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When it comes to exercise, same old is never a good thing. Over time, your body gets more efficient at doing the moves, resulting in fewer calories burned, and less muscle toning. (Time for a change!)
You’ll also stop experiencing the post-workout high, which usually comes from accomplishing a challenging task. That’s important because endorphins – responsible for that rush of positive emotions – is a big contributor to exercise motivation. Lose the fun factor, and you may just lose your drive to work out.
Check out these cool new fitness classes; they will make you fall in love with exercising all over again.
1. Pulse, Virgin Active (#06-00 Tower 2, 1 Raffles Place)
If you’ve ever wondered if clubbing counts as a workout, you are on to something. Building upon the appeal of dancing in the dark, dance fitness company Clubbercise has come up with a dance routine called Pulse. Done with lights out and booming club music, you’ll hold a glow stick in each hand as you dance to chart-topping songs for 45 minutes. Total bliss. An instructor will guide the dance moves, but feel free to improvise if you’re feeling extra groovy. The best part about dancing in the dark: No one can tell if you’re a noob! The next day, get ready for achy arms from all that pulsing.
2. Kickblitz, Amore Fitness (various locations islandwide)
You won’t have time to yawn during this action-packed workout, the latest fitness class choreographed by Amore Fitness instructors. It’s targeted at adrenalin junkies and all those who are looking for a high-intensity element in their exercise routine. In this one-hour class, expect a fusion of kickboxing, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and body weight training exercises. In between jabs, kicks and punches, do burpees and high knees, then squats and planks. Be prepared to sweat buckets.
3. WeBarre Signature Multi-Level, WeBarre (86B Tanjong Pagar Road)
Combining the best of ballet, yoga, pilates and strength training, barre workouts give you serious sculpting in the areas you want the most: abs, butt and thighs. Not to mention, a major confidence boost (you can’t get that from lifting weights in the gym) as you do plies, passes and tendus like a legit ballerina. Get a taste of barre at Singapore’s first dedicated studio WeBarre. The barre classes are done to crowd-pleasing pop songs that are guaranteed to spur you on. We like the WeBarre Signature Multi-Level class as it offers a good mix of isometric exercises and dynamic movements, a great way to develop strength and grace.
4. Kung Fu Yoga, True Yoga (Level 4, Pacific Plaza)
Some yoga sessions will put you in zen mode, but not this. Kung Fu Yoga, the latest yoga style offered at True Yoga, is a dynamic practice that incorporates various forms of martial arts. You’ll enjoy better balance, hand-foot coordination, plus quicker reflexes afterwards. This 90-minute class is suitable for all except for those post-surgery or with heart conditions and joint inflammations.
5. U-Bound, True Fitness (various locations islandwide)
Trampoline workouts are all the rage these days, simply because they have little or no impact on the joints, and promise lots of fun. Who doesn’t love the carefree feeling of bouncing up and down? In U-Bound, you’ll learn various ways to jump on a small trampoline while being guided by an instructor. The workout promises to blast up to 900 calories in 60 minutes, depending on your intensity.
6. Boogie Bounce Xtreme, ActiveSG (selected ActiveSG sports centres and clubs)
Bouncing on a mini trampoline is not as easy as it looks. In Boogie Bounce Xtreme, your balance and core strength will be tested as you perform a variety of exercises on a small trampoline, such as on-the-spot running and jumping jacks. Done to energetic music, the 50-minute class consists of 30 minutes of high-intensity exercises, followed by 20 minutes of ab- and arm-sculpting moves – on the trampoline of course. It’s thrilling, so don’t be surprised if you exit the studio with trembling legs.
7. Rip Circuit, Pure Fitness (Level 6 Tower 1, Asia Square)
Amp up your fitness routine by joining this challenging circuit training session. Designed for hardcore exercisers, this class will teach you to do resistance training with the Rip Trainer to improve mobility and stability, as well as various weight training exercises to build strength, power and endurance. Burn, core muscles, burn.
This article was originally published in SHAPE Singapore.