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The first mega-gyms in Singapore paved the way to make working out trendy. But if the closing of California Fitness indicates anything about the habits of Singapore gym-goers, it is probably that they have changed quite a bit since 20 years ago. While chain gyms, with their numerous well-located outlets can provide a lot of convenience, many workout junkies are now showing a preference for boutique gyms and fitness studios that offer specialised routines and a more intimate class setting.

If you’ve got tired of waiting for the next available treadmill in gyms, get your workout gear ready and go through our list of recommendations of fitness studios with alternative routines to try.

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1. Upside Motion

Located at: #04-05, Orchard Shopping Centre and #02-03, 36 Armenian Street
Recommended for:
Updated Pilates classes to improve overall wellness and flexibility

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What do Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Uma Thurman have in common? Besides their A-list celebrity status, they are also practising the Pilates Reformer and Mat. Using mats and a reformer machine (see picture above), this routine is great for correcting form and posture, as well as improving flexibility, circulation, and balance. Suitable even for those who are recovering from an injury, this is a great routine if you are want to achieve better overall wellness.

Upside Motion also offers other fun classes that are rarely offered at other studios, including AntiGravity Aerial, which incorporates aerial acrobatics and dance in the routine, and Xtend Barre, a form of cardio workout that incorporates traditional and Pilates concepts. Mums can also check out their newly introduced Xtend Barre Babies On Board sessions, a safe and fun mother-and-baby workout, suitable for babies from three to nine months. Prices at Upside Motion start from SGD40 per class. Visit their website for more information.

2. Guavalabs

Located at: #04-14, Mandarin Gallery
Recommended for: Exploring different types of routines to find something you like / Trying out something new


You might have heard of GuavaPass, an app on which you can book classes with any of the many fitness studios they partner with, at one monthly subscription fee. An extension of this service, GuavaPass has opened a 2,000 square-foot hybrid boutique fitness studio and event space, which will feature daily curated classes by their partners, across different verticals such as yoga, bootcamp, pilates, barre, and crossfit. On top of fitness classes, there is also a drinks bar, a retail area, as well as fitness and lifestyle events held at the space.

For its launch, free classes will be available in the entire month of August, and you can purchase GuavaCredits to book upcoming classes and events after the promotion period. Class and event schedules are refreshed weekly, and they are available for online booking on their website.

3. Contours Express

Located at: Multiple locations including Bishan, Jurong East, Bedok, and Hougang. See list of locations here.
Recommended for: Those looking for an all-rounded aerobic-and-strength-training programme

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Contours Express is an advocate of circuit training, and it has designed a 29-minute circuit training routine with 16 stations that gives you a total body workout. The programme, which alternates between strength-training stations with aerobic stations, helps to tone eight major muscle groups, burn calories, build stamina, and improve flexibility. The women-only gym makes fitness trainers available to offer support and guidance at no additional charge. The gym also offers popular group classes including Zumba and yoga.

We are giving out a free one-month membership to 30 winners. All participants will receive a free one-week pass. Participate here.

4. Bbounce Studio

Located at: #06-09, The Centrepoint
Recommended for: Those looking for a fun workout that is less conventional

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Nobody can resist jumping on a trampoline when there’s one – because it’s fun! The Bbounce Studio uses rebounding workouts to help achieve different fitness goals; it’s a combination of aerobic and strength training, and can help with muscle sculpting and improving balance. Offering classes of varying difficulty, from Bbounce Lite, a fun workout along with club music for beginners, to Bbounce Ultimo, which is said to be popular among professional athletes. Prices begin at SGD35 per class, or SGD180 per month for unlimited classes.

5. Yoga Movement

Located at: Five locations at Carpenter Street, Orchard, Robertson Quay, Tanjong Pagar, and Tiong Bahru. See all locations here.
Recommended for: New and advanced yoga practitioners

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It may look intimidating to start doing yoga because of the many amazing yogis we may have come across on social media or in real life – how can we start when we feel so inflexible!

The good thing about classes at Yoga Movement is that they are multi-levelled so it is possible to pick it up even without much experience. If you’re absolutely new to yoga, you can consider beginning with a Yoga Basics class to pick up some foundational moves, before going for more advanced classes. The studio also provides alternative types of yoga classes such as Monster Hot (an invigorating 26-posture series) and Zen (a relaxed workout with mostly sitting or lying postures). Prices begin from SGD25 per class.

6. Ritual Gym

Located at: 11 North Canal Road, #03-01 (another one at Holland Village is opening on 1 September)
Recommended for: Busy individuals looking for a quick and effective workout

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The boutique gym advocates High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), and designed 20-minute routines that combine strength training and cardio, for busy individuals to “get in and out in 30 minutes”. To make it even more convenient for their trainees, they even provide towels, clothes, and are equipped with a shock-absorbent floor, making it possible for to train barefoot. If you want to save even more time, Ritual Gym offers shakes that you can have in place of a meal. Find out more at their website.

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