By Veronica Inveen
Sep 11, 2020
Photos courtesy of King Power Mahanakhon.
Quarantine totally beefed up the online fitness industry, but for folks in a country where restrictions have been relaxed and, just as importantly, who are beyond antsy working out within their own four walls, King Power Mahanakhon has gone the complete other way with things. Seventy-eight stories in the open air above Bangkok, the geometric skyscraper straight out of The Matrix is offering exercise activities that test your stamina… and your vertigo.
In August, they launched the series with Yoga in the Sky, which is how we found ourselves floating above the city skyline at sunrise on a Saturday. As I went through my Vinyasa—sun salutation… plank… cobra… downward dog—I found myself repeatedly diving forward, facing directly through the (legit terrifying) glass floor to the tops of other buildings and teeny tiny people on the street so far below. You could call it flying, or you could call it a morning confrontation with my own mortality. Either way, it woke me up.
The class was taught by Varisa Suthikulpanit, author of Yoga for Runners, and the next in the line-up comes from another multitasking athlete: Guy Espley, a boxing/rhythm cycling/weight training strongman extraordinaire. He’ll be teaching what they’re calling #InTheSkyHighIntensity, which, if it’s not self-explanatory, is HIIT up in the clouds this Saturday, September 12.
The cost is Bt999 including breakfast; visit facebook to reserve your spot or for details on future ways to torture yourself at dawn. Whether you get your heart rate up from the exertion or the acrophobia, it’s worth the rare chance to have a frolic on the famous Glass Tray without hordes of tourists (or those goofy protective blue booties) ruining your IG pics.