Bust out of your workout rut with these exciting fitness classes. They’re suitable for newbies too.
To satisfy the appetite of easily bored Singaporeans, more new exercise programmes have surfaced in the past year, adding to the myriad of fitness classes available here.
From a combat-style workout to a routine that incorporates pilates, yoga and functional training done to specially created music, to a stretching exercise that stimulates the senses, these new experiences are designed to entice jaded fitness enthusiasts as well as fitness newbies.
They have been introduced here by private fitness studios and gyms, as well as government bodies such as the People’s Association and ActiveSG, the national movement to get people in Singapore to be active.
Created by an Argentine fitness firm, Radical Fitness, this class combines boxing and martial arts. Burn up to 800 calories in this intense combat-style workout that uses punches, kicks, blocks and even skipping ropes for a great sweat sesh.
This class has a strong focus on dance techniques. Unlike Zumba, which focuses on Latin dance moves, expect to try different dance styles like salsa, hip-hop, jazz and flamenco.
For those who are into more intensive workouts, this functional fitness class uses weighted vests. The vest itself weighs 1kg and can hold a few plates weighing 2.5kg each. This lets you bear more load when you are running or doing push-ups, forcing your muscles to work a lot harder in one session that lasts for about one and a half hours, including 15 minutes of warm-up and 15 minutes of stretching.
Classes held at different spots in Singapore
Think pilates and yoga moves with soft soothing music in the background. This matwork class is all about improving your flexibility and strength through fluid movements and controlled breathing.
Aromatic Movement Stretch
This class uses pure essential oils to stimulate the senses for a complete mindful and relaxing experience. Designed by Core Collective’s resident ballet instructor Evelyn Wong, participants apply the oils on their bodies before they work on ballet flow moves and breath work techniques.
Classes available at Core Collective
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 17, 2018, with the headline ‘More new exercises to whet fitness appetite’.