Singapore’s Best Lunchtime Workout Classes For Busy Office Workers

by Estelle Low
FITNESS  |  April 24, 2017
  • Lunchtime workouts are the way to go
    1 / 12 Lunchtime workouts are the way to go

    The benefits of lunchtime workouts are well proven: Instead of heading back to office sluggish and depressed, you’re on a high, riding on the post-exercise endorphins that make you feel ready to take on the rest of the day. Your energy levels are soaring. You feel like a warrior, even if your body’s a bit sore. Your heart rate is more relaxed than ever, and you find yourself working twice as fast. Suddenly, you’re unbeatable.

    Exaggeration? Not quite. Try doing a lunchtime workout and you’ll feel the difference immediately.

    And if you need recommendations, here are the fitness classes on our hit list. They range from 20 to 45 minutes, leaving you time to wash up and grab a quick bite. We can’t promise it will be easy, but the after-effects are so worth it!


    (Also read: The Best Fitness Classes in Singapore – All Tried & Tested!)

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  • BarreAmped Express, 45min
    2 / 12 BarreAmped Express, 45min

    42 Hong Kong Street, 9115-9473

    At this boutique barre studio, posture is highly emphasised so you’ll be sure of doing the moves correctly. Combining principles of dance, yoga and pilates, barre makes you feel graceful and strong at once. Prepare to work your core, butt and thighs a lot!

    Photo: Barre2Barre

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  • Circuit Training, 29min
    3 / 12 Circuit Training, 29min

    Contours Express,
    Nine outlets islandwide

    The circuit training class comprises 16 stations that focus on cardio and strength training, promising to target your whole body. The best part: There’s no need to follow a fixed schedule. Pop in any time from 6am to 11pm for circuit training. Coaches are around most of the time to guide you through the session, as well as track your progress.

    (Also read: Why You Should Join Group Exercise Classes)


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  • RealRyder, 45min
    4 / 12 RealRyder, 45min

    Pure Fitness,
    Asia Square and Ocean Financial Centre

    Using special bikes that can be tilted to the left or right, you will be able to move across three planes of motion while spinning. Your core will have to work harder than usual as the instructor incorporates left-right movements to the beat of the songs. You’re required to pedal while standing up too. Those 45 minutes will fly by very quickly. Tops and bottoms are provided at the gym.

    Photo: Pure Fitness

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  • High-intensity Interval Training, 20min
    5 / 12 High-intensity Interval Training, 20min

    Raffles Place and Holland Village

    This is the shortest workout so far, designed for you to be in and out of the gym in 30 minutes. You don’t even need to bring sports shoes: The exercises are done barefoot on the shock-absorbent floor. Tops and bottoms and provided. Just get ready to work up a sweat in those intense 20 minutes of cardio and strength training exercises. Each class is limited to 10 pax, with a student-instructor ratio of 5:1.

    (Also read: What It’s Like to Work Out At Ritual Gym in Singapore)

    Photo: Ritual

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  • Calisthenics, 35min
    6 / 12 Calisthenics, 35min

    #02-63 Millenia Walk, 6255-5064

    Learn to do proper push-ups, pull-ups and even handstands in this technical class, which focuses on body control, form and strength training using compound bodyweight exercises. You will get stronger and improve balance. This class is a great complement to other sports like dance, yoga and martial arts.

    (Also read: 5 Ways Martial Arts Training Is Good For You)

    Photo: TripleFit

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  • HIIT Yoga, 30min
    7 / 12 HIIT Yoga, 30min

    Trium Fitness,
    #03-01/02 Aperia Mall, 8782-8633

    Who says yoga is slow? You’ll run out of breath doing yoga poses in a high-intensity interval training style. Cardio moves are incorporated too.

    Photo: Trium Fitness

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  • Grit Strength, 30min
    8 / 12 Grit Strength, 30min

    True Fitness,
    Eight gyms islandwide

    Do high-intensity interval training exercises using free weights and your body weight to target major muscle groups. This Les Mills programme is done to uplifting music so you’ll be motivated to go harder and faster.

    Photo: True Fitness

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  • Ankorr, 20min
    9 / 12 Ankorr, 20min

    Virgin Active,
    Raffles Place and Tanjong Pagar

    Not for the faint-hearted, this class is designed for intermediate to advanced levels. Wearing a harness to increase resistance, you will do primal pattern movements that will challenge your strength, endurance and mobility. Expect to blast up to 500 calories here.

    Photo: Virgin Active

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  • Strength Training, 20min
    10 / 12 Strength Training, 20min

    Vision Gym,
    #01-01, 146 Robinson Road, 6221-8557

    To maximise your workout, try training with electrical muscle stimulation. That involves wearing a suit with built-in electrode pads that deliver currents to make your muscles contract while you exercise. Those electric currents are low-level, so they may be uncomfortable but not painful. The more muscle fibres you recruit, the more calories you burn. Don’t be surprised if you feel sore all over after the first session! Read about our experience here.

    Photo: Vision Gym

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  • WeBarre HIIT, 40min
    11 / 12 WeBarre HIIT, 40min

    Tanjong Pagar and Telok Ayer

    Inspired by ballet, yoga and pilates, the trendy barre workout is done in a high-intensity interval training style using fun props and your body weight. You’ll still be doing plies and releves, but at a faster pace with other strength training moves built in!

    Photo: WeBarre

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  • X-Blast, 30min
    12 / 12 X-Blast, 30min

    Fitness First,
    #04-02 Bugis Junction, 6327-9167

    Get whipped into shape in this high-intensity interval training class that combines cardio and strength training using the latest elliptical machines and weights such as power blocks.

    Photo: Fitness First

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