  • Address: 1/F & 4/F Sunny Sky Center, 5 Ladder Street, Central
    Or: 19/F, Art Piece, 3 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay
  • Phone: 9497 2575
  • Link: Official website
  • Cost:
    • Drop in (any class): HK$360.00
    • 5 class package (valid for 2 months): HK$1,750.00

Surfset

Hong Kong may have some stunning beaches, but for the majority of the year the waves that gently lap the shores here are not exactly a surfer’s playground. Introducing Surfset—an indoor surf class that uses balance boards to replicate the real movements of surfing. The workouts offered here will challenge your body, especially your core and will build coordination, balance and aerobic fitness whilst burning fat at the same—no swimsuit required!

Studios to try:

XP Fitness Hub

  • Address: 4/F Li Dong Building, No. 9 Li Yuen Street East, Central
  • Phone: 2951 9178
  • Link: Official website
  • Cost:
    • First time trial class: HKHK$150.00
    • Drop in class: HK$350.00
    • 10 classes (2 months validity): HK$1,980.00

Hanuman

  • Address: Unit A, 13/F, Kaiser Estate Phase, 41 Man Yue Street, Hung Hom
  • Phone: 2362 3665
  • Link: Official site
  • Cost: Packages start from HK$1,300.00 for 8 classes a month
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