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5 ways to get physical while beating Hong Kong summer heat

By Grace Chan 19 July 2021

Header image courtesy of The Fighters Club Hong Kong (via Facebook)

Between blisteringly hot days and seemingly endless torrential downpours, Hong Kong summers can take some getting used to for the average resident. However, just because the balmy weather is causing you to heave and pant and sweat outdoors, it does not mean that you can’t still exercise and stay active in the summertime! Here are some of the best ways to get physical while beating the summer heat in Hong Kong—there are only a few more months left before we don our jackets for the upcoming autumn season and say goodbye to our summer bodies, after all.

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Dance classes

TikTok may be banned in Hong Kong, but that does not mean your TikTok dance skills cannot be put to good use. Choose from a plethora of dance studios across the city, with styles that range from contemporary, ballet, and salsa to jazz-funk, hip-hop, Bollywood, and Oriental dancing. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned pro, there is guaranteed to be a class for everyone. Check out our full list of recommended dance studios and classes here.

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Indoor cycling

Have you ever wanted to enjoy outdoor activities, but the weather just was not on your side? Bring the activity indoors for a change! Indoor cycling has gained momentous traction over the years and now stands to be a staple fitness trend that is looking to stick around. Indoor cycling studios like ​XYZ​ offer cycling classes that aim to improve your cardio fitness and overall strength, and will have you working out a sweat under pulsing lights and pumping music.

XYZ​, 2/F, New World Tower 2, 18 Queen’s Road Central, Central | (+852) 2865 0999

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Trampoline gyms

Jumping is known to improve your balance, circulation, and metabolism, but what’s the fun in it if you are not doing it on a trampoline? Hong Kong may not have sprawling suburban neighbourhoods with trampolines in their backyards, but what we do have are indoor trampoline gyms like ​Ryze. Ryze is labelled as the first “extreme sports park” in Hong Kong, so if you are looking to get your bounce on, this is where to go to jump to your heart’s content.​

Apart from bopping up and down on a trampoline, you can also tackle a ninja obstacle course, launch yourself through the air and land into foam pits, and rent a bounce board to train for board sports in a novel way!

Ryze​, ​3/F, Kodak House 1, 321 Java Road, Quarry Bay I (+852) 2337 8191

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Boxing

Did you know that the average person can burn ​800 calories​ an hour while boxing? Get fighting fit at boxing gyms like ​The Fighters Club​ or ​Lights Out Boxing Club, both of which offer training sessions for beginners and advanced boxers alike.​ Additionally, boxing is also a great way to relieve tension and stress in your everyday life, so strap on a pair of boxing gloves, get in the ring, and practice your right hook to (metaphorically) punch your problems away!

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Home HIIT workout

Staying home does not mean forgoing a quick workout, either. With all that time spent social distancing or in quarantine, we have all come to familiarise ourselves with one or two YouTube home workout channels. However, if the world of exercise videos is overwhelming and you do not know where to start, we have got you covered.

Whether you decide to work on abs or legs, here are some HIIT workout videos to get you started. Check out Chloe Ting’s ​abs workout challenge​, the ​12-minute toned arms workout from Blogilates​, the 15-minute tight and toned legs workout from PopSugar Fitness​, Pamela Reif’s ​10-minute equipment-free booty workout, and Kayla Itsines’s ​at-home full-body workout​. All of these are easily accessible at home and do not require any gym equipment.

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Grace Chan

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Born in Vancouver but raised in Hong Kong, Grace is a media student with a passion for dance and fervour only tempered by writing. You can typically find her lounging around at home looking for new music on Spotify or at your local dance studio getting a class in. For a more personal insight into her life, follow Grace on Instagram.

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