For those who dislike spending hours in the gym, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is the way to go – you work hard for a set amount of time with minimal rest which raises your metabolic rate for up to 48 hours. Yes, this means you’ll be burning fat even when you’re lounging in front of the TV later. Get your heart rate up faster than you can say HIIT at these boutique gyms in Singapore.
Boomcamp, the HIIT sister to Boom’s aqua-boxing classes, packs an equal amount of cardio punch. The class, held at Core Collective at Anson Road, is split equally between cardio movements and strength-building elements. In the 45 minutes class, half will be spent on the assault bike and rowing machine, and the other half performing various weighted movements on the floor. There’s hardly a dull moment in class, having to alternate between cardio and weights before ending off with a core-burning exercise. And when it’s all over, reward yourself with a cool shower perfumed with Ashley & Co bathroom amenities.
The gym prides itself on its class program. After all, Grityard is founded by former national athletes who spent a good part of their lives training professionally. Classes here focus on five pillars: endurance, speed, power, core, and strength. Burn, pulse, and challenge your muscles in the 30-minute Hell Fire class, or combine speedwork with plyometric movements in the Reignman class that’s inspired by NBA legend Shawn Kemp.
No stranger to the HIIT game, Barry's is an LA-based premier studio that's been frequented by the likes of David and Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber. Barry's welcomes you to break a sweat at its world-renowned HIIT classes conducted in the signature Red Room. The carefully curated workouts are known to incorporate cardio exercises on treadmills with strength and conditioning exercises using free weights and state-of-the-art equipment. This provides an immersive and motivating experience that helps burn up to 1,000 calories per session.
One of the newest kids on the HIIT block, Haus Athletics exudes a boutique gym meets cool club vibe in its stylishly dim studio – minus the alcohol. Still, you can get high from its immersive workout experience driven by the newest beats and team challenges in a 20 students-to-two trainers ratio setting. The gym employs basic primal movements combined with a blend of resistance, endurance and plyometrics (jump training) so you can train your body like an athlete.
Flex those muscles and go all out with F45. The Aussie fitness studio offers 45-minute workouts that combine elements of HIIT, circuit training and functional training designed by celebrity trainer Luke Istomin. Each workout aims to improve strength, cardio and resistance. It is said that its combination of interval, cardiovascular and strength training has been proven to effectively burn fat and build lean muscle.
TripleFit prides itself as a one-stop destination for fitness performance and sports retail. Its fitness hub 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 until late in the evenings.
Decked with a futuristic neon clubbing atmosphere, Beat X Studio brings out the fun when it comes to HIIT classes. To maximise each workout to the fullest, the studios are loaded with the latest form of equipment. Choose between four highly energetic fitness workouts that activate all muscle groups – rebounding, boxing, riding and hybrid training – and sweat it out in three different themed studios where each space supports the respective workouts. With immersive pyrotechnics and curated playlists to engage you, pushing yourself to another limit hardly feels like a HIIT session here.
It's all about the mind, will and body at The Garage. The idea of training at this gritty fitness space may intimidate you but fret not – its circuit training facility offers HIIT classes and personal training for everyone of all fitness levels, even gym rookies. Classes are specially designed by a group of sports and medical pros to push your strength, endurance and cardio health within the shortest possible time. There are 15 different stations equipped with free weights, suspension trainers, rings, boxing, yoga and more.
Located in concrete jungle that is Raffes Place, this dynamic fitness gym and martial arts studio is a great place to kickstart your day before you go back to the grind. Choose from various group classes like Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, strength training, high intensity interval training (HIIT) and more. If you're up for a challenge, The Jungle offers one of the most varied HIIT classes in town where you can incorporate kickboxing and some martial arts into your workout.
Heart rate-based HIIT training that’s designed to stimulate your metabolism and boost your energy levels – that’s what Orangetheory is all about. This is done using treadmills, water rowing machines and light weights while you’re wearing an OTBeat heart rate monitor that provides essential data in both real time and after the session via an individual workout summary. Orangetheory claims that you can see visible results after a month of attending three to five sessions each week.
The latest 24-hour gym in the CBD, Platinum Fitness is one for the busy bees. Cosy in size, the affordable luxe gym offers everything you need in a gym – quality equipment, high-end facilities and classes to work up a sweat. Get your blood pumping with its GetPhlatFit HIIT Class, a 45-minute full-body high-intensity session that runs daily. The best bit? These classes are held in small groups, giving you more freedom to move as well as allowing the trainers to guide and correct your form when needed.
Ritual believes in training your body like a machine and not with machines – so don’t expect to find treadmills or bikes here. Instead, there are kettlebells, medicine balls, suspension ropes and gymnastic rings to use during the 30-minute sessions. Each session can accommodate up to 10 people and starts every half-hour so there are no excuses to skip. It’s fitted with a shock-absorbent gym floor that doesn’t require shoes so you can rock up and work out.
If you thought HIIT couldn’t get any harder, you couldn’t be more wrong. Skyline Aqua isn’t your usual interval training class – you’re required to put on swimwear before climbing on top of an AquaBase floating mat in a swimming pool. To stay balanced, you need to activate the usually unworked intricate stabilisation muscles in your body. Needless to say, you might end up falling into the water. But it’s worth the risk.