Spicy Sport: working it out together
Since we're all vain and stereotypical, we start worrying about working out only when the threat of having to wear summertime apparel is rapidly closing in on us. If you're the same way, perhaps you can turn to some of the following international sports groups and clubs to help you pursue your goal of lookin' good. See you at the track—and don't forget your hot pants.
The Chengdu International Tennis Saloon meets on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays at the High-Tech Tennis Center (高新网球中心). More experienced players meet on Mondays from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be four players in each court. Wasabe | 13881865555 or Richard | 13882173399
The Chengdu Expatriate Badminton Club meets at Changsheng Yuan Sports and Health Center on Jinjusi Nan Jie in the Jinjiang District (长生源体育健身中心, 净居寺南街8号) on Mondays from 8 to 10 p.m., Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 3 to 5 p.m. There will be 4 to 6 players in a court. Bring a racket, water and RMB20 per game. Brandon | 13688199288 |
Leg and Whistle
Chengdu's Leg and Whistle Football Pub has a kickabout team for all ages and abilities. Drop by the bar to find out more, or meet the group at the Sichuan University east gate field on Monday nights. email@example.com
The Chengdu Rovers F.C. competes in the second division of the Chengdu City League. With a mixture of over 20 nationalities, the Rovers train every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at either the Sichuan University or Huaxi campus and play weekend games. League games are held at the Tai Ping Si's grass pitches.
The Wanderers have finished 5th in the first division of the Chengdu City League for the last two years. The next season starts on March 19. They train on Wednesday evenings and play 11-a-side games on Saturdays. The home pitch is Tiaosanta Chengdu Sports Technical College on the First Ring Road, near the corner of Renmin Nan Lu. firstname.lastname@example.org
In its fifth year, the Chengdu Rugby Football Club offers a variety of programs such as contact rugby training, touch rugby, sprint training and basic rugby skills for men and women, kids and adults, locals and expatriates. Practice times and locations might change based on weather conditions. Emily | email@example.com | 15208282047 |
To qualify and prepare for this August's Paris-Brest-Paris, a 1,200km cycling event, Hans Ngo and his team at Randonneurs of China are looking for riders to join them in completing a series of brevets. These long-distance rides are not for racing but for riders to help each other complete events. The remaining brevets are on April 9 (400 km), starting and ending in Longquan; March 26 and May 28 (600 km), starting and ending at Tianfu Square; May 14 and July 2 (300 km), departing from the Kempinski Hotel; and June 11, September 17, October 22, November 19, and December 10 (200 km), departing from the Kempinski Hotel. Riders should be able to ride 75 km before attempting a brevet. firstname.lastname@example.org |
Meets at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays at Sichuan University east gate track/field for about an hour of sprinting, jogging, and bodyweight strength-training exercises. Ian | 13568969034
Social – Hash House Harriers
The Chengdu Panda Hash House Harriers (CPH3), a.k.a. "the drinking club with a running problem" organizes social-event walk/runs every other Sunday in locations outside the city. In a hash run, a few volunteer "hares" lay out a course for a group of "hounds" to decipher as they run along. An average run takes about 45 minutes and covers 6 to 8 kilometers. The average pack consists of around 40 to 60 participants, mainly locals and a few foreigners. Bus departs from corner of Renmin Nan Lu and Tongzilin Bei Lu at 2:30 p.m. Participation fees for each run are about RMB50 per person. Wes | email@example.com | 15928799400 |
Chengdu Youth Sports League
The Chengdu Youth Sports League offers sports programs for international kids ages 5 to 13 to interact and learn a sport, coached by parents of the international community. This spring, they are offering baseball, cheerleading and soccer at the Leman International school campus on Saturdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Buses depart from the QSI School and Tongzilin Chain School. Michael Thomley | firstname.lastname@example.org
Chengdu Sports Aid
Chengdu Sports Aid (CSA) is group of volunteers, Chinese and foreign, based in Chengdu, seeking to relieve some of the hardships of the Sichuan earthquake victims, through community sports days and other fun events. email@example.com
Gyms and studios around the city offer classes in all sorts of exercises, from yoga to dance to weight training; martial arts training and more. See the Sport and Fitness section of the listings for details.