The Singapore fitness scene has been set alight recently with a wave of new boutique studio openings, clearly demonstrating that the pursuit of healthy living—with the requisite touch of luxury—is at the fore of the modern Singaporean lifestyle.
It seems you can’t walk more than one block without seeing the latest high-end fitness trends popping up amongst the skyscrapers and shop houses, so we’ve picked out the top five new studio openings where you can get fighting fit or take a break from city living as you perfect your “Om”.
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It’s spin class meets boxing ring, but you’re guaranteed to walk out sans black eye.
Step into a near pitch black room, punctuated only by shooting strips of neon lights flashing in unison to the pulse-racing soundtrack, wind up your knuckles in boxers wraps and become immersed in the hottest workout to hit the island: Still Boxing. The perfect antithesis to stressful city living, come here to unleash your worries onto the bag and be rewarded with soaring fitness levels as you are guided by some of Singapore’s top boxing champs and trainers, who provide constant motivation to get through the 50 minutes of sweat-inducing intervals.
Set up by the innovative team from GuavaPass, the Still studio is kitted out with the latest in boxing innovation (think teardrop high-pressurised water bags suspended by chains) and sits alongside their curated co-wellness space, GuavaLabs (located in the OUE Downtown). When you’re not imagining yourself tearing across the room a la Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball, you’ll be rolling out the punches, firing out fight combinations and dripping with sweat as you go through the rounds of boxing strikes, strength and cardio drills, before finally ending the session with a moment of mindfulness—where you reach still.
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You’ll be reaching for the extinguisher after pushing your limits in this HIIT workout.
Following on from their red-hot success in Malaysia, Fire Station has launched their first Singaporean studio in Tanjong Pagar, bringing a “go hard or go home” concept of alternating high-intensity cardio and strength intervals to the CBD. As you push your limits in 45 minutes of short but unwaveringly intense sets, burning rubber on high-speed treadmill sprints before challenging your strength and endurance skills in the “fire trainer”—a custom built, functional fitness frame filled with free weights and a suspension system—you will torch calories and set your fitness ablaze in Fire Station’s signature class: Stride. By the time you make it through that final set you’ll be grateful for the ice-cold towel you’re handed to douse the flaming heat off your body.
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Climb your way to the top.
Another fresh addition to the OUE Downtown fitness mecca, Boulder Movement is the very first custom-built climbing gym in Singapore, proving the rising popularity of climb-based workouts around the globe. This is rock climbing, stripped bare, requiring zero excess equipment but rewarding you with a full mind-body workout. As you manoeuvre your way up and across the climbing wall, you will not only build your strength, agility and flexibility over the high intensity, short climbs but additionally, boost up that brain power, utilising your analytical skills to figure out the best way to navigate routes. For those wishing to progress their fitness prowess further there is a dedicated fitness corner kitted out with strength conditioning equipment for cross training, climbing classes to help you hone your bouldering skills and even hybrid classes featuring a sweaty mix of climb and HIIT-style drills.
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Authentic yoga with a healing touch.
Recently rebranded from its previous incarnation as Strala Yoga, Ascend Yoga Therapy has emerged as a light-filled, holistic space offering intuitive, ascending Chakra Yoga in the heart of Boat Quay. Drawing on the authentic roots of the practice, here you will get hands-on correction and uplifting guidance from a team of inspiring teachers dedicated to helping you find your own way into the practice. Don’t feel as though you have to rush off after savasana either, over a brew of herbal tea you will be welcomed into the unique space where you can connect with a community of fellow Yogis, alternative modalities and healers who satellite around the centre. This is the go-to place for those wanting to take a dive into the spiritual side of Yoga with full moon practices, Gong baths and yogic-based therapies all on offer.
Find your calm at this inner-city sanctuary.
With the opening of their third studio in Singapore, the Upside Motion team has unveiled a calming oasis right in the heart of the CBD, where you can get your required dose of mindful-movement classes. Spanning three chic workout spaces custom designed for core-centring Reformer Pilates, re-energising Aerial or thigh-shake inducing Xtend Barre classes, in this one location you can have your pick of whatever sculpting session your body craves. Have to dash back to the office after your lunch-time session? You’ll maintain your new-found zen whilst freshening up in the spacious and luxurious change-rooms before floating back to your desk feeling lengthened and strengthened. Love checking out new studios but don’t live in Singapore? Here are some Insta-worthy ones in Sydney and Perth.