Why Aqua Boxing is Trending in Singapore and Where You Can Go for Classes

by Peh Yi Wen
FITNESS  |  June 21, 2018
  • Aqua boxing is the next big fitness trend in Singapore
    1 / 9 Aqua boxing is the next big fitness trend in Singapore

    Fitness lovers today are getting wrapped up in a new workout trend – aqua boxing. This stress-relieving exercise involves an electrifying music playlist in a room illuminated by neon lights. Sound like a spin studio to you? The setting is mirrored and indoor cycling enthusiasts will feel right at home, but in place of stationary bikes, tear-shaped boxing bags hang from the ceiling, with a set of weights by the side. But why do people love aqua boxing so much?

    “Over the last few of years, martial arts in general (including MMA and boxing) have become so widely televised, especially with the growing popularity of UFC worldwide, and ONE FC based in Singapore. Understandably, fighting and sparring can be incredibly intimidating – lots of people who are interested in trying it out don’t want to get hit or injured, and a large number of them don’t actually have the desire to fight one day. As a result, non-combat boxing classes are naturally becoming popular,” says Victoria Martin, co-founder of Boom Singapore.

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  • Feel tough like a boxer without the bruises
    2 / 9 Feel tough like a boxer without the bruises

    Unlike traditional boxing, aqua boxing is a non-combat workout that lets you feel badass driving moves like jabs, hooks and uppercuts into boxing bags filled with water, not sand. These aqua bags absorb any impact so you don’t have to worry about injuring your wrist or knuckles.

    “By removing the risk of bruising and fear of a combat sport, more people are thus gravitating towards the sweet science, making this intense form of exercise more accessible,” says Elizabeth Seow, co-founder of boutique studio Uppercut Boxing.

    (Also read: Neue Fit: New Martial Arts Studio With A Unique Muay HIIT Class)

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  • It gives busy working adults a satisfying and efficient workout
    3 / 9 It gives busy working adults a satisfying and efficient workout

    It’s not all about cardio here. The other side of aqua boxing? Alternating rounds of fat-burning HIIT that loops in different types of strength training moves.

    (Also read: Why You Need to Do Strength Training (And Not Just Cardio Exercises)

    Within 45 minutes you would have done anything from squat jumps and planks, to Arnold presses and renegade rows, working all your major muscle groups for a full-body workout. The combinations are endless, never boring, and time whizzes by without you even knowing it. And if it‘s your first time trying an aqua boxing class, we promise you’ll be aching from head to toe over the next few days.

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  • It is especially popular among ladies
    4 / 9 It is especially popular among ladies

    Besides burning tons of calories and training your endurance, aqua boxing also helps to build self-confidence as much as your physical strength, making it especially empowering for women.

    “The sport has also gained plenty of buzz thanks to the likes of supermodels Adriana Lima and Gigi Hadid, who swear by it when it comes to their workout routine,” says Elizabeth.

    “Having these models and celebrities recognise the benefits of boxing has definitely raised its profile and removed the fear factor, as it sends a message across to women that boxing doesn’t have to be a contact nor male-dominated sport. Women learn how strong they can be, and there is beauty in this newfound strength and toughness that goes beyond the cosmetic aspect of it,” she adds.

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  • Where to go for boxing classes: Boom Singapore
    5 / 9 Where to go for boxing classes: Boom Singapore

    Where: 62 Cecil Street, TPI Building, #B1-00
    Info: Visit www.boomsingapore.com or email hello@boomsingapore.com

    Don’t be fooled by the adorable wall decals like Maru the Pig and Selby the Unicorn around Boom Singapore’s spacious studio. Once you step into the immersive Boom Room, you’re in for 45 minutes of non-stop HIIT. Founders Bryan and Victoria Tay believe in the importance and benefits of building strength. Hence, each signature Boom Box session is divided into 10 rounds of jabs, hooks and uppercuts combined with intervals of weights training – all at your fully equipped personal station complete with a step board.

    An alternative class, Boom Circuit, is also available. While you won’t need any boxing wraps or gloves for that one, the small 8-person session is perfect for anyone hoping for a good ol’ circuit workout using assault bikes, rowing machines and more.

    Price: From $38 for a single class

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  • Where to go for boxing classes: Box Office Fitness
    6 / 9 Where to go for boxing classes: Box Office Fitness

    Where: 35 North Canal Road, #03-01
    Info: Visit www.boxoffice-fitness.com, call 8600-8481 or email hello@boxoffice-fitness.com

    The format at Box Office Fitness is a little different and classes are pretty big at 33 pax max. Split into “bags” and “floor”, you’ll spend the first half of the session either working on your punches and defence moves with the aqua training bag, or sweating it out doing burpees, mountain climbers, alternating lunges and bicep curls before switching over. Every Knockout class is made up of 10 three-minute rounds. The workout combination varies each time so you’ll definitely not get bored – even after 10 boxing sessions. Look out for their occasional themed classes!

    Price: From $38 for a single class

    (Also read: 6 Best Bodyweight Exercises to Build Core Strength)

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  • Where to go for boxing classes: Ground Zero
    7 / 9 Where to go for boxing classes: Ground Zero

    Where: 38 Carpenter Street, Level 3
    Info: Visit www.groundzero.sg or email hello@groundzero.sg

    This futuristic-looking boutique gym offers 50-minute classes for both indoor cycling and boxing lovers. Ground Zero’s high-intensity boxing sessions, known as Rumble, focus on music and rhythm. You’ll learn to box to the beat of the music – with speed and precision of course. On top of bodyweight exercises such as squats, lunges and push-ups, the strength-training segment will fire up your muscles using exercise equipment such as weight plates, medicine balls and our favourite – TRX. Classes are kept cosy at 15 people.

    For spin queens, there’s also the option of hopping onto a bike at Ride sessions for your cardio fix.

    Price: From $45 for a single class

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  • Where to go for boxing classes: Still Boxing
    8 / 9 Where to go for boxing classes: Still Boxing

    Where: 6 Shenton Way, OUE Downtown, Tower 2, #B1-04-06
    Info: Visit www.still-group.com, call 6800-5355 or email guavalabs@guavapass.com

    The first aqua bag boxing studio to open in Singapore, Still Boxing is perfect for anyone with a specific goal. Want to build stamina? Go for the cardio-heavy Endurance classes, while the abs-focused exercises mixed with boxing in Core will help you burn belly fat and get the six-pack you’ve always dreamt of.

    If not, the signature Strength & Conditioning class promises a full-body workout through seven sweaty, fun but intense circuits using heavier weights. While all three 50-minute classes are equally challenging, they are scalable to your fitness levels, making them suitable for beginners.

    Price: From $35 for a single class

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  • Where to go for boxing classes: Uppercut Boxing
    9 / 9 Where to go for boxing classes: Uppercut Boxing

    Where: 155A/157A Telok Ayer Street, Level 2
    Info: Visit www.uppercutboxing.com, call 6224-1157, or email hello@uppercutboxing.com

    If you have never worn boxing wraps or gloves in your life, Uppercut Boxing is a good place for your first foray into this fun workout. At the end of the 50-minute fundamentals class, Undercard, you would have mastered the six basic boxing moves, defence techniques and footwork. There are also bodyweight exercises like jumping jacks and burpees to get your heart rate up.

    Once you’re ready to take things to the next level, put your strength and stamina to the test with an Overthrow class. Expect 12 rounds of shadowboxing, rapid knockout combinations on boxing bags and total body endurance-strength exercises during the 50-minute burnout session.

    For those interested in personal training sessions, you’ll get to use the beautiful vintage-looking boxing ring next to their retail section, which is stocked with a selection of threads by local activewear brand Kydra.

    Price: From $40 for a single class

    (Also read: Video: The 8-Minute HIIT Workout That Will Boost Your Metabolism Like Crazy)

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