SINGAPORE – Several police reports have been lodged against two fitness studios whose outlets have allegedly closed down overnight.
Kyklos Studio and its affiliated brand X Fitness are run by Mr Atlas Ang, 31. Their websites and social media pages were suddenly locked or taken down earlier this week, and Mr Ang has become uncontactable.
The Straits Times’ attempts to contact him for comment have also been unsuccessful.
Several users, who told ST that they bought packages ranging from $200 to $600, are worried that they will not be able to get their money back.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, several said they took up the packages as the studios appeared proper and had outlets in malls.
One woman in her mid-20s spent about $300 in August on a package of 20 classes after attending a trial class.
“I have signed packages with other studios and this has never happened before,” she added. “I’m really upset over the fact that they did not even announce anything on their social media and simply disappeared.”
She said she had yet to attend a single class and found out about the latest turn of events from a friend on Tuesday. Her friend tried attending a class she had signed up for, but found that the studio was locked.
Freelance instructors at the studio have also been unable to contact Mr Ang.
The studios conduct their classes in GR.iD mall in Dhoby Ghaut and Tekka Place in Serangoon.
A spokesman for Tekka Place said the fitness studio is not a tenant, but would book event spaces for its activities.
The X Fitness website, which is no longer available, also lists classes in Hougang Sports Hall.
A woman, who wanted to be known only as LT, said she believes she is one of the last people to have seen the studios in operation.
She said she had booked a 11.15am class with her friends at Kyklos Studio at GR.iD on Sept 11. As they were walking to the studio at about 10.55am that day, they heard shouting coming from inside.
Upon entering, they saw two men. LT said one of the men “had a really furious face”, and the other told them to wait outside the studio for a short while.
A few minutes later, she was shocked to receive a notification on her phone that the class had been cancelled. The studio’s doors were then also locked by the staff.
“With that, we were left stranded outside the studio without a clue on what had just happened,” she said. “We decided to just book for another spin class nearby and left shortly after.”
The police confirmed that several reports had been lodged and are looking into the matter.
Business records show that Mr Ang is the director of four businesses dealing with training courses for sports and games. They are ACSG 1, Kyklos, X+ and XSC 1.
ACSG 1 and Kyklos appear to be registered to his home address in Punggol, while XSC 1 is registered to the address of the studio in Dhoby Ghaut.
X+ is registered to an address near Chinatown.
He is also listed as the director of Hong Creatives, an advertising outfit, where a man who answered the phone said only that Mr Ang “would be back soon”.