By 1 January you had consumed approximately two tonnes of turkey, 348 mince pies, a dozen boxes of Quality Street and a few gallons of Christmas cocktails. It’s really no wonder that post the holidays you’re not in your best shape… Ready to get your New Year, new body plan in place right now? Here’s the skinny on the best of Hong Kong’s fitness scene to get you started…
If you mean business about getting your bod in peak condition in 2015, it’s time to join the Bikinifit crew. Sign-up for a twelve-week programme and get a complete suite of health and fitness services including access to six training sessions a week, 1:1 consultations with your coaches, health and lifestyle workshops, nutrition planning and even Skype consults if you’re travelling. With bootcamp sessions held in three different outdoor locations around the city, you’ll get your daily dose of fresh air with your hill sprints. Come Chinese New Year, you’ll be smugly skipping down the beach showing off your newfound abs and toned, lithe limbs.
PURE Fitness & Yoga
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This fitness megalith needs no introduction. PURE has a myriad of gyms and yoga studios scattered around the city offering light, airy spaces kitted out with state-of-the-art equipment and studio-based classes from spinning to TRX and body pump to yoga. But, 2015 sees the PURE family expanding exponentially with two new pumped up studios – including nood food healthy cafes – in iconic locations around town. Urban cats can visit a brand new fitness centre taking over 6 full floors of the glossy new California Tower in LKF, while country kitties can head over to a gorgeous new sunlit fitness and yoga studio, located beachfront at The Pulse in Repulse Bay.
Perched just above Wyndham’s neon-lit strip of drinking dens, Studio Fitness blends right in, with an open-fronted work-out area blasting out beats above a glowing green sign. Swap the heels for hi-tops and the pina colada for a protein shake though, Studio Fitness is going to get you ripped-up rather than tanked-up. This boutique fitness operation offers a flexible membership model and a jam-packed schedule of high-octane group workout classes that’ll have you working up a sweat to a killer soundtrack. Party people, put down the vodka jelly and get those wobbly bits taught and toned before you’ve even realized you’ve left Solas.
Want a buff body for the New Year? Don your sleekest cycling shorts and skip along to XYZ’s modern, cavernous indoor cycling studio to spin your wheels while engaging in a high intensity all-over body work-out, fueled by some seriously awesome dance floor worthy tunes. Crank up the revolutions and watch those Christmas calories melt away.
If pounding a treadmill or pedaling hard on the road to nowhere doesn’t take your fitness fancy, perhaps pirouetting your way to peak fitness or stretching out on a Pilates reformer rack is the answer. With sleek, modern studios in both Central and Aberdeen offering an array of sustainable fitness classes from Xtend Barre to Pilates, Flex will get you starting 2015 feeling Gwyneth Paltrow-esque and consciously uncoupling from all those excess holiday pounds.
If you’re short on time and long on high intensity workouts – we suggest you give H-Kore a try. HK’s only Lagree Fitness studio offers strength, flexibility and cardio training all packed into one 45-minute power session on a specialised megaformer. A firm favourite of buff boys and girls about town, this is Pilates with a punch, and one session can burn up to 800 calories. Say goodbye mince pies and hello muscular thighs!
Want to get into tip top shape this year but don’t have the faintest idea of where to start? Check out Joint Dynamics, a boutique fitness studio, which specializes in tailored personal training, injury healing, and race preparation. Their introductory personal training packages start with a body composition analysis followed by a program of 10 personal training sessions, and include a session with a stretch therapist to ensure you are lean, taut and toned in no time.
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