For those who dislike spending hours in the gym, high intensive 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. Here are five boutique gyms to get your heart rate up faster than you can say HIIT.
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.
Try this Cardio-based Meltdown targets all the muscle groups in your body and burns fat fast. Expect team games too.
Price $45 for a single class and packages start from $145 for five classes.
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.
Try this FloatFit HIIT – this 30-minute class has you doing burpees and v-sits on the floating mat.
Price $40 for a single class and packages start from $140 for four classes.
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.
Try this Orange 60, an hour-long class that’s split into intervals of cardio and strength training in a group setting that accommodates up to 24 people.
Price $55 for a single class and various packages are available upon request.
This eastside gym offers a mixed bag of group classes such as TRX suspension training, HIIT and even Muay Thai. Classes at Bodyburn are conducted in small groups of 10 to 12 participants to ensure that the trainers can focus on correcting form and helping students maintain good posture and technique.
Try this Burnout is the perfect 30-minute express class for busy folks who want to spend the minimum amount of time in the gym – each session targets specific major muscle groups so you can stagger your workouts during the week and not, umm, burn out.
Price $35 for a single class and packages start from $250 for 10 classes.
Get fired up at this Kuala Lumpur gym import, the brainchild of celebrity fitness guru Dave Nuku of The Biggest’s Loser Asia fame who also trained the cast and crew of The Lord of the Rings when the film was shot in his home country New Zealand. At Firestation 3.0, trainers are called Fire Rockstars while members are known as Fire Fans – fitting, because the intense workouts blaze through your stubborn body fat to burn maximum calories in minimum time.
Try this Stride is Firestation’s signature HIIT treadmill circuit class that combines cardio and functional training in a 45-min session. Those looking to take things up a notch, go for Force – this strength programme utilises barbells, dumbbells and bodyweight exercises, along with dynamic yoga stretches to reshape your physique.
Price $45/single class and packages start from $195 for five classes.
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.
Try this The workout programme changes daily so you’re never bored and it’s split into three difficulty levels.
Price From $199 per month.
Other gyms to check out
These days, you don’t have to sweat it out under the sun if you want to get on a bike. You can head to a cycling studio instead. Let immersive big screens transport you to alternate worlds, trippy lighting set the mood and upbeat music get your heart (and feet) racing at these spots.