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).