4 Kick-Ass Ways to Keep Fit in Shanghai

By That's Shanghai, August 12, 2021

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The Megaformer Lab


In a Nutshell: It’s like Pilates, mixed with weight lifting... on crack.

The Megaformer Lab brings a total body workout program from Los Angeles that combines cardio and endurance training in an incredible effective group class to tone, lengthen and strengthen your body.

Started in the early 2000s by LA-based Sebastien Lagree, the Lagree Fitness Method and Megaformer equipment now holds over 90 patents and is the hottest exercise trend in the industry, with over 300 studios spread across 23 countries. 

The Megaformer Lab is the first and only Lagree Megaformer workout studio in Shanghai. With 10 Megaformer machines, floor to ceiling windows and an industrial vibe that gets trainees in that hardcore workout mindset, there’s no way to not have a superb session, regardless of your fitness level. 

The Megaformer machine is a full-body sculpting device utilizing HIIT circuit-style workouts to target each and every muscle group. 

The key differentiator, and the reason why this workout has become the go-to option for celebrities like Megan Markle, Chrissy Tiegen and Kim Kardashian, is that the exercise is high intensity but low impact – resulting in lean and toned muscles without the added risk of injury or stress on joints.

Classes are all 45 minutes long, with various focuses. Whether you want a full body endurance workout, an obliques and waistline or arm toner session, or to focus on your abs and glutes, you can find a class to suit your fitness goals.

Right now two trial classes are just RMB149, while unlimited packages run from RMB2,980 for one month to RMB26,800 for 12 months. 

Open: 8am-8pm
Address: 2/F, Room 203, Shangkang Li, 358 Kangding Lu, by Shaanxi Bei Lu

Please scan the QR code below to book your class:


Z&B Fitness


In a Nutshell: Intimate, boutique and on trend.

Z&B Fitness was founded on one key mantra: one life, one body, one you. By understanding that everyone’s fitness goals are unique, different and tailored to each individual, they promises an intimate, boutique, world-class fitness experience for everyone.

Always staying current with the latest machines and trends, Z&B sports top-of-the-line equipment, as well as continuously developing new fitness programs to keep both repeat and new fitness attendees challenged and progressing. 

In May 2021, Z&B Fitness successfully launched Skill X at their Huaihai Studio location, as the newest fitness program on offer. Skill X is a concept of performance training at 45-minutes intervals, to meet the needs of the most demanding clients by providing diverse and goal-oriented training variability.

Originally developed by Technogym in Europe, Skill X is now the most popular program in Europe. Z&B Fitness is excited to be the first to introduce this exercise program in Asia. The program is designed purposely to meet the goals of two major groups of exercisers: athletic performers who want to get better at the sports and hobbies they enjoy; and group exercise enthusiasts, who focus on keeping fit, happy and healthy, while being challenged in a team setting.

Through Skill X, thanks to engaging group classes, guests are guided and motivated through Technogym Smart Equipment and digital solutions to maximize the benefits of the exercises and to achieve the results they desire.

Exclusive for That’s Shanghai readers, scan the QR code below to sign up for a 1-week free trial at Z&B Fitness’ newest Huaihai Lu gym location!


To learn more about Z&B fitness or Skill X, follow the Z&B Official Wechat Account by scanning the QR code below:


Open: 7am-10pm
Address: Hong Kong Plaza, 4/F, North Building, 282 Huaihai Zhong Lu, by Huangpi Nan Lu

Impulse Fitness


In a Nutshell: Well-equipped, modern and private.

Impulse Fitness is the only international EMS training provider in Shanghai that offers customized bilingual EMS Private 1-on-1, EMS Partner and EMS Small Group Class training sessions. Powered by German technology, they guarantee that their state-of-the-art equipment and suits are of the highest product quality.

EMS stands for Electronic Muscle Stimulation, an innovative German technology that is sweeping the Western fitness industry. It multiplies the efficiency of your workout by enhancing your muscle contractions. The result is that you can do the equivalent of a four-hour fitness session in just 45 minutes. Two workouts per week let you achieve maximum results in minimum time.

Located in The Middle House hotel, Impulse Fitness provides the best possible facilities with access to private training rooms, a gym, pools, saunas and a spa. They only work with international and highly professional coaches.

Beyond physical training, they also provide nutritional consulting and life coaching to help clients develop their best possible work-life balance. And their new and individualized EMS fitness programs are designed to help you look and feel your best!

Hours: Mon-Fri 6am-9:30pm; Sat 9am-7pm; Sunday 6am-7pm
Address: The Middle House, 366 Shimen Yi Lu, by Weihai Lu

To book your first EMS Trial Class, scan the QR code below:




In a Nutshell: A combat sport mecca.

UFC FIT (known overseas as UFC GYM®) was established in 2009. It is the first major derivative brand created by the world's top professional mixed martial arts (MMA) competition-UFC® Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The UFC is a leader in the field of Strength & Conditioning, Nutrition, Physical Therapy and Sports Science, a fact that has been recognized by the Chinese Olympic Committee, which has retained the UFC Performance Institute as its Official High Performance Advisor.

This year, the UFC FIT flagship fitness center was launched in Shanghai, and offers the full range of fitness related services at its 2000 sqm. site in central Lujiazui. Besides providing the best of class equipment including Life Fitness, GYM 80 (imported from Germany), Woodway, Jacob’s Ladder and more, the facility has a proprietary intelligent gym management system which enhances the member experience through the application of advanced hardware, software, apps and mini apps. 

Moreover, the fitness center has applied strict standards to Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), to the extent that it is the only facility in the world to be RESET certified for Air, Water and Energy.

The knockout punch are the master coaches who teach here, including a six-time world champion boxer, a leading Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) practitioner who holds black belts in both BJJ and Judo, a Muay Thai and Kick Boxing coach who currently trains UFC professional fighters and the like.

Likewise, the classes – which include Zumba, Yoga, Booty Fit, Ultimate Core, Ultimate Barre, Daily Ultimate Training (DUT), MMA Fit, Boxing Conditioning, Kick Boxing Conditioning, BJJ, Boxing, Muay Thai, Women’s Self Defense, Youth BJJ and Youth Boxing – are top notch.

The fitness center offers a wide variety of equipment and activities serving the needs of families, office workers and more serious fitness and combat sport enthusiasts. There are areas for cardio, strength, functional training, combat, youth, physical therapy, personal training, F&B and retail.

Open: 10am-9pm
1/F, Lanhai International Plaza, 160 Century Avenue, by Lujiazui Huan Lu

Scan the QR to learn more about UFC FIT:


Do you have a gym or fitness studio you would like to promote? Contact Christy via email at christycai@thatsmags.com and on WeChat by scanning the QR code below:


[Cover image courtesy of Z&B Fitness]

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