With these exercise hubs all over Singapore - in Orchard, the CBD and even the heartlands - there’s no excuse for you not to achieve that banging body you’ve always dreamt of
If you wake up one day and decide to whoop your body back into shape, that’s half the battle won; you’re now definitely on your way to achieve a better self (and body). The next vital step is to find a gym that suits you. Why, you ask? ’Cause joining a gym entails a whole lot of opportunity costs – especially financially and time-wise. Also, a good gym that suits your personality can surely motivate you to come back and exercise on an even more regular basis. So, here’s our lowdown on gyms in Singapore; discover the best fitness centres that’ll work for you!
With five state-of-the-art fitness studios located islandwide, UFIT offers an extensive array of fitness services, catering to different levels of fitness. For the outdoors-y types, it even organises multiple fitness sessions at various locations every day, so no excuses! Expect a great all-round workout in a fun atmosphere, with a trustworthy mix of acclaimed trainers such as Glenn van der Veen, Nathan Williams and two-time Mr Singapore, Adrian Tan. They also take special care of beginners (like having longer recovery time for newbies), so you won’t be eating the dust of more seasoned gym buffs. Oh, and by the way, we’re obsessed with UFIT’s Clean & Lean Challenge too!
UFIT, Amoy: 87-88 Amoy Street, Singapore, 069906, p. 6225 5059. One North: 01-02 Galaxis Building, Level 1 Fusionpolis way, Singapore, 138632, p. 6250 2944. Tanjong Pagar: 10 Hoe Chiang Road, Singapore, 089315, p. 6223 3446. Bukit Timah: 220 Turf Club Road, Singapore, 288001, p. 6225 5059. Orchard: 160 Orchard Road, OG Orchard Point, #B2-02, 238842, 6225 5059.
Aside from being a beautiful place to work out (it’s pretty important to enjoy your surroundings when you’re being beasted!) in the oh-so-convenient location of Telok Ayer Street, Level is reserved for personal training and classes only. They keep it interesting, with a huge variety of original, high-end equipment that’s used to create a different, dynamic and fresh routine every time you visit – there’s not a running machine in sight! The trainers are both very personable and specialise in different fitness techniques, whether you’re looking for boxing, weight-lifting, toning, cardio, or a bit of everything. Level also hosts an array of interesting bootcamp workouts, which include lunchtime Midday Madness bootcamps.
Level Gym, 137 Telok Ayer Street #01-03, Singapore 068602, p. 6222 4766.
If working out sounds like a complete drag, we’ve got just the cure for your gym allergy. Located in the lush digs of Amara Sanctuary Resort (nothing melts the stress away faster than a trip down to Sentosa) with a team of committed and friendly trainers to show you the ropes, there’s absolutely no reason not to feel more pumped for a super effective training session. You can also find state-of-the-art equipment such as the Half Rack and Powerplate in this 5,000 square feet gym to amp up your fitness game.
Aileron Wellness, Amara Sactuary Resort Sentosa, #02-38/39 Block 43, 01 Larkhill Road, Singapore 099394.
CrossFit Tanjong Pagar
Not sure which CrossFit gym (or box as the CrossFitters say) to check out? Here’s a clear standout in our books – as the largest CrossFit box in Singapore that’s conveniently located in the CBD to boot, CrossFit Tanjong Pagar is the perfect spot to build camaraderie – and friendly competition – among other CrossFitters in your class. For the full experience, don’t be afraid to embrace your primal self in your workouts – swearing and screaming are all encouraged to help unleash your inner beast.
CrossFit Tanjong Pagar, 10 Hoe Chiang Road, Singapore 089315.
Not one to take themselves too seriously, Celebrity Fitness offers a slew of different fitness programs helmed by certified trainers as well as game-like features in their gyms for maximum fun during your workouts. With a wide variety of classes that range from floating yoga to body combat, you’re sure to find one that’s suited to your personal preference.
Celebrity Fitness, four locations islandwide.
Hailed as the ‘30-minute gym’, this fitness sanctuary is perfect for exercise newbies with packed schedules and zero gym equipment – you don’t even need to strap on a pair of sneakers to work out here, thanks to the gym’s shock-absorbent floor. With nary a treadmill in sight, Ritual relies on High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) to whip your body back into shape for a quick but effective 20-minute session. The best part? You’re burning way more fat that way than an hour spent sweating it out on the treadmill. Score!
Ritual Gym, locations in Raffles Place and Holland Village.
With a no-nonsense approach when it comes to an intense workout regimen, this gym is as gritty as it gets in Singapore. Led by Managing Director Irving Henson, The Pit is for hardcore fitness buffs who are not afraid to push themselves to the limit (and then some) to achieve their fitness goals. One-on-one training and group classes like Meetcon and Martial Arts are available here. Don’t expect to get off easy during cheat day either – you’ll be assigned ‘homework’ (i.e. deadlifts) that must be completed every week. Enter The Pit – if you dare.
The Pit, 123 Devonshire Road, Singapore 239883.
Ask any gym-goer and they’ll most likely refer you to Fitness First. Aside from its first-rate, state-of-the-art gym equipment, Fitness First also offers an extensive array of small classes, from Hatha yoga sessions to freestyle high-intensity interval training (HIIT) classes. Engage PTs at Fitness First who’ll aim to make every workout count by using fitness science to plan the most effective workout routine. What’s more? Members of Fitness First are granted access to its outlets around the globe – so no more excuses skipping your workout even when you’re travelling! Still unsure if this is the right gym for you? Well, you can sign up for their one-day trial to aid you in your decision-making.
Fitness First, 17 locations islandwide including Marina Bay Financial Centre and One Raffles Place.
Located at eight convenient locations islandwide, True Fitness gyms are all decked out with modern strength and resistance training equipment, and the latest cardio machines with integrated televisions and iPod links. True Fitness also offers interesting PT sessions like cardio-kickboxing and Synrgy360 Workout Express. And if yoga’s your cup of tea, head over to its yoga-centric centre at True Yoga at Pacific Plaza. Need to loosen up after a fruitful grinding session? Relax at the cosy Members’ Relaxation Lounge or step into Steam Rooms for both ladies and gentlemen. There’s enough space in their changing rooms in case you haven’t had enough of stretching.
True Fitness, seven locations including Chevron House and Suntec City Mall.
Nestled at Marina Bay, a prime location in Singapore, Pure Fitness is the go-to gym for many CBD drones. Just imagine working out to the scenic view of the Singapore skyline! Here, you’ll also get to meet with one of the best bunches of highly qualified and dedicated personal trainers. Pure Fitness at Asia Square flaunts a 32,000 sq-ft play space that includes big lockers, vanity kits, spacious bathrooms with 20 shower cubicles and big lockers for easy storage. With complimentary Wi-Fi access, refreshments, and a Relaxation lounge, you might not want to leave this place after you’re done buffing up. More good news for CBD fitness fans? Pure Fitness recently launched a new branch at Ocean Financial Centre.
Pure Fitness, locations in Asia Square and Ocean Financial Centre.
Founded by the Fitlion – an online distributor of supplements and fitness supplies in Singapore, you can find Gymmboxx outlets at several suburban estates like Bedok, Bishan, Bukit Batok and Jurong. These heartland gyms are equipped with premium fitness machines and a decent shower facility. On top of offering inexpensive membership rates for a good duration, Gymmboxx also provides one of the more affordable PT sessions for a 10-Session or 20-Session package. Don’t forget to bring your own towels if you’re planning to use its gyms.
Gymmboxx, six locations islandwide.
As a ladies-only fitness haven, Amore Fitness caters to women who are keen to get that perfect figure or simply for those who want to maintain a healthier lifestyle in general. Founded in 1985, their facilities are also equipped with machines developed specifically for women who often have smaller frames. Also, the gym’s PTs specialise in workout routines and exercise techniques designed specifically for women and have a firm background in sports-specific injury, nutrition and weight management. And if you’re a mummy, Amore Fitness has a Kit Fit Club where your kids will be kept busy with a bonanza of fun-filled activities, allowing you to work out with a peace of mind.
Amore Fitness, eight locations islandwide including Bugis Junction and Plaza Singapura.
Virgin Active Fitness Club
At Virgin Active, you’ll get to use environmentally-friendly equipment that saves energy – talk about exercising while protecting the earth! Here, PTs teach you how to do warm-ups on your own beforehand, so you’ve got more quality time on the clock with your trainers. Those who are keen on lunchtime workouts can opt for their quick 45-minute sessions. But if you have more time, go on and enjoy the club’s cool facilities including sleep pods for quick power naps and Himalayan salt inhalation rooms.
Virgin Active Fitness Club, two locations including One Raffles Place and Guoco Tower at Tanjong Pagar.
Organised by the Singapore Sports Council, this no-frills workout spot offers affordable per entry options – fitting for those on a tight budget or are not ready to commit to a long-term gym membership just yet. Situated at most sporting halls islandwide, ActiveSG gyms provide basic gym equipments for weight training and have several cardio machines, especially everyone’s all-time fave – the treadmill. The downside: it can get uber crowded during peak periods. Also, the gyms do not provide any towels; so do remember to bring your very own or you might be denied entry – you’ve been warned!
ActiveSG gyms, 17 locations islandwide.
Grit is Singapore’s first Training for Warriors (TFW) affiliate, a global movement; essentially, a system that trains fitness enthusiasts into professional athletes. Originally designed as a fitness program for elite athletes, TFW does not discriminate against those who aren’t used to exercising on the regular. Each person undergoes an assessment program for GRIT trainers to determine their fitness level, to specially create a program suited for them. Wish to ultimately compete in the NFL, UFC or even Olympics someday? Let Grit trainers push you to compete against your own mind, soul and body to become the best athlete you can possibly be.
Grit Gym, #03-01, 39 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059918. Opening hours Mon-Fri 7.30am-8.30pm, Sat 7.30am-5.30pm, closed on Sundays
Grapple Max Dojo
If you don’t already know by now, professional wrestling is a highly physical performance in order to mesmerise and connect to a live audience – think the likes of Hulk Hogan and The Rock. At Grapple Max Dojo, you will learn basic pro wrestling techniques and execute them in a short sparring session at the end of each class. Love a good cardio workout whilst ‘telling a story’? This gym could be for you.
Grapple MAX Dojo, #07-10 Geylang Victory Centre, 110 Lorong 23, Singapore 388410. Classes run on Mondays and Fridays, 8pm-9.30pm
If you don’t like lifting weights or using complex machines, but want something more intense than Pilates, CrossFit could be your thing. In this specialised gym, you will work on different parts of your body in order to build strength and stamina. In its Fundamentals Class, trainers will ensure your safety by assessing your abilities first, before introducing you to different movements and skills. Each class will end with a workout of the day (CrossFit WOD) and a high-intensity strength, metabolic conditioning (MetCon).
Actualize CrossFit, 315 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208973, p. +65 9168 6527. Opens daily 6.30am-930pm
The Strength Yard
Got a passion for lifting heavy weights? This is an open gym that will train beginner weightlifters throughout a course of six weeks in their Beginner Olympic Weightlifting program. You will learn proper techniques in force production and speed in change of direction, in order to be a successful weightlifter. Conditioning classes are also available for those of you who want to work on strength, conditioning and endurance. Both men and women are welcome.
The Strength Yard, 58 Joo Chiat Pl, Singapore 427782. Opening hours Mon-Fri 9.00am-10.30pm Sat-Sun 10.00am-8.00pm
Evolve MMA is known to be one of the largest Mixed Martial Arts schools in Singapore. This gym offers boxing, wrestling, kickboxing, and self-defense classes. Always dreamt of learning from masters? You’re in luck, as instructors here consist of world champions and award-winning athletes – including our very own Singapore champ, Angela Lee! Another thing that’s great about Evolve is how child-friendly it is – there’s even a special program for kids.
Evolve MMA, 3 locations (Far east, Orchard Central, POMO mall)
If you’ve always been a fan of Muhamad Ali and wanted to learn how to box (without spraining your wrist), you should step into The RING. With a state-of-the-art boxing club, pristine equipment and exciting classes, you’ll always look forward to working out. Warm-ups include throwing jabs, cross-hooks and uppercuts; but if you’re keen to learn more, check out our full review feature. Wearing boxing gloves will definitely bring out the Manny Pacquiao in you! What better way to release all that stress from work?