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Hong Kong, Personal Trainer

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 July, 2016, 11:55am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 5:16pm

The California Fitness gym chain has closed, leaving hundreds without a gym to work out in. Are you one of the recently de-workouted?

You don’t have to join a new gym to pump iron. Just use Hong Kong itself, which is full of ways to get you worked up and worked out.

Cardio: Get your heart into shape with these aerobic exercises.

Once a week: Trail Running. The incline on the way to Shek O is a great workout, and the distance will really keep your heart rate in the fat-burning zone. But what’s really most effective to get your heart working harder is when you chow down on an enormous plate of prawns and all the cholesterol clogs your arteries.

Once a week: Crunches. Getting the bill after a champagne brunch will really get your heart racing, especially when you count how many of your friends have done a runner without paying their share. Sprint out on the bill for an extra burst of adrenaline.

Twice a week: High Intensity Interval Training. In HIIT, bursts of hard activity are interspersed with short rests. To simulate this, try to walk down a Mong Kok street on a Sunday while weaving through slow-moving pedestrians.

Once a week: Bikram Yoga. Bikram “hot” yoga is all the rage. In this style of yoga, the room is heated in order to boost the sweat you produce. But yoga classes are expensive, and who has the time? Simply don your skinniest jeans and hike up Old Bailey Street at noon, and see your sweat flowing downhill behind you.

Gains: Pile on the muscle and make mad gains with these Hong Kong pumping tips.

Squats, 20 reps, 3 sets. Really give those muscles a workout by squatting outside the Jockey Club reading the Racing Post.

Trash cleanup, 15 reps, 3 sets. Lots of bending and reaching makes this full-body exercise very effective. This is a difficult movement, so make sure someone’s spotting you by scooping up all the trash in a convenient spot for you first.

Lat Pulldown. In this move, you reach up as far as you can and then pull the government to its knees! Smash the system! One set only.