Singapore’s most high-tech gym is about to open and it has the world’s first VR bike – this is what it’s like

Singapore’s most innovative and high-tech gym is about to open its doors to the public, and it is set to redefine the way you look at fitness.

The gym which is Pure Fitness’s newest outlet at Ngee Ann City will open to the public from Dec 1, and it is debuting the world’s first stationary bike featuring virtual reality (VR) technology. The gym has numerous outlets in Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Technology and fitness have taken a bold leap forward, and it doesn’t just stop with the exercise bikes at the gym.

In fact, the kbox4 machines, which help with flywheel training, and the evolt360 and Fit3D proscanners, which measure body mass and body dimensions operate with apps which users can download.

Business Insider got a sneak preview of the new gym and we couldn’t wait to get our sweat on.

Here’s what it was like:


I was greeted by Pure Fitness’s cafe when I entered the gym, and started off with a pre-workout smoothie. 

The blend of fruits was delicious and for some reason, it tasted a little like candy. 

Business Insider/Aqilah Allaudeen

Once I was all fueled up, it was time to get to work, and I started off in the Strongman zone. 

Business Insider/Aqilah Allaudeen

With the scarily heavy weights that dominate the area, Pure Fitness’s personal instructors say they can easily tire people out.

To make sure all you gym rats make the most of your sessions, trainers will be able to use an app to correct your posture – which sure beats someone yelling at you. Gym-users will able to compare their posture with the ideal (see below) to get a better understanding of what they should be doing. 

Business Insider/Aqilah Allaudeen

The kBox4 – which has nothing to do with karaoke – is another machine in the Strongman zone that looks deceivingly easy. 

Trust me when I say that it really isn’t – all it took was five reps to get me winded.  

Business Insider/Aqilah Allaudeen

The flywheel training device can be monitored on an app as well, and trainers can see the amount of weight being lifted with each rep. 

Business Insider/Aqilah Allaudeen

But the use of apps is not limited to the Strongman zone.

According to a few Pure Fitness trainers, it can be used to monitor your peddling activity on some of their stationary bikes as well.

Business Insider/Aqilah Allaudeen

The app will even be able to determine if you’re putting more pressure on one foot over the other. So don’t even think about cheating on your workout.

Business Insider/Aqilah Allaudeen

Apps aside for a bit, this Pure Fitness outlet also has what it calls the Immersive Fitness Studio, first introduced in 2015 at the group’s Lan Kwai Fong gym in Hong Kong. 

The studio’s immersive indoor spin class is another experience altogether. In fact, it’s almost as if you’re on a psychedelic ride while going absolutely nowhere – and burning those calories at the same time.

 

Their VR bikes are probably the most novel piece of equipment in the gym, which doesn’t just put you through a virtual reality cycling experience, it gamifies the whole thing to give you an extra challenge.

Imagine peddling to keep up with and capture cowboys, or peddling around a pond to feed ducks.  Oh, and it captures data such as pedal speed and heart rate while you’re at it too.

As someone who’s generally clumsy, I half expected to fall off the bike, but surprisingly, that didn’t even come close to happening. 

Business Insider/Aqilah Allaudeen

If you’re a clean freak, not to worry: there are interchangeable protectors in the device, so hygiene will be the least of your concerns. 

Business Insider/Aqilah Allaudeen

The gym has all of the typical equipment you will find in a regular gym as well, but its short track and field area stood out.

Business Insider/Aqilah Allaudeen

To end off the day, Pure Fitness’s personal trainers pitted us (members of the media) against each other for a mini competition on the field, which is really just carpeted green turf.

Business Insider/Aqilah Allaudeen

From tire flips to hopping up stairs, they gave us a serious workout to demonstrate how versatile the space is to do various forms of exercise. 

And of course, they were put to work too, taking turns to show us different components of a rig that was set up in one of the corners of the gym. It looked like an obstacle course right out of American Ninja Warrior, to be honest. 

Business Insider/Aqilah Allaudeen

The best way to end off the workout is to do it like I did: Gulp down a post-workout smoothie. 

Business Insider/Aqilah Allaudeen