New Shanghai Gym: MTHD Fitness

By Dominic Ngai, June 4, 2018

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Founded by the performance director of the Shanghai Sharks, James Scott (who previously worked as Yao Ming’s strength and conditioning coach at the Houston Rockets), MTHD Fitness offers a series of high-intensity full-body workout programs designed with sports science theories in mind. 

Their six-month-old Jiashan Lu studio has seven types of one-hour programs that sees a maximum of 16 athletes (students) split into teams of two, rotating between eight different workout stations in short time intervals. In front of each station, a computer screen displays the athletes’ names and a simple demo of the routine. After each class, athletes can review a comprehensive post-workout  report on MTHD’s self-developed software program accessible via WeChat.


One of the most popular programs is ‘Overload,’ which is designed to burn fat rapidly by using three different exercises of the same body part at the same station to push one’s strength and endurance to the maximum. Another challenging endurance test comes in the form of a high-intensity boxing workout called ‘Box & Burn.’ 

MTHD Fitness already has plans to open its second and third locations in Shanghai, including a bigger studio near People’s Square that can accommodate 24 athletes in one class. Meanwhile, more workout programs are also in development and they’re planning to increase the number of offerings from seven to 10 in the near future.


See a listing for MTHD Fitness.

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