Meet Michelle Kerner, an early Hong Kong GuavaPass adopter. We wanted to share her health and fitness journey that became a focus for her last year. Here is what she had to say:
Most would agree that Hong Kong is a land of excess. If you want to go out every night of the week, you can do so. I have lived in Hong Kong for more than two years with time spent indulging in the delicious food scene and thriving nightlife. A few months ago, I took a step back to reflect on my choices. I realized that I needed to make a conscious change towards healthier lifestyle choices.
In March 2015, I began what I call a ‘health journey’. A challenge I faced was that I don’t particularly enjoy visiting the gym and ‘self-training’. I gave it a go though, I would train on the elliptical and be rapidly struck by boredom of the monotonous motion. Group classes with ‘big name gyms’ were not of a standard and quality I expected nor what I sought after. I found that I thoroughly enjoyed my time at boutique studios so I started checking out more of these across the island – my ‘tour de classes of Hong Kong’. I found a couple of workouts that I REALLY enjoyed, but the downfall was that drop in rates are so expensive. While I had found a path that worked for me on my fitness journey, I was finding that I didn’t want to fork out the cash for more than three to four drop in classes per month.
Along came GuavaPass to solve my problems. I saw a post on Facebook and I decided to see what it was all about. The GuavaPass business model is perfect for someone like myself who finds gyms tedious and craves a variety in their workout regime. The pricing point is AMAZING, especially for Hong Kong. I go to at least five classes per week and I have been adventurous in trying out classes I would NEVER have tried out otherwise. I have stepped outside of my comfort zone and all studios have been very welcoming.
Here are some of my favorite GuavaSweats:
I love to begin my day with a spin class. A great workout followed by stellar facilities makes it easy for me to get ready and get to work. The TorqdeHK and TorqVibe are my favourite classes and Becky is one of my favourite trainers.
Spark is where I met and fell in love with Muay Thai. The trainers (especially Danilo) put me right at ease and motivate me well. I particularly enjoy the lunch time classes which means I can get back to my desk by 1:15pm. Spark also has great facilities and makes it easy to get ready to get back to work.
I first tried Reformer Pilates here. Anhao is a small and intimate studio with four machines. Estelle (the owner) really takes the time to ensure you feel comfortable and is constantly improving your form. I am a big fan of the Beginners and All Levels classes.
One of the most unique GuavaPass studio partners. I like to end my Monday with either Aqua Fitness or Aqua Spinning. Both classes are low impact with a solid workout. Sweating in a pool – what isn’t there to love!
I alternate between Spark and Ursus for my Muay Thai training. Pele, the trainer, makes sure you work your heart out but still leave smiling. I really enjoy visiting on Sunday as it keeps me out of trouble on a Saturday evening knowing I have to train the next day.
With the ‘Pure Barre’ craze taking place in the US, I felt like I had to give barre a try in Hong Kong, so when I saw that both of these studios were on GuavaPass I was sold. For anyone that thinks Barre is easy, think again. The small movements are elongating your muscles for an intense workout, and you start shaking. Barre at Flex is more dance skewed (with the instructors coming mostly from ballet backgrounds) and Barre 2 Barre is more focused on sharp movements. I like to alternate between the two studios. Kimberley at Flex teaches all levels and modifies my movements when needed; whilst Rosanna at B2B will make you giggle the moment your enter the class, but don’t let her sweet style fool you as she will ensure your muscles are shaking by the end of the class.