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January 14, 2014

The Fit List

Each year as your New Year’s Day hangover rages, you run through a couple of quick calculations only to realize that you’ve consumed approximately 58,000 calories in the last week. You resolve that this will be the year that you finally kick all your unhealthy habits and get fit. With visions of Alessandra Ambrosio strutting down the Victoria’s Secret runway in your head, you decide hitting the sales hard for a new gym bag and some flashy trainers is as good a start as any… Cut to two weeks later and those trainers are still in their box and your gym bag’s forlornly sitting in the corner gathering dust.  In a bid to make sure that this year’s different, we bring you a roundup of the very best new workouts on the Hong Kong fitness scene.  Jane Fonda eat your heart out…

This Girl Is on Fire
If the idea of pounding the treadmill in a testosterone heavy gym is enough to send you scuttling back to your sofa, Bikini Fit may be just what you’re looking for.  We’re talking a girls-only, outdoor fitness program which guarantees 2014 will be the year that your bingo-wings become biceps. Sign-up and you’ll get a ten week program which guarantees to get you in the best shape of your life. Six bootcamp sessions a week, nutrition workshops and around the clock mentoring from Hong Kong’s premier trainers, physios and nutritionists – this is the Rolls Royce of fitness overhauls. Squats and stair sprints with a side of gossip with the girls – now that’s a New Year’s Resolution that you’re much more likely to be able to keep…
Who does it? Jessica Biel is a Bootcamp buff
Why Now? Bikini Fit’s winter ten-week programs start this week


Take it for a Spin
Hot on the heels of New York celeb favourite SoulCycle, came HK’s TORQ Cycle, a boutique studio which integrates spinning, upper body workouts, inspirational coaching, and high energy music, featuring DJ classes, on screen ‘TORQ de HK’ races, and instruction by some of the top fitness experts in town. This year TORQ introduces new hybrid spinning classes, TORQ-ilates and TORQCore – a killer total body workout, allowing you to do 30-minutes of high intensity training on the bike including an arm weight session, followed by 30-minutes of pilates or ab work on the mat.  Your Chinese New Year fortune reads 6-pack!
Who does it? Katie Holmes is a spin fanatic
Why now? Through 22 February, mention DSTS to receive a FREE 14-day membership to TORQ Cycle (email to sign up, new riders only)

From Coast to Coast
Taking global fitness phenomenon CrossFit, and adding an extra dose of intelligently programmed strength, conditioning and energy system training, Coastal Fitness has developed a cult following among HK’s buffest and toughest. Launched by ex-pro HK Rugby Players, Coastal is known for their professional level trainers, top-notch facilities, and ever-changing workouts that keep even the most seasoned gym goers’ thighs burning and abs aching.
Who does it? Channing Tatum is a CrossFit devotee
Why now? The next On Ramp session for CrossFit newcomers is coming up soon

On the Fly
If the idea of hitting the ground running sends shivers up your spine, why not try soaring through the air? Starting this month, HK’s acclaimed Aerial Arts Academy, which formerly specialized in pole dancing, hoop acrobatics and burlesque, has now joined forces with Sheung Wan’s Inspire Fitness Studio to launch a new program of aerial fitness and yoga. Classes like Flyoga® and Acroyoga feature a combination of techniques from yoga, acrobatics and dance, and use the aid of a fabric hammock to help you stretch, tone, tighten and turn your workout upside down.
Who does it? Gwyneth Paltrow stays long and lean with aerial yoga
Why now? On select dates, Aerial Arts Academy is offering $100 trial classes at the new studio

Get Your Kicks
During the month of January, local fashionista favourite H-Kore, HK’s only Lagree Fitness studio which offers strength, flexibility and cardio training all in one 45-minute power session on a specialised megaformer machine, is joining forces with XYZ, the city’s newest state of the art spinning studio, featuring 4900 square feet in the heart of Central. Join them on “Route 66 – Highway to Health,” a journey which allows you to take 6 spinning classes at XYZ and 6 fat burning classes at H-Kore, guaranteed to help you strengthen, lengthen, tone and improve cardio fitness at specially discounted prices.
Who does it? Sofia Vergara is a fan of Lagree Fitness
Why now? Purchase the “Route 66 – Highway to Health” package before 10 February and you will receive 6 classes at H-Kore + 6 classes at XYZ for a total of HK$3000

Head to Your Neighborhood Joint
Still sore from last year’s attempt at New Year’s fitness? Newly launched Joint Dynamics, opened by a seasoned physiotherapist and a career sports trainer, is HK’s first multidisciplinary studio that integrates physiotherapy, personal training, massage therapy and bodywork, ensuring a bespoke approach to personal training and treatment and prevention of injuries. Whether you are looking for targeted training for an upcoming race or sporting event or a specialized physio and movement program to safely tone muscles, rehabilitate joints and build endurance, this studio promises to be your favourite joint in town.
Who does it? Halle Berry swears by sessions with an elite personal trainer
Why now? Mention DSTS to receive a complimentary introductory personal training session at Joint Dynamics

Here’s to getting fit and staying fabulous in 2014!

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