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Gyms

Where to Work Out in Hong Kong

1) PURE Fitness

What: Arguably the best gym in Hong Kong. Provides T-shirts, shorts, socks, towels, yoga mats, boxing equipment, up-to-date DVD library, cardio equipment with personal TVs, iPods and DVD players, headsets, sauna, steamroom. Group classes include Bodypump, Bootcamp, spinning, muay thai, pole dancing and more.
Locations: IFC, Soho, Admiralty, Mongkok, Causeway Bay
Cost: Depends on length of contract, number of locations and whether you include Pure Yoga. Ranges from HK$600 – HK$1,200/month; but whatever you do, remember to negotiate HARD!
Trial period: 7 days
Website: www.pure-fitness.com

2) Fitness First

What: Pretty decent gym with reasonable membership fees. No personalised TVs on your machine. Bring your own workout gear.
Locations: Sheung Wan, Central, Wanchai, Tsim Sha Tsui, North Point, Taikoo
Cost: About HK$500/month, depending on length of contract.
Trial period: 3 days
Website: www.fitnessfirst.com.hk

3) Seasons Fitness

What: A somewhat luxurious place to work out with a gym, day spa and even a 20-metre pool. Overlooks Hong Kong park and has group exercise classes too.
Location: Central, Kowloon Bay
Cost: Around HK$1,000/month (?)
Trial period: 1 day
Website: www.seasonsfitness.com

4) California Fitness

What: A gym for the masses, reputed to be full of vain men and annoying, in-your-face salespeople. Sign up here only if you can stand being sold to every time you step in and out of the building! Equipment is run down except for at newer locations like The One (TST) and L Place (Central).
Locations: Central, Causeway Bay, Wanchai, Quarry Bay, Mongkok, Kowloon Bay, Tuen Mun, Whampoa
Cost: Around HK$300-400/month
Trial period: 7 days
Website: www.californiafitness.com

5) Physical Fitness

What: Super local gym combined with beauty centre, poster boyed by Cantopop ‘Heavenly King’ Aaron Kwok and his super chiseled (and photoshopped?) abs. Sometimes you can get a deal off Groupon or some months of membership thrown in with your memberships to other companies like PCCW. Basic gym to work out at.
Locations: Causeway Bay, Quarry Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui, Mongkok, Mei Foo, Shatin, Tsuen Wan, Tuen Mun, Sheung Shui
Cost: Dirt cheap (around HK$200/month, but you get what you pay for)
Trial period: 7 days
Website: www.physical.com.hk

Disclaimer: This list is by no means a be all and end all to gyms in Hong Kong and feature my personal opinions only. I am not professionally affiliated with any of the gyms, but I am a Pure Fitness member. I chose to join Pure Fitness because I like how clean it is, the wide variety of classes, the fact that I don’t need to bring a ton of gym gear with me to the gym, and its close proximity to my workplace — but everyone has their own reasons for choosing their gym. Hope this helps!

Discussion

34 thoughts on “Gyms

  1. ANy chance you can provide a link to the free membership with PCCW signups?

    Posted by James | January 15, 2013, 4:43 pm
    • Sorry James I don’t have a link. It’s pretty random and I don’t know if they are doing that anymore. But if you keep an eye on Groupon (www.groupon.hk) they have really cheap Physical memberships on sale from time to time.

      Posted by Erica | January 20, 2013, 9:53 am
  2. This is a really bias review, don’t believe a single words that are said above. I am guessing the writer are probably someone from Pure fitness.. Anyway I am disappointed, period.

    Posted by John | March 29, 2013, 6:14 pm
    • Hi John, I don’t work for Pure but I am a member there. As much as I like Pure, it does have its downsides too (crowded, too mass, expensive, etc.) but it’s still the best option for me in Hong Kong. Hope you find a gym that suits you too!

      Posted by Erica | April 12, 2013, 3:55 pm
  3. Thanks Erica – the post is helpful!!

    I’m hearing mixed things on negotiating on Pure Fitness though, most people I’ve come across said they were unable to negotiate anything, full stop. Can you provide some more insight?

    Posted by Gym Seeker HK | April 18, 2013, 9:06 am
  4. Erica how much commission is pure fitness paying you then, your review totally bias one of based on personal opinion how many of the other gyms have you visited or joined may i ask? The review is vague and has been not certify I would advise people to visit all the gyms and try their trial period prior to joining. Another tip is just because you visit one branch it does means the standard is the same for the rest of the others.

    Posted by Joe | April 22, 2013, 3:54 am
    • Hi Joe, think whatever you want. This happens to be my personal blog with (surprise!) my personal opinions on gyms, fitness, Hk, etc. and if you don’t like my opinions you are free to go elsewhere. If you do not find this post useful please visit all the gyms yourself and write your own “unbiased” summary.

      Posted by Erica | April 22, 2013, 9:11 am
  5. erica, wanna give u a thumbs up for the work you did posting the info. Keep up the good work. There’s quite a few smaller gyms out there, but this is a good list for the more “mass appeal” gyms.
    I am curious though, on how you fare on getting the “best” deal ($600?)for Pure fitness. Any pointers? Feel free to PM me.

    Cheers

    Posted by eC | May 1, 2013, 3:03 pm
  6. Hi Erica. Thanks for the great intro guide above. I am visiting HK for about a week (but don’t wanna be sitting around doing nothing!) and am wondering if you know that any of the gym above offers a casual membership rate (i.e. pay per visit)?

    It looks as though the popularity of your blog has ruffled a few feathers with some gyms that didn’t fare so well on it. I wonder which gym Joe and John own/work for? And I wonder whether they are actually the same person. ;)

    Posted by Ricky | May 14, 2013, 4:48 pm
  7. i have been working out in hk in the past 10+ years from physical to pure fitness (currently). i totally think the review here is valid and it worth every penny for pure fitness. i am not going back to physical or california

    Posted by Grat | May 15, 2013, 2:57 pm
  8. very nice review…. I may be moving to hk and need a gym to go to….was leaning towards cali due to their longer hours…but also considering physical since it’s very affordable….is there anything else i should know about any of these places?

    Posted by nic | May 17, 2013, 5:46 pm
  9. I come from London and just moved to HK. Unfortunately I didn’t think much of Pure for value – on your recommendation I went for a visit to the one in Central today and it was a little average – only 2 rowing machines, one of which was being fixed at the time! I used to go to a gym in London and it was cheaper (£69 pm) and the classes were much better (more diversity) and there was far more equipment. Pure reminded me of Virgin Active Broadgate prices but was seriously not as nice. It didn’t even have a pool. The free t-shirts and shorts was I agree a good touch, but overall the gym is not worth the money I’m afraid.

    Posted by Katie | June 1, 2013, 11:21 pm
  10. I’m going to hong kong for 3 weeks.. I heard you have to have Hong Kong ID to use the gym in hong kong, Is that true?

    Posted by wayne | June 17, 2013, 8:15 pm
  11. Hi Erica,

    Was hoping you could help me find a gym. I’ll be staying across from Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park for 4 nights. I do mostly Cross Fit and old school weight resistance. Where would you recommend I go?

    Posted by Frank Moniz | July 28, 2013, 3:36 am
  12. Just come back from Physical TST, does that smell there or what!!!
    The sales person wanted from me per month $799, as I told him about your price he said that this would be for a 10 year contract LOL
    Before I was at California and this sales guy was very pushy. Did not smell and was clean.
    How much do you pay at pure per months?

    Posted by Jan | July 29, 2013, 8:57 pm
  13. Physical Fitness, Sheung Wan.
    Me and my colleague joined this fitness few months ago in a week apart, I pay $ 750 per month 2 years contract. she pays less because she bargained.

    This is an average fitness centre but the amount of rudeness of 1or 2 staff(PT Staff to be more precise) makes it a total disappointment. I’ve been member in California fitness and Fitness First in the past and never met such a rude,unprofessional,ill mannered staff who swears next to members and occupies few machines for himself with his personal stuffs. As there is only one of that,we asked to use and he gave us attitude,saying he using it. How Professional!!!!!!!

    we don’t recommend this gym and we can’t wait for our 2years contracts to end.

    Posted by jenny | September 5, 2013, 4:17 pm
  14. How about whitin a short holiday? Are there gyms where I could pay for each visite?

    Posted by Yipie | September 22, 2013, 5:56 am
    • Hi Yipie,

      I believe Pure allows drop-ins but it will probably cost upwards of HK$250 a visit. Why don’t you try other workouts like muay thai, crossfit, or some of the outdoor bootcamps that you can pay per visit? Some that I would recommend are Warrior Muay Thai, Crossfit852 and ApeFit respectively.

      Posted by Erica | September 22, 2013, 8:38 am
  15. Im on vacation in Hong Kong, I live at Shek Yam East. Is there a gym near by?? Please Help, im getting fat. The Food in HK is very delicious :)

    Posted by Noel | September 22, 2013, 8:00 am
  16. Hi Erica, you blog seems pretty helpful. I am going to work in 2 IFC for a week in HK this month. I’d like to do the 7 days trial at Pure Fitness since it’s also located in IFC. I don’t really know how to get around. I am just wondering how the trial works. I’ll be staying in TKO during my visit but in the past, I haven’t noticed any gym there. I’m looking for some reasonably priced classes or access to a gym. Any good advice?

    Posted by Athena | October 3, 2013, 10:59 pm
  17. I’ll be there for approximately 2 weeks. I do not have HK ID.

    I want to try a gym nearby. I’ll be living in Causeway bay. Any good ones to recommend? can you purchase a weekly pass?

    Posted by Ray | October 11, 2013, 2:18 am
  18. This is the best jym in hong kong . it provides all facilities . it also provide top , tshirt , dvd player extra…….

    Posted by sona | November 16, 2013, 2:49 pm
  19. I am a member of Pure gym in Causeway Bay. And Its really the best among other HK gyms. Yes, it has some things that I dont like like overpriced a bit, no negotiable ( experience of 3 people) but comparing to others ( I checked Fitness First and California) is much better. Much. Its new ( still:) , there are no many people even during busy hours and everyhting works…so far… We ll see then.

    Posted by Lava | November 20, 2013, 2:01 pm
  20. Hello Erica morning, just come across your nice blog :) I am a Uni student and looking for a new gym ( currently workout at a clubhouse). I read all the above comments and very interested in joining Pure IFC ( cuz I live in the same district). May I know how much is it per month this 2014 new year for a 6 month and 12 months contract and how much is the joining fees for joining only fitness ? If I like it there I will consider yoga later. By the way, I am a ” on a budget” Uni student, is there really no chance for negotiable hehe, thanks.

    Posted by Hilary | February 6, 2014, 8:18 am
  21. The public gyms are US$1.50 an hour – by far the best choice for people passing through the city for a few weeks:
    http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/lschemes/rufr/en/rooms.php

    Posted by Geoffrey Buttons | February 13, 2014, 6:06 pm
  22. Thanks for the info,
    I joined physical this January and to be honest, it was horrendous! Maybe should have listened to you and joined a PURE gym but there was none near me (Yuen Long). If its ok, just want to share my review with fellow gym-goers;
    Breaking into two parts:
    Positives:
    8/10 for cleanliness- including women’s changing rooms and machines
    Mirrors everywhere!!! (can be seen as negative) you can see yourself in every single angle possible…can be very annoying as you can also see how many people are staring at your backside and you can’t even change machines as they will STILL see you.
    Digital scales. I have counted 12 so far! Dotted around the gym floor and Women’s changing rooms so you NEVER forget to weigh yourself and compare yourself to the waif thin females of Hong Kong!
    Negatives:
    The staff are incompetent. I’m not even sure why they have badges that say ‘Assistant supervisor’, ‘personal trainer’ and ‘receptionist’. They act like random young people that have been plucked off the streets that have experience in sales. The staff DO NOT care about your well-being, health or how you use their machines, all they want is your money! That’s why when I asked them a fitness question (how to slim my thighs with exercise!), they said “Umm, let me ask my supervisor” (this was a guy with a ‘Personal Trainer’ badge) and then he returned to say “I’m sorry, I don’t know. Maybe you can search internet for pictures?”
    Cost: I was first quoted $650 HKD per month! I could not believe the audacity! I whittled it down to $400 a month but that involved going to the gym reception 3 times, speaking to 7 different members of staff and a lot of valuable time.
    Only allowed to use ESSENTIAL equipment: medicine balls, heavier dumbbell weights (>8KG), stability balls and yoga mats IF you are partaking a personal training session in the personal training sectioned off area. By the way this ‘session’ seems to involve the PT having you in a very uncomfortable/sexual position and holding this position for 5 minutes (no cardio/weight training was seen!)
    Staff are unprofessional, always seen joking around with each other (as in play fighting!!!) and 9 out of 10 are rude. They also look as if they have nothing to do – standing around in groups and chatting OR coming to have a good minute’s stare at you while you plank, then leave when they are caught by you! Also, a TIP if you are thinking of joining…if you want to speak to ONE member of staff, not five…as them to come to the seating area. Otherwise, every single staff will LITERALLY come close to you to listen to what you’re about to say! Ridiculously nosey! Or just bored… there are about 3 members of staff to 1 customer!
    No ‘females only gym’ – perverts/staff. Probably why all the women are seen NOT working out, but sitting in the steam rooms in their towels, with their paper-style face masks on.
    No floor space/stretching area – must stretch amongst all the machines. Very cramped. Perverts staring.
    The staff make a MASSIVE deal about towel rental!!! When I signed up, they told me the price that I negotiated was “NO! NO TOWEL INCLUDED!…you must bring your own! Okay…?! You want towel..? You pay extra!” Oh Lord! It was no big deal to me anyway, back at home – it’s normal to bring your own towels for your own gym dirt! Having said that, one day I forgot my towel so I asked at reception if I could rent one. It took 4 people to make this decision!!! (This included 2 so-called ‘Assistant supervisors’) And 10 minutes!!! And in the end I didn’t even walk away with a towel! In the end, one staff said “ok, you can have towel but it is $30 to rent for one day” I said that I don’t have my purse but I don’t mind paying tomorrow if they put it on my record. They flatly refused.
    Basically, there is a very good reason why this gym has over 200 machines and I see less than 10 people (customers) each time…and I go at 10/11am!
    I have now quit this gym because I am moving home to UK but when I come back, I will be sure to check the others out!

    Posted by Macy | February 14, 2014, 1:51 pm
  23. hi hilary,
    can you recommend me a gym in mongkok area for pay per visit as I’m only there for 3 weeks, mainly free weights.
    thanks

    Posted by dennis | March 2, 2014, 2:49 pm
  24. Hi,
    I going Hk for a few days and wish to see if there is any gym by per entry.

    Posted by FishballAB | March 17, 2014, 2:36 pm
  25. Hi Erica, Do you know of any gym that has a babysitting service or a kids club kinda thing? I live in Central.

    Posted by Hilary | April 2, 2014, 12:09 pm

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