If your regular Thursday night treadmill ride has been feeling a little monotonous lately, your favourite window by the gym could do with a change of scenery, or you’re looking for something to rise above a long-held fitness plateau, it’s probably time to change things up. Try working out at these new Hong Kong spots to bring some fresh variety and challenge to your fitness routine.
Sometimes a fresh new playground where you can pump iron is all you need to renew your commitment to health. From Buzz Concepts — the group behind Volar, Fly and Tiger San (formerly Tiger Curry) — Maximus Studio is a recently opened fitness haven in Sheung Wan aimed at personal training for individuals and small groups. Here, you’ll be in the capable hands of head trainer Jefferson Basso and his team, whether you want a full-body transformation with nutrition plans, strongman training, physiotherapy or personal training that will make you stronger and sexier by day. The 3,600-sq.-ft. space is decked out with exposed brick and sleek, modern touches, and of course, state-of-the-art equipment to strengthen you from head to toe. For golf aficionados, specialists also offer assessments and well-rounded coaching to help you improve your game.
Maximus Studio, 8/F, 69 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2161 9090
Brimming with K-pop flair, 4Ward Fitness touts itself as the first Hong Kong studio offering the “Holofit” training system, which refers to an interactive, multimedia space that lights up for a game-like answer to your regular HIIT group workout. 4Ward also prides itself on its immersive 4D Spin theatre, featuring motion-reactive LED lights and artificial wind to make it feel like you’re cycling into a psychedelic wormhole. You can also sign up for tae bo, muay thai, kickboxing, yoga, and even Korean Marine military-style training, all taught by crazy-fit, fitness model- and bodybuilding-qualified trainers — in case you need an extra dose of motivation. With vibrant club light effects and tunes pumping out of Bose speakers, you won’t even notice how hard you’re sweating.
4ward Fitness, 2/F, MPM Plaza, 11 Nelson Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, +852 5802 0123
One of the new fitness trends that’s just starting to take off in Hong Kong, Piloxing combines the core strengthening of Pilates and the high-intensity cardio blast you get from boxing with weighted gloves into a fun, fat-burning pseudo dance class. One of the early champions for the workout in Hong Kong is Connie Colson, a trainer who coaches a variety of group exercise programmes including mixed-level and instructor courses for Piloxing, throughout various locations in Sai Kung, Clearwater Bay and Central.
Find more Piloxing classes in Hong Kong here.
Hong Kong is no stranger to barre workouts and their supposed benefits for lengthening and strengthening, not to mention for sculpting a ballerina’s lean but powerful physique. If you’re looking for new surrounds for your next trip to the barre, look no further than WeBarre. The brand already has its loyal following in Singapore, and was and founded by two best friends. Recently opened in Hong Kong, WeBarre offers challenging workouts in its stylish, well-lit new space in Central. Combining ballet, yoga, Pilates and strength training in its sweaty sessions, the cosy, girl-friendly environment (there’s always organic bathroom products on-hand, for example) make this a pleasant experience from start to finish.
WeBarre Hong Kong, 13/F Hilltop Plaza, 49 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2310 0008
You may not have the guts to fling yourself off a bungee bridge, but you can get a kick out of the core-burning flights and jumps in a bungee fitness class. This new fitness craze involves putting on a hip harness that clips onto a bungee cord attached to the ceiling, allowing you to do moves that you otherwise might have only dreamed of — one-handed pushups, gravity-defying burpees and more. Combining the best of dance, acrobatics, and the soothing stretches of aerial yoga and the toning workout you get from bodyweight and TRX aerobics, it’s no wonder bungee fitness is taking the world by storm.
4D Pro Hong Kong, various locations in Hung Hom, Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui and Wan Chai