Maybe it’s because of the recently-ended Olympics and the inspiration that is Joseph Schooling, or maybe it’s just something in the air these days in the city (as in the lack of haze) but whatever the case is, it seems that Singaporeans are looking more and more seriously at their fitness.
And we’re not just talking simple runs in the park (though there’s nothing wrong with that), more and more studios are opening designed to offer something a little different. After all, variety is the spice of life and in our opinion, where exercise is concerned this is the best way to keep things interesting.
Recently opened at Mandarin Gallery, GuavaLabs is taking GuavaPass’ popular classes offline by offering up a creative space to host a variety of classes as well as other activities. The space includes a retail area as well as a small cafe and is a warm and inviting escape from the Orchard Road crowds.
GuavaLabs, Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road, Singapore 238897, guavapass.com
Pure Yoga at Asia Square Tower 2
The Pure Yoga Studio at Asia Square Tower 2 is the brand’s third outlet in Singapore but is the first in the region to offer up a new system of classes that organises them into ability rather than type of yoga. This is to allow new enthusiasts to build up an understanding of the practice before diving into the difficult stuff. The studio is gorgeous with lots of natural daylight and all the facilities you need to zen out including a health bar serving up smoothies and açai bowls.
Pure Yoga, 12 Marina View, Singapore 018961, +65 6499 1888, www.pure-yoga.com/singapore
Here’s the place to go if you harbour dreams of being part of Singapore’s first gymnastic team for the Tokyo Olympics — though perhaps now is a bit late to start. The Yard is the country’s first, multi-specialist sporting facility which offers classes in Parkour, trampolining and personal fitness. Some of the facilities include balance beams, nine sets of bars and two vaulting tables. If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at some of these gymnastic activities, this is the place to do it in.
The Yard,#01-03, 10 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609079, www.theyard.com.sg
Featuring classes designed by Susan Su-Lengowski, the first Taiwanese classical ballerina to graduate from the Vienna Municipal Conservatory in Austria, équilibre features sessions customised to suit each clients needs and body conditions and are adaptable in many ways. With a focus on Pilates, the studio also offers barre classes as well as the gyrotonic method.
équilibre, Rochester Mall, 35 Rochester Drive, #02-13/14, Singapore 138639
Barre 2 Barre
This Hong Kong favourite has just made their way to Singapore and is now located conveniently in Clarke Quay on HongKong street (seems apt) just above Vasco. With a focus on the barre method but mixes it in with other fitness methods such as Yoga, Pilates and even CardioBoxing. At barre2barre it’s all about getting toned in a fun, positive environment that encourages wellness as much as it does working out.
Barre 2 Barre, 2a HongKong Street, Singapore 059681, www.barre2barre.com