Battle against the current
If you think cycling on the road is hard, try it underwater. According to Aquaspin (from $16/45 minutes), Singapore’s first underwater biking class, water offers 42 times more resistance than air. The result? You’ll burn three times more calories than training on land. Aqua spinning is a high-intensity, low-impact workout that’s tough on fat and easy on the joints – even pregnant ladies can get in on it. Choose from three classes: Signature, which has short sprints with active recovery for maximum calorie burn; Endure, which has long endurance intervals for those training for marathons and treks; and Power, which adds resistance bands and other water-compatible equipment for strength training.
Rebounding is no child’s play, as regular members of Bbounce ($35/50min) will tell you. This workout uses small trampolines called Rebounders and will have you bouncing hard, fast and high along to heart-thumping music throughout the session. You’re guaranteed to leave the studio sweaty, achy and with an endorphin rush similar to what you’ll experience with conventional cardiovascular exercises like running and skipping – minus the impact on your joints. You’ll need to be at least 16 years old and less than 110kg to hit Bbounce’s Rebounders.
Up, up and away
Take your fitness journey up a notch with this studio’s Aerial Arts course, where you’ll be eased into the swing of things. The eight-week beginner course ($300) takes budding aerialists through a systematic series of exercises that increases body coordination, aerial awareness and confidence – so you can comfortably lift off the ground, take flight and perform tricks such as a back split on aerial silk, a lyra hoop or static trapeze. Those with prior aerial arts knowledge can drop in to one of Aerial Fitness’ open classes ($48).
Strike while it’s hot
The Force is strong with this one: Saberfit’s signature class ($15/60 minutes) requires only a glowing combat sabre – don’t worry, it’s provided – to sweat it out. Follow the instructor through a series of sabre striking techniques combined with cardio and plyometric movements (read: jumps and lunges) in time to adrenaline-pumping music. Saberfit takes place every fourth Thursday of the month at 7pm, and there are corporate sessions on offer, too. Needless to say, Star Wars fans will be powerless against this full-body toning exercise.
Surf on land
You can, quite literally, shake up your gym routine by stepping on one of Surfset’s surfboards and powering through a series of bodyweight movements – sans sand and water. This surf-inspired workout ($35/45 minutes), which incorporates yoga poses, Pilates and HIIT (high-intensity interval training) exercises, is offered in three classes of varying intensity: Balance, Core and Sweat, with an additional circuit-type class in the works. It promises to work your whole body, improve stability and body control, burn fat and build lean muscles – all without having to take a trip to Bali to catch some waves.
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