5 Reasons Why GuavaPass Is The Only Gym Membership You Need

Getting a gym membership in Hong Kong can be an absolute nightmare; from trying to find the right gym with the right price in the right area. Thankfully, GuavaPass, a completely new way to go about becoming more healthy and fit, has come to Hong Kong to make working out easier and more fun (and without those frustrating contracts). I was able to do a two-week trial with GuavaPass and I honestly loved every second of it. Being an avid gym-goer for well over five years, I wasn’t sure if GuavaPass would be able to actually leave me wanting to switch gyms after the two weeks. I was – you guessed it – very wrong.

1. Variety of Classes

Whether you’re into yoga, bootcamp, spin, HIIT, dance, Pilates, or boxing, GuavaPass has it all. The classes are so diverse that, regardless of what you’re interested in, you’re guaranteed to find a handful of classes that you’ll love (there’s even pole dancing!). GuavaPass is also a great way to try all of the studios around HK. Since you don’t have to commit to a specific gym, you’re able to drop in for a session and if you’re not a big fan, you never have to go back again. As you continue to return to specific studios, the trainers will begin to recognize you and will actually cater to your specific needs, which makes for an incredibly challenging and fun workout.

2. Make New Friends

At first, I didn’t know anyone in the classes I went to, but after the first three or so classes, I began to see some of the same people. It was super easy to speak with them, what with our common interest in getting our butt’s kicked at these fitness classes, and eventually we exchanged contact info and tried to schedule our classes at the same time. Joining GuavaPass is a great opportunity to meet like-minded individuals, whether you’ve just moved to HK or have lived here for many years.

3. Locations all Around Hong Kong

Regardless of where you live in the city (to a certain extent), there is likely a fitness studio available on GuavaPass nearby. Almost all of the gym classes I was interested in were located in and around Central, which was super convenient as I could walk to all of them. If you don’t live near Central, don’t worry – there’s plenty of gyms across the harbour and around Wan Chai.  Don’t live near there, either? Thankfully Hong Kong has an awesome public transportation system that will get you there in no time (trust me, it’ll be worth the trip).

4. Great Value

For only HK$899 per month with no contract to tie you in (though you likely won’t want to leave once you get into it), you really can’t beat GuavaPass’s great value. Considering most of the gym classes offered on GuavaPass cost about HK$200-300 per drop-in session, if you go a minimum of five times a month, it’ll be worth your while. Many of these studios cost upwards of HK$2000 per month for a package, so you really are getting a great deal with GuavaPass.

5. GuavaPass will get you into the Best Shape of your Life*

You’ll become obsessed with planning out your gym schedule each week (GuavaPass’s app makes this super easy) and will begin to plan your days around your classes. You’ll look forward to your fitness classes, not only for the incredible workout, but for all the great people you’ve met or are going to meet. I can honestly say (and this is coming from someone who goes to the gym almost every day and does weight training, cardio, spin, and pump) that in the two weeks I used GuavaPass, I was in the best shape I’ve been in in a long time.

*Of course, you also have to eat a well-balanced diet in order to see the best results.

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Some of my favourite studios were:
URSUS Fitness
Crossfit 852
Torq Cycle
Flex Studio
Optimum Performance Studio 

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Sign up HERE and you’ll get HK$200 off your first month!


*Note: I no longer use GuavaPass – their monthly rates increased exponentially, and they changed their terms with some fitness studios and the number of classes allowed per month, so it’s not as good value as it once was.

9 thoughts on “5 Reasons Why GuavaPass Is The Only Gym Membership You Need”

  1. Am really enjoying Guava too! Had one place try and give me a sales pitch and asked if I was a member of any gym and I said yes Guava. They were not impressed!

  2. Be warned about GuavaPass! Their business practice is unethical. They cheated my daughter of 5 months subscription (There was zero attendance for these 5 months). My daughter thought she signed up for a one-month promotional subscription last May, for the duration of her one-month summer vacation. From the day she went back to Med School after her vacation she was just too busy to realize that they had continued charging her credit card until I checked with her why the continued charges they were making on her extension credit card.

    We wrote them a very strong email letter that they were to cease and desist from further charging subscription which had zero attendance for five months. I demanded a full refund but all they were willing to accommodate was a one-month refund. They got US$300 subscription through unfair means. Now you will understand why when others are finding it difficult GUAVAPASS makes easy sales.

    1. Hi Elaine,

      So sorry to hear about that – sounds incredibly frustrating! I know that if you sign up (at least back when I was looking into it), they keep charging your card each month unless you give them written notice that you want to stop. Shame they didn’t make that clear to your daughter.
      I go to Pure now and absolutely love it – would highly recommend it!
      Thanks for sharing your story. Always interesting to hear about other people’s experiences.

    2. Hi Elaine,

      I’m very sorry to hear about your daughter’s negative experience with GuavaPass. It states on the purchase page that all our memberships are subscription based and auto-renew every month unless it is cancelled online. I’m sorry if she missed this. Unfortunately we do not issue any refunds as stated on our FAQ page.

      The GuavaPass Team

  3. Agree- used to use Guava in Shanghai until they dramatically increased their rates and and changed their terms with little warning. A few other expats I know stopped using it due to this and we just signed up with a fitness studio that we liked from Guava that offered the widest range of classes (Hiit, yoga, spin, barre)

    1. Hi Sarah,
      Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I definitely agree that GuavaPass is useful if you want to trial a handful of gyms and then choose the one that you enjoy the most – certainly a smart idea!

  4. Hi,

    Have you tried Kfit? Is the pricing also kind of ridiculous?

    Looking for a good classes solution while here for 3 months

    1. Hi Katie,
      I haven’t tried KFit, but I did download the app and looked into it.. it just wasn’t for me. Yes, it was cheaper, but the classes offered were VERY limited for my liking. Not sure what it’s like now, though. Download the app and have a look for yourself before you pay the fee.

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