With these exercise hubs all over Singapore – in Orchard, the CBD and even the heartlands – there are no excuses. Work, work, work
So you wake up one day and decide to up your fitness game – good for you! You’re on your way to a healthier lifestyle. Once you’ve got your eating habits right, the next step may not be as simple: finding the right gym that suits you. Fear not, we’ve sussed out everything from affordable HIIT studios and boutique barre studios to luxurious workout spots with their own juice bars. Ready to be transformed? Go #beastmode at the best gyms in Singapore.
We’re kicking off with some serious #fitspo with that pic above, taken at The Pit. 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
There’s a new gym in town and it’s right in the heart of the CBD. Nestled in the basement on Downtown Gallery, Platinum Fitness is a new 24/7 premium gym with a monthly fee that doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket. The intimate space has everything from top line cardio machines for a quick workout to a free weight zone if you’re in the mood for something more intense. Working out with your personal fitness trainer? Bring them along for a small fee. Platinum Fitness also conducts full-body HIIT sessions that will leave you with a serious sense of accomplishment.
Platinum Fitness, 6A Shenton Way, #B1-04/05 OUE Downtown Gallery, Singapore 068815
Beat X Studio
Beat X Studio is the perfect place to amp up your fitness routine. Why? The boxing, rebounding, color riding (an alternative to spin) and hybrid training classes are all about sculpting muscles and burning the calories. Oh, and you can’t ignore the adrenaline-pumping workout playlist and futuristic purple lights to get you in #beastmode. It’s just like a club sans the liquid calories.
Beat X Studio, 20 Cecil Street, #06-03 Plus (formerly GSH Plaza), Singapore 049705
Mingle, have a tête-à-tête and get fit with like-minded individuals at Core Collective’s first co-working, fitness and wellness space. Spanning 23,600 sq. ft. there’s much to do. Bump up your bpm with group fitness classes, pilates, MMA or yoga. After a fruitful workout, educate yourself with bodytalk, chiropractic, meditation and physiotherapy session. This is definitely more than just another gym.
Core Collective, #21-01 79 Anson Road, Singapore 079906
HomeTeamNS Fitness Workz
Now here’s an affordable option we need to let you in on: HomeTeamNS clubhouses were created for NS servicemen and their families, but did you know that its fitness facilities are open to all, with guest memberships and walk-in rates? Check out the Fitness Workz gyms at the Bukit Batok, Balestier and Sembawang clubhouses, which have pools, steam rooms and an impressive range of cardio and training equipment. Want some expert advice to help you ace your goals? There are highly qualified gym instructors and trainers on board too…
Fitness Workz; three locations at Bukit Batok, Balestier and Sembawang HomeTeamNS Clubhouses.
If you’re the type who stays away from the larger, more intimidating gyms, step inside Reps Fitness, the first private studio in the East Coast. Dedicated to one-on-one training, the programmes include Reps 860, a fast-paced, body blasting workout that sculpts your muscles and tightens your core, Daily Fit, a combination of functional training and flexibility exercises to reduce tension and ease body aches, and one for mums who struggle to shed that stubborn weight gain post pregnancy. There are also a couple of flex and HIIT classes in groups of 5 or less.
Reps Fitness, 462A Joo Chiat Road Singapore 427674
Probably the most exclusive gym in town, Gravity by Fitness First is livin’ it up with state-of-the-art facilities (how does a temperature-controlled infinity pool sound?), private workspaces, shirt pressing services and – wait for it – an in-house spa at the 38th floor of CaptiaGreen. Of course, the by-invite-only membership at this swanky gym doesn’t come cheap with a monthly fee of $599 and a whopping $3000 joining fee.
Gravity, #38-01, 138 Market Street, Singapore 048946
Working out for an hour and then continuously burning those calories for the next 36? Sounds like something we’re up for. Orange Theory’s heart-based interval training is designed to pump up your metabolism where you can burn from 500 to 1,000 calories in 60 minutes. Don’t be alarmed by the numbers, the gym provides an encouraging set-up designed for all fitness levels.
Orange Theory, Robertson Quay, #02-01, 38A Martin Road Singapore 239059; Tanjong Pagar, #01-58 12 Gopeng Street Singapore 078877
If you’re dreading another “date” with the treadmill and would rather a change of setting, step up your game at New:Yu. Get your friends to tag along a yoga sesh or take it up a notch with circuit training. Is that squat getting too easy for you? Add some weights if you’re up for it. Too tight on your shoulders? Get some tips from one of the friendly coaches. It’s all about making your workouts fun and less terrifying.
New:Yu, 737B Havelock Road Singapore 169653
Providing personal training sessions at a fraction of its cost is tempting enough to book a trial. But Field Assembly (formerly Grit Gym) also provides a varied mix of HIIT and strength training classes, yoga and combat sports like Brazilian jiu-jitsu and muay thai to take your body’s threshold to greater heights.
Field Assembly, Levels 3 & 4 + The Roof, 39 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059918
24xFtiness’ motive is simple – to provide a fully-equipped gym for both trainers and fitness enthusiasts. Beyond effective circuit, high-intensity, core and resistance training, and tailored PT courses for injuries, all members will enjoy a full body assessment for maximum progress. Sweet.
24x Fitness, Bugis, #02-00 112 Middle Road, Midland House, Singapore 188970; Paya Lebar #05-10, 10 Eunos Road 8 Singpost Building Singapore 408600
We all know that working out is no walk in the park (it’s more of a sprint) and without a proper plan or nutritional guidance, your efforts may go to waste. Instead, pay a visit to Genesis Gym for PT programmes that utilise science-based methods and a holistic approach. The 21-day smart challenge runs you through everything from customised training programmes and nutrition plans to unlimited training sessions with coaches.
Genesis Gym, Paya Lebar, #02-01, 115 Eunos Avenue 3, Singapore 409839; Raffles Place, #09-00, 17 Phillip Street, Grand Building Singapore 048695; Alexandra, #01-06 354 Alexandra Road, Alexis Singapore 159948
Pump up that muscle at one of this gym’s 10 outlets across the island. The programs include a three-month fat loss program for ladies and gents, bulking for men, pre and post-natal PT, and even a pre-wedding weight loss programme. Yup, it’s clear that Gold’s Gym caters to the niche crowd with trainings specific to your needs. Just read a couple of success stories on their site (there are many) to get you started.
Gold’s Gym, 10 locations islandwide including, Tanjong Pagar, East Coast, Joo Chiat and Upper Thomson
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.
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 convenient CBD 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 has added a dedicated yoga studio, and also hosts interesting bootcamp workouts, which include lunchtime Midday Madness bootcamps, where several of us from the Honeycombers team have been seriously challenged!
Level Gym, #01-03, 137 Telok Ayer Street Singapore 068602; 27A Ann Siang Road Singapore 069707; 14 Robinson Road, Singapore 048545
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 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 Sanctuary 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. For more options, check out our guide to crossfit gyms.
CrossFit Tanjong Pagar, 10 Hoe Chiang Road, Singapore 089315
FaMA (Fitness and Martial Arts)
If you’re looking to get fit in an unusual way, try your hand at Brazillian Jiu-jitsu or Muay Thai at FaMa (Fitness and Martial Arts). Fret not if you’re a newbie, as both classes feature teaching sequences designed to let you learn quickly and smoothly. Prefer erring on the side of caution? Try FaMA Fit Fundamentals, which teaches body weight drills and coordination exercises, or FaMA Fit for circuit training with strength conditioning. Both include martial arts moves like hip escapes, technical stand ups, punching and kicking.
FaMA, 3A River Valley Road, #02-03, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179020
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, Holland Village and Robertson Quay
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. Plus, 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? Go for a one-day trial to help your decision-making.
Fitness First, 18 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, eight locations including Chevron House and Suntec City Mall.
Virgin Active Fitness Club
At Virgin Active, you’ll get to use environmentally friendly equipment that saves energy – we like the idea of exercising to help out 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. Keen on lunchtime workouts? Opt for the 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, five locations including One Raffles Place and Tanjong Pagar.
Founded in 1985, this ladies-only haven features machines developed specifically for women who often have smaller frames. If you need a helping hand with your workouts, the gym’s personal trainers specialise in workout routines and exercise techniques designed specifically for women and have a firm background in nutrition and weight management. And if you’re a mum, you can hit the gym with a peace of mind – Amore Fitness has a Kit Fit Club where your kids will be kept busy with an array of fun-filled activities.
Amore Fitness, eight locations islandwide including Bugis Junction and Plaza Singapura.
TripleFit’s presence at Millenia Walk is hard to miss; spanning 23,500 square feet, it occupies most of the third floor with its gym and its accompanying retail space, which features activewear brands Under Armour, Japanese compression gear C3fit and stylish British activewear brand Every Second Counts. What sets this gym apart is its high-tech training systems, incorporated in one of its group classes, where you’ll learn how to track your fitness goals according to your heart rate. Classes here are divided into three categories – balance, endurance and strength – to help you boost your stamina, muscle definition. Take your pick from calisthenics, HIIT, TRX Gravity and more.
TripleFit, Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, #02-63, Singapore 039596
With a prime location at Marina Bay, Pure Fitness is the go-to gym for many of us in the CBD. 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. Its location at Ocean Financial Centre is no runner-up either, with a 20,500 square feet space with fully equipped free weight and resistance training zones, and group fitness classes.
Pure Fitness, locations in Asia Square, Ocean Financial Centre and Ngee Ann City
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, Ang Mo Kio, 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 city’s more affordable PT sessions with its 10-Session and 20-Session packages.
Gymmboxx, seven locations islandwide.
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 equipment for weight training and have several cardio machines, especially everyone’s all-time fave: the treadmill. The downside: it can get 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, 20 locations islandwide.
The Strength Yard
Got a passion for lifting heavy weights? This is an open gym that trains beginner weightlifters over a course of six weeks in its 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. This gym welcomes both men and women.
The Strength Yard, 69 Joo Chiat Road Singapore 427614
Grapple Max Dojo
If you don’t already know, 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
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
Evolve MMA is known to be one of the largest Mixed Martial Arts schools in Singapore. This gym offers boxing, wrestling, kickboxing, and self-defence classes. Always dreamt of learning from the 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 including 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 gym, 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. What better way to release all that stress from work?
The RING, #01-01, 58 Kim Yam Road, Singapore 239359
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