Having a year-round beach bod is up there on our #FirstWorldProblems list, so we’re always on the hunt for new ways to burn calories that are also, dare we say it, fun. And we reckon 2018 is the year boxing workouts are set to take Singapore by storm. Thanks to Victoria’s Secret Angels claiming it’s the best full-body fat burner, and big-money bouts between fighting titans like Mayweather and McGregor, we’ve noticed a ton of sparring gyms pop up in recent months. As notoriously intimidating places to join, we thought we’d scout out a few to see what the deal is, and we were pleased to find a myriad of gyms catering to all levels that are super friendly and not in the least bit scary. Gloves at the ready, if you haven’t tried it, we say it’s time to get punchy. Here’s where we think you’ll get the best workout.
Nestled in a modern warehouse on Kim Yam Road in Robertson Quay, The RING epitomises what a boxing community should be about. The space comprises a large floor with the obligatory ring in the centre, in addition to a fully kitted out gym with bikes, treadmills, rowers, and weights; brownie points for not needing another gym membership. Classes including boxing, Muay Thai, wrestling, plus strength and conditioning training are available, and whether you’re a hardcore boxing machine or just want to dip your toe into learning the sweet science, The RING has got you covered. We’re also fans of its smoothie bar for a post-workout protein fix.
The RING, #01-01 S239359, 58 Kim Yam Rd, 239359, t. 6385 1488
If you’re a bit nervous about taking the plunge with a full-on boxing sesh, BEATBOX is for you. Rocking the mantra “no egos – we all amigos”, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more supportive, positive, friendlier bunch than the crew that workout here. Led by uber-fit glamazon and inspirational trainer, Citara Hayes, expect a boot camp style boxing and circuit workout accompanied by awesome beats (BEATBOX, geddit?) suitable for all levels of fitness. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is an easy ride, however, training is intense and you will work up a serious sweat!
BEATBOX, #01-01 S239359, 58 Kim Yam Rd, 239359, t. 9029 2557
Legends Fight Sport
The head coach here is none other than Muhamad Ridhwan, AKA “The Chosen Wan”; Singapore’s first professional boxing world champion. Needless to say, Legends is best suited to serious boxing enthusiasts looking for a gritty, underground boxing gym. Workouts are intense and focus heavily on technique and sparring practice. If you’re looking to be put through your paces, this is the place for you!
Legends Fight Sport, 43 Carpenter Street, Greatwood Building, #03-01, 059922, t. 6252 3254
Spartans boxing club
Located in the heart of Joo Chiat, this gem on the east coast is perfect for boxing newbies of all ages and skill levels. There are even ladies only classes if you’re intimidated by the testosterone that can usually be found flying around in more traditional boxing clubs.
Spartans Boxing Club, 393 Joo Chiat Road, 427625, t. 9457 791
If you’re into boxing, chances are you’ll have seen the white collar events held regularly at the Suntec Convention Centre; it’s the team at Vanda behind these epic fight nights. Centrally located within the CBD, it’s the perfect gym for a post-work, stress-busting sesh. Who knows, train hard for three months and you might be next to step into the white-collar ring!
Vanda Boxing, 108 Robinson Rd, Singapore 068900, t. 6305 2288
If you want all the fitness perks of boxing, minus the physical contact, boOm is for you. Rock up to this 45-minute workout and expect a high-intensity, fun workout to cracking tunes. Each workstation is kitted out with a punch bag and weights where you can go to town with jabs, hooks, and uppercuts. The trainers will guide you through the combinations and cheer you on while awesome music pumps out and cool lights illuminate the space. You’ll need boxing wrap and gloves for the session, but you can buy or rent these at the studio prior to your class.
boOm, 62 Cecil Street #B1-00, Singapore 049710, t. 6224 0323
STILL 30/30 at GuavaLabs
Brought to us by GuavaLabs, STILL Boxing is one of the latest boxing workouts to hit the CBD. There are several classes to choose from including core, endurance, strength, and conditioning, all of which are 50 minutes in length (perfect for squeezing into a lunch break). The classes combine boxing with weights so expect a total body, high-intensity workout guaranteed to burn serious cals. We also love the curated playlists and dark studios, it definitely helps get you in the zone.
STILL, 6A Shenton Way, OUE Downtown Gallery #B1-04/05/06, Singapore 068815. p. +65 6800 5355