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.
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 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, 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 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. 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, two locations including One Raffles Place and Guoco Tower at 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 (coming soon)
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 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 equipments 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.
Grit is Singapore’s first Training for Warriors (TFW) affiliate. This global movement is 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.
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, 58 Joo Chiat Pl, Singapore 427782.
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. 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
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 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 (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, p. 6385 1488. To find out more about rates and classes, check out its official website.
Image: Ritual Gym