These fitness classes will make mornings your favorite time to sweat
For most of us, it can be hard enough to get up and ready on time, let alone early enough to squeeze in a good sweat session. If the thought of working out first thing in the morning sounds like drudgery to you, hear us—and science—out: research shows that morning exercisers are happier, sleep better, and are more likely to stick to their workout routines.
But first, it’s important to find a workout that makes you look forward to waking up early. So before you hit the snooze button, we put together 10 fitness classes that will get you into a morning exercise groove:
1. Volume HK
Class: Butt Shaping
Led by a team of physique competitors who have competed on worldwide professional stages, Volume HK is the first gym in Hong Kong to focus on glute training. Targeting the glutes with hip thrusts and other lower-body exercises, this Butt Shaping class is designed to tone your booty, optimise performance and protect your lower back.
VOLUME HK, 17/F, Li Dong Building, No.9 Li Yuen Street East, Central; +852 3162 3508
2. CrossFit Typhoon
Class: CrossFit Lite
Known in the community as ‘The Bunker’, CrossFit Typhoon makes CrossFit accessible to individuals of all fitness levels with CrossFit Lite, a scalable, hour-long session that includes circuit training and functional exercises to improve strength, complete with highly-varied movements to maximise your aerobic capacity and overall fitness.
CrossFit Typhoon, G/F, Fung Yat Building 38-40, Third Street, Sai Ying Pun; +852 2858 8864
3. Flex Studio
There’s no lack of fitness options at Flex, so you can start your day with a different style of training every morning. Specialising in Pilates, Yoga, Xtend Barre, AntiGravity Aerial Fitness and FLEXtreme Fitness (cardio conditioning and strength training), Flex’s fun and interactive classes will make you burn calories without even realising it.
Flex Studio One Island South, shops 308-310, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang; +852 2813 2212
Flex Studio Central, 3/F & 4/F, Man Cheung Building 15-17 Wyndham Street, Central; +852 2813 2399
4. Versus Performance
There’s no better way to kick start the day than with an intensive bodyweight class at Versus Performance, which incorporates HIIT and boxing drills to give you a taste of how fighters train. The trainers are professional MMA, BJJ, Muay Thai and boxing fighters, who will sure get your blood pumping with an action-packed workout.
Versus Performance, 5/F, Workington Tower, 78 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan; +852 2851 1929
Specialising in rebounding classes, BounceLimit is Asia’s first trampoline fitness studio to offer a low-impact, high-intensity alternative to regular bodyweight workout. Bounce out of your bed and into TabataBounce, a 50-minute HIIT class designed to make you burn calories not only during the class, but for hours after your workout has finished.
BounceLimit, The Pemberton, 13/F, 22-26 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan; +852 2441 0021
6. Hybrid MMA & Fitness
Class: Cardio Threshold
If you’re looking for the ultimate workout to wake up for, Cardio Threshold will make early mornings worthwhile. This high intensity training session incorporates cardio exercises on bikes, rowers and treadmills paired with bodyweight exercises in a circuit format, the trainer will have you pushing beyond your physical limits and burning as many calories as possible.
Hybrid MMA & Fitness, 13/F, Entertainment Building, 30 Queen's Road Central, Central; +852 34687702
7. Fit n Fierce
Class: Kettlebells by StaceFit
Kettlebells are a great way to add resistance to your strength training—if you know how to use them properly. Fit n Fierce’s kettlebell workout will focus on your form and allow you to progress from slow and steady movements, which can be modified with hand weights for beginners. No matter your fitness level, this weight-based resistance workout will help increase your strength and definition in a fun environment.
Fit n Fierce, 1/F Tung Ming Building, 40-42 Des Voeux Road, Central; +852 55960533
8. CrossFit Cavaliers
Focusing on functional training and HIIT, CrossFit Cavaliers’ FunFit is essentially the fitness club of the Kennedy Town CrossFit box. You’ll never get bored as the workouts are varied with a range of fitness equipment, including kettlebells, TRX and medicine balls combined with light resistance training to keep things interesting.
CrossFit Cavaliers, G/F 533-537 Queen's Road West, Shek Tong Tsui; +852 2573 1180
9. XP Fitness Hub
Tired of doing the same workout every day? XP Fitness Hub’s Surfset class is designed to challenge your body on the surfboard—which forces you to build your core strength and stabiliser muscles. The 45-minute surf-inspired movements are structured for optimal fat burn, toning and improved balance, so you can get that beach body ready for summer.
XP Fitness Hub, 4/F Li Dong Building, No. 9 Li Yuen Street East, Central, +852 2951 9178
Taking place in a boxing gym setting, this bootcamp at Impakt puts emphasis on cardio, strength and conditioning using free weights, medicine balls, kettlebells and bodyweight. Whether you’re looking to improve posture, build core strength or tone your body, this class is suitable for anyone who strives for a healthier lifestyle.
Impakt, 2/F, Wing’s Building, 110 – 116 Queen’s Road, Central; +852 2167 7218