Perhaps the hardest part of working out isn’t pushing your limits or that inconsolable ache after — it’s showing up at the gym. For majority of the working population in the Central Business District (CBD) of Singapore, the lack of gyms is hardly an excuse — the vibrant mix of boutique and franchised outlets make it one of the best areas on the island to get your adrenaline fix.
What people want besides choice, however, is convenience and that’s where choosing the right gym can be paramount in the success of your fitness journey. Franchised gyms might be great for keeping your overall wellness in check, but if you want a targetted, distraction-free option, these boutique gyms in the CDB are your best bet.
Convenient and packed with options for quick workouts, boutique gyms have found a way to provide focused classes during lunch times so you hit your targets without having to juggle cumbersome exercise equipment nor rush through your meal after. The benefits of working out during this golden hour are also plenty. For one, you’ll free up your night, and you’ll be less inclined to stuff your face with food during lunch.
If you’re willing to give up a few minutes of your working day for a better body, here are six boutique gyms in Singapore’s CBD that will help you immensely with your cause.
Being busy is not an excuse because Ritual only needs half an hour of your time. Touted as the “30-minute gym”, the only workout that’s offered is the sweat-inducing high intensity interval training (HIIT). Instructors will take you through the motion in a safe and controlled manner, and the many sessions available throughout the day means you’ll surely find a time that fits into your schedule. The best part is that you don’t have to bring anything —towels and clothes are provided, and the unique shock absorbent floor means you can train barefoot.
Ritual, 140 Robinson Road #03-01, Singapore 068907, 6584 9469
Practical people who enjoy spending their time doing practical things will appreciate Level’s human movement-focused set up. Personal or partner training sessions are available, and there are classes such as ColeMine for your weekly HIIT fix, or Under the Bar that targets strength work. For the occasional challenge, sign up for the Weekend Warrior boot camp. As part of their holistic approach to wellness, Level also offers classes such as Rope Yoga, Deep Flexibility, and Back Healing — just what you need for a quick midday escape from work.
Level, 137 Telok Ayer Street #01-03, Singapore 068602, 6222 4766.
As the only gym in Singapore affiliated with Training for Warriors — a fitness program originally created for combat athletes — Grit promises exactly what it calls itself. For metabolic conditioning, opt for the high-intensity Met-Con class, which will leave your heart rate pumping with the many functional movements you’d be put through, and if you want to let off some steam after work, Grit also offers martial arts like Muay Thai and BJJ.
Grit Gym, 39 Carpenter Street #03-01, Singapore 059918, 6536 5053.
Forty floors above all the pandemonium is one of the CBD’s best kept secrets. With space for only 999 sign-ups, expect a hefty fee in exchange for a little peace and quiet, and plenty of premium gym services. The UK-based Fitness First gym chain’s most exclusive offering will tailor personalised programs for busy individuals and executives, and with an unrivalled view of the vicinity. Facilities also include an in-house doctor, a team of nutritionists, osteopaths and sports massage therapists, and a stunning rooftop pool.
Gravity Club, 138 Market St, #38-01, Singapore 048946, 6653 9988.
Bootcamps have been increasingly popular for a few reasons, but mostly because it pushes you to limits you never thought possible previously. If you’re the competitive type, Ziklag is big on bootcamps that will either stretch and build core strength, or put your metabolic rate on overdrive. Personal training is also an option, and you’ll be assessed fully for any postural or muscular imbalances before a regime is specifically tailored for you.
Ziklag Fitness, 66D/68D South Bridge Road Level 5, Singapore 058696/8, 9170 1325.
You can’t miss this club. Regarded as one of Singapore’s top boxing and Muay Thai club, the boxing gym along Robinson Road has earned many curious looks because its sparring sessions within the ring are held in plain sight to passersby. Many of the coaches are former Muay Thai Champions, and the school’s unique curriculum sees a switch in training themes weekly. Whether you’re looking to vent after a bad day or simply get fit, Vanda is a convenient and reliable option.
Vanda Boxing Club, 108 Robinson Road, Finexis Building, Singapore 068900, 6305 2288.