The Best Fitness Classes in Asia to Help You Shape Up in 2020
Group training fitness is picking up across Asia, fostering the rise of boutique gyms in the region and offering packages, memberships and drop-ins to attract like-minded gym-goers to sweat and torch calories together. We asked our editors, Tatler Listers and friends of the Tatler community to assemble the best fitness classes in Asia, from the newest spinning class to the most hardcore HIIT workout, so you can squeeze in a sweat sesh—whether you live in or travel to these cities.
Best Hong Kong fitness classes
HIIT at Ursus
The 60-minute HIIT-style circuit class incorporates functional strongman equipment including tractor tyres, sledgehammers, log bars and beer kegs.
Ursus Fitness, Shop B, G/F, 5-13 Fortress Hill Road, Fortress Hill, +852 2104 2398; Units 2-4, GF, 64-68 Pok Fu Lam Road, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 2803 2774, ursusfitness.com
Strength and conditioning at Coastal Fitness
Coastal 30 is a 30-minute circuit-style training that incorporates bodyweight exercises and moderate loaded movements. Don’t be intimidated by the CrossFit set-up, or think that half an hour is not enough to get the most out of a workout—this class is structured with a focus on conditioning to challenge all fitness levels.
G/F, Shop 3, Victoria Centre 15 Watson Road, North Point, Hong Kong, coastalfitnesshk.com
Megaformer class at H-Kore
If the studio’s name is anything to go by, their signature H-Kore class is the best example of a hardcore workout. It takes time to get comfortable on a Megaformer machine, but once you become familiar with the exercises and longer holds, this full body workout will strengthen and tone your body unlike any other.
3/F, Emperor Commercial Centre, 39 Des Voeux Road, Central, +852 2441 9000;
Suite 1201, Dorset House, Taikoo Place, 979 King's Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3107 1144, h-kore.com
Rebounder class at BounceLimit
If you’ve been following Hong Kong’s fitness trends, you’ll notice that BounceLimit is all over social media, not only because of its Insta-worthy studio but also how effective the rebounder workouts are. From TRX, Tabata to Pilates, BounceLimit’s classes are designed to make you burn calories as you jump, sprint or hold a pose for a photo.
The Pemberton, 13/F 22-26 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2441 0021, bouncelimit.com
Spinning at XYZ
Founded by Belinda Koo, XYZ is Hong Kong’s leading indoor cycling studio—a sanctuary to escape from the stresses of day-to-day life. This chic space in Central offers a range of spin classes, from high intensity training to a slow paced, candle-lit release.
XYZ, 2/F, New World Tower, 18 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2865 0999, youarexyz.com
Boxing at The Fighters Club
Not your average sweaty boxing gym, The Fighters Club a premium boxing and Muay Thai studio which adapts a one-on-one approach to ensure you get full attention from the trainer. You may bump into Tatler Lister Antonia Li when you break a sweat here. thefightersclub.com.hk
3/F, Shiu Fung Building, 51-53 Johnston Road, Wan Chai; 26/F, Guangdong Tours Centre, 18 Pennington Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 9835 6093, thefightersclub.com.hk
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Best Indonesia fitness classes
Metabolic conditioning class at Soul Box
A multidisciplinary studio that offers a wide range of classes, Soul Box provides a wellness solution for time-short urbanites, making sure your fitness is in check with a mix of high intensity trainings and slow-paced yoga classes.
3/F, Fairgrounds, Lot 14, SCBD Kav 52-53 Jakarta, Indonesia, +62 215 1400 030, soulboxjakarta.com
PoundFit at Alder Jakarta
Find your beat at PoundFit, a cardio jam session at Alder Jakarta that transforms drumming into a full-body workout. Combining cardio, conditioning and strength training with yoga and Pilates-inspired movements, the class uses Ripstix (lightly weighted drumsticks) to help you get your groove on while toning your body.
Jalan Wijaya 1, no. 9EF, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta, Indonesia, +62 811 1025 337, alderjakarta.com
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Best Singapore fitness classes
Mixed martial arts class at Evolve MMA
Founded by Tatler Lister Chatri Sityodtong, Evolve MMA has the largest number of world champions under its roof (including Gen.T Lister and ONE Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee) to ensure you’re in the best hands in the business. Classes range from Muay Thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, mixed martial arts, boxing and more for individuals—including kids—from all fitness levels.
Multiple locations, evolve-mma.com
Spinning and boxing class at CruCycle and CruBox
CruCycle, the first spinning studio in Singapore, was joined by boxing gym CruBox early this year following its success in Los Angeles. Drop-in classes are available at both studios, promising a 50-minute killer workout fueled by a high-energy playlist. crucycle.com
68 Duxton Road, Singapore, +65 6509 8880, crucycle.com
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Cardio at Barry’s Bootcamp
Step into the famous red room at Barry’s, where you can expect to burn an estimated 1,000 calories from the instructor-led cardio and weight training. After the workout, you will be able to use the gym’s premium amenities such as Dyson hairdryers and GHD straighteners to get ready for the rest of the day—no wonder it’s Tatler Friend Priya Anand’s favourite to workout in town. barrysbootcamp.com/au/studios/raffles-palace
18 Robinson Road, #03-03, Singapore, +65 8666 0303, barrysbootcamp.com
Boxing class at Ground Zero
With a new location in the heart of Chinatown, Ground Zero is a futuristic-looking gym decked out with neon lights and equipped with aqua punching bags for you to work up a sweat. Their signature 45-minute Rumble boxing class is interspersed with high-intensity training using equipment and weights in between bag work, which will leave you aching in places you never thought could hurt before (in a great way!).
3/F, 38 Carpenter Street, Singapore, groundzero.sg
Pilates at Como Shambhala Urban Escape
Holistic wellness is at the core of Como Shambhala Urban Escape. Housed in a minimalist boutique studio, it offers a wide range of classes—designed to improve posture while building strength—that are well suited for beginners to seasoned yogis. Pair your workout with an in-house massage therapy session to relieve any post-workout muscle tension.
402 Orchard Road, #06-01/02 Delfi Orchard, Singapore, +65 6304 3552, comoshambhala.com
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Best Malaysia fitness classes
Spinning at Aloha Cycle Club
Loved by socialites and royals, Aloha Cycle Club was founded by Tatler cover star Katrina Taib, offering beat-driven indoor cycling classes including her signature 45-minute Aloha Ride. But it’s not all about strength and power, either—The Aloha Muscle Club is a series of classes that focus on muscle recovery and create that mind-body connection through mobility work and stretching.
Lot K-0-8B, Ground Floor, Dorchester Service Apartment, Plaza Damas, 60 Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, 50480, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 6201 1834, alohacycleclub.com
Yoga and Pilates at The Flow Studio
With a beautifully curated studio space that oozes zen-like ambience, The Flow is the go-to yoga studio for Tatler Listers including Yiu Lin, Jenn Low and Datin Dian Lee. Whether you like to practice yoga or Pilates, on the mat or the reformer, there’s a class to cater for all levels of fitness.
7 Jalan Riong, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +601 7885 0865, theflowstudio.co
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Strength and conditioning at The Playground Fitness
Best known as a person training studio, The Playground Fitness is popular among Instagrammers like Jane Chuck and Nana Al Haleq who come here to get their sweat on in the HIIT small group training classes. Newly-wedded Tatler Lister Melissa Sin also did a PT session here to get her bridal body ready.
2/F, Nadi Bangsar Retail, No. 6, Jalan Tandok, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2715 9295, https://theplayground.fit/
Functional training at Fuel Athletics
One of the most hardcore gyms in Kuala Lumpur, Fuel Athletics will help get your sweat on with functional training that incorporates upper and lower body exercises using free weights and bodyweight. If it all sounds too intimidating, the upside is you’ll get to train with the likes of Datin Wira Sabrena Dani, Lisa Surihani, Bernard Chandran and other fit celebrities who are regulars here.
Kompleks Rakan Muda Bukit Kiara, Bukit Kiara, 60000, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +601 1100 57351, fuelathletics.com.my
Best Philippines fitness classes
Calisthenics at Sparta
One of the few Calisthenics academies in Asia, Sparta offers two class types focusing on different training objectives. The Kalos is a Spartan-style workout that targets muscle building and fat-loss, while The Sthenos is a strength training that helps improve endurance. Never tried Calisthenics? Start with their Dance Calisthenics class to get a taste of the basic movements while moving your body with the tunes.
126 Pioneer St, Mandaluyong, 1550 Metro Manila, Philippines, +632 8655 3799, sparta.ph
Indoor rock climbing at Climb Central
The biggest indoor rock climbing venue in the Philippines, Climb Central is suitable for beginners and experienced climbers who wish to use the facility at their own pace. First-timers can opt for a group introductory class with an instructor, which includes rental of climbing equipment and covers basic climbing techniques.
The Portal, Mayflower St., Greenfield District, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines +63 2 721 8307, climbcentral.ph
Kerry Sports Manila
A number of our Tatler friends enjoy breaking a sweat at Kerry Sports Manila, an ultra-luxe one-stop-shop for leisure and lifestyle in Shangri-La at the Fort. As the gym operates on a members-only basis, one can get unlimited access to its top-of-the-line facilities and group classes (yoga, spinning, aerobics), as well as use of the outdoor pool for a fee on a six-month or yearly basis.
5/F & 6/F, Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila, 30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila, Philippines, +632 8820 0888, kerrysportsmanila.com
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It is dubbed “the world’s most effective workout,” for good reason. Each BLACK session at BARE tackles a specific muscle group and allows one to burn up to 1,000 calories via a rapid-fire combination of sculpting strength work and high-octane interval work on a Skillrun treadmill. These classes are conducted in a dimly-lit environment, and are accompanied by energy-driven playlists customised by the instructors, who lead the sessions from a DJ booth when not on the floor themselves.
8 Forbestown Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines, +63 917 652 2211, bare.ph
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Best Thailand fitness classes
Circuit training at The Lab
A results-driven boutique gym with two central locations in Silom and Sukhumvit, The LAB has one of the best coaching teams in Bangkok, who are specialists in weight-loss and strength programmes, nutrition and rehabilitation. Their signature group classes, LAB Stronger and Power Hour, are guaranteed to push your limits.
2/F, RSU Tower, Sukhumvit soi 31 Bangkok, +662 662 1618; 2/F, NST One Building, Silom Road Soi 1 Bangkok, +662 234 5321, thelabbangkok.com
Strength and conditioning at Tone Box
A newcomer in Bangkok’s fitness scene, Tone Box is a private boutique gym that champions individualised personal training, nutritional programmes and fitness metric assessments. A community of influential fitness professionals form the Tone Squad, who are the driving force behind the Tone Botty & Abs and Tone Burn group classes, which promise to help you burn calories even hours after the class.
2/F, 31 Soi Langsuan, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand, +6682 161 1171, toneboxgym.com
Best China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan fitness classes
Spinning, barre and yoga class at Space Cycle
With studios in Beijing, Shanghai and Taiwan, Space Cycle is a new take on spinning, featuring uplifting playlists specially composed by the studio’s music department and instructors. Whether you’re looking to burn calories or sculpt your body with isolated movements, their signature Space Cycle and Barre Space class will make sure you achieve results while having fun. spacecycle.cn
Unit N4-40a, Taikoo Li North, Sanlitun Road, Beijing, China, +8610 8451 6101, spacecycle.cn
HIIT class at Club 360
Designed by therapists and trainers, Club 30 is a functional gym that incorporates personal training, group classes, physical therapy using state-of-the-art equipment. Fit 360 is their flagship class that combines kettlebells, medicine balls TRX and bodyweight exercises to help build strength, while the Core and Cardio class involves boxing and sprints to get you in shape quick.
Cma3 Building, B1 Motoazabu 3-1-35 Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan, +81 36434-9667, club360.jp
Bootcamp at FitClub
Combining strength training and Pilates, FitClub aims to improve clients’ muscle and joint function with health benefits from the two disciplines. The same applies to the bootcamp-style group training that takes place every Saturday, with two trainers per class to make sure every individual feel included and all fitness needs are met with full attention.
#204, 2/F, 646 Meungsan Building, Itaewon-2-dong, Yongsangu Seoul Korea, +82 2523 5995
Boxing class at B-Monster Boxing Fitness Studio
Haiing from Japan, B-Monster is a boxing studio that combines upbeat nightclub music and lighting with boxing workouts. There’s no holding back here—you can punch and jab on the (Taiwan-exclusive) fluorescent sandbags as hard as you want and get seriously training results in the dark.
5/F, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Mall Xinyi Place A9, Taipei, Taiwan, b-monster.tw