Cover Get your sweat on during your lunch hour at Hong Kong's leading fitness studios (Photo: Courtesy of Barre 2 Barre)

“Too busy to work out” is no longer an excuse with these quick lunch time gym classes

Let’s face it: a workout routine at 6am in the morning or after a long day at work is not for everyone. But that doesn’t mean you “don’t have the time to work out”. For many of us, lunch time is the only time of the day that we have to squeeze in a sweat session. Even if you are crunched for time, you can still get the most of a shorter workout by increasing the intensity—which results in a calorie burn that lasts after you finish the exercise.

With gyms finally reopening in Hong Kong after being closed since December, these fitness classes promise to push you to your limits during your lunch break. 

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Coastal Fitness

Class: Coastal30
Duration: 30 minutes

This high-energy 30-minute workout is a circuit-style training that incorporates bodyweight exercises and moderate loaded movements. Don’t be intimidated by the CrossFit set-up—this class is structured with a focus on conditioning and is suitable for all fitness levels. You're in good hands with coach Tammi and Babs, who run the programme and modify the exercises for individual needs.

Coastal Fitness, G/F, Shop 3, Victoria Centre 15 Watson Road, North Point,

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Ursus Fitness

Class: Turbo Ursus Fit, Bear Camp, Boxing, Muay Thai
Duration: 45 minutes

With a dynamic range of classes available during the lunch hour, Ursus’ Turbo classes are perfect for those of us who get bored at the gym easily. With a focus on strength and cardio, Ursus Fit and Bear Camp are designed to get the heart pumping, while the boxing and Muay Thai sessions involve pad and bag work drills combined with functional fitness to get you in fighting shape. 

Ursus Fitness, Unit 2-4, 64-68 Pok Fu Lam Road, Sai Ying Pun,

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Class: MegaKore
Duration: 45 minutes

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. 

H-Kore, 3/F, Emperor Commercial Centre, 39 Des Voeux Road, Central; Suite 1201, Dorset House, Taikoo Place, 979 King's Road, Quarry Bay,

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Class: Any
Duration: 45 minutes

Each of HIT45’s bootcamp-style class is structured with a mix of cardio and strength exercises to help you blast as many calories as possible within 45 minutes. The cardio part takes place on a self-powered treadmill to get your heart rate up, followed by strength training using dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine balls and body weight, which aim at increasing your muscular endurance.

HIT45, 1/F, Abdoolally House, 20 Stanley Street, Central,

Note: Due to Covid-19, HIT45's last day of operation is February 28, 2021. 

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Lights Out

Class: Classic, Blitz, HIIT
Duration: 45 minutes

Tried and tested, Lights Out’s boxing group classes get you pumped up with high-energy soundtracks and nightclub lighting while you alternate between boxing combos on the Aqua punching bags and floor workouts with dumbbells and bodyweight. Expect 45 minutes of intensive punching, lifting, sweating—and fun.

Lights Out,11/F, The Pemberton, 22-26 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan;

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Class: Strength and Endurance, Circuit Training
Duration: 50 minutes

TOPFIT’s circuit training workouts combine elements of cardio and strength training performed in cycles. You’ll be rotating from station to station to complete different sets of exercise, with minimal rest in between. The classes are varied to keep your body guessing and your muscles stimulated while you blast calories. Afterwards, grab a smoothie or a healthy protein bowl at TopFix, the studio's very own health-conscious cafe. 

TOPFIT, 6/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central,

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House of Fitness

Class: Functional Fitness, Lower Body Strength, Upper Body Strength
Duration: 55 minutes

Expect dimmed lights and pumping music when you step into this boutique gym in Sheung Wan—and be ready to get lit. House of Fitness offers a range of results-driven classes, from a full body workout to split trainings that focus on upper or lower body, to help you achieve your fitness goals.

House of Fitness, 18 Possession Street, Sheung Wan,

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Class: Switch, Cycle-Switch, Cycle-Turbo
Duration: 35-50 minutes

TORQ’s signature cycling classes are effective in shredding major calories, and you can still get your sweat on with a 35-minute CYCLE TURBO session even if you’re short on time. But it’s not all cycling at TORQ: try their SWITCH class for a HIIT class that uses TRX, free weights, kettlebells, sandbags, and ViPR to maximise your gains.

TORQ, 3/F, Abdoolally House, 20 Stanley Street, Central,

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Optimum Performance Studio

Class: PAVIGYM Cardio Boost, Powerplate Burn/ Strong, TRX and Powerplate, TRX Circuit
Duration: 50 minutes

The studio’s philosophy emphasises the importance of fusing fitness with play to make exercise functional and fun. Bored with the same workout routine? Spice it up with their PAVIGYM Cardio Boost, which utilises the functional zone, LED lighting, upbeat music, pressure sensitive wall and floor panels to create an interactive class that will make you forget you're working out. 

Optimum Performance Studio, 2/F, World Trust Tower, 50 Stanley Street, Central; 16/F, Cheuk Nang Centre, 9 Hillwood Road, Tsim Sha Tsui;

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Defin8 Fitness

Class: Abs Blaze, Body Pump, Reform8 
Duration: 50 minutes 

Get the most of a lunchtime workout at Defin8 Fitness, where you’ll be introduced to a diverse variety of classes to keep your fitness routine fun and interesting. 

This includes Reform8, a Pilates reformer class that combines dynamic movements aiming to strengthen and lengthen the muscles; Abs Blaze, a core-focused training with exercises that challenge deep abdominal muscles; and Body Pump, a full body workout using a barbell and light to moderate weights for anyone looking to get lean, toned and fit fast.

Defin8 Fitness, 8F & 9F Yu Wing Building, 66 Wellington Street, Central;

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Barre 2 Barre

Class: BarreAmped Express
Duration: 45 minutes 

Taking classic barre moves and amping them up with power, precision and focused intensity, Barre 2 Barre will help you burn as many calories as possible during your lunch break. 

From suspension, bootcamp to bounce (trampoline), the BarredAmped Express classes combine the benefits of HIIT, ballet, cardio and TRX exercises to sculpt your body and leave you feeling energised for the rest of the day. 

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This story was originally published on 11 January, 2019 and was updated on 18 February, 2021.

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