So, you managed to beat the rush-hour traffic to get to your usual gym. Once there, the clock ticks away as you wait to get a free locker or an available treadmill to warm up with. And before you know it, you’re already late for a packed fitness class, where you need to settle at the back — far from the instructor to correct your form.
These are just a few of the usual scenarios you might be able to avoid if you signed up for a boutique gym instead. These are much smaller workout facilities that you get to share with significantly fewer gym-goers. But more than top-notch equipment, lavish shower rooms and premium post-workout products, boutique gyms provide an intimate experience that often specialise in a certain type of fitness class. Their hands-on instructors interact with every member personally. They will send you back to the weight rack to pick up heavier weights the moment they notice you’re capable of performing more.
The last few years has seen the rise of these attractive workout facilities in and around the city. Boutique yoga studio Yogaonethatiwant for instance, gets its steam from its eager members and has been expanding aggressively. It now has 11 studios all over the country, including one in Kuching in just four years of operation. Others like Firestation Fit and F45 Training are also looking at adding more locations locally and internationally soon.
Want to be part of a community sharing your passion? Then take notes, because these boutique gyms are worth joining.