Want to try something different to get your heart revving? Here are five workouts so fun you’ll be smiling while you sweat.
1) Overcoming obstacles
Developed in France, Parkour, which uses movements from military obstacle course training, is a relatively new type of workout that’s gaining popularity.
The whole idea is to navigate from one point to another without using any assistive equipment – just the body – and in the fastest and most efficient way possible. It involves running, crawling, balancing, climbing, vaulting, swinging, jumping, rolling and other calorie-busting movements. GymKraft in Geylang offers a weekly “AdultPark” class, and A2 Parkour offers kids’ and adult classes (including ladies’ only sessions) in Kallang, plus once-weekly sessions at Raffles Place and Scape.
2) For kicks
Originally invented by the Korean army to develop strength, speed and survival skills through unarmed combat, taekwondo isn’t just a useful self-defence tactic, but amajor calorie-buster as well. A full-body workout with kicks, punches, hand and foot blocks, sweeps, joint locks, grappling and throws, this type of training builds strong hip and core muscles, and promotes flexibility, strength, cardio and balance.
Offering over 200 classes per week at its MilleniaWalk, Katong and Siglap branches, JH Kim Taekwondo has beginner, intermediate and advanced level classes for kids, teens and adults looking to practise the art in both group and private, one-on-one settings. jhkim-singapore.com
3) At the barre
Bringing together ballet techniques, yoga, Pilates and strength training, a workout at WeBarre is designed to transform the entire body by strengthening the core, sculpting and toning muscles and improving posture.
The studio offers private and group classes, including the signature multi-level barre class, a pre-natal version and a post-natal Mums and Bubs class (mamas can work out with their infants in carriers!). There’s also a HIIT (high intensity interval training) class, which uses props and participants’ own bodyweight, in addition to the barre. 86B Tanjong Pagar Road, Level 3. webarre.com
4) What’s SUP?
If you enjoy stand-up paddle boarding and yoga, this one’s for you. Incorporating yoga with the movement of the ocean, SUP Yoga (stand-up paddle yoga) is both a challenging and relaxing workout, as you’ll get to zen out but also enjoy some major cardio (you’ll have to paddle out about 25 metres) and core engagement (balancing is harder than you’d think!).
Two- to four-person classes range from $55 to $65 per person. Ohana Beach House, 131 Pasir Ris Beach Park. supyogasingapore.com
5) Ice, ice baby
Whether you’re a newbie or an old pro, there’s lots of fun to be had – and calories to be burned – on the ice. The Rink offers group and individual lessons for both kids and adults, including a Core Blades class for beginners, figure- and speed-skating, and ice hockey, or you can opt for some freestyle skating during public skating hours.
Level 3, JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1. For schedules or to book a class, visit therink.sg.
This article first appeared in the September 2016 edition of Expat Living. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue!