If you're ready to improve on your strength, flexibility and overall health, there's no time like the present to update your fitness routine. Hong Kong's home to a number of huge gym chains, but it's easy to feel like you're not getting the best of your workout when you're just one of the masses. Try one of these boutique fitness studios for a more personalised workout experience, so you get more burn for your buck.
Most gyms are one or the other, but this rare gem hidden in Sheung Wan is a hideaway heaven for fitness people who enjoy both hardcore weight training and soulful yoga sessions. Divided into two floors, the lower level provides a zen (and super minimal for the 'grammers) wood and concrete backdrop for yogis, while upstairs' grass carpet and graffiti creates a fun and energetic enviroment for some cardio and weights training.
P.S. Don't miss the fresh-pressed juice and salads at Mr. Green Juice's kiosk, it's the perfect after-workout treat.
11F, The Pemberton, 22 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan
This fantastic ladies-only boutique gym, created by Bikini Fit founder Alex De Fina, is an answer to the question: what would fitness look like if we cut through all the bullshit? Veering away from ineffective exercise trends and outdated ideas of what it means to be feminine, their goal is to help you become the best version of yourself. With up to fourteen different strength and conditioning classes available, they also offer one-on-one coaching if you're ready to kick things up a notch.
2/F Man Cheung Building, 15-17 Wyndham Street, Central
Looking to really turn your workout routine around? Hit45, one of Hong Kong's newest additions to the fitness world, is a boutique studio that specialises in high intensity training sessions. Designed to give you the biggest rush in the shortest amount of time, their boot camp-style classes have you switching between treadmill and floor drills non-stop for 45 minutes. In a city where we're constantly running from one thing to the next, these workouts are perfect for a cheeky endorphin rush during your lunch break.
1/F, Abdoolally House, 20 Stanley Street, Central
If you're a yoga enthusiast, then Yoga BamBam is the place to be. Their beautiful studios in Sheung Wan and Soho channel all the artistic charm of their neighbourhoods, making every session a dream. With some of the smallest yoga classes you'll find in Hong Kong, their dedicated teachers have trained in everything from aerial silks to acroyoga. If you're tired of the standard downward dog and sun salutation, Yoga BamBam's numerous classes will allow you to explore other forms of yoga and challenge yourself.
28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan; 10 Shin Hing Street, Central
All the atmosphere of a good rave with double the workout - XYZ's pumping indoor fitness classes are sure to rack up your heart rate and the workout highs. Spin's the name of the game here and their energetic instructors will drive you to achieve your personal best, ensuring you get the most of your workout. Classes are set to the freshest club tracks amidst neon lights, making this one party you definitely don't want to miss out on. With two studios located on the island, you'll have no excuse not to hop on a bike and sweat it out.
2/F, New World Tower II, 18 Queen's Road Central, Central; 5/F, OLIV, 15 Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay
Written by Megan Hills
Megan Hills is a freelance writer and blogger at Give Me Chills. Born and raised in Hong Kong, her work has been published by numerous lifestyle verticals including The Culture Trip, SOY Journal and Sassy Hong Kong.