Sign In


Boxing, Self-Defense, and More New Studios for Women…And Men!

Mar 7, 2018 | 19:05 Wed
Active Shanghai: The biweekly round-up of gym openings and deals for discounted fitness

Upcoming Events

In addition to some titillating events on the books for International Women’s Day, Aboro Academy is offering two free classes; women's boxing 7.15pm and kickboxing at 8.45pm, book via WeChat: aboro667. Also, mark your calendar for their charity boxing event event on March 31.

Not really a work out, but a good time, Golden Gloves has got another Fight Night set for Friday. Watch fit people punch each other, while mixing and mingling with other fit people. There will be drinks and DUMBØ burritos for purchase. Entry costs 100rmb, and includes 2 drinks. Punching starts at 7pm.

From the people who brought you TriFit, though no longer associated, 'The Sweaty Brunch' is a mash-up of a free workout and a discounted healthy brunch, happens on not-so-lazy-Sundays. The full for list for March has been set, and you can follow the flyer below for the schedule.

New Gyms and What They’re Offering…

TFE Dance Studio

9/F, 618 Xikang Lu, near Changping Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

TFE Dance Studio just popped on the radar, the space has been open for 8 months, with salsa and bachata on the schedule. They're offering a trial class for 150rmb, but they give you a voucher for 100rmb, so it's really 50rmb; but they say if you don't like the class, it's free. They offer lots of packages by the hour or month, 10 hours —100 hours and 1 month, 3 month, 6 month costs: for 10 hours; 7,000rmb for 100 hours; Unlimited per month; 1.200rmb (adding on wechat now)


'Community Yoga', run out of Jitterbugs, is now officially operational. They offer yoga and pilates in small, community focused classes. And the classes are good, with experienced teachers, and way under market value at 50rmb. WeChat: nellfrimml if interested, and she can add you into the group where classes are posted.

News From the Ground


Remember Stasia Kucherenko? She and her fighting partner, Diego, hold a self defense class at Golden Gloves where you can hit people with sticks and disarm people with sticks. It's technically Kali, a "highly effective close-quarters defensive-offensive fighting art indigenous to the Visayan region of the Philippines."

And it was pretty fun and really hands on. The class is small (10 people at most) and Stas lead slowly, breaking down each move starting with footwork while Diego went around to correct form; then they'd switch. All skill levels welcome, since it's fairly new there are mostly beginners in the class. Classes run Tuesday (7-8.30am), Friday (8-9.30pm), and Sunday (11-12.30pm) and are sold in packages of 10 classes for 1,500rmb, but the first trial class is free. Contact Diego at WeChat: mrdubled if interested in signing up.

If you missed it, we launched this Health Directory last week, which also includes the skinny on all that Health & Wellness in Shanghai, including gyms, studios, and nutrition centers —read all about it here.


Editorial Policy: At, all of our editorial content is conceived of by our team who live in and critique this city, for our readers who do the same. We don't accept payment for content, unless clearly labelled. Read our full editorial policy here.