If there’s a city that’s the benchmark for fitness trends and facilities, it’s Los Angeles. And while there are dozens sprouting up in Hollywood, celebrities such as the Kardashians, Usher, Hailey Bieber and Nicole Scherzinger all collectively count one fitness studio in particular as a favourite: CruBox. If you’re a fan of boxing in Singapore, the good news is that the highly raved-about gym is finally in town.
The brainchild of Singaporean siblings Valerie Ding, Bebe Ding, and Calvin Ding, CruBox offers full-body workouts that choreographs authentic boxing moves into a 50-minute high-intensity session. While this concept isn’t new to Singapore, CruBox manages to up the ante with a very stylish space, brilliant choreography and boundless energy.
Situated adjacent to sister spin studio CruCycle — that’s now one of Duxton’s trendiest spots to be seen working out at — the CruBox studio channels minimalist industrial-chic with muted tones. Generous concrete and wood finishes give the impression that you’re part of an underground fitness scene, which adds to the allure that you’re a part of something exclusive.
Because the space was designed in collaboration with social media maven Stephanie Er, expect lots of photogenic nooks around the facility, ranging from the old-school style locker room to the dedicated ‘photobooth’ area just outside the lift, which makes an especially useful backdrop for those ab-tracking photos.
Cheeky neon lights mark the entrance of the boxing studio, which open to reveal 36 chic white punching bags in a dimly lit room, punctuated only by swivelling club lights for that extra cool appeal.
Bathrooms with four and two shower stalls respectively for women and men are available, each well-stocked with premium amenities such as Skin Inc’s popular serums.
CruBox’s signature workout might only be 50 minutes long but its high-octane pace is enough to get your metabolism going long after the workout has ended. Led by Master Trainers Julian Chua and Beatrice Ding (we had the latter), the high-intensity, music-driven session mixes fundamental boxing moves with intervals of strength training and cardio.
So in sync are her moves with the loud-pumping beats, that you almost forget that you’re trying to catch your breath in between moves, and begin to really immerse in the entire experience. After going through the basics, Beatrice moves into more elaborate sequences which challenge hand-eye coordination and speed. You’re kept on your toes throughout; the whole gloves on, gloves off experience also incorporates abs, legs, and arm-focused moves to ensure the entire body feels the love.
To ensure the session always stays rooted to boxing basics, the specially-crafted regime was developed in conjunction with Chua and world-renowned trainer Freddie Roach — who also happens to be coach to eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao.
Besides the regular group classes, CruBox will also offer themed classes for those who prefer to only work out to hip-hop or even ‘90s remixes. Two-on-one or one-on-one Private Sweat Sessions are available should you wish to have a more focused and intimate workout experience.
Boxing classes are often enjoyable, but few have managed to hit the sweet spot of actually being addictive. The playlist is a dream mixtape that, along with Beatrice’s occasional words of empowering wisdom, keeps energy levels up throughout the sweat session. It’s the perfect spot if you’re looking for a holistic stress relief, more so after a particularly trying day at work.