New year, new fitness goals. But for jet-setting movers and shakers, the constant travelling may mean a serious disruption to your fitness resolutions. Sure, you could work out at the hotel gym but there’s always a chance that the hotel’s fitness centre may not come with your favourite equipment.
Thankfully, most fitness clubs around the world make it as painless a process as possible to transition between countries. Some offer free trial passes for a quick pump in between busy schedule; others offer a membership that offers you access to all its branches abroad. Ahead, we’ve listed some global gym memberships to check out because we know nothing should stand in the way of you and your fitness goals.
One of the most popular gyms in Singapore, Fitness First offers a huge perk with its Platinum Passport membership: 30 complimentary visits every year to any of the Fitness First clubs in 13 countries, including those in Australia, the UAE, and all regions in Southeast Asia.
Not a member of Fitness First? Check out the gym’s facilities with minimal commitments as the clubs have varying free trial agreements — Australia gives you a three-day pass, while your visit to the Hong Kong franchise is limited to one.
GuavaPass is a platform that houses a collective of premium fitness studios, where it lets you book classes ranging from HIIT to meditation to callisthenics. This Singapore startup was founded in 2015 and has since expanded its reach to 12 cities, including Shanghai, Hong Kong, Manila, and Kuala Lumpur with a combined count of over 2,500 studio partnerships.
To book a class in one of the participating studios outside of Singapore, you’re required to be on the Unlimited Classes membership.
Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin conglomerate also has a foot in the fitness industry with Virgin Active Health Clubs. In Singapore, they have five locations scattered around the CBD. Members who are a part of Virgin Active’s Collection Club also have access to VA’s clubs around the world, including Australia, Thailand, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Italy, and the United Kingdom (the last location has some exclusions).
If you’re a member of Pure Fitness, it’s hard to find another gym elsewhere that comes close to its lustre. Thankfully, the fitness group also has swanky outposts in Hong Kong and Shanghai, plus yoga centres in Beijing and Taipei as well. You can expect similar environment in the other cities as well as its signature classes, including the world’s first 270° Immersive Fitness studio in the California Tower location in Hong Kong.
To gain access to the international clubs of Pure Fitness, you need to be on the “All Asia Contract”.
Want to workout like a celebrity? Barry’s Bootcamp is the fitness studio that has made high-intensity interval training a ritual for celebrities such as David Beckham, Harry Styles and the Kardashians clan. Just imagine working out in a nightclub to the latest beats. A typical class at Barry’s signature Red Room is split into 25 minutes of strength training and another 25 minutes of interval-based cardio.
Barry’s is located at over 24 cities, including major USA cities, London, Toronto, Dubai, Milan, and Sydney. For city hoppers, you can always just get a few classes at the cities you frequent.
People who frequent Equinox take fitness seriously, thanks to the ultra-luxurious setting that drives you to pump and work harder. Post workout pampering takes precedence here, with eucalyptus-scented towels and showers stocked with Kiehl’s hair and body products.
Equinox has over 90 clubs in over 13 cities in the USA, Canada, and the UK, and you can gain access to all of them with an E by Equinox membership.
This article was first published on AugustMan Online.
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