Wield a glowing sabre, drum the rhythm of upbeat pop songs or lift twice your body weight—these fitness regimes are quite beyond your typical yoga class. Beyond toning muscle and burning fat, these unusual workouts are centred around engagement and fun. Requiring just covered shoes and an hour of your time, these studios accept one-time signups and will have you coming back more often than you expect.
If you only associate trampolines with children’s birthday parties, BBOUNCE will convince you otherwise. The trampoline park conducts fitness classes that—surprise, surprise—will have you springing through the air. Try Rebounding (S$35/50 minutes), a new form of exercise gaining popularity around the world, where participants are free to bounce as hard, fast and high as they want. Led by qualified instructors, this hearty workout uses small trampolines called Rebounders.
The minimum age to hit BBOUNCE’s Rebounders is 16, and the maximum weight a participant can be is 110 kilograms. A low-impact alternative to conventional cardiovascular exercises like running and skipping, Rebounding is nonetheless challenging and can get intense enough to yield visible results within a few sessions.
The Centrepoint. 176 Orchard Road #06-09, Singapore 238843. +65 6262 2272.
Mon-Tue & Thu-Fri 10am-10pm; Wed noon-10pm; Sat 10am-4pm; Sun 10am-3pm.
POUND at Rhythm In Me
You won’t be shushed when you make lots of noise at a POUND class (S$20/45 minutes) at Rhythm In Me—in fact, you’re encouraged to raise your voice to match the volume of the percussions during this drumming workout. Cling on tight to your pair of bright green and lightly weighted exercise drumsticks, called Ripstix, as your instructor guides you through the vigorous drumming and dancing motions of this vivacious class. Be prepared to perform lots of jumps, lunges and squats to the beat of radio-friendly hits. Between the high-octane buzz and constant drumming, you’ll barely realise that you’ve been working all your often neglected small muscle groups—until the next day at least.
Depot Heights Shopping Centre. 108 Depot Road #02-01, Singapore 100108. +65 9325 6653.
By appointment only.
If the mention of lightsabres excites the Star Wars fan in you, you’re in for a treat at Saberfit’s signature class (S$15/60 minutes). You’ll be handed your very own glowing combat sabre—the only equipment you need at Saberfit to sweat it out—and be taught how to execute sabre striking techniques. Power through cardio and plyometric exercises, in time to adrenaline-pumping tunes—you will not be able to resist this full-body toning exercise.
Paya Lebar Square. 60 Paya Lebar Road, Singapore 409051. +65 6515 4146.
Every fourth Thursday of the month, 7pm.
If you miss riding waves on an actual surfboard, head to SURFSET Singapore for a surf-inspired fitness programme (S$35/45 minutes). Here, participants can power through a series of bodyweight movements in one of three classes with varying intensity: Balance, Core and Sweat. These exercises are done entirely on a surfboard, which shakes things up—quite literally—and consequently zones in on your core and stabiliser muscles, as if you were actually out surfing.
SURFSET Singapore. 454B Joo Chiat Road Level 3, Singapore 427667. +65 9751 0793.
By appointment only.
Kararobics at MADD Space
Sing to your heart’s content while busting out your signature moves at Kararobics—a combination of ‘karaoke’ and ‘aerobics’—at MADD Space (S$15/60 minutes). You don’t have to be the best singer or the most proficient dancer to join a class. Just follow the instructor’s dance moves, and you’ll soon master those twists and body waves.
For some people-watching, head to *SCAPE Skate Park where skaters, both young and old, go to hone their skills on quarter pipes and ramps. This 3,000-square-metre concrete playground also has a graffiti wall that makes for great photos.
*SCAPE. 2 Orchard Link #05-01, Singapore 237978. +65 9380 1000.
Aerial at Upside Motion
Channel your inner acrobat as you twirl in the air with only a silk hammock wrapped around your body, in the Aerial class (S$40/60 minutes) at Upside Motion. Using a combination of yoga, dance and aerial acrobatics techniques, this low-impact total body workout is gentle on the spine and joints, while engaging all major muscle groups. Upside Motion’s classes are ideal for stretching, strengthening and building lean muscles. For those completely new to aerial yoga or afraid to take flight, there are introductory classes to ease you into the swing of things.
Upside Motion. 36 Armenian Street #02-03, Singapore 179934. +65 6636 6859.
Mon-Fri 9am-9pm; Sat 9am-3pm.
Orchard Shopping Centre. 321 Orchard Road #04-05, Singapore 238866. +65 6737 2979.
Mon-Fri 8am-9.30pm; Sat & Sun 8am-5.30pm.
If the clanging and banging of weights is music to your ears, then you’ll certainly take an interest in CrossFit Mobilus. This CrossFit gym boasts a wide variety of equipment, which has garnered the praises of many experienced crossfitters. Try your hand at CrossFit Mobilus’s Workout of the Day or one of the strength and conditioning classes (S$35/60 minutes). If you are new to CrossFit, you’ll be required to sign up for an introduction class (S$30/60 minutes) to get familiar with safety and basics before joining the pack.
The Riverwalk. 20 Upper Circular Road #B1-10/16, Singapore 058416. +65 9171 3792.
Mon-Fri 6.30am-10pm; Sat 8.30am-1pm; Sun 9.30am-1pm.