24 February, 2014
Health & Fitness

Sweaty Movements – high intensity workouts on the best beaches in Hong Kong

24 February, 2014

As you all know, I eat a LOT. For fear of this catching up with me one day, I know that I need to exercise. Having said this, I am not the most motivated person when it comes to exercise – so what I need is someone to push me, shout at me and make me burn those calories!

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I recently tried out the very appropriately named Sweaty Movements, one of the newest bootcamps in town, run by a super-fit Swedish lady called Camilla. Perfect for South-siders, Camilla currently runs classes in Repulse Bay, Stanley, Pok Fu Lam and Happy Valley, with the possibility of expanding to more locations by request. For a change of scenery, I hopped on the bus to Repulse Bay, which took only 20 minutes from Central, transporting me to what I think is one of the most beautiful parts of our island.

I’m a regular bootcamper, so, in general, I know how it all works. What I love about bootcamps though, is that, unlike a run along Bowen Road, no two classes are the same and each trainer has their own individual style of teaching. This not only keeps the class fun and varied, but also makes time go faster, which, when you’re pushing yourself really hard and starting to fatigue, is a serious blessing!

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Camilla’s classes abide by the HIIT rule (high intensity interval training), which seems to be a global obsession these days. Nevertheless, I do understand why it has become an obsession – it has proven results, and I can certainly see the benefits from it.

My Sweaty Movements class involved a variety of exercises, mostly using equipment such as bands, kettlebells and TRX, interspersed with sprints along the beach (fantastic for toning the legs!), hill sprints and other forms of cardio, making it a workout the entire body. Despite the chilly temperatures that morning, I very quickly broke into a sweat and felt great afterwards. Nothing beats an early morning workout, particularly in such a beautiful setting!

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Sweaty Movements classes are based on a minimum of four people signing up – if you have a group of friends or colleagues with a similar schedule who all want to sweat, simply call Camilla to arrange a time. Once these classes are set up, unless you choose to keep it as a closed group, others will also be welcome to join.

In Camilla’s own words, “It’s fun to sweat and it’s never too late to start”; hear, hear!

Sweaty Movements costs $200 for a single class, $150 per class for a commitment of four or more sessions a month or $500 for a one-on-one session; call 9733 3081 or email [email protected] to arrange your class

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Check out more from Ale on her fab blog, The Dim Sum Diaries!

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