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Let’s Get Physical: Hong Kong’s best gyms and fitness centres

By Inés Fung 10 January 2020 | Last Updated 23 February 2024

Header image courtesy of @utimefitness (via Instagram)

Originally published by Inés Fung. Last updated by Celia Lee. 

Ah, the start of the new year, the faithful time when seasoned gym-goers brace for the impact of New Year’s resolutioners on their “New Year, New Me” fix. Of course, anytime is a good time to start (or get back into) your fitness journey, and what better way to get fit than at one of Hong Kong’s many gyms? We did the heavy lifting for you and handpicked some of the best gyms in town, from comprehensive multi-branch fitness centres to specialised boutique gyms, so you can go straight to working on your fitness goals.

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Gyms and fitness centres

If you’re looking for an all-in-one fitness experience, these gyms have got you covered. With locations in the CBD and other busy districts across Hong Kong, and full amenities as well as accommodating for a range of workout styles, there’s no need to fuss about paying for memberships elsewhere. The only downside to these big multi-branch brands is that they may be a bit pushy when it comes to long-term membership sign-ups and personal training service.

Pure Fitness

Surely you have already heard of Pure Fitness! Pure is Hong Kong’s premier fitness studio and lifestyle brand, and we promise the hefty membership dues are worth it. Pure has prime locations all over Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, offering state-of-the-art equipment, PTA Global- and AASFP-certified trainers and instructors for a wide variety of classes, and modern facilities. Certain Pure locations also have special facilities like the world’s first 270-degree Immersive Fitness studio, swimming pools, and Life Fitness and Technogym equipment.

If you’re into something more mellow and mindful, Pure also runs Pure Yoga, a chain of yoga studios that aim to promote the practice and build a community of yogis. Newcomers are always welcome to sign up for a free trial, regardless of their reason behind working out.

Pure Fitness, locations across Hong Kong

U Time Fitness

U Time Fitness has a no-contract membership at a reasonable price, so you can get started on your fitness journey anytime. Offering ample space and guaranteed security around the clock, only valid personal access IDs can get past the door. U Time operates under a sustainable ethos as well: You’ll find no single-use plastics in the studios, and its merchandise is made only from recycled plastics.

U Time Fitness, Shop 8–10, 2/F, The Quayside, 77 Hoi Bun Road, Ngau Tau Kok

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24-hour gyms

Not all of us work a 9-to-5 job, nor do we all stick to a regular workout schedule. These 24-hour centres are perfect for the busy bees seeking a no-frills, no-contract gymming experience. No one will judge you for showing up at 2 am or 3 am to get a pump on here.

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Ultra 24 Fitness

Ultra 24 Fitness is ideal for those who want to work out and feel supported throughout their fitness journey. Its gym boasts an 8,000-square-foot workout space, allowing patrons to train in a spacious location with modern equipment, including machines for strength, cardio, and CrossFit exercises. Ultra’s membership is settled monthly, with no pre-payments or added fees.

Ultra 24 Fitness, Unit 201, 2/F, Magnet Place Tower 1, 77–81 Container Port Road, Kwai Chung

Anytime Fitness

Come over to the dark side—we’ve got 24-hour gyms here, too. Anytime Fitness boasts 12 locations across Hong Kong, 10 of which are spread out over Kowloon and New Territories. After becoming a member for over a month, you will be granted access to its 4,000-strong international locations as well, so you’ll never miss a workout whilst jetting around the world. Anytime Fitness is truly for those who want to work out anytime, as the studios stay open even during the most adverse weather conditions that Hong Kong is known for—particularly in the summer.

Anytime Fitness, locations across Hong Kong

24/7 Fitness

Endorsed by Olympic medallist and heartthrob Marcel Nguyen, 24/7 Fitness was the first international 24-hour fitness brand to launch in Hong Kong. With numerous locations across town, there’s bound to be a studio near you. In line with its aim to provide the ultimate level of convenience to fitness enthusiasts, its studios are accessed via a facial recognition system for members only, and its fees are highly transparent with no pre-payment required.

24/7 Fitness, locations across Hong Kong

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Group training

It’s more fun when you’re slogging through a gruelling workout together! For those who need the additional motivation to get gains and push themselves through that extra rep, group training provides the perfect environment to do so. Plus, with an instructor on hand, your form will always be proper.

F45

F45’s fun full-body functional (try saying that three times fast) training workouts took the world by storm. Originally from Australia, F45 now has franchise locations all over the world, eight of which are right here in Hong Kong. Functional training is the full-body or multi-muscle engagement in exercises that mimic or recreate everyday movement, which helps you build and sculpt lean, functional muscle. The trainers and community at F45 are genuinely passionate and are there with you every step of the way, not to mention the classes are designed to be challenging but never boring.

F45, Li Dong Building, 9 Li Yuen Street East, Central

House of Fitness

You might mistake House of Fitness for a bar and lounge with its dim purple lighting and pumping beats if not for the amount of super-friendly and hyper-toned people from all walks of life emerging from within. Classes are intense at House of Fitness, combining a mix of cardio, weights, and boxing to tone your body, burn fat, and build muscle. Frequented by models and other bodybuilders as well as a community of dedicated gym-goers, working out alongside them will have you seeing results in no time.

House of Fitness, 18 Possession Street, Sheung Wan

Topfit

Possibly the sleekest gym on the list, Topfit is a premier, state-of-the-art fitness studio offering specialised group training in the form of classes like dance, circuit training, HIIT, pilates, and TRX. Fitness programs are highly customisable, too. A small group focus ensures that each trainer gets maximum time with you, so if you’re not prepared to put in the work, you’ll be easily caught slacking.

Topfit, 6/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central

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Precision Fitness

Precision Fitness came highly recommended to us, and after tagging along for our free first class, we can see why people have really stuck to their fitness journey here. Though Precision is not the biggest boutique gym around Hong Kong, they truly create the best personalised approach to training their community, offering everything from personal training, group classes, body makeover challenges, nutrition advice, and sleep coaching to targeted fitness programmes for pre-wedding transformations. Not only do the coaches measure your physical ability, but they also utilise personality assessments and wearable tech to make sure your progress is realistic and good for you.

Precision Fitness, 11/F, Jade Centre, 98 Wellington Street, Central

Pherform

Pherform is a gym that went the extra mile to customise a training system that understood the female body and its responses to exercise. Needless to say, Pherform is a women’s-only gym, designed for the busy professional. Its female-specific system targets four goals: lose fat, build lean muscle, build strength and balance, and most of all, have fun while improving oneself. You don’t need to have aspirations for being a bodybuilder or athlete to work out at Pherform, you just have to want to be better for yourself. Membership options include unlimited monthly memberships or class packages.

Pherform, 5/F, LKF 29, 29 Wyndham Street, Central

BFT

BFT is the group training fitness centre to enrol in if you’re still unsure about joining one at all. Boasting a friendly and supportive environment, BFT offers a variety of training programmes tending to a range of fitness levels, including cardio, strength, core stability, and much more. Each 50-minute session, aimed at reducing fat and building muscle, is overseen by accredited coaches, meaning you’re in safe hands when training there! What’s more, the BFT programmes are progression-based, ensuring consistent and long-term benefits.

BFT, 23/F, On Hing Building, 1 On Hing Terrace, Central

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Powerlifting and strongman

Ursus Fitness

Ursus Fitness is not for the faint of heart, but that doesn’t mean you should be intimidated at all. As Hong Kong’s first strongman gym, Ursus takes a no-nonsense approach to getting fit with their strongman routines, highly renowned HIIT routines, and more. If you want to try going heavy but still want a fun, well-rounded workout, give their circuit classes a go. Available in a 60-minute session or a “turbo” 40-minute class, you’ll find yourself working alongside novices and experienced gym-goers, and the coaches are always on hand to help correct your form and cheer you on.

Ursus Fitness, Unit 2–4, G/F, 64–68 Pok Fu Lam Road, Sai Ying Pun

Maximus Studio

Hit up Maximus Studio if you are ready to “gain, attain, and retain.” Maximus is an expansive private gym with state-of-the-art equipment in the heart of Sheung Wan, specialising in personal training, physiotherapy, strongman classes, and bodybuilding, as well as full-body transformations. It’s also home to Maximus Golf, an elite golf performance training studio that aims to help golfers achieve real improvement through specialised training and technology-aided practice.

Maximus Studio is a fantastic option for customised programmes, as the driven team of trainers will help you overcome and achieve any goals and obstacles through thorough assessments, tailored personal training, comprehensive nutrition support, and on-site sports therapy and rehabilitation.

Maximus Studio, 8/F, The Chelsea, 69 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan

Strength Culture

Strength Culture wants people to not only look strong but feel strong, providing both one-on-one coaching programs and group training programs and taking the most effective steps from different training methods like powerlifting, bodybuilding, strongman, and movement mobility.

Beginners are recommended to start with their six-week Lean & Strong programme, designed for gym-goers who are motivated and disciplined and combines compound movements with cardio endurance training. The programme will help you maintain results in the long run, and if your little ones want to get strong, too, Strength Culture offers training for kids and teens as well.

Strength Culture, G/F, 27–29 Li Yuen Street West, Central

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Classics Strength Academy

New to the scene but already becoming a hub for powerlifters in town is Classics Strength Academy, a strength and conditioning gym in San Po Kong. Founded by “just two dudes,” it aims to create the best fully equipped gym for powerlifting, weightlifting, and other strength sports. Equipment is new and high-quality, and there are no restrictions to what you can or cannot do on the floor as long as you are not harming yourself or other people. Classics Strength Academy truly wants to create a supportive community of lifters who just want to make Hong Kong a stronger place.

Classics Strength Academy, 6A, Victorious Factory Building, 35–37 Tseuk Luk Street, San Po Kong

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Inés Fung

Part-time editor

Currently based in Hong Kong by way of Calgary, Inés has always had a passion for writing and her creative work can be found in obscure literary zines. When she’s not busy scouring the city for the best gin-based cocktail, she can be found curled up with her journal and fur-ever friend Peanut. Don’t be surprised if you cross paths with her and she already knows all your mates.

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