A room full of treadmills will only get you so far in your quest to get fit. From nutritional support and rehab programmes to post-workout massage therapies and meditation, there are a number of gyms in Singapore that take a holistic approach to health and fitness. We find out more about four of them so you can think about what works best for you.
Ultimate Performance Singapore
It’s all about no-nonsense training here. Ultimate Performance (UP) is for those who mean business and want to achieve serious, hard-evidence results. If you’re looking for a one-hour, once-weekly workout, this place isn’t for you! Instead, the gym encourages clients to take a 12-week programme of three one-hour sessions per week.
Priding themselves on “bucking the system” by going beyond what a standard personal trainer would do at a commercial gym, UP’s trainers take a “holistic, global” approach. They customise realistic solutions for individual lifestyles – from advice on diets, supplements and travel health, and stress and sleep tips. This makes it not only a physical transformation but a lifestyle transformation, too.
UP uses mostly weight-based, high-intensity training methods that have clients burning fat long after they leave the gym. And, while UP is primarily based on one-on-one personal training, they do offer a small selection of group classes. These utilise the gym’s multi-station and dedicated track for group training, aimed at effectively targeting specific muscle groups.
Gym-goers can grab pre- or post-workout protein shakes and coffee, as well as BCAAs, at the gym’s shake bar. There’s also the option to sign up for UP’s weekday meal service, EatUP. This helps individuals eat healthily through a selection of high-protein, low-carb dishes. Special Offer: Expat Living readers will receive five complimentary gourmet EatUP meals when they sign up for any UP package. To qualify, show UP an image of this article (T&C’s apply).
Focused on core postural muscles and awareness of breath, Pilates is a total body-conditioning method that brings with it so many benefits. There’s strengthening and toning, for one thing, plus the mental clarity (or escape) you need after a busy day.
Options Pilates offers a variety of private and group classes at its Orchard Road (International Building), Oxley Rise (One Oxley Rise) and Bukit Timah (Sime Darby Centre) studios, as well as at the American Club Singapore. There’s a class for everyone, whether you’re looking to correct your posture, maintain joint mobility or boost mind-body connection. There are also pre- and postnatal classes, post-rehab sessions and dedicated classes for older adults. Options Pilates also offers year-round classes for those who’d like to become certified Pilates instructors themselves.
In addition to Pilates, the studio offers Gyrotonic for flexibility, strength and functional movement, and Jungle Sports Suspension training for body conditioning.
The Brave Shapes Co.
The Brave Shapes Co. focuses on “transformative and holistic wellness” using GET (Gravity Endurance Training), a special training method formulated by co-founder Evans Wu. Evans designed the technique to get himself walking and competing in Ironman races again after being severely injured in a car accident. His co-founder also used the method to get strong and fit after surviving an accident. Together, they wanted to help others live pain-free lives, designing the gym in 2015 as an inclusive space for serving people of all ages, shapes and sizes who are “brave enough to take on the commitment of health and wellness”.
GET avoids the use of gym machines; instead, body weight and free weights are the only forms of resistance that work the joints. It’s also personalised to each participant based on age, gender, physical and emotional state, and various lifestyle factors. This ensures results are achieved with the correct amount of exertion, and without injury. Classes are capped at eight participants for a “personal group training” experience, with the GET formula applied in each. You can choose from Weights and Calisthenics for strength, muscle tone and better mind-body connection, Posture, Mobility and Flexibility for pain-free movement and improved posture, Self Defence, and a special Senior Training Class.
And, what’s total wellness without enjoying your time with others? The Brave Shapes Co. offers $10 Happy Hour Tuesdays and Thursdays, where clients can bring their friends to the Weight and Calisthenics class for just $10, followed by an in-gym beer social!
UFIT helps clients build a “healthier lifestyle for the longterm”. It offers personal training at five locations across the city (Amoy Street, One-North, Orchard, Bukit Timah and Tanjong Pagar), small group training classes at Amoy Street and One-North (Galaxis Building), and CrossFit in Tanjong Pagar and Bukit Timah.
There are also three locations (Raffles Place, One-North and Orchard Central) for UFIT Clinic. This holistic exercise rehab and movement therapy clinic offers everything from nutrition support, physiotherapy, osteopathy, massage-related therapies, and podiatry and foot care to pre- and post-natal programmes, reformer and mat Pilates, meditation and performance psychology – everything aimed at helping with the recovery and rehabilitation process. Personal trainers work together with these specialists from multi-disciplinary backgrounds to ensure that the whole experience is seamless from start to finish. The Body Transformations programme is another holistic offering that has participants losing weight with personal training and nutritional guidance over the course of 10 weeks.
If you’re looking to get outdoors, UFIT holds over 60 classes a week across 10 locations islandwide. With everything from HiitFit and BoxFit, to Tanjong Beach Boot Camp, YogaFit and a female-only SheFit bootcamp, it’s hard to make an excuse not to go! Each session is different and challenging, with the element of surprise keeping you and your muscles in top form.
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