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CBD boutique gyms: Where to get your sweat on now that working out(side) is back on

Your favourite CBD boutique gym is never going to be this empty again. Make the most of it during Phase 2, and support Singapore’s fitness community.

It’s been a solid two to three months since most of us have stepped into a gym. Livestreamed fitness classes can only get us so far – especially if we didn’t feel like investing in equipment that might’ve been necessary to keep challenging our bodies. Thankfully, Phase Two has arrived, bringing with it the reopening of our favourite fitness studios and CBD boutique gyms.

While getting your sweat on in an enclosed space (regardless of whether there’s strobe lights or curated workout music) might not seem like a good idea right now, all you need is a few precautions and proper management to get in a perfectly safe workout.

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Just remember that you’re going to have to plan your workout days in advance: more or less every CBD boutique gym, MMA studio or yoga centre have implemented an online booking system since reopening. You’re looking at reduced capacities, with thorough cleaning after every session. Once you’ve factored in doing your part (not coming in if you’re ill, sanitising before and after getting on the mat and social distancing), it shouldn’t be much more dangerous than, say, dining out at your favourite restaurant.

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One final note: those who haven’t been exercising actively throughout the circuit breaker period shouldn’t jump back into the thick of things too quickly. Start slow and expect your first few workouts to be slightly more excruciating than usual.

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Moving on, here’s our pick of Phase Two-ready boutique gyms and CBD fitness studios that have reopened.

  • Online Fitness Classes Ritual


    Ritual is all about free weights, compound movements and functional training. Don’t expect any leisurely bicep curls here: it’s all going to be packed into a frenzied 20-minute long session. You’ll be put through your paces within your ‘pod’, that contains a personal set of dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine balls and rings (that’s cleaned between workouts) for you to heave and sweat over. Add in the requisite workout playlist, and you’re getting a quick, effective HIIT workout that feels way, way longer than it actually is. It’s also fully equipped with toilets and accompanying toiletries, so you won’t have to get back into your car sweaty. As their Raffles Place and Holland Village branches are the only branches open for now, it’s the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the emptier-than-usual CBD (or get in a workout before hitting the bars at HV; we don’t judge).

    #03-01, 11 North Canal Road. Tel: 6536-7291.


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