Sai Kung fitness – run, stretch, play, dance or join a team
Our quaint little town is teeming with exercise options. Be it team sports, yoga, pilates or an outdoors adventures, Sai Kung fitness has all it all. Check out our roundup of ideas to stay fit both to keep those resolutions, and all-year-round.
Yoga & Pilates
Clearwater Bay-based yoga teacher Julie Dixon runs popular Sai Kung fitness classes at the Adventist College on Pak To Avenue (Tuesdays, 9am-10.15am and 7.30pm-8.45pm) and the Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club (Saturdays, 9.30am- 10.45am and 11am-12.15pm). All levels are welcome and Dixon offers variations on the poses to make them suitable for beginners or more challenging for the experienced. Classes are $150 each.
Contact: 9285 9199
This studio takes the philosophy that yoga is more than physical postures, but a way to a more conscious life, heightening your awareness of yourself, the people around you and the environment. Classes are small for a more relaxed environment and to meet individual needs. Private group and individual classes can be held in your own home or at the beach. Single classes are $160-$600 with packages for $500-$1,200.
2/F, 32A Po Tung Road, Sai Kung, 6112 1826
Yoga instructor Barbara Dudman won’t simply guide you through poses in a studio, but will get you out, onto a boat and hiking through Sai Kung’s beautiful countryside to Tai Long Wan and beyond. Her Sai Kung fitness philosophy is rooted in outside yoga, maintaining the discipline forces impenetrable bonds between you and nature. Yoga B hikes are $300, including yoga, lunch and a boat ride.
For details, call 6076 7134 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the heart of Sai Kung, YoYo’s popular yoga classes and meditation are designed to strengthen body and mind. The teachers are friendly, fully trained and patient with students of all levels. Classes are $150 each, with monthly passes available for $500 to $1,200 depending on number of classes. Cash only. Book online
25 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung, 5331 4660
Increased flexibility, core strength and improved posture and body awareness are some of the benefits of Pilates. Certified instructor Rhonda Scott, who recently moved to Hong Kong from Sydney, offers group sessions for all levels at the Adventist College in Clearwater Bay every Monday morning and evening. Group packages available. Bikini season is not as far off as you think so start getting some Pilates under your belt now. Details at email@example.com
The Studio offers a wide range of fitness activities. Hatha yoga is suitable for people of all ages and levels of fitness. It involves practicing the postures (asanas) and breath control (pranayama) to promote strength, flexibility, and relaxation. Pre-natal yoga is available on Tuesdays, 5pm, and Pilates is available daily at various times. No membership is necessary and walk-ins ($160) are welcome. Packages range from $750 to $1,500. Dance options available below too.
1/F, 28 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung, 2791 9705
The Yoga House
Sai Kung-based yoga instructor Emma Linnitt hosts classes for up to 10 people almost every morning plus Tuesday evenings. Beginners are welcome, with classes modified according to the ability of its participants. Equipment such as mats and blocks is provided.
To contact, call 9268 9131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Run by Symone Dolai and her team, pole fitness classes are designed to build strength, flexibility and endurance. You’ll be spinning around poles or hanging suspended from hoops and long trails of silk, flexing your core and upper body muscles.
2/F, 16 Yi Chun Street, Sai Kung, 2543 0198
Shake your booty at weekly Zumba classes for grown-ups, 9.15am-10.15am. Packages for three months are $2,200.
Shaw House, Shaw Studios, Clearwater Bay Road, 2705 9538
A long list of dance classes includes everpopular Zumba, always a fun session, as well as salsa, merengue, reggaeton, and Cumbia. No membership is necessary and walk-ins are welcome. Single classes $160, packages available.
1/F, 28 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung, 2791 9705
Adult sport teams
Started by a football enthusiast in 2009, the Casual Football Network is for amateur soccer players looking for a casual game and to meet new people. It organises at least three games a week, usually on Hong Kong island ($20- $60 during the week, $30-$60 at weekends), with players signing up online on a first-come, first-served basis, with a strict no-show policy. Register now.
Duck! The Hong Kong Dodgeball Association is holding tryouts this month for the spring season. Plenty of teams are looking for new players who can dodge, throw or just have fun. Matches are held across Hong Kong island usually on week nights (excluding Friday), 10pm-11pm, with tournaments at weekends. Or form your own team of at least 12 players.
Details at www.hkdodgeball.com
If you can swim and are reasonably fit, the Blue Sky dragon-boat team wants you. Its mixed team attracts incredible people from all sorts of backgrounds who enjoy power-paddling to the finish line. Training is held on Monday and Wednesday evenings, 7.30pm-9pm, with six races yearly. Prefer SUP? Blue Sky also has a new Stand-up Paddle Board team, kayaking and various other Sai Kung fitness options to keep you occupied.
Pass it on, ladies… the Sai Kung Stingrays netball team has unlimited openings for women who play a decent game and are reasonably fit. The Stingrays play in the LCSD Hong Kong Netball League, but there’s a “social” team for the less competitive.
A full season is $1,000, including team entry fee, HKNA deposit and kit. However, as the season ends in April, you can join at a reduced price or try out as a “guest” for free. Games are played on Monday evenings. Details from netball convenor Sid Duguid, email@example.com.
Island-based Hong Kong Typhoons RFC is welcoming players of all abilities, ages and nationalities. It has a work-hard, play-hard ethic, with plenty of after-training socialising in the bar. In addition to social rugby, Typhoons play Division 4 Rugby and in tournaments in Hong Kong and overseas. Training is held on Mondays at Happy Valley (pitch eight) 7.30pm-9pm and Thursdays at Causeway Bay Sports Ground, Tin Hau, at 7.30pm. For details, contact Quinny at firstname.lastname@example.org
Endurance and adventure races
Nothing says fitness like a marathon or endurance training. And Hong Kong’s endurance running and adventure races cluster are plentiful. Though they occur mostly in the cooler months, they’re still a great way to motivate yourself and get involved in one of the many Sai Kung fitness options available to train and stay fill. January sees the Clearwater Bay Chase and the the Hong Kong Marathon. Check out Action Asia’s busy calendar of adventure races online for a full itinerary of annual events. Plus keep an eye on the June registration deadlines for autumn’s big events, Moontrekker and Trailwalker.