What’s New Indonesia is giving a special shout out to a few strong, empowering and inspirational women who have achieved unprecedented heights of success in Jakarta’s cutthroat fitness world. Meet the powerful women who are owners of some of the city’s most popular studios, below:
Gita Sjahrir, Co-Founder of RIDE Jakarta
Gita Sjahrir is the Co-Founder of the first boutique indoor-cycling studio in the country, RIDE Jakarta, which is also a popular brand derived from New York. Indoor cycling, also known as RPM, is an incredibly popular workout technique, which burns calories and helps improve your overall wellbeing. She was inspired to create an active fitness community in Indonesia after realizing that it had significantly helped with the severe rheumatoid arthritis she first developed in 2004, which left her in a wheelchair for a while. From having only one flagship studio in Plaza Indonesia in 2015, RIDE Jakarta has become the first boutique fitness brand in Indonesia to ever receive venture capital funding and has expanded to two other locations across the city. RIDE Jakarta also plans to expand to Bali and Surabaya in the near future.
Address 1: Colony, Jl Kemang Raya No.14, Kemang, Jakarta Selatan
Address 2: Plaza Indonesia, Jl M.H. Thamrin No.Kav. 28-30, Jakarta Pusat
Address 3: Pacific Place, Lt 2 unit 2, Jl Jendral Sudirman Kav 52-53 No.88, Jakarta Selatan
Mutia Nandika, Co-Founder of Active Barn Studio
Mutia Nandika a.k.a Mumun is the co-founder of one of Jakarta’s first “Zen-inspired”, workout space that offers a wide range of classes for all ages. As a fitness enthusiast herself, Mumun realized that she loved mixing up her workout regime with a variety of pop-up classes such as Zumba, Yoga, Pilates and more rather than simply only going to the gym. But this presented some issues since most pop-up classes were located in different areas across the city, hence it took long hours of sitting through traffic to get there. This was her light-bulb moment to establish Active Barn Studio. The humble studio, which was established in 2017, offers a variety of classes under one roof including Hot Yoga, Pound Fit, TRX, Mat Pilates, and Yin&Yang Yoga. Each class is grouped into three to four sessions with a maximum of 13 participants.
Address: Colong Kemang, 5th Floor, Jl Kemang Raya, Bangka, Kemang, Jakarta Selatan
Phone: (WhatsApp) +62813-1491-3279
Chantal Della Concetta – Co-Founder and Inferno Hot Pilates Instructor of Trainstation Studio
The name Chantal Della Concetta is no stranger to the city. Once a news anchor, now one of the founders of a leading fitness studio in Jakarta, Chantal established Trainstation to solve an underrated fitness issue – a female-only workout studio, where women can feel free to be however they want and wear whatever they want. Chantal and her partners have thought of every detail to cater to women’s comfort in the studio, from comprehensive bathroom amenities such as hair tie, makeup remover, perfume, skin care products, and even a hair straightener to a kid’s corner for their little ones to get entertained, while their mothers have a stress-free workout. The studio offers a range of classes from Inferno Hot and Matt Pilates to TRX, Zumba, Boxing, BARRE and more.
Address: Jl Suryo No 5, First Floor, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan
Laila Munaf, Co-Founder of Sana Studio
Laila Munaf is not only one of four founders of Sana Studio, a pioneering boutique healthy and active lifestyle studio, but she is also one of the first leading females to have introduced Zumba to the Big Durian. At Sana Studio, you would be able to find a few variants of Zumba – from the standard rhythmic movements to Strong by Zumba, which is high-intensity interval training and Zumba Toning, which uses toning sticks or light weights to put extra emphasis on toning and sculpting the muscles. Aside from Zumba, Sana Studio offers other classes including TRX, BARRE, Yoga, Poundfit, Boxing and FitMum and Bub workouts, which help new mothers get back in shape.
Gisela Ruslim, Nadya Yapari, and Adeline Cherissa, Founders of Alder Fitness Studio Boutique
Alder Fitness Boutique Studio Boutique is currently one of the city’s favorite go-to studios for fitness enthusiasts who are looking for a dynamic workout place with a variety of classes. Three young empowering women – Gisela, Nadya, and Adeline – was just under 25 years old when they established this incredible studio in the hopes of bringing the “American” way of life in health and fitness to Indonesia.
At Alder Fitness Studio, you will be able to find more than 15 classes, both high- and low-impact classes, all of which are 45 minutes long. Think – Yoga, Zumba, Kickboxing, Stretch, Circuit Training, Muay Thai, BARRE and more. The studio also has a “Jojobar”, which serves smoothie bowls, juices and light meals to cover your post-class refuel needs. Today, Alder Fitness Studio is an official studio partner of Adidas Indonesia.
By: Divyha Pridhnani-Bhojwani