Gym Review: Sheraton Hong Kong

Location & Hours

I can’t recall which floor the Health Club is on, but it’s easy to find if you follow the signs. It’s open every day from 5:30AM – 10:00pm.

Atmosphere & Layout

It appears that this gym is used by locals as well as hotel guests. I can’t imagine why, given its size and range of equipment, but perhaps there are very few other options nearby. When you exit the elevator you are immediately confronted with a service desk, where you can book personal training and other services. Per usual, I breeze right by and never even sign in unless told to.

Immediately after passing the check-in desk, you are in the middle of the gym. The shape is essentially one long rectangle with cardio machines along the far wall and some machines sprinkled in the corners. At one end of the rectangle there is a raised platform with freeweights and at the other end is a Smith machine.

I was there at about 8am on a midweek morning and it was packed to the gills! There was a wait for almost all cardio machines and definitely all weight machines.

Machines & Freeweights

I was surprised to see a bench with an Olympic bar and weights. With that setup you can do just about everything! The dumbbell selection was good as well as they had a full rack up to 60lbs or so. That being said, the area was very small and it felt full with only a couple people working out. Very close quarters!

Cardio Equipment

The gym is outfitted with TechnoGym cardio equipment of decent quality. 5 or so treadmills, a couple of bikes, and two or three ellipticals. Each machine had their own TV and a decent view of Hong Kong harbor.

 Amenities 

They have a sauna, aerobics classes (although I didn’t see the room where they would take place) and offer personal training. Towels can be had at the desk and there is water cooler available.

Pool & Spa

Didn’t get a chance to check this out, unfortunately, but they have an outdoor pool which seemed to have a nice view of the harbor.

Summary

This is a tough gym to rate. On one hand, it has some decent freeweights and plentiful cardio equipment that allows for a perfectly good workout of almost any kind. The downside, of course,

My Gym Checklist:

  • At least one usable cardio machine – PASS
  • Dumbbells up to 50lbs or more – PASS
  • Squat Rack with olympic bar & plates – FAIL
  • Variety of usable machines – FAIL
  • Cable Crossover – PASS
  • Foam Roller(s) – PASS
  • Wifi that works in the gym – PASS
  • Not overcrowded – FAIL

OVERALL: PASS

 

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