Sport and fitness in Kuala Lumpur

Fitness is a growing part of the lifestyle in Malaysia and is becoming more and more popular despite locals' initial reservations. Many believed that using a gym or Fitness in Kuala Lumpurjoining a sports team would conflict with religious beliefs, but over time Malaysians have come to realise that fitness is fun and can be practised by any person, regardless of faith.

Over the past few years, health clubs have sprung up all over Kuala Lumpur and surrounding suburbs to accommodate the new fitness craze. Joining a sports team or signing up for a spinning class or similar group activities is a great way to meet new people. 

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Fitness First

Fitness First was the health club that started the whole fitness craze in Kuala Lumpur. With its revolutionary design, trendy outlook and convenient facilities, it quickly gathered the attention of young adults and students who adored its contemporary style and coolness factor. Their fitness studios are located throughout KL in the city centre and in the popular expat areas, such as Mont Kiara.

Celebrity Fitness

Celebrity Fitness prides itself on the concept of using local celebrities, mostly fashion models, to promote the image of the club, offering a wide variety of aerobic classes and studios.

Recommended health and fitness activities in Kuala Lumpur



Golf is a hard hobby to give up and expats moving to Kuala Lumpur can take comfort in the fact that they won't have to. The city has a smattering of courses and it's possible to play with clubs brought from overseas or those rented on the premises.

Boot Camp

Shooting ranges and boot camp, a form of military training, are on the rise in Malaysia. 


Gyms regularly offer group classes as part of membership, or alternatively, a number of small, local studios specialise in yoga teachings.


Despite the heat, running is a great way to lose weight and KL has a variety of venues, such as KLCC Park.

Water sports

Scuba diving, wake-boarding and snorkelling are huge activities in Malaysia. Malaysia has some great sites to offer for these activities, such as Perhentian and Tioman.

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International. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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