The fitness industry in Haikou already has a good foothold but it is still relatively young here. This is evident in the pricing for memberships. While inexpensive, the clubs often want people to sign up for more than a year, so they make a year's membership nearly as expensive as a 2 year membership. On top of that, you have to put all the money up front, with no option for financing. While I understand the tactic, it did stop me from signing up with some of the clubs I visited. This industry is growing rapidly so I have no doubt that we will start seeing some financing options becoming available-prices will likely rise as well though. If you're planning on signing up I recommend doing it now, while it is still inexpensive.
Back home in Canada, I worked as a fitness coach/personal trainer both privately, and in the biggest fitness club company in the nation. I really didn't know what to expect from the fitness industry when I first moved to Haikou... honestly I didn't even know if I'd be able to find a suitable gym near me. I came here completely blind but have been very pleasantly surprised with just how similar Hainan's fitness industry is to North America's. Hainan's fitness industry is quickly growing and I'm looking forward to seeing more of what it has to offer!