Summer is nearly upon us and if you’ve been hibernating the last few months, it’s time to finally put on your exercise gear and whip yourself back into shape. We line up five sport, fitness and dance studios that have training sessions so flexible you’ll be able to juggle them between your packed schedules.
Improve your tennis game while getting a real cardio workout with sportED
Looking to master the fundamentals at tennis or to improve your game? Professional tennis trainers at sportED led by Alan Wright, a former ATP player from the UK, have classes for adults where you have the freedom to drop in to multiple classes each week and get to play with others at your level. They’ve also introduced Cardio Tennis, a high-energy fitness activity that combines the best features of tennis with cardiovascular exercise. Sign up for a free trial class at any of their four training centres spread across Shanghai.
Perfect your tennis strokes with the specialists in biomechanics with ISD Tennis
Another group that specializes in tennis training is ISD Tennis and they’re also led by an equally impressive crew of coaches, including Eufrasio Fondon who specializes in biomechanics and has worked with the best ATP and WTA players. ISD’s emphasis on the biomechanic approach aims to help each trainee perfect their technique by improving overall stroke efficiency. A free trial class is is available at all five different locations around the city.
Shake off all your extra calories with Zumba, jazz, hip-hop and more with Bodylab
Dancing has a wide variety of health benefits. It can increase muscular strength, endurance, aerobic and motor fitness; result in better coordination, agility and flexibility, and give you stronger bones and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. With Bodylab‘s three spacious studios across the city, you can shake off all those extra calories with their hip-hop, Zumba, contemporary and ballet classes.
Stretch your way to a more balanced day-to-day routine with Panther
If you have experienced the life-changing capacity of yoga to empower you day-to-day but are still struggling to make it a daily habit, this one is for you. Panther creates unique yoga events to help busy urbanites experience health in mind and body, such as Yoga Breakfast, Yoga Brunch, Afterwork Yoga, and Yoga on Rooftop.
Transform your life with a more holistic approach to fitness with Style Fitness
Located in the heart of the former French concession, Style Fitness offers a wide range of classes for everyone, from body stretch, mobility training,pilates to spinning, boxing and DURO programs (formerly CrossFit). Their packages start at 20 sessions for RMB3,000 all the way to 60 sessions for RMB6,000 if you sign up with a friend or two. Not a bad deal!