An increasing interest in health and fitness in Shanghai, combined with rising incomes and international influences, have led to new upscale health clubs popping up throughout the city.
All offer fitness facilities such as cardio machines and free weights and fitness classes including aerobics, yoga and body pump. More elaborate facilities also provide access to swimming pools, tennis courts and spas. As with many luxuries in Shanghai, they might not be cheap, but you still pay considerably less than you would for comparable facilities back home. Local clubs that target Chinese patrons are much cheaper, but also much less well-equipped, perhaps offering table tennis and badminton rather than swimming and squash. Local Chinese health centres will however offer acupuncture and yoga. Most new apartment buildings and villas have modern, spacious facilities for residents. The key to maintaining an exercise routine over time is not finding the best fitness club, but finding a suitable facility conveniently near your place of work or home. Therefore, start your search there.
428 Jiangning Lu
Relaxed gym with mix of local and foreign patrons. Swimming pool, weight room and cardio equipment available to members and use of yoga rooms, spinning room and a spa for an additional charge.
Huaihai Zhong Lu
Physical is a popular gym with various locations throughout Shanghai. They have cardio equipment, free weights and a large floor for classes such as yoga, belly dancing and kickboxing. Personal trainers are available for private tutorials.
2000 Jianhe Lu, near Hongqiao Lu
This New-Age gym focuses on holistic fitness and as such specialises in services including pilates, yoga, core strength, balance and flexibility classes.
B/3, Hong Kong New World Tower, 300 Huaihai Zhong Lu
A long-running fitness establishment in Shanghai which offers, aside from the usual cardio and free weights, a spa, yoga room, boxing ring, sauna and health bar.
Champs Elysees Fitness Club
15/F, 1555 Dingxi Lu
Facilities at this gym include cardio equipment, free weights, outdoor swimming pool, spa and hair salon.
B/F, 1500 Huaihai Zhong lu
The Ambassy Club is Shanghai’s first private club of its kind in Shanghai. It has excellent facilities including squash courts, indoor and outdoor pools, gym, yoga and much more. It is popular with foreigners and upscale Chinese.
With 17 locations throughout Shanghai, Will’s Gym is Shanghai’s largest. Its facilities are what one would expect from a typical Western gym. Many locations are busy, so if you are looking for an opportunity to socialise while at the gym, this may be a good choice for you.
(Reviews courtesy of www.smartshanghai.com)