Fitness is a growing part of the lifestyle in Kuala Lumpur. Over the past few years, health clubs have sprung up all over the city and the surrounding areas and suburbs to accommodate the new fitness craze.

Joining a sports team or signing up for a spin class or similar group activity is a great way to stay in shape and meet new people.

Gyms in Kuala Lumpur

Fitness First

Fitness First was the health club that started the fitness craze in Kuala Lumpur. With its revolutionary design, trendy outlook and convenient facilities, it quickly garnered the attention of young adults and students. Their fitness studios are located throughout the Kuala Lumpur city centre and popular expat areas, such as Mont Kiara.

Celebrity Fitness

Celebrity Fitness prides itself on getting local celebrities, mostly fashion models, to promote the image of the club, which offers a wide variety of aerobic classes and studios. Personal training, yoga and group exercise programmes are also available.

Health and fitness activities in Kuala Lumpur


Kuala Lumpur has a number of excellent golf courses, some of which are open to the public and others that are more exclusive, requiring a membership. Taking advantage of Kuala Lumpur's natural beauty, the city's golf courses are often set in gorgeous locales such as lakeside and jungle areas.


Yoga is becoming increasingly popular in Kuala Lumpur as a great way to stretch both the body and mind. Some practices are more focused on the physical aspect while others tend to centre more on the spiritual and mindfulness aspects of yoga.

Gyms regularly offer group classes as part of memberships, or alternatively, a number of small, local studios specialise in yoga teachings.

Water sports

Unsurprisingly, with the island's surplus of ocean surrounds, scuba diving, wakeboarding and snorkelling are huge activities in Malaysia. The country has some great sites for these activities, such as the Perhentian and Tioman islands. Closer to Kuala Lumpur, just half an hour's drive outside the city, expats can check out Putrajaya Lake and Tasik Biru.

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