5 unusual fitness activities to try in Singapore

Add some zing to your exercise routines with these soon-to-be-very-popular workouts.

Archery tag
Archery tag
25 Nov 2015

Archery tag

Photo: Archery 360

If you never saw any purpose of shooting an arrow at an immobile target, you might feel more incentivised to pick up Archery Tag. During this exhilarating activity that is similar to paint ball, you and your buddies will be able to channel the Game of Thrones characters on the “battle field”. The main aim is to shoot down the most targets on the enemy’s board. With foam-tipped arrows, you can be rest assured that this activity is safe. You might even want to shoot a friend or two… in good fun, of course.

Try it at Tag Team.

Aqua Spin
Aqua Spin
25 Nov 2015

Aqua Spin

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If you’re looking for a similar or higher caloric burn to stationary cycling (without the stress on your knees), check out Aqua spinning. The fitness routine works the same way as any indoor cycling workout — only you’re doing so on a partially submerged stationary bike in a swimming pool. By spinning in a pool, you’re leveraging on the qualities of water such as buoyancy and resistance to get a more intensive workout that is less taxing on one’s body. For a 78kg individual, an hour-long spinning session is said to be able to burn up to 520 calories.

Try it at Aquaspin.
 

Electro muscular stimulation (EMS)
Electro muscular stimulation (EMS)
25 Nov 2015

Electro muscular stimulation (EMS)

Photo: BodyTec

Thinking about building some serious muscle yet dreading the amount of time you’ll have to spend in the gym? With EMS, you now have an effective training option that can be completed in just 20 minutes.

First, wear a vest over a given set of compression sportswear. The vest is connected to the Miha Bodytec EMS device. Straps are then attached to the body (one each for the bum, arms and legs). Movements are performed in four-second intervals, simulating basic gym exercises such as squats and curls. 90% of your muscles are activated with each contraction, and it gets stronger and more intense compared to voluntary exertion. Despite the “workout” lasting just 20 minutes, you’ll feel the burn right after and the ache the next day.

Try it at BodyTec Studio.
 

ZEN.GA
ZEN.GA
25 Nov 2015

ZEN.GA

Photo: Breathe

ZEN.GA workout combines the best elements of yoga, tai chi and Pilates. And while it features the cherished aspects of each sport, it also encompasses the more challenging features of the various exercises. For the length of the class, countless poses are performed on a reformer machine, a device most Pilates junkies would know of. From strength-building stances to stretching movements, you’ll get a rigorous yet calming workout that will leave you wanting more.

Try it at Breathe.
 

Bubble Soccer
Bubble Soccer
25 Nov 2015

Bubble Soccer

Photo: Bubble Soccer Singapore

If you thought running around a court was challenging enough, it gets 10 times harder with Bubble Soccer, where players put on an air-inflated bubble suit to kick a ball.

While the extra weight of the “bubble” gives you a much harder workout, it also provides you with lots of entertainment, as you witness your friends tumble like Humpty Dumpty. You’re guaranteed to fall over during the course of the game, but, hey, at least you won’t be taking a ball to the face or *ahem.

Try it at Bubble Soccer Singapore.
 

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