There’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to getting fit. So, finding the right fitness studio for you is a worthwhile investment in your wellbeing. From one-on-one fitness training to group workout classes and nutrition support, here are five gyms in Singapore that go beyond the basics with holistic health and working out.
Ultimate Performance Singapore
At Ultimate Performance Singapore (U.P.), it’s all about no-nonsense training. This gym in Singapore has a proven “maximum results, minimum time” method designed for those who mean business and want to achieve significant, hard-evidence results. (Looking for one-hour, once-weekly workouts? This place isn’t for you!)
Located in the CBD’s Manulife Tower, the private training facility goes beyond what a standard personal trainer would do at a conventional gym. U.P. takes an all-encompassing approach. It tailors realistic solutions to individual clients’ lifestyles, abilities and goals. So, in addition to weight-based, high-intensity workouts that have you burning fat long after they leave the gym, there’s everything from guidance on diet and supplements to travel health, and stress and sleep advice. This means you not only get fit, but have a physical transformation and lifestyle overhaul too.
The 9,000-square-foot space also houses a shake bar. Gym-goers can grab pre- or post-workout protein shakes, coffee and even intra-workout drinks.
U.P. clients can even order healthy, low carb, high-protein meals tailored to meet their daily calorie and macronutrient targets. In partnership with SaladStop!, the meal service is available seven days a week to help U.P. clients achieve their transformation goals.
The Ripple Club
While it’s not a “gym” per se, The Ripple Club churns out results just as serious as any land-based fitness provider can. Aimed at helping clients build sustainable lifestyle changes that they can adhere to for the rest of their lives, founders Alicia and Yannick Dedigama have harnessed the power of water resistance to provide efficient, interactive and low-impact workouts for anyone wanting to get fit. In fact, each aqua workout can be adapted to the participants’ desired intensity level. This makes The Ripple Club popular with everyone from triathletes to total beginners.
In addition to personal training, there are three different workout classes to choose from. All use water resistance to deliver some serious full-body benefits. Ripple Box, for example, is a cardio- and strength-focused aqua boxing class that’ll get your heart pumping. Ripple Signature and Endure, meanwhile, are energetic aqua cycling workouts. And Ripple Circuit combines strength training and cardio using stationary aqua bikes and other water-resistance equipment.
As one of the largest and most integrated health, fitness and sports communities in Singapore for over a decade now, UFIT helps those looking to improve their health. Their holistic approach means you can get access to a variety of services in UFIT’s “Circle of Care”. This includes personal training, physiotherapy, nutrition, health screening, Reformer Pilates, sports massage and sports doctor consultations. And all this is part of one personalised programme. Instead of working out with just one coach, you can expect to work with this Circle of Care, a full team of experienced coaches and clinicians with a shared purpose: to help you get fit and achieve your health goals.
UFIT’s coaching app makes working out and getting fit even more seamless. The app gives you a direct line of communication to your coach and the professionals collaborating on your programme. It also has fitness tracking capabilities and shared access to your progress and data all in one place.
What’s more, four- and six-week programme subscribers can get access to free unlimited group classes, on top of their tailored coaching programme!
Alongside all of this, UFIT offers adult and junior tennis programmes and camps, and fitness classes. Their hubs are located at Club Street, One-North, City Hall and Orchard.
FitNut Loft is not your typical gym. What initially served as a “safe” space for FitNut owner Aly Khairuddin to get stronger after cancer treatment without feeling self-conscious in a traditional gym setting, has become a full-on fitness community for women over 40 who want to transform into stronger, more confident versions of themselves. In fact, the boutique fitness studio has trained over 300 women in the last six years. It provides Pilates-based personal training and group workouts across two studio locations.
There are three main pathways at FitNut Loft:
- Pilates with Reformer and Mat Pilates Flow
- Pure strength training with the HEAT Circuit class
- Strong & Lean, which is a combination of HIIT, weight training and Pilates
As a certified nutrition coach, personal trainer and STOTT Pilates instructor, Aly combines these workouts with mindfulness and nutrition for a fully holistic experience. This winning formula, combined with a sense of community that just can’t be replicated at any large, co-ed gym, are what keep devoted FitNutters coming back consistently.
In addition to personal training and group classes, Aly offers the popular 12-week Amazing 12 (A12) body transformation programme. She is currently the only A12 coach here in Singapore and Asia.
What’s more, the studio’s FitNut Academy offers four-week certification courses in anatomy, mat and Reformer Pilates, and coaching skills, for anyone who wants to learn more or turn their passion into a career.
FENIX is an evidence-based, one-to-one personal training gym supporting the health and fitness needs of busy professionals through strength training, nutritional advice, highly personalised body transformation programmes and ongoing support. Avoiding “bootcamp” methods in favour of the latest scientifically proven techniques, they deliver sustainable, life-changing results without driving their clients to exhaustion or severe caloric deficits. In fact, the goal is for clients to leave energised to function at the highest level. whether their next stop is the office or home.
Progress is assessed every step of the way with progress-tracking technologies and sophisticated Fit3D body composition scanning. No poking and prodding with tape measures and invasive fat-callipers!
And, with over half of its clientele made up of female professionals, FENIX provides dedicated women’s health and fitness programmes to support them at every stage. This includes pre-childbirth preparation and postpartum recovery support for mums, and peri-menopausal support focused on strength training as a line of defence against osteoporosis, diabetes and other conditions.
Designed as a wellness haven with busy professionals in mind, the gym space itself is sleek and spacious. It has 22nd-floor views of the CBD, natural light and gorgeous facilities, complete with designer showers and Dyson hair dryers. There’s also a fuel bar for grabbing protein shakes, smoothies, snacks and coffee.
This article on getting fit at gyms in Singapore first appeared in the June 2023 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!
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