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Fitness is a growing part of the Kuala Lumpur lifestyle and is fast becoming more and more popular despite locals' initial reservations. Many believed that using a gym or joining a sports team would conflict with religious beliefs. Over time, however, Malaysians have embraced the idea that fitness can be practised by any person, regardless of faith.
Over the past few years, health clubs have sprung up all over Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding areas and 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.
Gyms in Kuala Lumpur
Fitness First was the health club that started the fitness craze in Kuala Lumpur. With its revolutionary design, trendy outlook and convenient facilities, it quickly garnered the attention of young adults and students who adored its contemporary style and coolness factor. Their fitness studios are located throughout the Kuala Lumpur city centre and popular expat areas, such as Mont Kiara.
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.
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 number of courses where expats can play with clubs brought from overseas or rented on the premises.
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 keep fit and Kuala Lumpur has a variety of venues, such as KLCC Park.
Scuba diving, wake-boarding and snorkeling are huge activities in Malaysia. The country has some great sites to offer for these activities, such as the Perhentian and Tioman islands.
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Irma van de Pol is a former international fitness champion turned experienced personal trainer. Through Perfect Fit she sits down with her clients to discuss goals, create a work out schedule and, if desired, a diet plan to burn those calories as fast as possible.
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