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From powerlifting, Olympic weightlifting and strongman classes, we round up the best places to find weightlifting classes in Hong Kong

Looking to get stronger? Whether you’ve been hitting the gym for years, or if you’re just considering starting your weightlifting journey, joining a gym that specialises in weightlifting could help you reach your goals faster and teach you the correct form to avoid injury. 

While most commercial gyms put a heavy focus on bodybuilding weight machines and treadmills, in Hong Kong, there's been a growing number of boutique gyms that offer specialised weight training classes such as powerlifting, Olympic weightlifting and strongman.

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What’s Powerlifting?

Powerlifting focuses on three main lifts: the squat, bench press and deadlift. The focus in this sport is to lift as heavy as possible in lower repetitions, building up to the heaviest one rep max (1RM) possible. During the competition, athletes get three attempts at lifting the maximal weight on the three exercises. 

While powerlifters mainly focus on the core lifts, accessory exercises are important to help strengthen muscles that aid in stabilisation during the lifts in order to avoid injury and muscle imbalance. 

What’s Olympic Weightlifting?

Olympic weightlifting has been in every Summer Olympic Games since 1920. Consisting of two main movements: the snatch, and the clean and jerk, the former is a wide-grip lift where the weighted barbell is lifted overhead in one swift motion. The clean and jerk is a combination lift where the barbell is first lifted from the ground onto the front of the shoulders, followed by the shoulders to an overhead position, performing the jerk.

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What’s Strongman?

Strongman was previously a term used to refer to circus performers who would perform strength-based performances such as steel bending, chain breaking and bent pressing. However, strongman now refers to a type of functional strength training that uses non-traditional heavy objects to build overall strength. Whether it’s using beanbags, 30kg natural rocks, tires, or strongman logs. 

From powerlifting gyms, to Olympic weightlifting classes, and strongman classes, we list out the best weightlifting gyms in Hong Kong that’ll help you feel your strongest self yet. 

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Strength Culture

Offers: Powerlifting, Olympic Weightlifting, Strongman

Strength Culture focuses on all things related to strength and fitness. Founded by strongman coach and competitor, Ian Nam, the community at Strength Culture takes after his warm and encouraging personality. The gym recently moved to a larger space in August 2021 and the gym spans over two floors in the heart of Central. 

Powerlifting classes are broken down into three day splits, with a squat day, pull day, and push day scheduled in the week. Strongman classes are also divided into press days, deadlift & loading, and medley. While most classes run for an hour, Olympic weightlifting classes run slightly longer for an hour and a half as coach Rob Lee breaks down the class into different components from the lifts to accessory work that'll all aid in perfecting your Olympic lifting movements. The gym also offers kettlebell training, CrossFit-style Metcon, mobility, strength & conditioning classes and more. 

Strength Culture, G/F,  27-29 Li Yuen Street West, Central, Hong Kong, +852 55483571, strengthculturehk.com

Tidal Weightlifting

Offers: Olympic Weightlifting

A newcomer to Hong Kong’s boutique gym scene, Tidal Weightlifting is founded by couple Rachel Haslam and Jimmy Pang who have 20 years of combined experience in weightlifting. Offering Olympic-style weightlifting and beginner’s Olympic weightlifting classes, as well as mobility and strength & conditioning classes, Tidal Weightlifting’s wide range of classes will suit anyone from seasoned Oly lifters to complete beginners. 

Tidal Weightlifting, Tidal Weightlifting, G/F, Glenealy Mansion, 7 Glenealy, Central, Hong Kong, +852 6795 9922, tidal-weightlifting.com

Movement Academy

Offers: Powerlifting, Olympic Weightlifting, Strongman

From full-body workouts and endurance-focused classes, to powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting classes, Movement Academy in Wan Chai offers five different strength-based group classes. Their Chimera class focuses on your push and pull strength development through the deadlift and overhead press, while the Titan class is the powerlifting class which focuses on the three key lifts: squat, bench press and row as well as additional hip power development. 

Movement Academy, B/F Heng Shan Building, 141-145 Queen’s Road East Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 5722 2664, movement-academy.org

Coastal Fitness

Offers: Olympic Weightlifting 

North Point’s neighbourhood CrossFit box, Coastal Fitness offers more than just your regular CrossFit classes. Specially designed for CrossFiters who are looking to get even stronger through mastering the art of the barbell, the Barbell Class is a speciality class that works on all barbell elements such as Olympic weightlifting, to barbell cycling. 

Coastal Fitness, Victoria Centre, 15 Watson Road, North Point, Hong Kong, +852 2989 1900, coastalfitnesshk.com

Maximus Studio

Offers: Strongman

As a personal training-focused gym, Maximus Studio only offers one type of group class—Strongman. Welcoming first-timers to the class, each session is only open to five to six people to ensure that every participant gets enough guidance from the coach. 

Maximus Studio, 8/F, 69 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2151 2178, maximus-hk.com

Classic Strength Academy

Offers: Powerlifting

Classic Strength Academy is the place to go if you’re looking to make serious gains and learn proper powerlifting techniques with the guidance of experienced coaches. They offer individual one-on-one powerlifting training, two-people weekly team training, and online coaching. 

Classic Strength Academy, 6A, Victorious Factory Building, 35-37 Tseuk Luk St, San Po Kong, Hong Kong, classicsstrengthacademy.com

Ursus

Offers: Advanced Strongman

You may know Ursus for their intense Bear Camp functional training class, but they also offer advanced strongman group classes that are geared towards seasoned lifters. The class puts an emphasis on developing physical strength, power and speed—sign up only if you’re looking for a challenge. 

Ursus, G/F, Units 2-4, 64-68 Pok Fu Lam Road, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 2803 2774, ursusfitness.com

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