Singapore’s boutique fitness scene just got even better
By Nora May
Adding to their already impressive portfolio of Singapore outlets, Yoga Movement is now making its urban-cool mark on the East Coast of the island. Here, you’re instantly transported into a world of peace, where the exposed brick walls are white-washed, the tiled floors are charmingly vintage and the lighting is low. Large spaces and high ceilings turn the two workout studios into sanctuaries to practice your Cat, Cobra and Crow in, and with 64 regular and hot classes, catering for all levels of expertise, there’s something for everyone. Starting out? Go for Basics or Core. Want to work harder? Try Monster Hot or the more intense Power Flow. And don’t miss their Sunday evening Zen session – it’s one of the smartest ways to complete your weekend.
www.yogamovement.com 237 A & B East Coast Rd. Tel: +65 6344044
WeBarre Stanley Street
Leave thoughts of tutus and town halls behind, and instead focus on Ryan Gosling and Madonna who are fans of this figure-fixing workout. At WeBarre you take the simple ballet barre, and let it give you an uber-body by bringing together ballet techniques, yoga, pilates and invigorating strength training. The weekly schedule offers classes for beginners (fundamentals), multi-level and WeBarre HIIT for those who want intensity and props. Every session uses the barre for balance, and it’s the brilliant combination of dynamic exercises, movements and mini choreography set to upbeat music that provides you with a more sculpted physique. We also think that having to watch yourself giving it some Flashdance in front of a mirror subconsciously makes you train harder.
www.webarre.com 5A Stanley Street. Tel: +65 62219256
For exercise that truly packs a punch (sorry, we couldn’t resist), The Ring is where it’s at. This new boxing venue at Robertson Quay has a bright, airy, industrial feel too it, providing the perfect surroundings for you to throw some serious Rocky-style shapes in. Group and personal training classes cover Muay Thai, Strength & Conditioning and Yoga within a jam-packed schedule that also includes women-only sessions and weekly sparring. We especially like the Lunch Quick Fix – 45 minutes of boxing, Muay Thai and circuit fitness, which helps you forget your overflowing inbox at the office. However, it’s not all about sculpting awesome abs. Boxing improves stamina and cardiovascular capacity, and the nice types at The Ring also work to promote achievement, humility and good vibes in their classes.
https://thering.sg 58 Kim Yam Road #01-01. Tel: +65 6385 1488
F45 Amoy Street
Meet the latest fitness concept sweeping the CBD. Loved by celebrities like X Men’s Hugh Jackman and Nicole Richie, Australian-born F45 is short for ‘Functional 45’ and based on high-intensity, interval training (HIIT). Sessions are in groups of 25+ and you move through different workout ‘stations’ in a room adorned with skipping ropes, bosu balls, spin bikes, weights, ladders, rowing machines and mats. Classes are timed, with blasts of hardcore activity followed by 10 second rests, and each day is dedicated to a different workout. Sign up to F45’s Eight-week Challenges plans and you also gain access to meal plans, recipes, weekly nutritional tips, videos and seminars. Check out studio owner Luciano’s motivational tips here. And stay tuned, as Luc will be opening studios in River Valley and Tiong Bahru in March and April.
The good people at Level are famous for their motivating, exclusively tailored PT sessions and excellent trainers, and now they’re about to become known for something more. As an essential antidote to high-paced, full intensity training, they now host Yoga classes, focusing primarily on Rope and Yin Yoga. Understanding just how intense modern life can be (with our workout routines being no exception), their Yin Yoga is the perfect antidote to fast fitness, promoting deep and restorative poses where muscles experience pure relaxation. The slow, poised movements encourage stimulating cardiovascular toning, which works like a massage and sounds just lovely!
www.level.com.sg 137 Telok Ayer Street #01-03. Tel: +65 62224766