Pakistan is witnessing the birth of an industry; the health and fitness industry to be precise.

It’s as if out of nowhere, people are watching when they eat, what they eat, and how they eat it, with more and more people beginning to incorporate exercise into their daily routines. As expected, this surge in demand has given birth to numerous gyms, classes and fitness regimes throughout the country. But with such a plethora of programs to choose from, how does one go about selecting the best?

How we did it was by thinking like a consumer, and as a consumer, value for money is everything!

This isn’t a popularity contest. We’ve carefully selected programs that offer more than just great marketing, Facebook likes and a large number of participants. Rather, our rankings take into account what really matters; trainer-participant ratio, focus on form not function, easy-to-follow dietary plans and the level of personalized assistance offered to each participant.

If you’re looking to join a fitness program in Karachi, then you’re in good hands at any of the five below:

5) The Wellness Company

Located on Zamzama, The Wellness Company offers a number of fitness programs in a pretty nice facility. The company recently launched a kickboxing class instructed by trainer Mushtaq. The program consists of five classes-a-week, which include different sessions each day to mix things up. On Wednesdays and Thursdays the focus is on kickboxing punches and kicks. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays are a mix between TRX, cardio and core workouts. This class is a sure-fire way to work up a sweat.

4) Studio X

One of the first commercial fitness brands in Karachi; Studio X has seen it all with hundreds of participants over the last few years. Lead by the experienced Jeannette Faruque, Studio X boasts a team of highly-trained instructors that schedule a variety of different fitness classes. Studio X has all the necessary equipment housed under one roof and has even seen a number of its own participants eventually go on to start their own classes. Membership allows one to choose between bootcamp, kickboxing and yoga.

3) AQ Power Yoga 

Described as a “one-stop shop for fitness” AQ Power Yoga offers a variety of classes catering to all ages. From basic and power yoga to more intense TRX, sand bag and Muay Thai workouts, AQ Power Yoga has it all! Offering classes in KDA and Zamzama, AQPY is also highly-renowned for its 30-day Fatloss Program which has been rated among the best in Pakistan.

2) MUV

MUV is an unconventional gym space that offers programs aimed at transforming the lifestyle of the client. Their programs include both the less-intense yoga and the more-intense fitness bootcamps. The MUV Bootcamp is conducted by fitness trainers and entrepreneurs, Usman and Mehak. Both are extremely helpful and ensure that each participant is pushed to their limits, with classes held 6 days-a-week from 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm.

With core exercises primarily focused around squats and push-ups; exercises are broken down and made more intense through intervals. Furthermore, by altering the reps and varying the length of each exercise, instructors are able to ensure participants really feel the burn.

1) Fitness 360

Fitness 360 offers some of the best High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and Strength Training Circuit (STC) workouts around. The 35-day program is geared towards torching fat and helping participants achieve the most functional versions of themselves through intense workout regimes and a balanced diet. With a combination of bodyweight exercises, battling ropes and TABATA, the program works towards ensuring that each participant reaches their individual fitness goals.

The program provides customized meal plans catered towards the specific needs of each client in order to ensure optimum nutrition and compliment the type of workouts they will be conducting — pretty similar to a number of fitness programs already on the market.

But what sets Fitness 360 apart is the individual attention provided to each participant. Classes are generally no more than 60 people with well-trained staff on hand to assist you throughout.