8 indoor workouts to beat the haze

It may still look like Genting outdoors, but you don’t have to halt your fitness regime. Take your workout indoors and beat the haze with these activities.

Spinning
Spinning
13 Oct 2015

Spinning

Photo: CruCycle

Don’t underestimate indoor cycling. Just an hour of spinning will leave you drenched. Taking stationary cycling to a new level, spinning is a 60-minute butt-burning cardio workout led by a certified instructor and choreographed to popular music hits.

Varying in intensity and resistance, some instructors mix things up by adding dumbbells and bodyweight exercises like push-ups and sit-ups to the routine.

There are dedicated spinning studios in Singapore like 7Cycle and CruCycle, but globo gyms like Virgin Active have spinning rooms, too.

CrossFit
CrossFit
13 Oct 2015

CrossFit

Photo: CrossFit Statera

If you enjoy lifting weights but still want a heart-racing exercise, consider CrossFit — a strength and conditioning programme that consists of Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics and metabolic conditioning at high intensity, with constantly varied movements. It is can also be customised according to a person’s fitness level, so anyone can do it. CrossFit is only offered at affiliated boxes such as CrossFit Statera or CrossFit Bukit Timah.

Yoga
Yoga
13 Oct 2015

Yoga

Photo: Cheryl Tay

Find your inner Zen — there are several disciplines of yoga from hatha to vinyasa to bikram, so you can take your time to explore and find what suits you best. Try yoga at a dedicated studio like Yoga Movement, or go for classes at a globo gym such as True Yoga, Pure Yoga or Virgin Active.

Pilates
Pilates
13 Oct 2015

Pilates

Photo: The Moving Body

Similar to yoga, Pilates is done on the mat, but also uses a variety of equipment such as the reformer. There is a lot of emphasis on the body’s core — abdomen, obliques, lower back, quads, butt – and it helps you to relax, too.

Try Pilates at chains like The Moving Body or Upside Motion.

HIIT
HIIT
13 Oct 2015

HIIT

Photo: Cheryl Tay

High intensity interval training (HIIT) is the perfect workout for people with busy schedules. HIIT is considered more effective than steady state cardio because of the higher intensity, and you can increase both aerobic and anaerobic endurance while burning more fat. Best: You only need 20 to 30 minutes a day.

Many places offer HIIT, including VivaFit, R-evolution, or dedicated HIIT gym, Ritual.

Pole Dancing
Pole Dancing
13 Oct 2015

Pole Dancing

Photo: Pole Lab

Pole dancing requires more strength and core than you think. Gradually stripping itself of its association with nightclubs and strip clubs, pole dancing combines dance and acrobatics on a vertical pole. Pole dancing involves athletic moves such as climbs, spins and body inversions, which require upper body and core strength. It’s suitable for both men and women. The sport has gained popularity over the last few years, with studios popping up all over the island.

Try it at places like Acro Polates, PoleLab or Ecole de Pole.

Dance Fitness
Dance Fitness
13 Oct 2015

Dance Fitness

Photo: Cheryl Tay

Most people associate dance with hip-hop, ballet, ballroom, tango or breakdancing, but there are actually other types of dance fitness classes you can go for, such as zumba, sh’bam, KpopX and even MTV dance. Zumba and KpopX are increasingly popular, offered at community centres and even conducted at shopping malls.

Martial Arts
Martial Arts
13 Oct 2015

Martial Arts

Photo: Evolve MMA

Muay thai, boxing, mixed martial arts, Brazilian jujitsu, krav maga, and taekwondo are just some martial arts you can try. Besides building self-defence, it also makes for a good cardio workout.

There are schools dedicated to a particular type of martial arts, like JH Kim for taekwondo. Alternatively, go to centres such as Evolve MMA that offers a variety of martial arts.

Related:
10 local celeb Instagrams that will motivate you to work out
4 common gym mistakes everyone makes
4 simple ways to injury-proof your body
Fun fitness alternatives for the new year

Report a problem