Ark Liv @ Downtown East: Female-Only Fitness Gym with Climb Wall, Yoga Studio And More
Ark Liv is a relatively new, women-only fitness gym in Singapore which stands out from the pack - with its impressively equipped layout that still manages to feel lowkey and all-inclusive.
During our visit, it was especially nice to see a diverse range of ladies and we even got to try out some new exercises. There was no wait to use any area/item on a weekday evening. The gym section is located further inside, where passers-by cannot look in. Glass walls here are mostly decal-ed for privacy, with the top allowing natural light to stream in. Special shoutout to the air-conditioning which was perfect.
Location-wise, it's situated within Downtown East and there's something about its laidback, resort-esque vibe that extends to the gym as well. There's plenty of food options, shops and activities and Pasir Ris Park is a stone's throw away. You can definitely make it a whole weekend outing with a gym session and finish off with a picnic or cycle alongside beautiful, blue oceanside views.
In our first ever gym review, we'll cover the interior of Ark Liv and most of its amenities/equipment so you know what to expect. Scroll to the end for an exclusive entry deal - only for Fitmonkie customers till end April 2022!
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Gym (Area #1: Free Weights and Rack)
We like how the squat rack, plate racks, free weights, bodyweight strength training options and push pull sled are placed in one area. It makes it easy and quick to switch from one exercise to the next. Great for carrying out conditioning work too.
The full wall mirror is a must-have for checking form. Love it!
- FTS (Functional Training System)
- Multi-Function Fitness Rig (supports squats, chest press, ring work, pullups, etc.)
- Weight Plates (1.25kg to 25kg)
- Bars (Olympic Barbell, Trap Bar, Tricep Bar, EZ Bar)
- Dumbbell Racks
- Dead/Medicine Balls (3kg to 15kg)
- Kettlebells (8kg to 24kg)
- TRX Suspension Trainers
- Astro Turf
- Push Pull Sled
- Plyometric Box (20/24/30 inch)
- Calisthenics Equipment (Wooden Parallettes, Rings)
- Resistance Bands
- Foam Rollers
- Bosu Ball
- Gym Ball
- Smith Machine
- Roman Chair
- Adjustable Ab Bench
- Adjustable Benches
- Flat Bench
- Hyperextenstion Bench
Gym (Area #2: Machines and Cardio)
- Bicep Curl
- Abductor Abductor
- Leg Extension
- Prone Leg Curl
- Pin Leg Curl
- Lat Pull Down Row
- Chest Press
- Vertical Press
- Rear Delt Pec Fly
- Spin Bike
- Air Bike
Rock Climbing Wall
The boulder section is an apt hallmark of Ark Liv's chill vibes and unique features - it's fun, beginner-friendly, adds something different to your regular workout session and is a perfect spot to make friends with other gym-goers.
No climbing shoes required! BYO or climb away in the trainers you came in.
The studio is right next to the cardio area. Bright, spacious and airy - we saw many head in for stretches and for good reason. You can also free-play their yoga and pilates equipment in a comfortable setting.
- Mirror Walls
- Bar Barre
- Yoga Blocks
- Yoga Wheel
- Yoga Loops
- Yoga Mats
- Gym Balls
Showers, Changing & Lockers
We very much appreciated the clean, warm tones of the vanity area. While definitely functional and quite delightfully glamorous in its own right, the changing rooms are our notable mention - little private rooms with cushy stools and mirrors make changing a super comfy affair.
- Private Changing Rooms
- Ensuite Bathrooms (with soap, shampoo)
- Vanity Area (with hairdryer, hair ties)
- Digital Lockers
- Weighing Scale
Entrance & Retail
The neutral and muted pink palette extends to the counter and retail/sitting area. Check out Ark Liv's range of useful gym items such as pouches, towels and mats, and local fitness apparels by Fitmonkie for try-on and purchase. Coffee and refrigerated drinks are also available.
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