These gyms are so luxurious, you won’t play truant from your workout sessions.
Fitness First Platinum, Alexandra
#07-29 Mapletree Business City, tel: 6536-6607. Open on weekdays, 6.30am- 10pm; Sat, 7am-7pm.
THE SPACE The indoor area has a lounge with free Wi-Fi, and a studio. The outdoor area offers weights, suspension training straps, and a breath of fresh air. Also impressive are the floor-to-ceiling windows that offer a glimpse of the sea.
The 44m pool has three jacuzzi jets for pampering sore muscles. The water temperature is controlled at 30 deg C so you won’t get a cold shock when you dive in; The “cardio theatre” has multiple television sets screening news, sports and movies to keep you entertained on the treadmill; A free flow of isotonic drinks, soft drinks, coffee and tea at the complimentary-beverage bar; Free two-day rentals from the DVD library; T-shirts and shorts are provided so just bring your footwear.
Pure Fitness Asia Square
Level 6 Asia Square Tower 1, tel: 6100-2233. Open Mon-Sat, 6am to midnight; Sun & public holidays, 8am-10pm.
THE SPACE This expansive gym has a snack bar and lounge at the entrance, and shower and locker rooms at the other end of its L-shaped layout. In between are a four-lane 35m indoor running track, a mixed martial arts cage and three studios.
A unique one-person swimming pool, which is like a tub with simulated currents, for strength and resistance training; Steam and sauna rooms for post-workout relaxation; Shower cubicles all decked with rain shower heads, and vanity counters equipped with hairdryers and deodorant sprays to help you preen and freshen up; Provided towels and head-to-toe workout gear – T-shirt, shorts, even socks!
Virgin Active Fitness Club
Level 6 One Raffles Place Tower 2, tel: 6908-7878. Open on weekdays, 6.30am-10.30pm; Sat, 8am-5pm; Sun & public holidays, 10am-5pm.
THE SPACE The spacious gym spans three floors with separate areas for stretching, cardio and suspension training. It also has five studios, a meeting room, and a cosy cafe and lounge area with free Wi-Fi.
A membership smart card stores your personalised workout regime, which can be mapped out for you by a Virgin Active trainer. Plug it into the Technogym Wellness fitness machines to track your progress. The system tells you when you’re exercising too quickly or slowly, and which equipment to use next; Steam and ice rooms to relax tired muscles; showers with sprays of mist to cool you down; and a room where you can breathe in salt particles, which are said to help purify the respiratory tract and skin; Sleep pods – these lullaby-playing recliners are available in 20-minute slots for those who need a power nap; Shower cubicles stocked with soap, shampoo and conditioner from luxury brand Molton Brown; Workout clothes and towels are provided, so all you need to bring is your footwear.
Celebrity Fitness Rochester Mall
#02-01/07 Rochester Mall, tel: 6637-9608. Open on weekdays, 7am-10pm; weekends, 8am-8pm.
THE SPACE The gym sprawls over one level of the mall extension, with three studios and a weight-training area where Celebrity Fitness trainers are on hand to provide guidance. The gym’s decor matches its name – a glitzy gold wall greets you from behind the reception counter, and there’s even a backdrop in the lounge where you can take your own “red carpet” photos.
Cardio machines have docks for your smartphone so you can play your own music, watch YouTube videos and browse social networking sites while exercising; Convenient one-tap membership card for accessing the lockers; Lush greenery, not concrete buildings, to rest your eyes on; Two fluffy towels issued upon every visit – one to soak up perspiration, and one to mop up after a shower.
By Rachel Xie, Simply Her, August 2014