It's a no-brainer that the best place to put your fitness plan in motion is the gym. It's equipped with the essentials – cutting-edge machines, experienced personal trainers and all sorts of group classes like boxing, spin and HIIT. From 24-hour centres that won’t have you breaking the bank to luxury ones with stunning views, smoothie bars and high-end changing rooms, there’s no reason to skip a workout. Get kitted out and break a sweat at the city's top-notch gyms.
RECOMMENDED: The best gyms and fitness studios in Singapore
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's said that its combination of interval, cardiovascular and strength training has been proven to effectively burn fat and build lean muscle.
This 32,000-square-feet club has three studios offering over 130 group classes weekly taught by both local and international instructors. The gym is split into various zones to cater to different training needs. Train like an athlete at the dedicated athlete area fitted with a four-lane, 35-metre indoor running track. Or get strong with kettlebells and medicine balls at the strength and condition corner. There's even a competition Octagon MMA zone for budding and serious boxers, kickboxers and grapplers.
Located at One Raffles Place, Virgin Active offers a slick gym experience in seven zones spread across three levels. The club has equipment for on-trend exercises like anti-gravity yoga and power plate workouts, alongside high-tech cardio and weight training machines by Technogym that can store workout information, track your progress and even ensure that you’re keeping pace while you’re working out. Those looking to take a proper beating can pop into the half-hour flash classes of The ZUU training style (using your bodyweight in high-intensity intervals), then stave off the morning-after body aches in steam and ice baths (or try out the first-of-its-kind salt cave).
One of the main draw of this Fitness First outlet in the CBD is its heated outdoor swimming pool. Situated behind Boat Quay along the Singapore River, watch the hustle and bustle below while lounging (or actually swimming) in the pool. The 10,000-square-feet club also has Technogym cardio equipment with audio and visual entertainment, a full range of strength equipment, a free weights area and stretch area.
Smash your fitness goals at the largest fitness centre in the city: TFX Millenia Walk. Work on your stamina and strength with state-of-the-art gym equipment. Alternatively, break a sweat at its cycling, yoga and group exercise studios, boxing area, and functional training area with its range of Small Group Training (SGT) classes. Push yourself even further at the TerraX, an indoor obstacle race training space complete with everything you need for sprints and circuit training.
Ritual specialises in high-intensity interval training (HIIT), which combines strength training with cardio to ensure you get a full-body workout in every session. Set in training the body as a machine and not with machines, the gym leaves out treadmills and bikes and is only equipped with 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.
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, otherwise known as WOD. 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. The contractions stimulated by EMS reach deep muscle tissues and are said to be 18 times more effective than conventional weight training. 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.
Since its inception in Singapore in 2014, Ultimate Performance has helped its clients achieve major body transformations through customized diet and fitness plans, as seen through the drastic before and after images the gym advertises. Founded by Nick Mitchell, the group of personal trainers at this personal training-centric gym offers 24/7 support whether you are in or out of the gym, preparing dinner at home or going on a holiday.
No stranger to the High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) game, Barry's is an LA-based premier HIIT studio that's been frequented by A-listers. Now in Singapore, 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.
This new Turf City facility claims to be the largest CrossFit venue in Singapore. Touted to be the workout method suitable for people of all fitness levels, CrossFit incorporates elements from various sports and exercises with the aim of honing ten skills: endurance, speed, stamina, coordination, strength, agility, flexibility, balance, power and accuracy.
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 hours 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.
UFIT’s 5,000-square-foot flagship on Amoy Street brings together personal training, nutritional advice, physiotherapy and injury rehabilitation under one roof. It’s currently headed by Darren Blakely and Dean Ahmad, as well as former England Rugby International player James Forrester and OZFIT founder Lisa Clayton.
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.
Named after its 24-hour, seven-days-a-week access, Anytime Fitness is one of the fastest-growing gym chains in the world, including Singapore. With plenty opening their doors in the heartlands, Anytime Fitness provides go-getters looking for a gym lean on frills with a price to match. The gym features machines built for expediency. If your get-fit plan is just a formula of good ol’ fashioned graft, you’ll appreciate their current installation of cardio and strength-training gear.
Is it a gym? Is it a co-working space? Core Collective is both, sort of. It’s a first-of-its-kind collaborative centre that swaps hot desks for yoga and Pilates reformer studios, a functional training floor and a boxing ring – fitness and wellness entrepreneurs can rent any of the spaces anytime to host sessions for their clients.