Wednesday, 21.2.2018

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In a city with arguably the most literal approach to the ‘work hard, play hard’ ethic, finding the time to stay in shape can be a real challenge. To help you get on top of your game, we’ve gathered together a panel of Hong Kong fitness gurus to give you the low-down on fitness trends, common workout mistakes, and top tips on how to shake up your regime.


Formula E Comes to the Kong

Formula E, the world’s first all-electric racing series, may be in its infancy, having only started in 2012, but that doesn’t mean it lacks all the glam of its big fossil fuel-powered siblings, and next month’s race (October 8-9) in Hong Kong promises to be the cumulative party of the year for motorheads and earth huggers alike.


Time to Get Your Tiki Together

So you’ve decided, after many sleepless nights of deep contemplation, that you’re going to drink more rum this summer. In fact, you’ve decided you need to do more than drink it.


Death Defying Without the Sweat Stains

Remember those carefree days spent cruising the streets on your Powell Peralta or mile wide cruiser?


We’re Swingers Too

It’s almost the festive season, which means you still have time to indulge the passion of your closest male mates, from friends to fathers, with these state-of-the-art additions to their golf ensemble.


Get Tech Surf Savvy

Surfing has come a long way since ancient Polynesians in Tahiti were first observed hitting the peaks and barrels in 1767.


Fight Night

It happens very rarely, but sometimes when the stars align, we’re able to bear witness to fights of such epic proportions that they’re written into the history books as battle royales to remember.


True Grit

No matter what type of battle it is, there are few things more exciting than watching an underdog come good.


Embrace fighting – man’s ultimate pastime – by learning MMA from one of Hong Kong’s five best studios, so you can pack a punch and get your adrenaline and testosterone levels going through the roof. 


The JAB Elite Mixed Martial Arts Studio in Central was named one of the Top Ten MMA Gyms in Asia in 2012 by Fight Nation for its high quality classes and training facilities. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion Professor Rodrigo Caporal offers both group and individual training sessions for all levels of MMA experience, and turns the sport into a full body workout whilst also teaching mental self-control and muscle conditioning. With classes happening throughout the week at various times, the club also provides therapy sessions to relieve body pain through neurological improvement and targets non-surgical fat burning processes with advanced nutrition plans.


Epic MMA Club

Since opening in March 2012, the Epic MMA Club in Central has taught men of all ages the art and discipline behind combative sports and cardiovascular conditioning. With punching bags, sparring rings and state of the art training equipment in over 1,350sqm worth of studio space, the club is famed for its Brazilian Jiu Jitsu-influenced MMA training programme. Instructors Alberto Mina and Alex Silva teach striking, clinching, take-down and grappling techniques to equip fighters for spars in the ring and in real life. Classes are scheduled for all levels on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:30pm – the perfect post-work scene to release tension through exercise.



Impakt’s signature MMA classes value training and skill over brute strength and power. Instructor Rein De Guzman pulls styles from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai to develop a lethal brand of MMA which teaches control and discipline over the mind and body. The club also offers fitness training programmes along with the MMA classes to help build core stability and tone and strengthen muscles. Classes take place every Wednesday at 6pm and Saturday at 2pm, and are only seconds away from Central MTR.



For those on the Kowloon side, the Triquest MMA and Fitness Academy in Tsim Sha Tsui is the place to train. Hong Kong’s MMA legend Thomas Fan, Ken Man and Bernard Fung lead the MMA courses and draw elements from Kyokushin Karate and KickBoxing to give fighters an edge over others, whilst also teaching skills that can be applied in other sports such as ice hockey and rugby. Sign up for a Thursday or Friday class from 7-8pm, or go in for a Saturday 2:30-4pm session to spar and sweat it out with the lads.



Hayabusa’s top-notch MMA training programme is strongly influenced by Muay Thai techniques which emphasise quick, short jabs from the elbows and strong kicks from the legs. Classes are taught by MMA head coach Leo Li who encourages fighters to hone fighting skills (and burn a few calories while you’re at it) as well as develop aspects of sportsmanship. With a Central studio and a Causeway Bay centre to pick from, and classes scheduled for weekday evenings and weekend afternoons, learners will be in for action-packed sessions of aerobic and cardiovascular workouts.




Boxing is an unparalleled display of aggression and elegance, but Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) takes that performance one step further.


Learn to be a Lethal Laddie

You might have started out slow, playground wrestling with other kids, weekend karate classes at the local rec centre so you could be the next Daniel LaRusso, maybe a spot of white collar boxing on your way up in the world.


Champions of Gold


Of the many sports around, boxing is one that manages to capture the dichotomy of aggression and elegance. A contest of strength, speed, reflexes, endurance, underpinned by sheer force of will and an unwavering commitment to training (just think of famous montage from Rocky), there’s a gritty brutality to the sport that makes it appeal to man’s primal instincts.


The Lords of the Ring Come to Macau

Of all the martial arts that have hit the global mainstream, Muay Thai, the ancient and lethal Thai combat sport (and Van Damme’s answer to almost everything), has the most heritage and tradition.


Man has put engines on some pretty wonderful things. Hang gliders, canoes, lawn mowers, balloons and ten speeds just to name a few. Our need for speed, for power, is seemingly as relentless and endless as our innovation and ingenuity.


Find Your Breaking Point

Of all the recreational sports that captivate the imagination, few have the cult following of surfing. Not only does the sport breed its own territorial tribalism and generate billions in merchandising, but it’s also a great upper body workout and remains an all-but-guaranteed way to thrill the lovelies under the summer sun. But it’s not enough to simply hang out at the shore, board in hand, and rattle off a few lines from Big Wednesday or quote FBI Special Agent Johnny Utah – at some stage you’re going to have to get wet and learn the basics.


Away Games Done Right

Men and sports are a match made in heaven, much like cigars and whiskey. With a potent combination of competitive spirit and athletic prowess – and eye candy that can be spotted at half-time, or hanging out in the VIP section – it’s as if sports were tailor-made to appeal to men. And whatever form it comes in, it’s the ultimate male bonding experience. Whether you and the lads are working up a sweat in a pick-up game, watching the big match over a few pints, or debating the finer points of a classic rivalry, sports can make or break a bromance. 


The Wonders of Fitness & Wellness

It’s the beginning of a new year, a shiny new ray of hope, a chance to do things right, start out fresh, set new goals and reach new and exciting targets. That’s right; it’s time to get back to the gym. But before you start to groan, think about it this way: it’s not just about hitting the weights and plodding away on the treadmill, it’s about building up resilience, improving recovery time and not harming yourself despite your best intentions. There are layers to reaching true performance and fitness goals, and recovery is a big part. To navigate the complexities of this cycle of energy, it helps to have an expert guide.


Hidden in Plain Sight

If there is one knack a species can have in nature, it’s to disappear. It doesn’t matter how strong you are, how sharp your bite, how unquenchable your blood lust – nothing trumps being able to vanish. There are countless examples of effective camouflage in nature; the uroplatus gecko of Madagascar blends in seamlessly with the moss growing on jungle trees; leaf mimic katydids masquerade as decomposing undergrowth; seadragons look just like clumps of swaying kelp; and female lions appear and disappear with ease thanks to a coat that’s uncannily similar to savannah grass at dusk.


Boxing with a Conscience

We all remember watching Rocky (the original, not the money-grubbing sequels) for the first time. We felt his frustration as he worked to bring Adrian out of her shell and win her over; we cheered during his verbal spars and in-ring battle with Apollo Creed; and we still shadow box our way down Wyndham Street when Eye of the Tiger hits our Friday night Weekend Winner iPod playlist. Boxing is a sport that captures the very essence of man: it requires passion and determination; will and skill; Muhammad Ali’s ‘float like a butterfly, sting like a bee’ finesse as well as Mike Tyson’s ferocity.


We at NecesCity are delighted to announce that we have been invited to Sideways (Driving Club) this coming Monday as they play host to F1 racing great, and the current Infiniti Red Bull Racing Formula One Team Ambassador David Coulthard, as part of their ultimate fan day. Now we are really revved up for the long weekend.


Master That Swing

Excellence is an acquired virtue. To truly excel takes practice, dedication, and plenty of trial and error. To master a language, you begin learning basic vocabulary. To shred a guitar like Santana, you begin with basic chord progressions. And to fine tune your technique between the sheets…well, they say practice makes perfect. But excellence doesn’t come easy. Do what you will, you might find yourself unable to pass a certain level of skill without a little outside help. That’s fine – Adam Scott didn’t win the coveted green jacket at this year’s Augusta Masters all on his own.


Dive with Sharks in Hong Kong

Diving with sharks is manly stuff. On the one hand you have humans, clearly not designed for the water, while on the other, you have sharks, the ocean’s ultimate predator. The prehistoric monsters are so well suited to killing that they’ve barely evolved in tens of millions of years - and now you’ve got the chance to dive with them in HK. The good news is that it’s in Ocean Park’s aquarium so you’re not going to be facing off with a Great White. Shark swimming for beginners if you like.


Lagree Fitness Arrives in HK

H-Kore is a new fitness studio in Central specialising in Lagree Fitness, a unique type of workout that's not offered anywhere else in Hong Kong. If you're not into gratuitous exercise, switch off now - it's pretty intense stuff. Invented by Sebastien Lagree, the technique stems from pilates but has since been turbo-charged into a tough 40-minute class. The workout takes place on a specially designed machine without any pauses between exercises, leaving you a panting wreck. Certainly not the time to take a business call.


HK’s First Tailor Made Cycling Studio

Spinning - you either love it or hate it. Frankly, exercise - you either love it or hate it - so those of you who find more solace in a Cadbury's Creme Egg than a calorie burn can switch off now. We're talking about Torq, Hong Kong's first "independent indoor cycling studio". It's a tailor made space for cycling work outs, so whether you're training for the Marathon des Sables or simply making the classic January 'change', they'll make you burn.


Ricky Hatton Hosting HK’s Biggest Ever Bout

Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton, one of the most lethal boxers of his generation, is the promoter behind 'The Road to Glory' - the most significant fight to ever take place in Hong Kong. Scheduled for Tuesday, December 11, the main event pairs together two of the scariest blokes you've ever seen in what is also the biggest bout in Asia since Tyson fought in Tokyo in 1990. The Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre is accustomed to slightly more sedate proceedings.


Learn Wing Chun from Ip Man’s Maestro

Wing Chun is the martial art made famous by Ip Man and now you can learn from one of his tutees at Pangea. Ip Man actually had four in-house students, three of whom have passed away but one remains, 79-year-old Grandmaster Chu Shong Ti. Diagnosed with terminal liver cancer two and half years ago, he was given eight months to live but rejected western medicine and continued to practise. The cancer has since shrunk dramatically - astounding doctors - and he still trains the masters from Pangea every week while also offering valuable seminars. We think he might be the Fifth Element.


On Chinese Vessel Called Big Boat II

It might sound crazy but the best fishing in Hong Kong is located off an oil rig in the South China Sea. Organised by Big Fish Boat, it's an experience that has to be on your HK bucket list. What's particularly appealing is that the shortest trip they offer is three days long, which means three days just with the boys. The only thing you need to be careful of is framing the trip appropriately to your missus, but perhaps a long, girly weekend in Shenzhen is just what she needs.


Comebacks are what sport's about. The euphoria of a team rising from the ashes to clinch victory is unmatcheable. It re-writes history, the crowd goes berserk and we’ve got the 10 best of all time.


Running Coach in your Pocket

Hong Kongers love to run and we've found a running coach that fits in your pocket. PEAR uses a wireless heart rate monitor and foot pod to deliver real time coaching. It's perfect if you've got a marathon round the corner, or if you have mummy issues and get off on someone barking in your ear.


HK’s First Indoor Skatepark

A few weeks ago Hong Kong opened its first indoor skatepark, a watershed moment for the city's skaters as well as all round aficionados of VANS footwear and baggy jeans showing a bit of bottom crack. Situated in Kwun Tong, it spreads over 3,000 square (hence it's location) and has been attracting rave reviews from disaffected sub-culture comrades since its recent launch. Expect a different crowd to Solas.