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.
Some of my favourite studios were:
Optimum Performance Studio
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.