What if there was a way to burn off the calories and work your muscles without it feeling like… well, work? Two words: DJ Workouts. With specially curated tunes to go with your workout, your hour-long cardio will fly by like it’s Friday night. Read on for our top five picks.
Focusing on the Lagree Fitness program full body workout, H-Kore hosts small classes of no more than 10 students at a time, closely training each person to maintain slow and controlled movement and constant tension in your muscles—all thanks to a special piece of equipment that acts as a balancing platform—as you work through pilates-esque moves for maximum strengthening and calorie blasting results. Even better at this unique studio? One of the trainers also moonlights as a DJ (DJ Ignotus), and he’s curated the tunes for each themed DJ class, ranging from pop hits to hip hop to tunes with deep basslines or house vibes. Check out the next class by trainer Vanessa on September 28, 12:15pm or 1:05pm, featuring house hits!
$350 single class, packages available. First-time trial pack for $350 includes 2 classes.
3/F, Wincome Centre, 39 Des Voeux Road Central
(852) 2441 9000
Originating in Sydney, the F45 training system will make you work up a sweat no matter if you’re a beginner or a seasoned gymrat. To get your heart rate really pumping (and your feet tapping), check into the Hollywood classes on Saturdays, which are 45 minutes of high intensity interval circuits of 27 stations set to live DJ tunes. Using a range of equipment that differs each time—from tabata ropes to weights to simple ole’ push-ups on a mat—and sometimes, even a pull-up bar. It’ll for sure test your strength, core, and cardiovascular endurance.
$300 single class, $800 per week for unlimited classes. Free one-week trial pass for three classes max.
1/F, 135 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan
(852) 6990 2403
If you’ve ever wanted to work out in a club-like setting, you’ll want to be at XYZ. This spinning studio took Hong Kong by storm with its different approach to the staid cycling workouts that people tend to have in their minds—your ride takes place under dimmed and colored lighting while the playlists blasting are handpicked by each trainer, matching the BPM of each track to the intensity of the workout. While the music helps you keep with the rhythm of the moves, helping you take your mind off your burning muscles is most certainly a plus too! Have a teaser of the kind of music they play here.
$350 single ride, $270 for first-time trial ride, $800 for two-weeks unlimited trial pass.
2/F, New World Tower II, 18 Queen’s Road Central
(852) 2865 0999
XYZ (Causeway Bay)
5/F, Oliv, 15 Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay
4) Bounce Limit
Hong Kong’s first rebounding gym may already have you bouncing to the most uplifting hits at its regular workouts, but it’s got quite a few dance-focused classes up its sleeve that really put the spotlight on moving to the music. In the ‘DanceBounce’ class, you’ll go through a full body workout that works your core and balance through choreographed movements that take inspiration from hip hop, jazz, ballet dance moves. In ‘MTVBounce,’ it takes the movements up a notch, going through club-worthy dance moves that still work on your strength, stability, flexibility, and speed.
$400 for single class (non-member), first-time trial available for $580 for two classes.
13/F, The Pemberton, 22-26 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan
(852) 2441 0021
4) TORQ Cycle
TORQ’s high energy spinning classes are usually excellent for those with a strong competitive side: most classes display your stats and performance at a screen in the front so you can compare to others in your class. But the signature 'TORQdeHK' class also has a playful side, putting emphasis on cycling to the rhythm of the music, with tunes ranging from house to pop to RnB, and even hard-hitting techno, great for when you need that extra rhythmic and motivational push.
$260 single ride, first-time trial offer available at $260 for two classes.
26/F, Li Dong Building, 9 Li Yuen Street East, Central
(852) 2677 8623
Psst... Prefer working out to chill acoustic tunes instead of pumping electronic music? Settle in for some relaxing vibes at The Yoga Room’s monthly silent disco yoga class held outdoors at the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park. October 5th’s class will have a special visiting singer, Daphne Tse, who will be singing live with her guitar (and will be heard only through the live wireless headphones).
Written by Evelyn Lok