The folks at Kilter Avenue know that weekends are for sleeping in, so they hold their classes no earlier than 10am! However, that is where their mercy ends. The classes take place every Saturday and are ideal for people of all fitness levels. The trainers at Kilter will push you to your limits through sets of bodyweight drills and dynamic exercises that incorp rate functional strength and cardio movements. Currently, their most regular class, aptly titled Stairway to Heaven, is a gruelling but satisfying HIIT session (high intensity interval training) at the base of Fort Canning’s notoriously steep stairway (Hill Street), entailing variations of push ups, sit ups and mountain climbs. They also host special guest trainers that focus on a particular craft or fitness discipline, like capoeira and zumba, to put your moves to very good use! Perhaps our favourite part of all is Kilter Avenue’s positive approach to fitness, and their belief that everything is about balance. You won’t find anyone promoting juice cleanses or diet fads here; instead the dedicated team teach the philosophy that you simply need to treat your body with the care it deserves. Their self-empowering attitude definitely makes the “boot” in “boot camp” feel a lot less like a kick to the backside and it is always a pleasure to know that it is perfectly acceptable to occasionally have your cake and eat it too!
For more information, visit kilteravenue.com
The award for the most diverse offerings has to go to UFIT, who host not one but nine different boot camp classes based on guests’ preferred forms of exercise. For the everyday workout warrior, the UFIT class caters to all levels and covers all basic fitness modes like flexibility, core work, power and speed, with plenty of strength work thrown in for good measure. If you can’t deny yourself the rush of a good old fashion HIIT session, the OZFIT class is sure to get those muscles fired up. More challenging still is HITFIT, combining the best of both UFIT and OZFIT classes to rev up your metabolism through dynamic circuits using kettle bells, medicine balls, TRX bands and more! (Be advised – this class is not for the faint at heart and is best suited for more experienced ‘campers’). Running away from your usual routine? Pick up the pace with RUNFIT – a cardio-focused class that will you get you from the couch to the trail in no time. Though this is no stroll in the park – the coaches will have you and your newfound running crew sprinting, tackling hills and climbing stairs against the clock! Those short on time will love QuickFit, compacting the hour-long workout into an intense 45 minutes. UFIT also hosts SHEFIT (women only), BOXFIT (boxing drills, cardio and strength circuits), YOGAFIT (combining Vinyasa yoga with HIIT cardio) and finally, Tanjong Beach Boot Camp, perfect for a change of scene. In fact, all their classes are hosted at various meeting points on the island (ranging from East Coast Park to Fort Canning and even MacRitchie Reservoir), so you can get plenty of fresh air during your workout.
For more information, visit ufit.com.sg
Though technically a personal training gym, Level, on Telok Ayer, also hosts Midday Madness – an intense half-hour boot camp guaranteed to make you feel the burn during your lunch hour, with plenty of time to spare. Every power-packed class will have you thrusting kettle bells, pumping dumbbells and performing functional bodyweight movements against the clock, to torch calories in minimal time. Before you know it, you’ll be back at your work desk to see the rest of the day through with (strangely) plenty more energy to get you over that 3pm slump. And don’t be surprised if you start to find the intense rush of adrenalin highly addictive.
If you are keen on learning more about strength and conditioning, you can also sign up to Under the Bar – an hour-long class on Monday and Friday evenings that will get you up close and personal with a barbell to teach you the mechanics of traditional moves like squats, deadlifts and bench presses. Otherwise, Level also hosts a Weekend Warrior boot camp, where similar exercises are stretched over an hour, complete with a warm-up and cool down session. Make no mistake… none of these classes are easy, but they are open to people of all levels. Nervous about your first class? Take beginner’s intimidation out of the equation and grab a workout buddy to come along with you.
For more information, visit level.com.sg
Stripping away any excuse of simply ‘not having enough time’ in our day to workout, Ritual is a studio that specialises in highly efficient 20-minute boot camps that are guaranteed to get you in and out of the door in 30 minutes flat. Better yet – they hold 10 sessions a day, so you can pick a time that suits your schedule on any given week. Ritual even provides active wear and shower facilities so you won’t have to lug around a duffel bag containing the undoubtedly sweaty aftermath. Simply put, none of our clichéd excuses will ever work here, so we may as well buckle down and get involved.
Practicing the motto of training the body “as the machine, not with machines,” every session at Ritual involves a dynamic set of bodyweight and strength exercises designed to build strength, function, mobility and cardiovascular health without the need for any fancy equipment or treadmills. Despite its name, the workouts at Ritual are far from being repetitive. The workouts change daily (and can be found scrawled on a board in the gym), keeping you on your toes and preventing you from hitting a fitness plateau. Before you leave, make a pit stop at the Fuel Bar, where you can pick up a nutritious meal replacement shake to keep your hunger pangs at bay before getting on with the rest of your day.
For more information, visit ritualgym.com
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