Better Bodies Boot Camp (from $150/six weekly sessions) has been around for ten years, so you can be sure that Toni Finan and Sanem Bourdier, the two ladies running the bootcamps, know their stuff. There are four group classes to choose from: Pilates, Bootycamp, TRX Circuit and the standard Bootcamp, the latter of which offers a full-body workout. Go for Bootycamp if you’re all about that bass – it’s got little cardio (and no running), but lots of toning with bodyweight exercises and bands, promising that lift you’ve always wanted. There are ten classes a week to choose from – both morning and evening sessions – and are conducted in six-week cycles all year round, with a week off in-between each cycle.
WHERE Four locations, including Botanic Gardens, Newton and Toa Payoh. Sign up at bootcamp.com.sg
Mothers who want to shape up without shipping the kids off to childcare, this is for you. At Bloom’n Fit’s Strolltastic bootcamp (from $120/six sessions), mums are welcome to bring their babies and toddlers along to their morning workout – no, the exercises are not meant for them, but no one’s stopping them from running off their excess energy. Strolltastic runs three times a week and is conducted by April Rice, an instructor certified for pre- and post-natal fitness, who uses resistance bands and other equipment such as kettlebells and medicine balls to work on strength and cardio. The hour-long class changes location within the Botanic Gardens every now and then to give the bubs a change of scenery. Every Saturday, Bloom’n Fit runs a mixed-gender Bodtastic class, too. You can drop in on either class for $25.
WHERE Botanic Gardens. Sign up at www.bloomnfit-sg.com.
Best for tracking your progress
Seven coaches with experience in sports, fitness, endurance racing and powerlifting form the core of FuelFit (from $189/month), a bootcamp that emphasises the tracking of each individual’s progress. So even before you begin your first session, you’ll have to go through consultation and assessment to determine your fitness level. Once that’s been sorted out, the coaches will take monthly body composition measurements and quarterly fitness appraisals – oh, and they’ll also provide basic nutrition advice, too. The bootcamp formats include time-based training – both bodyweight- and equipment-based – fitness games and partner work. Class sizes range from six to 12 participants, with many couples and parent-child duos in the mix. All are required to bring their own foam roller.
WHERE Nine locations, including Changi City Point, Kallang Wave, Bedok Reservoir, Bishan Park, Buangkok, Punggol Central and Simei. Sign up at fuelfit.com.sg.
Best for interval training
Momentum (from $150/five sessions) offers six bootcamps, from boxing to speed training, that cater to all fitness levels. Huff and puff at the Signature Bootcamp: a full-body workout that comprises strength and interval training. Ladies, if you’re looking to target specific problem areas, Momentum has an Abs, Butt and Thighs class to help you shape up. The bootcamp also conducts beach retreats that aren’t as idyllic as they sound – they’re garage-style circuits that involve tyres, ropes and friendly competition. Bring your own mat, towel and water.
WHERE Seven locations, including Botanic Gardens, East Coast Park, MacRitchie Reservoir and Marina Bay Sands. Sign up at www.momentumbootcamps.com.
Gather your mates and sign up as a group at Munster Bootcamp (from $99/four sessions). There are bootcamps for couples, groups, lone rangers and even one for brides-to-be ($1,888). For the latter, you’ll be enduring seven consecutive days of hour-long interval training a month before the wedding, with a follow-up plan, too – so expect to change your eating habits.
WHERE Six locations, including Serangoom stadium, Jurong West Stadium, Choa Chu Kang stadium and Yishun stadium. Sign up at www.munsterbootcamp.com.
By now, you’ll probably notice that most of the bootcamps on this list are held either in the east or central regions. But don’t fret just yet, westies. Ooberfit (from $150/six sessions) conducts an average of five weekly bootcamps at West Coast and Sunset Way. OoberFit’s star bootcamps are the post-natal OoberMummies for new mums who are looking to jump back on the fitness bandwagon, while OoberXpress, a 45-minute lunchtime workout in the Marina Bay area, is popular among the CBD folks. All bootcamps predominantly comprise of high-intensity interval training workouts – think burpees, sprints, mountain climbers and squats – with a bit of toning exercises such as Pilates rings, ropes and medicine balls thrown into the mix.
WHERE Seven locations, including West Coast, Sunset Way, Tanjong Rhu and Botanic Gardens. Sign up at www.ooberfit.com.
On top of its personal training, CrossFit and physiotherapy courses, UFIT ($175/unlimited sections) runs ten types of bootcamps to cater to individual needs. There’s SheFit for those who prefer an all-female environment, YogaFit for budding yogis, QuickFit for the time-starved and RunFit for avid runners. Some of UFIT’s more specialised classes include obstacle training – perfect for those hell-bent on conquering Spartan Race and Tough Mudder – and rugby conditioning games. There are morning sessions from 6.15am, and after-work classes in the CBD.
WHERE Fourteen locations, including Marina Bay, East Coast Park, Robertson Quay, Sentosa Cove and Bishan Park. Sign up at ufitbootcamps.com.sg.
Three other gyms to get your sweat on
Learn how to grapple in a safe environment at FaMA, which stands for Fitness and Martial Arts. It specialises in muay Thai and Brazilian jiu-jitsu for both adults and kids, and also offers martial arts-inspired combat fitness classes at the beginner and advanced levels to complement the training.
Build lean muscles and train your core at any of the three classes offered. There’s Pilates that emphasises body alignment, Xtend Barre that has elements of ballet and Pilates, and Aerial that lets you – quite literally – fly.
No time to work out? Try Ritual’s 20-minute session. This two-outlet boutique gym specialises in high-intensity interval training, which combines strength training with cardio to ensure you get a full-body workout in every session. Shoes aren’t required – just rock up and work out.