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Where to relax, recharge, work out and get fit
By Pan Zheng

SHANGHAI is filled with gyms, fitness centers and spas, many of them are franchises of well-known brands. Here are a few suggestions.

Tera Wellness Club

This international fitness brand has nearly 100 clubs in 16 Chinese cities, including Shanghai, which has 50 clubs. The clubs are in all districts, except Fengxian, Qingpu, Jiading districts and Chongming County.

It's the largest fitness chain in China and emphasizes sustainable operations and construction materials.

Most clubs are equipped with Technogym, Star Trac, Matrix and other top-of-the-line equipment, as well as cardio and free-weights area, spinning room, skylit aerobics room, swimming pool and shower facilities. They offer a relaxing members' lounge.

Classes include Real Boxing, Real Dancing and Real Kung Fu. Most personal trainers hold international certificates.

Prices of memberships vary, depending on club location; facilities required, such as swimming pool; and time of day. At the most popular gyms, all-day memberships, including busy afternoons and evenings, are the most expensive. An annual membership may cost 2,000 yuan at one club, but 5,000 yuan at another.

For more information on clubs, facilities and prices, check http://en.1012china.com/Home.aspx.

Will's Gym

Established in 1996, Will's Gym operates around 30 clubs around China, including 22 of them in Shanghai. With its well-equipped facilities and people-friendly design, it has more than 220,000 members.

Top-notch equipment brands include Nautilus, Life Fitness and Star Trac, as well as Power Plate, which offers new workout possibilities as well as whole-body vibration.

Will's Gym offers popular, comprehensive and fun group classes for many activities, such as yoga, dance, aerobics, cycling, strength and others.

Will's Gym is also licensed to offer the Les Mills Group Fitness System to allow members to join in a worldwide fitness trend in its "regular elite class with a world standard master."

Annual memberships cost around 2,000 yuan.

For more information, check www.willsgym.com/EN/Default.html.

Star Gym

Star Gym is a local Shanghai brand with 19 wellness clubs in the city, emphasizing modern services.

It provides high-quality fitness equipment of all kinds and focuses on individual needs of members, providing professional personal trainers. Bodybuilding, weight training, endurance, cardio, cycling, flexibility, yoga, aerobics, dance, kung fu, swimming and other activities are offered.

One-day free passes and a training session are offered.

Swimming pools, sauna, shower facilities, table tennis, members lounge and Internet bar are available.

Annual membership costs around 2,000 yuan.

For more information, check www.stargym.com.cn.

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