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!
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.
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.
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
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Brandon Chase is a writer, endurance athlete, and guide based in Maine. He is a former Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State and spent nearly a decade overseas serving at embassies in Egypt, Cyprus, and Pakistan.
Along with a 98-day thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, he has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, hiked the West Highland Way, fastpacked in the Himalayas, and trekked around New Zealand and South Africa. He also regularly competes in ultramarathons at the 50k, 50-mile, and 100-mile distances.