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Imagine exercising outside in the blazing July sun. Now imagine sweating it out in a temperature-regulated gym, with constant air circulation and a shower available immediately afterwards. One such indoor sport that Hong Kong residents are increasingly turning towards is Muay Thai, a high-intensity martial arts form and exercise.
There are many reasons one would take to learning Muay Thai, with its benefits of increasing hand-eye coordination and stamina, reducing stress, developing discipline, and even getting the chance to compete in official tournaments. Beat the heat (away from the heat) with our selection of the best Muay Thai gyms in Hong Kong!
Established in 2010, Hanuman is the oldest Muay Thai gym in Hong Kong. In a space of over 7,500 square feet, students have ample room to exercise and train. In addition to the range of Muay Thai lessons to choose from, Hanuman also provides Zumba, yoga, core training, and Queenfit classes so students can keep fit with other exercises or even condition their bodies to improve their Muay Thai skills. Hanuman’s trainers hail from all over the world with diverse experiences under their belts, so your workouts are in good hands.
Hanuman Thai Boxing, Flat A, 13/F, Kaiser Estate Phase 1, 41 Man Yue Street, Hung Hom
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Located in the heart of Central, Sitpinyo is on the smaller side, but don’t worry—it is fully equipped with everything a Muay Thai student at all levels will need, from punching bags and matted floors to a boxing wall pad, hot showers, and more. Five group classes per day are available on weekdays and two on Saturdays, ensuring that you get to attend on a regular basis regardless of your work schedule—and that’s not even mentioning the one-on-one classes that its coaches offer, tailored to your schedule and your training needs.
Understanding students’ needs to improve their stamina and maintain optimal fitness for the sport, Sitpinyo also provides supplementary classes like boot camps, functional fitness, and circuit training to get you physically and mentally prepared for your Muay Thai journey.
Sitpinyo Muay Thai and Fitness, 1/F, 154 Des Voeux Road Central, Central
Want to support your community? Elite is a social enterprise that aims to empower at-risk and underprivileged youths through training sessions in Muay Thai to improve wellness. It also works to provide job opportunities to these youths as coaches, as well as life-development programmes. In 2018, Elite established Studio Battalion with intention of providing financial support for the enterprise’s various community projects. Studio Battalion offers normal classes open to everyone, and corporate classes if you and your colleagues want to duke it out (with respect and sportsmanship, of course!).
Elite Thai Boxing and Fitness, 13/F, Fung Woo Building, 279–281 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan
Located in Wan Chai, Muaythai Station gets its fair share of international gym-goers from all walks of life looking to train in this sport, providing authentic Muay Thai training to students who are looking to fight professionally. It also hosts amateur and professional tournaments, where you get the opportunity to kick butts and take names—in the ring, of course! But there’s more: Since 2021, the gym has been closing its doors on Sundays to provide Muay Thai lessons at reduced rates to domestic workers, giving them an opportunity to sweat out their stress from being away from home. Even as borders are reopening, these sessions have persevered, as Muaythai Station continues to give back to the community.
Muaythai Station, Flat A, 1/F, Kam Sing Mansion, 151–161 Jaffe Road, Wanchai
Don’t be boxed in by the name—Southpaw, aside from boxing, also teaches Muay Thai. Fully adhering to its belief of “champions are born in the gym,” Southpaw designs classes around its students. Each class can accommodate a maximum of four, so each person can benefit from the extra attention of their trainers, even in group training sessions. In addition to regular classes, Southpaw also hosts the Southpaw Boxing Club, where members have the chance to train with the club’s competitive teams to further their mastery of Muay Thai, and even prepare to enter Muay Thai competitions themselves.
Southpaw, 3/F, Tung Chai Building, 86–90 Wellington Street, Central
For those who just want to focus on Muay Thai, Kru is the perfect gym for you. Meaning “master” in Sanskrit, Kru provides certified coaches decorated with some of the most prestigious Muay Thai accolades. Both past fighters and current trainers, Kru’s coaches understand the most effective way to improve your skills: with patience, attention, and a focus on discipline. But despite their intimidating presence, they accommodate students of all backgrounds and levels, and are always happy to help you improve!
Kru Muay Thai, 14/F, Siu Ying Commercial Building, 153 Queen’s Road Central, Central
With 13,000 square feet of space in its Tin Hau facility, Warrior is one of the largest Muay Thai and boxing gyms in town. Its massive gym provides authentic Muay Thai and mixed martial arts (MMA) training with experienced coaches on hand to will push you to your limits. Warrior’s intense but gratifying workouts will help you box your way into shape and relieve stress after a hard day at work! It offers multiple training sessions throughout the day, seven days a week, as well as weekend workouts. If you’re looking to mix things up, the gym also offers strength and conditioning classes.
Warrior Hong Kong, 3/F, Sea View Estate Block C, 8 Watson Road, Causeway Bay
Muay Thai is popular, but did you know there are other forms of martial arts you can try? If you’re not sure which one to commit to, why not try a little bit of everything at Impakt? It provides a wide range of martial arts classes other than Muay Thai, including kickboxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Kyokushin karate, and mixed martial arts (MMA), both in group classes and as one-on-one training sessions. In addition, Impakt also offers aerobic workouts, circuit training, core stabilisation, conditioning classes, and more!
Impakt, 2/F, Wings Building, 110–116 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan
Since 2017, United has been welcoming students from different industries, nationalities, ages, and genders, “uniting” different people under a common sport. Located right across from Sogo in Causeway Bay, the gym spans a surprising 3,000 square feet to train, exercise, and spar. Its coaches, both local and Thai, make training a satisfying workout to improve your techniques and achieve your fitness goals. Head to United for a fun, friendly, and engaging experience and meet people with similar interests! If you are interested in trying out another martial arts form, United also hosts Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes.
United Muay Thai and Fitness Gym, 4/F, Ying Kong Mansion, 2–4 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay