ith all the wining and dining we do, exercise is pretty high on our list of priorities. But sometimes just the thought of trudging away on a treadmill at the gym is the last thing we want to do, especially after a long day at the office. That’s why we’re always on the lookout for new ways to get fit, and recently we’ve come across some utterly unique workouts that are about as far removed from the boring old gym as you can get. Trust us, you’ll have so much fun at these fitness sessions that you’ll forget you’re actually burning tons of calories and toning up that bod.
Want to get fit and feel like a kid again? Head to Bounce Singapore for supercharged fitness sessions on trampolines. The Bounce Fit programme includes three types of classes, each with a different intensity and focus. The Basic class covers cardio, toning, and core for a full body experience. The ABT class is all about body shaping with a focus on abs, butt, and thighs, and the Combat class involves MMA style punches and kicks. Even better, each class allows you to bounce to your heart’s content on high-grade trampolines.
Bounce Singapore, Cathay Cineleisure, #09-01, 8 Grange Road, Singapore 239695. p. +65 6816 2879. Open Mon – Thurs 10am – 10pm, Fri 10am – 11pm, Sat 9am – 11pm. Sun 9am – 10pm
What better way to start the day than with an invigorating yoga session in a gorgeous setting? Join Sunup Yoga founder Elaine Vajira in the Botanic Gardens every Tuesday and Sunday morning from 8:30am to 9:45am for her inspiring yoga sessions that allow you to breathe deeply, move your body, and release stress and tension. Elaine keeps the class sizes small at just 12 people so she can personally attend to every practitioner, and she welcomes people of all levels from absolute beginners to experienced yogis and yoginis.
Sunup Yoga, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Pavilion 4, 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569. p. +65 9387 9606. Sun & Tues 8:30am – 9:45am
FloatFit is the newest trend making a splash on the Singapore fitness scene with fun water-based sessions on the world’s first floating exercise mats. At Skyline Aqua you can opt for the high-energy 30-minute FloatFit HIIT session that includes burpees, lunges, squats, and more or the slightly less intense FloatFit Yoga sessions where you can test your balance with Vinyasa asanas on the water. Both sessions burn mad calories and help to improve strength, flexibility, and posture.
Skyline Aqua, 4/F Parkroyal on Beach Road, 7500 Beach Road, Singapore 199591.
Aquaspin (pictured above)
What do you get when you combine swimming and cycling? Aquaspin—a unique workout where you build muscle strength and cardiovascular endurance by cycling away against the resistance of water on fixed bikes in a swimming pool. Each session is tailored for a full-body experience and features uplifting beats for the ultimate motivation. There are four different locations in Singapore to choose from, which makes it easy to splash your way to a better bod no matter what hood you’re coming from.
Aquaspin,6 Fort Canning Road, Singapore 179494 and various locations. p. +65 9698 9202.
Stand Up Paddling School
SUP is all the rage these days, and here in Singapore the Stand Up Paddling School is the leading expert in this popular sport. We suggest starting with a beginner lesson to learn the basics, because even though it looks relatively easy, there are some tips and tricks that will help you glide across the waves like a pro. The SUP School also offers advanced classes and special fitness sessions that feature yoga, pilates, and core work on the water with experienced trainers.
Stand Up Paddling School, Tanjong Beach, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098942. p. +65 9638 5565. Open 7 days a week
Milan Pole Dance Studio
No longer just a mainstay of seedy clubs, pole dancing is a great way to get exercise, express yourself, and build strength, flexibility, and confidence. Milan Pole Dance Studio has two locations in Bukit Pasoh and Keong Saik where you can join fun 60-minute classes that will teach you turns, lifts, and aerial tricks on the pole. They also offer aerial classes with silks, hoops, and hammocks. If you’ve never taken a class before, try the Pole Gym Intro class to learn basic moves and build your foundation.
Milan Pole Dance Studio, 11A Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089825 & 18 Teck Lim Road #03-01, Singapore 088390. p. +65 6222 9086. Open 11am – 10:30pm
This unique boutique fitness studio offers a variety of classes that go above and beyond your typical aerobics classes. Our favourite is the Aerial class that combines traditional yoga, dance, and acrobatics techniques using silk hammocks. There’s something so liberating about stretching out those muscles and joints while levitating above the ground. They also offer cardio classes that include ballet barre exercises and mat pilates sessions.
Upside Motion, 36 Armenian Street #02-03, Singapore 179934 & various locations. p. +65 6636 6859