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Review: Fitness First’s new East-side club debuts wellness focus and boxing classes

Singapore’s Central Business District and Orchard Road has seen a remarkable flourish in the number of gyms available of late — both boutique and franchised — but move out of the bustling city centre and you’ll notice the concentration wanes significantly.

Now that the workout bandwagon has gone into full swing, Fitness First has decided to expand its portfolio with a brand new outlet at Paya Lebar Singpost Centre. This not only marks its 20th club opening on the island, but also caters to the lack of fitness facilities in the East side, where Fitness First was only present in far-flung locations like Changi and Tampines.

As with every club, Fitness First is keen on revolutionising the experience with new classes, equipment and an increased focus on wellness. We gave this fresh facility a go ahead of its opening this week, here’s why you’ll want to schedule a trip soon too. 


The 1,115 square-metre space is considerably smaller than the other recently-opened Bugis branch, but it still manages to pack a punch with its offerings. The equipment zone is a clever use of space, thoughtfully laid out with the usual classics while also managing to incorporate state-of-the-art options like the impact-free Zero Runner and stamina-building Stairs Climber.

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The Octagon allows for a wide variety of cross training workouts.

A freestyle area houses climbing ropes, wrecking balls, and other specialised training equipment for functional training, while the Octagon next to it allows for a variety of movements for cross training activities such as CrossFit. At the far end sits a space outlined by boxes, numbers, and dots on the floor and walls — the only hints of the exciting open-floor games Fitness First has in mind for its members.

The Fitness First Paya Lebar will also spearhead the brand’s increasing awareness in wellness, mostly manifested in the classes (which we’ll get to below), but also in the little details like replacing its regular water fountains with water infused with seasonal fruit. There’s also a vending machine with a collection of protein bars, drinks, and even boxing wraps — a first in its portfolio.


Don’t worry if you already have a favourite Fitness First class, the new outpost will continue to host favourites such as the Bodypump or Animal Flow. However, you’ll want to get in on the new Boom class, a high-intensity full-body conditioning workout that’s heavily inspired by boxing. The 45-minute session incorporates punching and aqua bag work, interspersed with body weight exercises such as crunches, jumping squats, and lunges. It’s pretty much the most fun you can get out of such as fast-paced workout that promises improved muscle definition, core stability, power and strength. 

The Turf Games will put you through your paces with its obstacle workout.

Turf Games is also another innovative training format that Fitness First has come up with to help those get out of their usual routine. The 90-minute class is a highly-competitive session that puts the element of adventure back into fitness. Consisting of four obstacle stations that are helmed and timed by coaches, participants will go through the motions of functional training with the help of ropes, monkey bars, and the likes. Sheer muscle power always works, but hit up the coaches for tips and tricks for a better timing week after week.


As mentioned, the new Fitness First Paya Lebar is smaller, so don’t expect the same expansive facility with endless equipment options. But what it lacks in quantity it makes up for quality, with specialised machines and classes that will push you in a completely different way. The new focus on wellness is also a refreshing gesture, considering how it’s often sorely overlooked in gyms.

Review: Fitness First’s new East-side club debuts wellness focus and boxing classes

Shatricia Nair

Managing Editor

Shatricia Nair has a passion for motoring, beauty, and wellness, and is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, retinols, and latest fitness trends. She has nine years of experience writing for digital media, and her bylines have appeared in Prestige, and Augustman. She'll do (almost) anything for good chocolate chip cookies.

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