Noble Center Health Club

  • Health
  • Gyms
Daniel Wu
1688 Caobao Lu
Part of a gigantic neon-lit complex, this 10-year-old health club is popular with locals but flies under most expats’ radars thanks to its far-flung location. It’s only five minutes from the metro, though, and worth it for access to one of the best indoor pools in Shanghai.

The marble-clad lobby houses badminton (48RMB/hour) and squash courts (48RMB/hour) plus a circuit-training gym (closed outside class hours). Upstairs is a great place for a cardio workout, with banks of cross trainers, treadmills and exercise bikes; strength training is catered for with a large, dedicated free weights area. Around the atrium it can feel a bit like exercising in a corridor, but even during the peak 6-7pm hours it’s never busy. Aside from the gym there’s a separate spinning room, a ‘stretching area’ equipped with yoga balls and mats, a 300sqm group class studio and snooker tables. Floodlit tennis courts (20RMB/day, 48RMB/night Mon-Fri; 32RMB /day, 48RMB/night Sat-Sun) are a highlight, but the real jewel in the crown is the 50-by 25-metre pool housed in a huge, light-flooded glass pyramid (see above).
Venue name: Noble Center Health Club
Opening hours: 6.30am- 10pm daily (gym); 6.30am-9.30pm Mon-Fri, 9am-9pm Sat-Sun (pool).
Admission: Around 5,000RMB/year
Metro: Xingzhong Lu
English address: 1688 Caobao Lu, near Xingzhong Lu, Minghang district
Chinese address: 闵行区漕宝路1688号,近星中路