In order to look and feel like a glamorous goddess in their wedding dress, many brides make it a goal to lose weight and tone up their arms, thighs, abs, butt and more before their big day. If you find running on a treadmill a chore, there are plenty of spiffy spots in Singapore that make working out and getting in shape fun and fresh. From aerial yoga to indoor 'surfing', here are some of our favourite gyms and fitness studios to get sweaty in...
Need a dose of motivation to get you pumped? The upbeat instructors at Crucycle’s spin classes are great at encouraging riders to push their physical limits. To help you get in the zone, each class is held in a darkened room with catchy, pulsing music. Aside from cycling your way to enviable legs, expect a mix of dance, abdominal workouts and arm-strengthening dumbbell elements. A single class costs $45, while a 50-class package costs $1,800.
Crucycle, 68 Duxton Road, Singapore 089527. p. 6509 8880.
Giving you all the beach bod benefits of surfing without getting wet or crashing into the waves, Surfset’s studio features custom-built boards that rest on an unstable, move-able base, designed to mimic the feel of bobbing on water. The 45-minute classes will challenge your sense of balance and core strength, helping you get leaner and stronger. Try the yoga-infuenced Balance class for a gentler, slower-paced workout, or the high-intensity Sweat class for serious calorie-burning. Prices range from $35 for a single class to $310 for a 10-class package.
Surfset Singapore, Level 3, 454B Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427667. p. 9751 0793, e. firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMPED Trampoline Park
Your inner child will go bananas for this trampoline park, which has more than 50 of the bouncy contraptions covering the floors (and part of the walls) of the studio. Not only is monkeying around on a trampoline ridiculously fun, it’s also a surprisingly effective workout – studies have shown that a 10-minute session is as good as 30 minutes of solid cardio. Plus, it puts much less stress on your joints. Prices range from $12-$15 per hour.
AMPED Trampoline Park, various locations including #02-11 The Herencia, 46 Kim Yam Road, Singapore 239351. p. 8228 5961, e. email@example.com.
Adventurous sorts! Take your fitness to rugged new heights at this rock climbing centre, where you can try conquering their 9-metre indoor climbing walls, 15-metre outdoor climbing wall and two bouldering rooms. Beginners are encouraged to sign up for a one-hour taster session, where you’ll get a crash course in the different types of climbing by an instructor. Prices range from $14 per entry (non-members) to $60 for a one-month, members-only season pass.
Climb Asia, Civil Service Club, 60 Tessensohn Road, Singapore 217664. p. 6292 770.
Whether you’re looking to bare toned arms in a sleeveless gown, or rock a backless number, Level’s crack team of personal coaches can help you design a personal action plan to get you in the best shape for your momentous day. The cosy fitness studio has a range of high-intensity equipment, including kettle bells, ropes, and pull-up bars, as well as free space to sprint and do burpees like a beast. Prices start from $100 for a personal training session.
Level, 137 Telok Ayer Street, #01-03, Singapore 068602. p. 6222 4766.
Water babies looking for a challenge can try this quirky sport – a cross between surfing and kayaking. Traverse the waves on a long foam board with the help of a paddle and, in the process of steering, work on your posture, core and lower-body strength. Stand Up Paddling School (SUP) in Sentosa is the only place in Singapore that offers classes, conducted by its thrill-seeking founder, Isabelle Malique-park. Private classes start at $80 an hour, while paddleboard rental starts at $40 an hour.
SUP, Tanjong Beach, Sentosa. p. 9638 5565.
Bobbi’s Pole Studio
Picking up graceful pole moves and looking effortless doing so requires lots of upper body strength, flexibility and agility. Not only is this sensual sport a top-to-toe workout, it does wonders for boosting confidence and feeling positive about your body. At Bobbi’s Pole Studio, you can take both beginner and advanced classes to become more lithe and limber, and perhaps pick up a few tricks for the bedroom, too. Classes start from $260 for an eight-week course. Want a fun night out with the girls? Their hen party package (from $38 per person) promises lots of light-hearted, twirl-y fun.
Bobbi's Pole Studio, 222 Queen Street, #02-01, Singapore 188550. p. 6333 4308, e. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need to clear your mind after agonising over the wedding decor, flowers and planning timelines? Relax and reboot at Pure Yoga, which has a smorgasbord of fun and invigorating classes – Healing, Hot, Ashtanga, Power Vinyasa and more – to strengthen your mind and body. For something a little more exciting, try their Pure Air class, which involves both on-ground and aerial poses that make use of soft fabric stirrups and hammocks.
Pure Yoga, Level 4 Chevron House, 30 Raffles Place, Singapore 048662 and Level 18 Ngee Ann City Tower A, 391A Orchard Road, Singapore 238873. *Pure Air is currently only available at the Ngee Ann City location.
The more rigorous cousin of yoga, focusing on both matwork and conditioning exercises on funky contraptions, is a great way to get toned, loosen up your limbs and re-align your posture at the same time. Focus Pilates has two studios in Orchard and Raffles Place, so squeezing in a lunchtime workout is a breeze. Both spacious, brightly-lit studios also have physiotherapy rooms to help you recover from any injuries.
Focus Pilates, RB Capital Building, #08-00, 22 Malacca Street, Singapore 048980 and Tong Building, #08-03/04, 302 Orchard Road, Singapore 238862, e. email@example.com.