6 best HIIT gyms in Singapore’s CBD to hit up after work

There are many ways to worship the temple of fitness, but perhaps the most effective (and popular) way today is through high-intensity interval training.

Also referred to as HIIT by fitness insiders, the training ideology revolves around alternating between intense bursts of activity and set times of less intense activity or rest.

So when it comes to abs and weight loss, you’ve come to the right place. HIIT gyms are growing in popularity on the local coasts because they deliver results quickly and typically don’t require lengthy classes that many time-hungry office-goers cannot afford.

Here are six HIIT gyms in Singapore’s CBD that will get your heart rate up and lower your fat percentage in no time.

You can thank the HIIT gods for bringing Barry’s Bootcamp to Singapore from Los Angeles. Known as the high-intensity workout that started a thousand others, the prestigious regimen is performed in the same signature Red Room, which burned more calories than all seasons of The Biggest Loser combined.

Inside, you can expect a quick combination of cardio, strength training and anaerobic movements that keep your heart rate high and effectively boost your resting metabolism by up to 15 percent. No wonder the fans include the Beckham couple, Premier League footballers and yes, Kim Kardashian.

The leading gym will open its flagship studio in the CBD in May, bringing along its famous fuel bar concept alongside its devastating sweat session.

F45

It wasn’t founded until 2011, but F45 has exploded on the fitness scene with its all-out high-intensity regimen from star trainer Luke Isotomin. Each workout – the focus of which can vary from strength training to cardio – lasts 45 minutes and involves functional movements, hence the name.

Here you work your way through a variety of stations, but each workout and playlist is programmed so that you never feel comfortable enough to lose your vigilance. Tv screens mounted around the room display everything from time intervals to heart rate statistics connected to monitors strapped to attendees.

The jungle

The aptly named dynamic fitness and martial arts studio in the middle of Singapore’s concrete jungle offers some of the most diverse HIIT courses in the world. Depending on your goals, three different types of sessions are offered: the signature jungle HIIT, kickboxing HIIT – which includes martial arts conditioning – and personal training, a one-hour session that promotes maximum calorie burning and muscle building.

Various group courses such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and weight training are also available for those who want to add a little variety to their routine.

House athletics

The Athletics House is located in the Downtown Gallery of CBD and offers 45-minute athletic conditioning training based on primordial human movements (i.e. functional movements). Music plays a major role here in the classroom. Heart-pounding beats are specially curated to accompany the three main classes: Leanout for the whole body burn, Meltdown for a quick fat burn, and Kore for a leaner midsection.

Fire station 3.0

Fire Station 3.0 was founded by Dave Nuku from The Biggest Loser Asia. Here, the heart of the training revolves around the Fire Trainer, a patented suspension trainer that enables the user to use their own body weight for strength training.

As fast-paced as it is, the experience is kept social and lighthearted, especially with constant encouragement from their trainers, or better known there as Fire Rockstars.

ritual

With just 20 minutes per class, ritual may be the best option for a quick workout before lunch. The gym has been around for a while, so it knows a thing or two about efficient workout.

This is no time to throw in the towel; The course is extremely fast and a series of exercises – which can vary from day to day – are performed in a row for 20 seconds without pauses, followed by a 40-second break. The routine is repeated six times, but while it sounds like a no-brainer, it’s actually quite a challenge that will keep your metabolism high long after your session.

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