Push the limits with rebounding, riding, boxing and hybrid workouts at BEAT X Studio.
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Thanks to my time spent on swimming, diving, HIIT, yoga and strength training, I consider myself pretty fit. So when I heard about BEAT X Studio, a fitness centre founded by Singapore national swimmers who advocate tougher workouts, I was up for the challenge.
BEAT X Studio is the sister studio of Bbounce, Singapore’s first hybrid rebounding studio. At arrival, I was greeted by BEAT X Studio’s bright neon signs and high ceilings. There are three sections in the studio – Wonderland, Battleground and Dungeon.
It certainly feels like party avenue, thanks to dark training rooms blasting workout tunes at maximum volume to get everyone’s hearts pumping before the workout even starts. With an open mind, I dived into my session at each of the three sections in BEAT X Studio.
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Wonderland: Rebounding studio
The rebounding exercise is a high-intensity workout with low-impact on your joints, using G-Force to boost circulation, pump your heart and tone your muscles. It was fun for the first five minutes when I was just playing around on what I thought was a trampoline. The instructor then added that it was not a trampoline, but a rebounder.
What’s the difference? Instead of focusing on the lift-off, you push down hard with your heels. In another five minutes, everyone got sweaty as we jumped to the beat and immersed in the flashing lights. It wasn’t easy because we had to maintain control at the knees, tighten the core and concentrate on the movement to keep our balance.
During the short trial run, I was taught a few variations including a normal jump, in-and-out jump, high knees and criss-cross jump. For someone who exercises almost every day, my thighs still burned from the constant muscular engagement. And no, my arms did not get to rest because the instructor led us through a weighted workout. Rebounding is definitely an exciting workout worth trying again because although it hurts, it’s super fun – although I probably have to improve my coordination skills first.
Battleground: Boxing and hybrid workout studio
Right across Wonderland is Battleground, the boxing studio with a section for hybrid workouts. The boxing bags are water-filled and teardrop-shaped. This made it easier to punch because it absorbed the impact and did not swing around too much.
Due to dubious hand-eye coordination, I was a little confused at the start but after a quick correction, I was on the right track. As there are only six types of beginner punches, it was easy to follow. But it was by no means a breeze. This cardio and strength class boxing class combines explosive speed, footwork, and coordination. You’ll feel badass when you finish sweaty and toned.
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Dungeon: Riding studio
The studio looked like any other spin room, except it’s not. Joel, co-founder of BEAT X Studio, emphasised that this was not a spinning class, but a riding class. Don’t know the difference? Me neither. I found out that spinning focuses more on rhythm while riding is all about the speed.
Through the screen in front of the room, the instructor is able to choose different routes in different countries, so you can cycle by scenic areas – though you won’t be completely enjoying the scenery but concentrating on pedalling hard. Their high-tech bikes shine a different coloured light for each speed group so you get to have “battles” with other cyclists. Everyone will be able to see your speed as the colour is not just shown on your bike, but on screen.
What started off as a stressful workout quickly became motivating. You’ll be pushing yourself with your own crew, taking in the new route and riding hard with the music. The immersive sensation and high energy soundtracks took my workout to a whole new level.
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BEAT X Studio is located at PLUS (formerly known as GSH Plaza), 20 Cecil Street, #06-03.
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