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10 Exercise Classes for People Who Hate Running

By Doris Lam 23 July 2019
Running may be a great way to lose weight and improve your cardiovascular health but that doesn’t make it less tiresome, repetitive, and uncomfortable. With new workout studios opening in Hong Kong every month, there’s no excuse for you to ditch exercise completely. From trampoline classes, ballet-inspired workouts to intense circuit training, we have compiled a list of top exercise classes for people who hate running. 

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1. AirBounce at BounceLimit

If you’re a fan of trampoline parks, you’ll like BounceLimit. This high-intensity rebounding training studio has 22 individual mini-trampolines and 11 different classes for you to choose from. AirBounce is an intense cardio workout that is the equivalent to a 40-minute uphill-run, guaranteed to cause a sweat.  Bouncelimit, 13/F, The Pemberton, 22–26 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan | (+852) 2441 0021 How much: $320 for a single class, package deals available
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2. Lift at Goji Elite

A short walk away from HKU station, Goji Elite, formerly named Warrior, offers fitness and martial arts classes. Their lift workouts focus on heavy compound lifts followed by high-intensity metabolic conditioning circuits. All the trainers are encouraging and attentive, teaching you the right technique and form for weight lifting.  Goji Elite, 1/F, Hong Kong Plaza, 188 Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun | (+852) 2838 3878 How much: First lesson is free, $300 for drop-ins, package deals available
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3. Hollywood: Circuit at F45

With eight branch locations scattered around Hong Kong island and one opening in Kwun Tong, it’s likely you’ve seen or heard about F45. Specialising in high-intensity, circuit and functional training, F45 rotates between 36 different workouts. Our favourites, however, are the interval circuit classes, where you’ll find 27 exercise stations, each one testing your strength, core and cardiovascular endurance. F45, locations vary. How much: Free one-week trial for newcomers
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4. WeBarre Fundamentals at WeBarre

Looking for sculpted legs, a leaner body and better posture? Try barre, a form of exercise that combines ballet, yoga, pilates and strength training. WeBarre offers one of the best barre classes in Hong Kong thanks to their attentive staff and passionate instructors. Don’t underestimate this fundamentals class—while it moves at a slower pace, a level of endurance, balance and core work is still required to complete the entire class.  WeBarre, 13F, Hilltop Plaza, 49–51 Hollywood Road, Central | (+852) 2310 0008 How much: $280 for a single class, $398 for a 7-day trial package
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5. Boxing at Lights//Out Boxing Club 

Opened last year, Lights Out has already grown out of their shared location with Warrior Hong Kong and will be opening a brand new branch in Sheung Wan this coming August. Expect a dark room, loud music and encouraging instructors to lead you through boxing workouts and circuit exercises. The class is everything but boring.

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6. Contortion at Aerial Arts Academy 

If you find it hard to touch your toes, there’s no doubt you’ll find the introductory Contortion course at Aerial Arts Academy challenging. Suitable for all levels, this class will focus on improving flexibility and strengthening the hips, shoulders and legs to prepare you for more difficult poses. For those looking to learn a crazy party trick, this is it.  Aerial Arts Academy, locations in Causeway Bay, Central and Wong Chuk Hang How much: $100 trial class
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7. Cardio Jump Foundation at Hong Kong Institute of Rope Skipping

Rope skipping isn’t only for kids. Learn how to skip like a pro, cool tricks and skills at Hong Kong Institute of Rope Skipping. Don’t worry if you have two left feet, the foundation class is suited for beginners and you’ll tackle coordination and muscle activation with the instructors. After you get the hang of things, you could try the more advanced courses such as Cardio Jump Routine, Functional Training, Skill Enhancement and HIIT.  Hong Kong Institute of Rope Skipping, Unit 05, 3/F, Kinglet Industrial Building, 21–23 Shing Wan Road, Tai Wai | (+852) 6652 0722 How much: Contact Hong Kong Institute of Rope Skipping for more information
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8. Pound Rockout Workout at XP Fitness Hub

Become a drummer at XP Fitness Hub’s Pound Rockout Workout class—a cardio, conditioning and muscle class that incorporates drumsticks into the full-body workout. You’ll be dancing, stepping and drumming along the beat, burning up to 900 calories per session.  XP Fitness Hub, 4/F, Li Dong Building, 9 Li Yuen Street East, Central | (+852) 2951 9178  How much: $150 trial class, $350 for drop-ins
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9. Bouldering at Verm City 

Climb like a monkey at Verm City, where they offer both adult and kids climbing classes. Visitors will first learn how to jump down from the wall safely since bouldering does not include any ropes or harnesses. If you’re feeling less adventurous, Verm City also has a Clip N’ Climb area where the space is decked out in fun climbing games. Verm City, 4/F, Kodak House 1, 321 Java Road, Quarry Bay | (+852) 2569 8128 How much: $250 for single lessons, $1200 for one hour of personal training
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10. Parkour at SharedSpace 

Inspired by all forms of movement, SharedSpace offers Parkour lessons at Victoria Park, training you to become the ninja that you’ve always wanted to be. Taught by the co-founder of the gym, Aaron Martin, you’ll learn how to jump, roll, crawl and run in this 90-minute class. SharedSpace, 11–13 Sharp Street East, Bowrington, Causeway Bay | (+852) 6687 3701 How much: $300 for 3 classes for newcomers, $250 for drop-ins
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Doris Lam

Lifestyle writer

Doris Lam is a freelance lifestyle writer based in Hong Kong. Her work has been published on Localiiz, HuffPost, Vice, Time Out, Hong Kong Tatler, and more. While she wishes that she’ll become a hiker gal one day, you’re probably most likely to find her slurping up bowls of ramen or enthusiastically petting chihuahuas on the street.