We don’t know about you ladies, but here at Sassy, we seem to be on a perpetual mission to lose a couple of pounds. Of course, our plight is not helped by two facts: one – we simply love food, and two – we seem to have a frustratingly low boredom threshold when it comes to exercise. We’ve lost count of how many pilates, yoga and gym packages we still got to finish, not to mention the remnants of fads started and failed cluttering up our houses.
So, with summer holidays looming ever nearer, there’s no better time than now to get going on the “get fit” trail! And because our egos and bank balances can’t face another failed exercise fad we’re on the hunt for the most unique and creative ways to get fit or die trying!
Although it sounds like some sort of army order, Met Con actually means metabolic conditioning, or in plain lingo – an exercise method designed to do as much work as possible in the shortest time. Not just a simple quick fix, Met Con is designed to burn more calories, increase the calories you burn after your workout due to what is dubbed the ‘afterburn’ and of course, build strength, endurance and fitness for almost any chosen activity. A predominantly bodyweight training class, The Pit Singapore, offers an interesting spin by using tools including suspension trainers, kettlebells, dumbbells and clubbells. Warning – this is not one for the faint hearted!
The Pit, 50 Tras Street, Singapore 078989
MTV Dance Class
We don’t know about you, but once we’ve had a few glasses of wine we think our moves could rival Beyoncé. Of course, in daylight this really isn’t the case but what if there was a class that could not only teach you to shake your hips like Shakira but get you fit at the same time? Enter MTV Dance, a class made up of moves from street jazz to hip hop designed to increase fitness and ace it on the dance floor. Classes range from basic to advanced with moves and routines taken straight from the biggest and best music videos around. Sign us up!
Amore Fitness, at various locations across Singapore
Check out www.amorefitness.com for more information
Recently the same name keeps coming up in conversation: X-Tend Barre. While normally we would baulk at hearing about exercise endlessly, this one we want to pay attention to, mainly because those talking about it are the ones with the cracking bods. A cross between dance, yoga and pilates, this fast-paced workout uses a combination of energetic cardio routines, light weight training and dance techniques to sculpt your abs, thighs and glutes. And hopefully in some of our cases, teach us to be a little more graceful in the process.
Xtend Barre at Upside Motion, 36 Armenian Street, Singapore 179934
Ah surfers…those bodies, that chilled state of mind, those tans – ok we’ve said that before but it’s a fact that surfers have some of the best bodies we have ever seen. Well now, luckily for those of us who don’t live near surf central (or quite frankly are not coordinated enough to even try our hands at surfing) Surfset Singapore have designed the perfect thing. Taking place on a re-created surfboard, Surfset is about as far away from a boring gym workout as you can get. With every exercise on the board designed to engage your core, (read, flabby tummy) the surfing based exercises each work on strengthening and toning various parts of your body. While paddling strengthens lower back muscles, duck-diving builds arm strength while the actual riding of the wave increases leg strength and flexibility. Surfset are so committed overcoming exercise slumps that classes are specially designed to continually challenge and push through plateaus. They even promise you’ll see an improvement by the end of your first session!
Surfset, 454B Joo Chiat Road, 3rd Storey, Singapore 427667
For those of you not so keen on sweating it out in the gym, meet Bodytec. Bodytec works by using Electro Muscular Stimulation (EMS) to deliver electrical impulse currents to train your muscle groups. Or in plain english, it is a short electrical current that mimics the action of lifting a weight but thanks to the technology, deeper muscle groups are activated than through conventional methods. We know it sounds like something out of Rocky, but really it isn’t. Taking just 20 minutes a week, each session is conducted with a Bodytec instructor who will help manage the intensity of each class. What’s more, thanks to the fact that it’s technology doing the bulk of the work, not you, there’s no need to worry about showering afterwards. Promising to help stubborn cellulite, tone your complete body as well as lose weight, all without slugging it out in a gym, this might just be the perfect last-minute workout.
Bodytec, 6 Stanley Street, Singapore 068725