These trendy fitness studios in Singapore have the best beauty products and grooming stations
Much like sex, we all have a checklist of non-negotiables that must be met, needs we'd like fulfilled. Will our lover satisfy our libido? Do we have to — though we'd much prefer not to — fake our passion like Sally Albright of When Harry Met Sally? The same sentiment rings true in our desire to find perfect workout studios. Because sadly, we're more often faced with the pitfalls of unrealistic expectations in this department as well. There's the matter of um... size, there's the matter of appearance. Most are anti-climatic, offering little to no satisfaction. When that happens, you're left with several options: to curse at the heavens or to shift your gaze to the one next door.
Whether you're fresh out from barre class or finishing up a spin sesh, one of our biggest post-workout gripes is the variety (or lack thereof) of essentials stocked at the beauty stations. Amidst ensuring your 9-to-5 wares remain wrinkle-free, finding an unoccupied shower with sufficient shampoo for your bum-grazing hair, applying half-assed makeup as if you have a decent half hour to spare, and elbow duelling for mirror space to style your tresses are bothersome yet necessary battles.
Each exercise boutique has its own perks and cons, and because you're already clocking in calories burned, we did the legwork (literally) for you by trawling across town, reviewing our favourite studios' grooming areas to ensure your fit-to-flawless metamorphosis from now on is but a breeze.
The workout: Pilates, barre, aerial and yoga
First impressions: This Scandi-chic fitness studio is real estate gold. Its beauty lounge is one of the biggest we've seen in Singapore, allowing rushed, on-the-go women do their thing with plenty of personal space to spare.
Upon closer inspection: Upside Motion attempts to ease the post-gym cleanup with a simple yet functional set up. Their powder room is a duplex, and has an impressive nine hair stations, six makeup counters and four showers (with benches at the dry corners) to ensure you can go from sweaty mess to slay-ready without going to war with your workout buddy. Tip: bring your own amenities, Upside Motion offers shampoo, body soap and not much else.
Overall rating: 4/5
6A Shenton Way, OUE Downtown Gallery, #B1-02, Singapore 068815.
THE YOGA CO.
The workout: Yoga, pilates, callisthenics, and HIIT
First impressions: Founded by Sandra Riley Tang (of The Sam Willows), this cosy boutique studio invites you in with comfy lounging nooks accented with L'occitane hand and body lotions in the waiting area.
Upon closer inspection: Giving other studios a run for their money, The Yoga Co. provides their patrons with Dyson hairdryers, L'occitane skincare products, and Tresemmé shampoos in the unisex grooming area.
Overall rating: 4.5/5
723A North Bridge Road, Singapore 198691.
The workout: Boxing and resistance workout
First impressions: Badass. Absolutely badass with bright yellow boxing gloves lining the walls. Arrive early to choose the right Rocky quote to caption for Insta.
Upon closer inspection: Aside from conducting killer classes, BoOm collaborates with cosmetic brands to help you look hot in every way, namely Crème Simon and Revlon, the latter of which recently decked BoOm's beauty stations with lipsticks, matte foundations and eyeshadow palettes. Yup, you can leave (most of the content of) your to-go makeup pouches at home.
Overall rating: 4.5/5
TPI Building, 62 Cecil Street, #B1-00, Singapore 049710.
The workout: Spinning
First impressions: Ride with the pack for an A+ sweat sesh at this super stylish indoor cycling studio. Bookmark for minimalist decor accents and expertly-curated music.
Upon closer inspection: CruCycle rides it out of the park with their very own in-house label of hair and body products. We love that they haven't forgotten about the chaps too. Whether you're in need of a pre-class fix or post-class touch-up, the studio has teamed up with Sultans of Shave, Blind Barber and Nivea to keep you pretty and smelling so. Consider your beards, hair and pits taken care of.
Overall rating: 5/5
68 Duxton Road, Singapore 089527.