Best gyms in Singapore
TripleFit prides itself as a one-stop destination for fitness performance and sports retail. Its fitness hub ($45/entry, $250/one-month, $600/three-month and $1,920/12-month) is split into three wings for specific training purposes and houses lifting platforms, battle ropes, monkey bars and the like. Group programmes such as HIIT, functional training and endurance-based classes are available daily from as early as 6.45am 'til late in the evenings. Contenders of ENDUROFIT will also be able to track their progress as each participant is given a POLAR fitness tracker to wear during the session. Shop for activewear at its shopfront retail hub that carries European and Japanese premium niche sports brands such as C3fit, Newline and Every Second Counts.
F45 Training Amoy Street
F45 uses a combination of high intensity interval training (HIIT), circuit training and functional training in its all-inclusive workout program that maximises fat burning and lean muscle building in a 45-minute session. Each class varies between cardio, resistance training or a combination of both elements. On average, there are 27 workout options to choose from. Prices range from $75 to $89 per week.
Capital Tower Sports Performance
After a month-long $1.65-million-dollar revamp, Fitness First Platinum Capital Tower has refreshed its image and is now known as Capital Tower Sports Performance. This high-performance training facility is fitted with state-of-the-art machines such as the SYNRGY360, a versatile exercise frame that accommodates up to 12 people at the same time, stationary wattbikes and flexible composite tsunami bars in its ‘lift’ zone. There's an outdoor climbing wall, heated swimming pool and various resistance equipment to ensure an even sweatier session.
Ritual specialises in high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Its owners believe in training the body as a machine and not just with machines, so you won’t find treadmills or bikes here. Instead, there are dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine balls, suspension ropes and gymnastic rings that you’ll use during the sessions. The workouts change every day and are scaled for different fitness levels. The best part? HIIT’s fast-paced nature raises your metabolic rate for up to 48 hours after your training session, so you’ll be burning fat even after you leave the gym.
Virgin Active (Tanjong Pagar)
Spanning over 30,000 square feet, Virgin Active Tanjong Pagar has six workout zones and three studios offering up to 200 group exercise classes each week. One of the gym’s signature features is the high altitude studio which simulates training conditions up to 3,000 metres above ground level. The gym is also kitted out with a number of relaxation and recovery facilities, including a Himalayan salt room, steam and ice rooms, and zero-gravity sleep pods where you can a steal a 20-minute power nap to recharge yourselves. Virgin Active has two other outlets in Raffles Place and Holland Village.
Pure Fitness (Ocean Financial Centre)
There’s no lack of gyms for the CBD folks so naturally, this Pure Fitness branch has to do one over the rest with unique offerings. Some of the exclusive group classes available at this studio include Virtual Fitness, an on-demand trainer-led fitness programme; RealRyder, a group cycling class; and TerraCore, a multi-movement circuit-style training class. Pure Fitness has another outlet in Asia Square.
Unlike most gyms, there’s no shortage of congratulatory cheers at CrossFit Mobilus. Yes, the community bond here is strong even when competing for the fastest timing. And MobCon, a 30-minute metabolic conditioning class designed to increase stamina, isn’t any different. The key workout in MobCon is the Workout of the Day. It’s a series of exercises set by the trainer that are to be completed within the shortest time possible – and the idea here, surprise, surprise, is to keep trying to beat your previous time. The exercises range from cycling on an Airdyne to barbell deadlifts, and they’re always performed with a partner. Don’t you worry, lone wolves – the camaraderie that grows from performing the WOD as a pair within a group is perhaps the most attractive aspect of CrossFit Mobilus.
With iPad stations located all over, VisionGym doesn’t look like your run-of-the-mill gym. But then again, it isn’t. It's the first fitness studio in Singapore to specialise in Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS) training, where electrical impulse currents are used to stimulate your muscles. It’s not as painful as it sounds – the current is adjusted according to each individual, and ours only mildly tingles. A typical workout involves wearing a special PowerSuit while executing basic bodyweight exercises. The PowerSuit connects wirelessly to an app (that’s what the iPad stations are for), controlled by the trainer. The programme is simple: for the whole 20 minutes, you do an exercise (say, a plank or lunges) while the current is turned on. And when it’s off, you take a breather.
Established in 2010 as a single gym atop a multi-storey carpark in Bedok, Gymmboxx has come a long way since its humble beginnings. There are seven outlets all located in the heartlands, with four open 24/7 and with midnight staff on hand. You don’t have to be tied down long-term, either – Gymmboxx’s membership plans range from monthly to three months to a year and you can pay-per-entry.
Fitness First Bugis
Fitness First has transformed the old cinema space in Bugis Junction into a high-performance training facility that allows you to train like an athlete. Check out the gym’s centrepiece: a 3.7m-tall throwdown frame that utilises training dummies to simulate movement patterns in search and rescue drills – talk about building functional strength. Join in the weekly Game of Zones where you and your team will be put through six exercise stations in a two-hour session.
Yoga and Pilates studios
You’re guaranteed to work up a sweat at the photogenic studios of Yoga+, where classes are vinyasa-based and cater to a wide range of abilities. The studio also aims to bring the yoga experience beyond the mat through collaborations with local brands and initiatives with a focus on health and wellness to instill mindful living – expect regular art jams and book clubs in the studios. Classes can fit up to 15 students at a time.
Drenched in natural light, the cosy 25-mat studio tucked away in a quiet corner of Holland Village accommodates both hot and non-hot classes. It also has a unisex changing and shower room. Freedom Yoga offers 12 different classes including Basics and Basics II, Power Up, Power Up 75, Crunch Time, Upside Down, Freedom Flow, Yin Yang, Time Out, Freedom Blaze, Flo-ga and Yogahour.
The Yoga School
At this studio, you’ll be practising against a stunning backdrop of Singapore’s city skyline – and its stylish lounge to hang out in afterwards doesn’t hurt, either. Classes range from Iyengar Yoga and Yin Yoga to more unique offerings such as Forrest Yoga and Kundalini. Expect internationally acclaimed yoga teachers the likes of Yiannis Mukta Om from New York to host special workshops from time to time.
The Yoga Collective
Founded by Sandra Riley Tang of local band The Sam Willows and yoga teacher Maylis Cao, The Yoga Collective counts traditional yoga philosophy as its bedrock. Its classes incorporate other forms of exercises such as calisthenics and HIIT (high intensity interval training) to build strength, flexibility and stamina while conditioning your muscles through their full body workouts. Teacher to student ratio is kept at a maximum of 1:18.
Depending on the day and your luck, you’ll be greeted by Ah Bui, the resident ‘PR manager’ at Yoga Inc – a rescue dog whose breed and age remains a mystery to owner Ashly Lou. Yoga Inc prides itself as a ‘very local studio’ – instructors are not paiseh to speak in Singlish as they teach. Studios are not air-conditioned and are capped at 20 students.
Find your zen at Hom Yoga and give back to the community while you’re at it, too. Founder Malvina Kang brands Hom Yoga as a ‘socially conscious yoga studio’ as the social entrepreneur works closely with non-profit organisations and the local community to ‘inspire a more inclusive future for all’. Its Community Classes are taught by teacher training graduates and all proceeds are donated to its long-term charity partner Singapore Committee for UN Women.
Pure Yoga (Asia Square)
Pure Yoga’s third 10,942-square-feet studio has four yoga practice rooms equipped with heaters for hot yoga, wall rope and aerial yoga equipment. A range of yoga classes in traditional and contemporary styles are available, including lyengar, Jivamukti, pre-natal yoga and even one for new mothers and babies. You can buy yoga garb and gear from the in-house Pure Apparel brand or grab a quick post-workout protein smoothie at the nood food juice bar.
Yoga Movement has been around since 2012 so you can be sure they know their stuff. All the classes are multi-levelled as instructors will modify poses to make sure everyone is catered for. Classes are split into six types: Basics, Core, Power, Zen, Power Flow and Monster Hot.
Touted as South-East Asia’s largest and most comprehensive Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) gym, Evolve offers Brazilian jiu-jitsu, muay Thai, boxing, submission grappling, street self-defence, wrestling and other classes amid state-of-the-art facilities which include the first official MMA Octagon ring in the region. It even boasts world-class champion instructors, as Evolve is the only gym in the world to be affiliated with both the Renzo Gracie Academy (named after the noted Brazilian jiu-jitsu and MMA fighter) and the Sityodtong Muay Thai gym in Thailand. Kids can start their martial arts training early, too. Evolve's Little Samurai Children’s Program claims to be the only programme in Singapore designed by a Harvard University graduate, where kids learn the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu and martial arts principles that will instil life skills like discipline, confidence and hard work. Evolve also has gyms in Far East Square and Orchard Central. Read our interview with Angela Lee, an instructor at Evolve MMA and ONE Atomweight World Champion.
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.
Pop by after work for a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) session at this gym located in the CBD. Notable trainers at Impact MMA include head coach Bruce Loh, the first professional Singaporean professional MMA fighter, and Royston Wee, Singapore's first representative at the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the largest MMA promoter in the world. Or pick up other fighting techniques inclduing Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai and wrestling.