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The ultimate gym chain comparison in 2023 | Helping you choose the right gym

There are lots of gyms out there, but knowing which to choose can be a tricky task. We’ve collated all the information so you don’t have to.

You’ve decided to join the gym; well done! Now, where do you start?

There are so many gyms to choose from. Selecting the best gym for you will depend on what you want to get out of your gym experience. Some people want to join the classes, whereas others just want a wide array of equipment to choose from.

When you go to some franchised gym websites, it’s hard to know whether there’s a joining fee, or what the weekly cost will be. Don’t worry, we’ve gathered all the information for you so that you can see what each gym offers and if it suits your needs.

So, whether you’re after a gym with a wide range of classes or one that’s open 24 hours, our ultimate gym comparison guide is here to help.

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Compare the gyms in Hong Kong:

GymNumber of gymsJoining fee?Cost24 hours?ClassesFurther information
Pure Fitness8NoApproximately $1,388 per monthNoYesFull review
4Ward Fitness1NoFrom $599 per monthYesYesFull review
Anytime Fitness9NoFrom $518 per monthYesNoFull review
Utime Fitness Studios2$500$649 per month#4wardfitness#YesNoFull review
H-Kore2NoPrices start at $300 per classNoYesFull review
Flex Studio2NoPrices start at $280 per classNoYesFull review
Coastal Fitness Performance1NoFrom $1,700 per monthNoYesFull review
Pherform1NoFrom $2,400 per monthNoYesFull review
Strive Fitness1No$2,300 per monthNoYesFull review
HIT451NoFrom $295 per sessionNoYesFull review

Pure Fitness

1. Pure Fitness

Joining fee: No sign-up fee.

Cost of membership: Prices are not published; however, member reviews suggest that it’s around $1,388 per month.

24 hours: No. Pure Fitness gyms are open daily from 6am-12am.

Classes: Yes, there are a great range of group fitness classes including popular training sessions like Les Mills, TRX, Pilates and Cycling.

Facilities: Pure Fitness offers a fantastic range of strength-building, weight training and cardio equipment for both group and personal training sessions. From free weights and exercise balls to resistance bands, cross trainers and beyond, get fit your preferred way here.

Cons: Membership prices aren’t published.

4Ward Fitness

2. 4Ward Fitness

Joining fee: No additional joining fee.

Cost of membership: Membership prices vary depending on your chosen plan but start at $599 per month.

24 hours: Yes. Plus, 4Ward Fitness is staffed at all times.

Classes: 4Ward Fitness has a great range of contemporary workout classes including Holofit, LED Yoga, Kpop dance and more.

Facilities: All the usual gym facilities are available for all, including weights and muscle-training equipment as well as cardio workout machines such as rowers, treadmills and exercise bikes. In addition, members can take advantage of the high-speed Wi-Fi access and electronic locker keys for advanced storage safety.

Cons: Only one location in Mong Kok.

Anytime Fitness

3. Anytime Fitness

Joining fee: There are no up-front costs to become a member.

Cost of membership: Prices aren’t published; however, you can expect to pay around $518 per month and regular promotional discounts such as 10 months for the price of 12 when you pay in advance are usually available. If you are planning late night workout sessions, you’ll also need to pay an additional fee for a key fob to access the gym outside of the staffed hours.

24 hours: Yes. However, staffed hours vary from one location to the next.

Classes: No. Anytime Fitness does not currently offer any group training sessions or classes.

Facilities: All the usual gym facilities are available here, including weights and muscle-training equipment as well as cardio workout machines such as rowers, treadmills and exercise bikes.

Cons: No classes. Prices vary and aren’t published.

Utime Fitness Studios

4. Utime Fitness Studios

Joining fee: $500 upon sign-up.

Cost of membership: $649 per month for a rolling monthly subscription or $6,490 per year when you pay for a 12-month subscription in a single transaction. Short-term memberships are also available at $150 for 1 day, $380 for 7 days and $1,050 for 30 days.

24 hours: Yes, both Utime Fitness Studios locations offer member access 24/7.

Classes: Unfortunately, this gym doesn’t currently offer any exercise classes or group training sessions.

Facilities: Facilities include on-hand personal trainers, cardio, functional training, free weights and machine weight areas, plus all the usual gym equipment suspects.

Cons: No classes, which can be off-putting for some potential members.


5. H-Kore

Joining fee: No joining fee applies.

Cost of membership: H-Kore is unique in that all its sessions are class based. Check out the table below for a detailed list of the current class prices.

There are also personal training sessions and private group classes available.

24 hours: No. H-Kore is open 7am-10pm daily.

Classes: All exercises are class-based. Members can choose to tailor their subscription to their preferred exercise style, be it studio-based classes like yoga, or those from the innovative MegaKore series.

Facilities: Unlike most gyms, there is no cardio or machine-based exercise equipment here. However, you will have access to all the equipment needed during the various classes.

Cons: All exercising here is class-based.

Name of packClasses includedNumber of creditsCost
All access trial packAll classes included2$350
Studio trial pack (Quarry Bay only)Yoga Flow, Yoga Sculpt, CircuitKore Signature and CircuitKore Bodyweight2$300
Single MegaKoreMegaKore, KettleKore, Pre and Post Natal classes1$350
MegaKore 6 PackMegaKore, KettleKore, Pre and Post Natal classes6$2,040
MegaKore 10 PackMegaKore, KettleKore, Pre and Post Natal classes10$3,300
MegaKore 20 PackMegaKore, KettleKore, Pre and Post Natal classes20$6,200
MegaKore 40 PackMegaKore, KettleKore, Pre and Post Natal classes40$12,000
MegaKore 60 PackMegaKore, KettleKore, Pre and Post Natal classes60$16,800
Single Studio classYoga Flow, Yoga Sculpt, CircuitKore Signature and CircuitKore Bodyweight1$300
10 Studio classesYoga Flow, Yoga Sculpt, CircuitKore Signature and CircuitKore Bodyweight10$2,600
20 Studio classesYoga Flow, Yoga Sculpt, CircuitKore Signature and CircuitKore Bodyweight20$4,800

Flex Studio

6. Flex Studio

Joining fee: There is no additional joining fee.

Cost of membership: Flex Studio charges on a class-by-class basis. Entry can be paid in cash or credit. See more below:

Class typeRetail priceCredit price
Group Class$340$280
Allegro Class$380$320
Pilates Trio$485$450

Personal and private training sessions are also available and you’ll find all the prices on the website.

24 hours: No. Opening hours are 7:30am-9pm Monday-Friday and 8am-6pm on Saturday. Both studios are closed on Sundays.

Classes: Yes. All exercising at Flex Studios is class-based and, as the settings focus on enhancing flexibility, you’ll find that all classes are focused around yoga and/or pilates.

Facilities: Flex Studios offers a calming and serene setting to maximise the effectiveness of every class.

Cons: Whilst this would be ideal for fans of yoga and pilates-based exercise, the options would be too limited for many.

Coastal Fitness Performance

7. Coastal Fitness Performance

Joining fee: No sign-up fee.

Cost of membership: Prices aren’t published; however, you can expect to pay something like $1,700 per month.

24 hours: No. Opening hours are 5:15am-9pm Monday to Friday, 7:30am-3pm on Saturday and 8am-12pm on Sunday.

Classes: There is a great range of classes available focusing on strength and conditioning, cardio and functional gymnastics. There’s even a barbell club for weight-lifting enthusiasts.

Facilities: This gym offers all the basic gym equipment you’d expect to find at a well-equipped fitness centre. There’s an amazing range of cardio equipment, a wide selection of free weights and kettlebells and plenty of space to add some floor-based exercises into your workout regime.

Cons: Only one location. Seems pricey when compared with other gym memberships.


8. Pherform

Joining fee: No joining fee.

Cost of membership: Pherform prices aren’t published; however, unlimited access memberships start at around $2,400 per month.

24 hours: No. Opening hours are 6am-8:30pm Monday to Friday and 8am-2pm on Saturdays. The gym is closed on Sundays.

Classes: As a Pherform member you’ll be able to access classes ranging from Blasther and Boxher to Sculpther, Ignither and Restorher.

Facilities: This females-only gym offers everything you need to slim, sculpt and maintain your body shape. Access cardio equipment, free weights, machine weights and all the latest gym-based accessories here.

Cons: This gym is exclusively for women. Sorry guys.

Strive Fitness

9. Strive Fitness

Joining fee: Free to sign up.

Cost of membership: New members benefit from an introductory rate of $1,000 for a one-month unlimited membership. Thereafter, adults will need to pay $2,300 per month, $6,000 per quarter, $11,100 every 6 months or $20,400 per year to continue their membership.

10-session flexi packs are also available for $2,500 or you can pay $280 on a drop-in basis.

24 hours: No. The opening times are 7:30am-8:30pm Monday to Friday and 9am-2pm on Saturdays. Strive Fitness is closed on Sundays.

Classes: Yes. Classes include 3D burn, 3D sculpt, 3D perform and 3D pump. There’s something for everyone here, whatever your body goals may be.

Facilities: You’ll find everything you need to shed pounds, bulk up those muscles or tone to perfection at Strive Fitness. Access cardio machines, weight machines, free weights, kettlebells and plush mats for floor-based exercises too.

Cons: Only one location. Quite highly priced.

Hit 45

10. HIT45

Joining fee: No sign-up fees.

Cost of membership: Memberships can be paid monthly, weekly or on a session-by-session basis. A single session is $295, unlimited access for 7 days is $750 and unlimited access for a one-month period is $2,500.

You can also purchase a 10-class package for $2,200. Plus, first-time Hong Kong residents enjoy a 5-day free trial.

24 hours: No. The gym is open 6:30am-8pm Monday to Thursday, 6:30am-7pm on Fridays and 10am-1pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Classes: Yes. All exercise here is class-based.

Facilities: You’ll be able to access all the equipment required for each training session. There’s also well-equipped changing rooms, storage lockers and an exclusive, on-site protein bar.

Cons: Only one gym. No free-training access.

Top 6 tips before you join a gym

  • Make sure you check the location of the clubs. If the gym you want to join is closer to your home or work, you’re more likely to keep going. There is no point joining a gym that you have to travel an hour to get to – let’s be realistic.
  • Think about what you want to get out of the gym. Are you better off attending classes or are you motivated enough to keep going with your own routines? Choose the gym that fits in with what you want to do whilst you’re there.
  • Use free trials. Don’t be scared to walk into a gym and get a 7-day trial. This is going to be the best way for you to find out if the gym offers you what you want. Also trialling a gym out at the time you’d be going is a great way of finding out if it’s going to be too busy at your preferred times.
  • Make sure you can afford the monthly payments. You don’t want to sign yourself into a yearly contract and then find out you can’t afford to eat for the rest of the month! No-one wants that. And cancelling your contract can be costly.
  • Freeze your account. If you know you’re going away for a few months and won’t be using the gym, look into whether your gym offers the ability to freeze your account. Most gyms will freeze your account for eight weeks (often reducing the total payment to a few dollars a week, or maybe even zero), but it’s worth checking first.
  • Sign up to a gym in person. Often when you actually sit with someone in a gym, they can offer you a few free personal training sessions or a reduced price. There is no harm in asking. They may even be running a promo that you don’t know about.

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