If you, like us, have eaten your way through the festive season and feel like a turkey yourself, now is the time to dig out your gym kit from the back of the wardrobe and shift those pesky Christmas pounds. It is oh-so-tempting to stay on the sofa and polish off those chocolates, we know. The answer? Inject some fun into your workout routine!
From hula hooping to trampolining, as well as plenty of water-bourne fun, in a city as diverse as ours getting in shape definitely doesn’t have to be a monotonous affair. So come on, put down the chocolates, grab your kit, and take advantage of Hong Kong’s weird and wacky exercise scene.
1. Underwater Spinning
Spinning in your swimwear may seem like a crazy idea, but not at Hong Kong’s first aqua fitness centre, Hydro 1.0. Dip your toe in the 8 x 20 foot hydro-spinning training pool and work up a sweat on their underwater bicycles and treadmills.
Hydraulic pressure intensifies your muscular workout, whilst the buoyancy of the water relives tension on your joints, making this the perfect workout for toning muscles and increasing flexibility. Well, it’s definitely shaking up the traditional breast stroke approach to working out in the pool. There are also three underwater cameras, meaning your coach can keep an eye on your underwater movements – so no slacking!
Hydro 1.0, Shop 6, Brilliant Court, 28 Praya, Kennedy Town, (+852) 9475 0737
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2. Stiletto Heels
Strut your stuff at Dance Trinity with sexy mover and stiletto heel pro, Milton (pictured above). Posture, routines, catwalk styles – this hour and a half-long class is jam packed with exciting exercises that not only tone your muscles, but ensure you leave the modern, Sheung Wan studio oozing confidence. Milton’s vivacious personality and talent for dance draws out your inner diva – our editorial assistant was flicking her hair and flashing sultry looks around the room in no time. And boy does time fly when you start working those heels to the music. Just make sure you bring shoes with ankle straps or support. If you’re looking for a Kowloon-side session, then you’re in luck because Milton hosts a Heels class at Studio Danz every Monday evening from 8.30pm to 10pm.
Dance Trinity, 8/F, Fung Woo Centre, 279 – 281 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan, (+852) 9634 9770
Studio Danz, Workshop B, 5/F, Tontex Industrial Building, 2-4 Sheung Hei Street, San Po Kong, (+852) 2332 8006
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3. Hula Hooping
Hula hoop your way to health and happiness with Hong Kong’s first hooping company, Turning Circles. Strengthening your core, toning your arms, and developing strong, slender shoulders, this alternative al fresco workout is now an option in Hong Kong thanks to hula hooping heroine, Emma Brown (pictured above). Under her guidance, our editorial team has mastered the art of whipping hoops from their waists up to one hand – though admittedly our skills aren’t quite at the one-legged level seen in the photo above. Classes and courses are held in Tamar Park, or under the cover of Pier 10 if the weather is protesting. If you’re on the lookout for an alternative celebration, whether it’s a hen do, kids party, or a grown up birthday bash, then a private hooping session is sure to get the fun flowing.
Turning Circles, Tamar Park, (+852) 5324 7473
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4. Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Yoga
So you’ve mastered the cobra and downward facing dog in the studio, but can you nail it on a paddle board at sea? Now’s your chance to find out, because Hong Kong’s SUP Yoga group is raring up for another summer of waterborne fun in 2017. The season normally kicks off around March, so keep your eyes peeled for the first class schedule around that time, and join your fellow yogis for some relaxing paddle board action in the picturesque surroundings of the South China Sea. Make sure you book well in advance though, because these exciting sessions fill up faster than you can say namaeste!
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5. Aerial Yoga/ Flyoga
From water-borne to air-borne – the possibilities are endless when it comes to yoga. Tried and tested by our editorial team at Odinson, Sheung Wan’s newest boutique studio, this 90-minute Flyoga class is both a workout and an experience. With the lights dimmed and the smell of incense hanging in the air, talented aerial yogi Joy Wang guided our writers through a range of floor exercises and stretches using our hammocks as a support, before guiding us into fully air-borne positions. Soon enough we were hanging upside down like a couple of bats, although getting back up proved to be a lot less graceful. Elegance definitely comes with practice.
Aerial yoga is a growing trend across the city, with classes in mainstream gyms such as Fitness First and Epic MMA Gym, as well as specialist centres. If you’re keen to give it a go, there are plenty of places to get your skills off the ground.
Aerial Arts Academy, click here for locations, (+852) 2375 8088
Epic MMA Gym, click here for locations, (+852) 2525 2833
Fitness First, click here for locations, (+852) 2525 2900
Odinson, 11 – 12/F, The Pemberton, 22 – 26 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, (+852) 3955 2206
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Unleash your inner child and let loose at one of Hong Kong’s trampoline parks. Bounce your way to fitness in these spring-loaded urban playgrounds, which feature between 40 and 100 trampolines, and burn up to 1,000 calories per hour – that’s double your average spinning class! With the Healthy Happy Hour, dodgeball courts, and Bouncefit classes available at Bounce (pictured above), a CombatBounce martial arts inspired workout at BounceLimit, and Themed Night Thursdays at Ryze, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to picking your adrenaline pumping workout.
Bounce, G/F EMAX, KITEC, No.1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, (+852) 2556 9555
BounceLimit, 13/F 22-26 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, (+852) 2441 0021
Ryze Ultimate Trampoline Park, 3/F, 321 Java Road, Quarry Bay, (+852) 2337 8191
Flip your workout on its head and join one of the multiple handstand classes and workshops. The art of controlled handstands are making somewhat of a come back in our yoga-obsessed city, and no wonder. Whether you sign up for a private session with handstand expert Andres Vesga or join one of his group sessions at Pure Fitness, you will emerge with a killer core, upper body strength, and serious balance skills – not to mention an awesome party trick. What are you waiting for? Get ready to turn your world upside down – in a good way!
8. Bouncing Ball Games
Who said football was boring? What could be more fun than climbing inside a giant, inflatable bubble and wreaking havoc in an open arena? Bubble football is not only a great workout for your legs, it’s undeniably hilarious too. But hey, if running around in a giant bubble isn’t wacky enough for you, try turning off the lights and seeing how well you fare in the dark. With a big, luminous ball, heart-pounding music, and dazzling laser lights, this really is a whole other ball game.
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