Torque Cycle, one of Hong Kong's top boutique fitness studios to try out

#HotinHK: Boutique fitness vs. chain gyms

Which is better?

But first, know thyself. Ever felt intimidated in a large, crowded gym? Annoyed by personal trainers pushing 1-on-1 sessions on you? Or simply frustrated by the very prospect of ridiculously expensive contracts? We’ve all been there.

In Hong Kong, more and more people have been following the boutique fitness trend lately; they find these studios to be a great alternative to commercial gyms.

From our humble observation, boutique fitness studios are created from a place of genuine love and passion for fitness that rings “personal” as far as experience is concerned. They also provide uniquely fun ways to keep fit, evident with their larger variety of specialty fitness activities compared to those offered in commercial gyms. After all, there are only so many hours you can spend on the treadmill.

At boutique studios, you get to learn even more from qualified, experienced trainers who are hired to focus on you, your workout and your well-being, rather than your ability to help them achieve their sales target for the month. There’s also the perk of enjoying small classes where you the attention you get feels so much more personal and therefore motivating. Then, there’s the connection built with other fitness lovers who, to your amazement, share your goals and passion.

Here are thus some of our favourite boutique fitness studios in Hong Kong, that are (ahem) available on KFit. Have you given them a try? We have!

1. Yoga BamBam


Off the beaten track, YogaBamBam’s warm, chic design encourages you to breathe in and relax. We love how the small classes and freelance teachers ensure we get lots of individual attention.

2. Fit Lab


There’s lots of variety at boutique gyms too: at Fit Lab, you can exercise on your own, get a full body workout with TRX, learn jazz dance, or find balance with yoga.

3. The Ring


With a highly skilled sport like Thai kickboxing, you’d want to learn from the best. The Ring provides training for both amateur and professional fighters under the guidance of founder Master Tung-hiu Tsoi, who has been named the ‘Best Muay Thai Instructor’ and the ‘Best Professional Muay Thai Fighter’ by the Hong Kong Muay Thai Association.


Acro circus, fly yoga, and pole dancing? Why not! Empower yourself with daring new moves, taught by licensed and experienced international instructors in a safe, professional environment at Aerial Arts Academy.


Marry your love for dance and exercise at The Dance Academics where you can meet other fitness fans with the same passion! There’s lots to try: Latin dance, urban dance, jazz funk, hip hop, Kpop, and more.


My Fitness understands that different people have different needs. It aims to make fitness fun and enjoyable by taking into consideration your personal athletic ability and fitness goals, and providing nutritional advice, physical therapy, and one-on-one training.


Torq Cycle is the first independent studio to bring indoor cycling to Hong Kong! The hottest new trend in the fitness world, each session of high energy cycling is synced to exhilarating music set by in-house DJs.


Bond with friends and co-workers over a round of laser tag in a spaceship themed setting – LaserMads‘ thrilling games prove that fitness can be lots of fun!

What do you think of the boutique fitness trend? Let us know if you are #TeamChainGym or #TeamBoutiqueStudio!

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