Muay Thai has always been a staple in Hong Kong’s thriving fitness scene. Apart from the obvious self-defense element, Muay Thai is extremely effective in torching unwanted fat and improving your general cardiovascular level. A huge plus is it’s widely acknowledged to encourage positive mental health and a great de-stressor, which sometimes – is exactly what we need living in a hectic city like Hong Kong.
What is Muay Thai and how can it help?
Regarded as ‘The Art of Eight Limbs’, Muay Thai is a full contact sport which is characterised by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees and shins.
The nature of Muay Thai embodies a blend of HIIT intervals, cardio drills and strength sequences, which will improve your metabolism and shape you towards a lean, fighting fit physique. The force of each jab, cross and kick comes from your powerhouse – your core, which plays a huge part in shaping your obliques, abdominals and hips.
In collaboration with GuavaPass, we have enlisted some of the most elite Muay Thai/MMA studios in Hong Kong, just in time for you to finally kick start that new year’s resolution.
Impakt is one of the first MMA gyms to have opened in Hong Kong. They provide classes ranging from Muay Thai, boxing, Jiu-Jitsu, bootcamp to gymnastics, catering to cross fitness-budding amateurs, pro fighters, white collar professionals and kids.
All their professional trainers are on the top of their game, as most of them are still competing on a regular basis.
2/F, Wings Building, 110-116 Queen’s Road Central, Central
Versus Performance is a studio specialising in Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). The Versus experience can be summarised into one word: authentic. The classes are unpretentious, with a perfect blend of techniques and conditioning. They offer group classes in Muay Thai, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing.
5/F, Workington Tower, 78 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
POW Muay Thai and Fitness
POW boasts 3,000-square-feet studios in the heart of LKF and Causeway Bay. Classes are led by a team of Thai trainers, who are extremely welcoming no matter if you’re a beginner or a seasoned fighter. They also offer a range of yoga and HIIT classes.
2/F – 3/F, Tak Woo House, 1 Wo On Lane, Central, Hong Kong
1/F, Island Building, 439-445 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Founded by Master Tung-Hiu Tsoi, who has been awarded the “Best Muay Thai Instructor” and the “Best Professional Muay Thai Fighter” by the Hong Kong Muay Thai Association, The Ring offers a clean, spacious and comfortable gym setting. With a training team of more than 9 trainers, the classes are well-structured with a friendly atmosphere.
27/F, Li Dong Building, 9 Li Yuen Street East, Central, Hong Kong
2/F, Capital Commercial Building, 26 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Infinity Thai Boxing and Fitness
With classes emphasising more on the fitness aspect, expect an intense HIIT-based Muay Thai class at Infinity. Apart from Muay Thai, they offer aerial yoga and yoga wheel classes for some much-needed stretching afterwards.
2/F, Willie Building, 222-224 Des Voeux Road Central, Central
After the indulgent Chinese New Year feasts, GuavaPass is now offering ROUGH readers a discount code to kick start the new year. Use code ‘ROUGH4C’ for a four-class package at HK$538 (HK$50 off, regular price HK$588), or ‘ROUGH8C’ for an 8-class package at HK$988 (HK$100 off, regular price HK$1,088) for new GuavaPass users.
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