If you haven’t heard of CrossFit yet, then you might actually be living under a rock. Like green juices, mindfulness and sexy sneakers, CrossFit has entered our cultural lexicon and there’s now a global community of fanatically happy CrossFitters running around telling how CrossFit has changed their life and generally making the rest of us feel pretty lazy.
Quick recap: CrossFit is a high-intensity training philosophy that combines elements of cardio, weightlifting, gymnastics, and core training. It is well known to be the favored regimen of US Marines. Yup, you read that right. There’s also very specific lingo involved in being a CrossFitter: studios are known as boxes and your daily session is known as a WOD (aka ‘workout of the day’). A typical sesh involve runs, burpees, dead lifts, and pull-ups. Whether your goal is to improve your fitness or to lose a few pounds, CrossFit is a fantastic choice: yes the workout is great, but you also get to be part of a powerful community both here in Hong Kong and across the world. Here are Hong Kong’s best CrossFit gyms. Or should we say boxes…
At CrossFit 852, get ready to leave your ego at the door. They opened their Central location in 2013 and as one of the city’s CrossFit pioneers, they continue to purposely keep their classes small to ensure high-quality and interactive experiences between trainers and trainees. With a large selection of top-end equipment such as kettle bells, dumbbells, wall balls and more, you are guaranteed to achieve fantastic levels of soreness. We also love that they provide an OnRamp fundamentals course: their mandatory five-hour course for anyone who wants to train in their group classes. Perfect to ensure you know what’s what and to avoid injuries due to bad form. You can drop in and attend a session starting at HKD 250 per class.
1/F, Li Dong Building: 9 Li Yuen Street East, Central, Hong Kong.
+852 2205 0338; firstname.lastname@example.org
Fitness Academy HK
As the largest CrossFit facility on the eastern part of Hong Kong Island, Fitness Academy HK is home to Quarry Bay’s CrossFit community. Providing WODs that emphasize functional movements such as squatting, jumping, push-ups, pull-ups and dead lifts. Fitness Academy HK is equipped with the full range of gear and also offers lifting classes. Their monthly packages start from HKD 2,800 with unlimited access to all CrossFit classes and open gym hours. They also offer a weekends-only special at HKD 1,500 per month.
Fitness Academy: Shop D, King’s View Court, 901-907 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong.
+852 3708 8190; email@example.com
CrossFit Typhoon offers a mandatory Fundamentals course that provides personalized instruction and introduces all core movements of CrossFit. Members are required to book their sessions via Zenplanner, making it easy to keep track of classes on-the-go. Aside from WODs, Crossfit Typhoon also provides Boot Camp classes that are designed to give an all-around workout to improve the fitness level, involving all stages of circuit-training and strength-oriented exercises. It is all about minimizing distractions and transitioning to the more intermediate group courses. Their monthly memberships start from HKD 2,400 with unlimited access to all group training sessions (except kids classes).
CrossFit Typhoon: G/F, 38-40 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
+852 2858 8864; firstname.lastname@example.org
Reebok CrossFit Asphodel
Located in Chai Wan, Reebok CrossFit Asphodel is on a mission to provide the ideal workout for anyone who is not only focused on achieving their fitness goals, but also yearning for a community to achieve their goals with. Reebok CrossFit Asphodel specializes in a unique CrossFit service called the 12-week challenge and it is essentially a mentoring program that covers all aspects of a fitness regimen. Aside from a guide that calculates your workout routine, the challenge is enhanced by a nutritional management guide that monitors not just what you burn, but also what you consume. You can opt for this nutrition support separately. Their monthly memberships start at HKD 2,000 for a 12-month class card.
Reebok CrossFit Asphodel: G/F, Fook Hing Building, 33 Lee Chung Street, Chai Wan, Hong Kong.
+852 3568 7719; email@example.com
With approximately 2,000 square feet of training space, CrossFit Cavaliers is Kennedy Town’s first CrossFit box dedicated to all things CrossFit (you may remember them from Happy Valley, they moved a few months back). No fancy, over-the-top machines here: just lots of really, really heavy objects for you to lift. Their classes are all about maximizing your fitness potential and they assign multiple coaches per class to watch you closely. They also provide an outdoor multi-level fitness program they call Fun Fitness, which they conduct around Kennedy Town by the park or the promenade.
CrossFit Cavaliers: 533-537 Queen’s Road West, Hong Kong.
+852 2573 1180/+852 2573 1190; firstname.lastname@example.org
Coastal Fitness Performance Training
Coastal Fitness HK provides an exceptional CrossFit experience in the North Point ‘hood. With training sessions based on traditional strength training, Olympic weightlifting, and gymnastics, Coastal Fitness’ conditioning facility offers group and individual classes. On top of their physical offerings, Coastal Fitness provides an online portal for their specialists to coach you via the internet. They are known on the fitness scene for their Online Weightlifting Coach program run by three-time US Olympian and Bronze Medalist Cheryl Haworth. In addition, Coastal Fitness provides provide nutritional and lifestyle consultation services. Contact them directly for pricing information.
Coastal Fitness HK: 3/F, Block C, Sea View Estate, 8 Watson Road, North Point, Hong Kong.
+852 2512 2262; email@example.com
Epic MMA’s Crossfit 9 Dragons
August 2017 Update: Epic MMA has closed down.
Epic MMA & Fitness is an expert in all things muscle, so we’re not surprised that thy are also CrossFit affiliated. With 2 locations in Hong Kong, CrossFit 9 Dragons offers a unique experience for anyone from novices to seasoned gym buffs. Their on-ramp session is conducted as four private 1 on 1 sessions, designed to introduce the fundamental CrossFit movements and routines that you will be doing on a daily basis. In the same session, your coach will also be answering all your questions regarding training, supplementation, recovery and nutrition. It doesn’t even matter what your fitness level is, or how long you’ve actually spent in the gym prior to joining. Contact them directly for pricing information.
Epic MMA’ s CrossFit 9 Dragons Central: 1/F, China Building, 29 Queen’s Road Central; +852 2525 2833
Epic MMA’s CrossFit 9 Dragons Tung Chung: Seaview Crescent G/F, Shop F, 8 Tung Chung Waterfront Road, Tung Chung, Lantau Island; +852 2786 9699.
LRCF Fitness Box
For all you budding CrossFitters in the Kowloon area, LRCF Fitness Box is a fitness box located in Mong Kok. Their facilities are fully equipped with Rogue CrossFit facilities for functional CrossFit training, Olympic lifting, body weight exercises, and even gymnastics. They also provide weight management and nutrition advice for those aiming to improve their metabolic workings. Kids and elderly fitness classes are available too, which is fun. Free trials available, contact them directly for pricing information.
LRCF Fitness Box: G/F, 25 Tong Mi Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
+852 2658 6218; firstname.lastname@example.org
Named because the classes were originally held in public parks, Fitness Playground is helping bring CrossFit to the Kowloon crew. Fitness Playground offers multiple WODs per day, seven days a week, so you can always get your sweat on. In addition to traditional CrossFit sessions, they also offer open-gym sessions, personal training and specialty classes such as cardio, fundamentals and yoga to help round out your fitness routine. Free trial classes are available and after that classes are HKD 250 each. They also offer a variety of membership packages starting at HKD 1,900 per month for a 12-month package.
Unit 04A, G/F, Proficient Industrial Center, 6 Wang Kwun Road, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
+852 3105 9576; email@example.com
Images courtesy of: Pexels (lead photo), CrossFit 852, Fitness Academy HK, Reebok CrossFit Asphodel, CrossFit Cavaliers, Coastal Fitness, EPIC MMA’s 9 Dragons and Fitness Playground.