HydroFit and FloatFit are two such new exercises that are fast gaining in popularity.
Magazine editor Denise Li has been practising martial arts like muay thai, boxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu since 2009, sometimes training up to five times a week in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
After falling victim to frequent injuries, however, the 34-year-old took a break in May and went on a lookout for “a workout that was a little bit more intense, but wasn’t too hard on the joints”.
She found what she was looking for about three months ago when she picked up HydroFit, an adapted version of stand-up paddling (SUP) yoga, from instructors at local company The Fitness Project. It was started in April by former national water polo players Lim Yao Xiang and Teh Chong Nyen.
SUP yoga, usually conducted in open water, is offered by several gyms and schools here like Stand Up Paddling School and SUP Yoga Singapore.
HydroFit workouts are done on Boga floating fitness mats in swimming pools.
Another local fitness company offering similar exercise classes is Skyline Aqua, whose sessions started in September. These workouts called FloatFit originated from English company aquaphysical and use AquaBase mats.