Having a consistent workout schedule is something that requires a lot of discipline and self-control, I mean waking up 2 hours earlier just to squeeze in that morning run is not just something people do for fun (okay, maybe for some people, yes). And even if you do maintain a steady workout routine, sometimes repeating the same motions over and over again just makes you reach this plateaux where you’re just going through the motions, and not reaping maximum reward for your time at the gym. So why not update your workout routine this new year with some new and alternative workouts, and reignite your passion for working up a sweat!
With Xtend Barre classes, your childhood dream of becoming a ballerina can now become a reality (well, sort of)! Combining elements of dance and pilates, this is a full body work out that will tone and sculpt your body in no time. Don’t be fooled, this workout is no walk in the park, and is specially designed to activate hard to reach muscles that will give you the lean look of a ballerina. Xtend Barre is available at Upside Motion, with studios in Orchard and City Hall.
AcroYoga is is a combination of yoga, acrobatics, and Thai massage, and includes pair work, where each position involves both people working together. AcroYoga not only enables you to to attain the usual benefits of yoga, but the partner-work component builds trust and confidence in your relationship with your partner. A fun upgrade to your regular yoga session, AcroYoga is an awesome alternative to not only reap physical rewards, but also to strengthen relationships. AcroYoga is available at One Wellness Fitness Club, at their Bugis outlet.
Pole dancing, aerial lyra, and aerial silk are types of aerial dance that emphasise flexibility, and strength. These type of dances should not be thought of as some sort of R-rated form of entertainment, but instead of a legitimate workout that has full body benefits. These workouts not only pack a punch, but also encourage body confidence, creativity and self-love. Be comfortable with your own sexuality, and try one of these classes out! Aerial and pole dancing classes are available at Acro Polates conveniently located at Waterloo Street.
When someone asks you “do you even lift?”, you can most definitely answer with a resounding “yes” if you go for Kettlebell classes. Designed to provide both cardio and strength training, as well as short but intense durations, Kettlebell workouts are perfect for people on the go. In addition to that, the non-impact nature of Kettlebell training makes it easy on the joints, and it can even strengthen your joints too! Kettlebell is a functional workout in the sense that the movements done during the workout mirror those in real life and work the same muscles, hence aiding you in performing day-to-day activities. Kettlebell training is provided in AlphaFit Singapore!
Aquatic cycling was originally intended to be a rehabilitation technique for athletes with knee injuries to stay strong without putting any more pressure on their joints, but this form of working out is now huge whether or not you have leg injuries or not. With the natural resistance provided by the water, aquatic cycling is a full body work out that burns calories like nothing else, and the friction from the water also gently stimulates and drains the lymphatic system, which helps eliminate cellulite (an awesome perk in my books)! Aquatic cycling classes are provided by Aqua Spin, at YWCA Fort Canning Lodge.
Hopefully this list helped you get inspired to get out of any fitness ruts you may have fallen into, and rejuvenate your workout routines! Do you have any unconventional gym recommendations? If you do then please leave them in the comments box below!
Chen Wei is an undergrad majoring in Psychology. She's currently spending a year in New York City, where she's interning at a startup. When she's not at work, you can find her practising yoga, or exploring the Big Apple with her camera in hand.