With iPad stations located all over, VisionGym doesn’t look like your run-of-the-mill gym. But then again, it isn’t. It's the first fitness studio in Singapore to specialise in Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS) training, where electrical impulse currents are used to stimulate your muscles. It’s not as painful as it sounds – the current is adjusted according to each individual, and ours only mildly tingles.
The contractions stimulated by EMS reach deep muscle tissues and are said to be 18 times more effective than conventional weight training. A typical workout involves wearing a special PowerSuit while executing basic bodyweight exercises. The PowerSuit connects wirelessly to an app (that’s what the iPad stations are for), controlled by the trainer. The programme is simple: for the whole 20 minutes, you do an exercise (say, a plank or lunges) while the current is turned on. And when it’s off, you take a breather.
Towels and toiletries are provided and shoes are not needed for floor workouts unless you’re looking to do some cardio on the treadmill or bike (with the PowerSuit on, of course).