Let’s face it, taking care of our general wellbeing is now more critical than ever due to the high stress that life demands. One of the many important parts of our health to care for includes the physical aspect, and around the Klang Valley, there are more than a handful of boutique gyms to choose from.
While big gym chains are often handy because they have outlets all over, sometimes boutique gyms are ideal, especially for those who prefer a more intimate setting with fewer people. Whether you’re a seasoned gym-goer or someone just embarking on their fitness journey, this list has something for everyone.
Pinnacle Fitness, Kuala Lumpur
Established in 2002, Pinnacle Fitness is no stranger to the scene and offers specialised programmes for its members. Located in Jalan Pantai of Bangsar, their offerings include personal training, senior training programmes, youth and junior training, and medical exercises.
Another one of their unique programmes is Golf Fitness. Using science and research, they’ve created personalised workouts for golfers looking to improve their game.
Address: 2nd Floor, Kelab Victoria Building, Lot 8298-8302, Jalan Pantai Baharu, 59200 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6012 334 1511
Looking for a place committed to helping you change your lifestyle for the better? Do you want a fitness experience shared by a like-minded community? You’ll find all this and more at Fuel Athletics.
Founded by two brothers passionate about promoting a healthier lifestyle for existing and new members, the workouts here are as intense (in a good way) as they are fun. The coaches here pay close attention to your form, and the community is made up of all ages, making it even more fun to work out here!
Address: Kompleks Sukan Negara, Bukit Kiara, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6011 1005 7351
Babel, Kuala Lumpur
Located on the rooftop of Menara Ken in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Babel offers personalised, one-of-a-kind workouts and state-of-the-art equipment. They even have an infinity pool, so what’s not to love?
There is something for everybody, from HIIT workouts to dance, and there’s the option to train in groups or opt for personal sessions if you want more privacy. And aesthetics-wise, we love the uber premium feel of this gym. They also have a sister outlet in KLCC.
Address: Rooftop Menara Ken TTDI, Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6016 319 3520
At Playground, the team looks beyond just focusing on enhancing your physical fitness as they concentrate on your physiological needs too. While the usual personal and group training is available here, it’s important to note that they’re pretty inclusive in what they offer.
There’s also sports strength and strength conditioning, corporate wellness workshops, and even online coaching — perfect for those still uncomfortable participating in physical classes. Sign up here if anything we’ve mentioned above tickles your fancy.
Address: Nadi Bangsar Retail Level 2, 6, Jalan Tandok, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 2715 9295
Good Juju Barbell Club, Kuala Lumpur
One of the newer gyms to enter the local fitness scene, Good Juju Barbell Club (GJBC), is as premium as it gets. But their rates are worth it with experienced coaches, a beautiful workout space, and we hear the coffee at GJBC is pretty amazing.
Depending on your mood, there’s personal strength training, and if you don’t want to do it solo, you can opt for group training sessions. We also love their cute hand-dyed socks, the start-up item for their apparel line — perfect for adding to your gym outfit.
Address: L1-13, Level 1 – DC Mall, 6 Jalan Damanlela, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 2011 5556
KOA Fitness, Kuala Lumpur
For some ladies, a co-ed workout space can be uncomfortable for whatever valid reason they may be – but at KOA Fitness, you don’t have to be. A women-only gym that offers yoga, cardio, and body weight classes, you can now pick your poison without worrying.
Located in the upscale neighbourhood of Mont Kiara, the gym is accessible and has remained strong in the fitness scene. Don’t want to attend classes physically? Sign up for their online personal training instead.
Address: B-G-07, Gateway Corporate Suites, No 1 Jalan Desa Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6011 6455 8912
Clubaloha, Kuala Lumpur
There are boutique gyms, and then there’s THE boutique gym, which happens to be Clubaloha. Partly founded by the incomparable Katrina Taib, Aloha started as a humble (but very hip) spin studio that’s now grown into more than just that.
Also available is their Aloha Muscle Club, perfect for those who prefer conditioning-type workouts instead of burning the hell outta yo’ thighs on a spin bike. Though, we admit their spin classes are as lovable as they are torturous (in a good way). While you’re there for a sweat session, drop by Rubberduck for some good eats — also part of the Clubaloha group.
Address: Plaza Damas, Lot K-0-8B, Ground Floor, Dorchester Service Apartment, 60, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Taman Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 6201 1834
Urban Spring Pilates, Kuala Lumpur
Dial down the adrenaline but keep the intensity, and you’ll find yourself at Urban Spring Pilates. Having been around for a while now, you will find something suited to all levels of pilates enthusiasts.
The experienced instructors will help you in your pursuit of wellness, whether on the mat or the reformer machine. You can also spice things up if you want with their hot pilates. We promise you will feel a different kind of rejuvenation after. Chose from one of their three outlets: two in Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar, and the other in Mont Kiara.
Fire Fit, Kuala Lumpur
With two outlets in the Klang Valley, one in Mont Kiara and the other in Desa Park City, Fire Fit has all kinds of workouts for those looking to burn serious calories and build gains! That’s fitness lingo for building muscles.
The instructors at Fire are friendly, attentive, and helpful, which is excellent for those new at the studios. Choose how you want to get fit by picking one (or more) of their nine types of workouts that include boxing, intense cardio, and spin to name a few.
F45, Kuala Lumpur & Petaling Jaya
If you’re new to the fitness scene, you may not be familiar with F45, but they have been around for a while and are known for their unique and functional training guaranteed to improve your energy levels, strength, and endurance.
Many can vouch for F45 and how it has contributed to their fitness journey, and those who hate working out solo especially love the group setting. Pick any one of their seven outlets within the Klang Valley to get started.
CrossFit Pahlawan, Petaling Jaya
CrossFit Pahlawan is located on the rooftop of Citta Mall, where people from all walks of life are welcome to pursue their fitness goals, maintain them, or get even stronger! Started by a group of individuals passionate about fitness, this CrossFit gym is truly one-of-a-kind and feels like a home away from home.
It doesn’t matter what level of fitness you’re at; everyone has the same goal: to help one another be stronger and better than they were yesterday. With plenty of timings for members to choose from, this rooftop workout space is also open all day for those who prefer doing their own thing.
Address: Citta Mall, Jalan PJU 1A/48, PJU 1A, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor,
Contact: +6011 3527 5987