Tried & Tested: Bikini Fit
We try out Hong Kong's top women's boot camp program, Bikini Fit.
The Tester: Kate Springer
The Basics: This is not your average boot camp. The women-only Bikini Fit program runs for 12-week cycles at a time, with six classes a week. You’ll also get access to one-on-one consultations, daily private Q&A sessions with coaches, educational workshops on everything from nutrition to injuries, emotional eating and juicing. There are four training locations—all outdoors—in Hong Kong Park, Sun Yat Sen Park, Kowloon Park and Victoria Park.
The Experience: The first week can be a bit intimidating for newcomers, as many of the women are returning for their second—or seventh!—cycle. However, coaches quickly get newbies up to speed, explaining complicated movements and lifting techniques. Every day the workout is different, with tabata interval timing, TRX suspension training, power ropes, dumbbells, yoga, boxing and, yes, even a little bit of running. Even though there are about 20 women in each session, the coaches make the extra effort to get to know each member. Even when I was traveling, my coaches were there to offer advice and workout ideas through a special travel Facebook group.
The Takeaway: Though it’s quite pricey, Bikini Fit delivers a personalized program unlike anything else available in Hong Kong. With dedicated coaches and a motivational community, this program is great for anyone who is serious about getting into shape.
$9,540 for 12-week cycle. 3/F, Hong Kong House, 17-19 Wellington St., Central, 2799-9603, www.bikinifit.com.hk