These days, going to the gym isn’t just about working up a sweat and getting stacked. It’s a lifestyle choice. More and more, people want to eat well, live well and feel well, and getting active is a great first step. Being healthy shouldn’t be a drag, which is why this Singapore health and fitness club has more than a few surprises up its sleeve.
Virgin Active started life in the UK back in 1999 and has since spread to eight countries. There are close to 240 clubs and members have access to all of them. With five Virgin Active clubs strategically located in Singapore, you’re never too far away for distance to be a real excuse. They also provide workout gear, so there’s no bailing out on that front either. Throw in cool design, state-of-the-art gym equipment and luxurious shower facilities and you’ve got a top-class fitness centre. Add in these five things and you’ve got something really out of the ordinary.
#1 Altitude Studio
Step things up a level at the Tanjong Pagar venue’s Altitude Studio. Simulating training conditions of up to 3,000 metres above sea level, this is hard-core stuff. It works by training the body to use oxygen better, which makes the respiratory and cardiovascular system more efficient, plus it burns fat faster. While high-altitude training is usually the preserve of elite athletes, the Altitude Studio is open to all members keen to up their game and max out their training.
#2 Himalayan Salt Wall
Who says too much salt is bad for your health? Available in both Tanjong Pagar and Raffles Place, the Himalayan Salt Inhalation Rooms are great for your respiratory system. Sink into a daybed and breathe deep to detox your system, relieve sinus ailments and calm your mind.
#3 Climbing Wall
The tallest in Singapore’s city centre, Virgin Active Marina One’s 10-metre wall is a great alternative to climbing the corporate ladder. Combining both strength and cardio, rock climbing is a full body workout. The auto belay system can accommodate four climbers at a time and the wall has a variety of difficulty levels that will challenge even seasoned climbers.
#4 Swimming Pools & Hydrotherapy
While swimming pools may not seem that unusual for a health club, a 20-metre lap pool in the CBD most certainly is. The Marina One location is the only downtown gym to offer a 20-metre indoor swimming pool, so even Singapore’s unpredictable weather won’t stop you getting in your lengths. Hop into the hydrotherapy spa pool to soothe your aching muscles and you’ll soon be ready to face the world. There’s also an outdoor pool option at Tanjong Pagar where Virgin Active members can enjoy the 30-metre pool-with-a-view at the neighbouring Sofitel.
#5 Sleep pods
Health and fitness is a holistic affair at Virgin Active and they take your wellbeing very seriously indeed. They know that good rest means better memory, mood and emotional state, which is why they came up with these hi-tech sleep pods. Available at Tanjong Pagar and Raffles Place, the zero gravity pods are designed for the perfect power nap. Close your eyes, sink back and relax in a cocoon of comfort before ever-so gentle vibrations bring you back to the present, ready and recharged for the day.
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