Continuing from our wildly successful post of health and fitness within the CBD, this is yet another post on three health and fitness spaces you should check out
137 Cecil St
Located at Cecil Street, I had but one class there, it was pleasant enough but also quite forgettable because of the level of intensity (low). The very central locale of the studio could be its best selling point for the CBD crowd—who knows, maybe even motivate some of us to start waking up when its still dark. And for that one lesson that I pulled myself out of bed for, it was at 7am, so props to me, although I spent the rest of the day in a semi-stupor, vowing to never put myself through the torture again.
The space: Had an unnerving bluish tone in the room and the windows that made for a poignant background. Their lockers looked small but were pretty roomy, and they all have a lock function and steel code system. So if you’re one of those with loads of stuff, rest assured.
The class: Bearing in my that it was 7am, I derived no joy from the class itself. I was also probably subconsciously and physically reluctant to apply myself. In the fleeting seconds that I did, I worked up a small sweat, but not enough to feel like I was being productive. The instructor seemed abnormally chirpy and encouraging but that did nothing to help me.
The bathroom: White, very spacious, enclosed by billowing shower curtains with a water pressure that satiates the most tired and underworked muscles. The heating worked fine, so for a full ten minutes I stood under the hot water stream which did nothing to wash the sleep from my tired body. The shower was most definitely the most enjoyable part of waking up early for a yoga class. By the time it was my turn though, the drainage had a patch of hair, and no cleaners in sight (it was 7am) to clean it.
144 Robinson Rd
Hale is an unassuming space occupying a bit of the 19th floor at Robinson Square. It only has one toilet but a couple of shower pods located right in front of the mini lockers. The layout is rather interesting, like what you’d find in the hostels of northwestern Europe. Think pod-like chic, slightly industrial and functional. When it comes to maximising what little space it has in the CBD, Hale definitely has it down pat.
The space: Medium size, sufficient, bland but functional and clean. Well equipped, mid length windows.
The class: Friendly, tactful Joyce who giggled spontaneously, spotted, adjusted poses, encouraged us.
The bathroom: Novel, no hooks but shower gels provided. Towels are $1 a pop
Real Fit Studio
8 Grange Rd
Real Fit Studio is probably one of the newest outfit on the block. Located outside the CBD, it’s on the third floor of Cineleisure, which makes it both convenient and inconvenient. The former because, as an avid yogi, I tend to plan my classes around my schedule—that I can attend class smack in the middle of Singapore makes it that much easier in terms of commuting. Inconvenient because I’d still have to be lugging gym gear, like every other class you’d attend—probably millennial’s entitlement speaking.
For a new establishment, the client-facing staff wasn’t the most well-trained, they acted slightly gruff and prissy about my Classpass access, and in their own way tried to sell their own package, which is fine and dandy but we’re all on Classpass for the variety right?
The space: Seemingly making up for their less than serene location, the studios are bright, bold and airy enough. Most noons are languid, and you may find yourself the only person in the room. Light streams in through the wall of windows and bathes the entire room in sunshine, so you also get a good dose of vitamin D from your classes.
The class: I was recommended Kavitha who is a certified Yoga teacher, and she centred the classes around mindfulness. If I remember correctly, she has had training in physiotherapy and paid close attention to my scoliosis and needs. I highly recommend all her classes because she does go beyond and above whenever she can. Even when there were other students in the class, she made sure to monitor my progress.
The bathroom: Spare, minimalistic and incredibly comfortable, ie. tissue boxes encased in beige linen covers, spare toiletries kept from direct sight behind mirrored panels. Also helps that there is a cleaner on-site almost all the time.