Want to try something different from your usual fitness classes in Hong Kong? From Parkour to SUP Yoga, here are five workouts so fun you’ll be smiling while you sweat!
Note: Some classes may be affected by current restrictions; refer to individual websites for updates.
#1 Overcoming obstacles
Developed in France, Parkour, which uses movements from military obstacle course training, is a relatively new type of workout that’s gaining popularity. The whole idea is to navigate from one point to another without using any assistive equipment – just the body – and in the fastest and most efficient way possible. It involves running, crawling, balancing, climbing, vaulting, swinging, jumping, rolling and other calorie-busting movements. The Hong Kong Parkour Association offers a weekly open session, one-on-one personal training and group training sessions and Trybe in Kennedy town offers classes for kids and teens.
#2 For kicks
Originally invented by the Korean army to develop strength, speed and survival skills through unarmed combat, taekwondo isn’t just a useful self-defence tactic, but a major calorie-buster as well. A full-body workout with kicks, punches, hand and foot blocks, sweeps, joint locks, grappling and throws, this type of training builds strong hip and core muscles, and promotes flexibility, strength, cardio and balance.
Operating across 11 locations, Korea Taekwondo Cheung Do Kwan has daily classes in English for kids (aged 3 and above), teens and adults looking to practise the art.
#3 At the barre
Bringing together ballet techniques, yoga, Pilates and strength training, a workout at Flex Studio Hong Kong is designed to transform the entire body by strengthening the core, sculpting and toning muscles and improving posture. The studio offers private and group classes, including the signature Xtend Barre class and Xtend Barre Multilevel and Xtend Barre Cardio Blast classes. If you’re keen to take it to another level, the studio also runs an Xtend Barre Teacher Training Progam.
#4 What’s SUP?
If you enjoy stand-up paddle boarding and yoga, this one’s for you. Incorporating yoga with the movement of the ocean, stand-up paddle yoga is both a challenging and relaxing workout, as you’ll get to zen out but also enjoy some major cardio (you’ll have to paddle out about 25 metres) and core engagement (balancing is harder than you’d think!).
Two- to four-person classes at Island Paddle HK range from $550 to $700 per person, with private classes starting at $1,200.
#5 Ice, Ice, Baby
Whether you’re a newbie or an old pro, there’s lots of fun to be had – and calories to be burned – on the ice. The Rink offers group and individual lessons for both kids and adults, or you can opt for some freestyle skating during public skating hours.
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