Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, officially launched Virgin Active’s first club in Singapore and in Asia today at One Raffles Place.

Already a major player in health and fitness in the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Portugal, South Africa and Australia, Virgin Active has made an enormous impact on the fitness industry since its inception in 1999 and has become the world’s leading fitness operator.

Known for its world-class facilities, fun and friendly environment, great customer service and value for money, Virgin Active now has 269 clubs, more than 1.3 million members, and annual revenue in excess of US$1 billion.

Singapore is the chain’s first Asian base of operations.

Spanning over 33,000 square feet across three whole floors at One Raffles Place, the club is set to redefine the gym-going experience for Singaporeans and focus not just on physical health, but health and fitness as a holistic lifestyle, with facilities such as a Relax and Recovery Zone for therapeutic rejuvenation and relaxation as well as sleep pods for members to conveniently take quick power naps during lunch.