10 “unusual” but fun fitness classes to challenge yourself to this new year

The new year has started, and even though it may be a little difficult, all of us would probably want to achieve a good work-life balance and focus more on ourselves in the new year. If your new year’s resolution is related to becoming more active and taking part in more sports so that you can stay healthy, this round-up is the perfect one for you.

Instead of working out at home or going to the gym for some casual workouts, why not try these unusual but fun fitness classes? You’re guaranteed to have a great session with lots of fun and lots of calories burned!

1. Aquaspin

It’s been a while since spin classes became a trend. For the uninitiated, spin classes usually involve cycling on a stationary exercise bicycle with a weighted flywheel and doing a few exercises along to the rhythm of loud music.

Instead of going for the usual spin classes, opt to go for an aqua spin class at Aquaspin instead. As the name suggests, you will be doing stationary cycling, but in water!

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These exercises are low-impact and perfect if you’re experiencing any joint pains, recovering from an injury, or going through your pre- or post-natal journey. Each workout is 45 minutes long and ranges from HIIT, Endurance, Circuit Training, to Yoga and Meditation.

Don’t worry if you’re just a beginner at sports, because the sessions offered by Aquaspin is suitable for all fitness levels.

If you’re a first timer at Aquaspin, you can enjoy three classes for just S$60 instead of S$150. Subsequently, you can either purchase packages or sign up for a membership so that you can go more regularly. Packages start from S$180 while memberships start from S$298 a month.

Click here to find out more.

2. Capoeira

Most people are familiar with mixed martial arts classes like Muay Thai Kickboxing and Boxing, but here’s an alternative that you can consider: Capoeira.

For those who aren’t very sure what this is, Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art where dance is incorporated into the movement art, making it unpredictable for your opponent to figure out when you would strike.

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Capoeira is the physical art of the body, and will require strength, flexibility, agility, balance, endurance, coordination, rhythm, and reflex.

If you’re interested to give it a try, you can sign up for classes with Senzala Singapore by sending them an email at senzalasingapore@gmail.com. They also offer kids classes so you can sign your kids up and let them try their hands at a new form of art. Click here for more information.

3. Yoga with puppies

Yoga is all about finding your inner peace and building up your flexibility. Don’t go for those usual classes that you see on your ClassPass application.

Instead, level it up by doing yoga with puppies. Yes, you read that right. Puppy Yoga Singapore is probably the first dedicated studio to hold such sessions with pets, and we’re absolutely all for it.

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After taking a look at how London does it, Puppy Yoga Singapore’s founder, Audrey Sin, decided to bring such practices over to Singapore and encourage more people to stay active while uplifting their moods by playing and interacting with dogs.

While the studio doesn’t own any dogs, pet owners are encouraged to bring their own to the studio so that they can engage their core along with their pets. Each session comes with 40 minutes of yoga and 20 minutes of puppy playtime.

The classes are S$25 if you’re bringing a dog, and S$35 if you are not. Book a class now here.

4. Surfing on land

In life, we pretty much only do two types of surfing: surfing in the sea and surfing the net.

Jokes aside, did you know that you can experience the same intensity of surfing in the sea without actually being in water?

For many beginners who are not as adventurous, there’s something about surfing in the water that can cause a bit of fear. After all, we have heard stories of people not being able to fight the huge waves and they eventually get swept away.

If you’ve always wanted to try surfing but got held back because of your fears, you can now do so on land.

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Surfset Fitness offers a fitness programme that combines aerobic fat burning, lean muscle building, balance, and core training in a 45-minute session. The exercises are performed on top of a custom-made unstable surfboard, which mimics what it would feel like on an actual surfboard in water.

This is probably the most unique workout ever, and it definitely challenges your body in new ways. Here, you’ll be able to get that lean look without seeming weak, and be muscular without the bulk.

There are three fitness programmes offered at Surfset Fitness: Surfset Balance, Surfset Core, and Surfset Sweat. A single session starts from S$35 while packages start from S$24.70 per class. Sign up here today!

5. SaberFit

Always wanted to feel just like a jedi without being afraid that you will be seen as eccentric? Well, now you can with SaberFit.

Their signature class allows you to wield a glowing combat sabre and go through a rigorous series of striking techniques along with cardio. Get ready to sweat it out as you move to the beat of adrenaline-pumping music!

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Due to the current situation, SaberFit offers both virtual and physical classes. Since this is a full-body exercise, you’re definitely going to want to make sure that you have enough space at home if you’re looking to sign up for the virtual class.

There are currently no physical public classes available, but they do conduct corporate and private classes of at least eight participants.

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These classes will be held at their recommended places, but you can also let them know if you have a preferred location. They will do the necessary checks to see if the venue is feasible and suitable, and if it is, you will be able to conduct your lessons there.

Virtual classes start from S$10 while physical ones start from S$30. You can book a class here.

6. BBounce

You might think that bouncing on a trampoline is just something that kids do, but did you know that it actually makes for a great workout?

BBounce uses small trampolines called rebounders for its classes, and each class will see participants bouncing fast and high on these rebounders to pumped-up music.

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These classes are meant to target different muscle groups in a fun and interactive way that will still give you a similar endorphin rush to what you’ll get if you were to do conventional cardio exercises.

There are a total of nine classes that BBounce offers, and they are grouped according to the fitness level. Not to worry though, because they have beginner classes if you’ve never tried this before and would just like to try it out.

Their trial classes start from S$28 for two sessions while their packages start from S$199 for 10 classes during the off-peak hours. Interested to find out more? Click here.

7. Yoga on water

You’ve heard of yoga, and maybe even hot yoga. But it’s time to increase the difficulty on these yoga sessions and take it up a notch by doing yoga outdoors, on water.

Skyline Aqua makes use of AquaBase by AquaPhysical, the world’s first floating exercise mat, to conduct their lessons.

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They currently offer two programmes, the FloatFit HIIT which is a 30-minute low-impact, full-body workout where you’ll get to do burpees, squats, mountain climbers, lunges, and v-sits all on water, as well as the FloatFit YOGA which is a 30-minute session where you will get to boost your mental wellbeing and improve body balance through making use of your core stability.

These workouts are meant to improve your physique whilst being low-impact. In fact, you’ll actually burn 360 calories in a 30-minute session, which is way more than what you would burn in a conventional workout done on land.

8. Aerial yoga

If you’re not a fan of doing yoga on water, how about trying yoga in the air? Aerial yoga is done while you are suspended from a silk hammock.

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The poses will be similar to what you would do on a traditional mat, like inversions, but you won’t have the added stress to your shoulder, head, and spine. While this is so, it will still be a challenging workout because your strength and flexibility will be put to the test.

There are quite a number of yoga studios in Singapore that also offer aerial yoga. Some of them include Jal Yoga and Hale Yoga. You can also check out a list of aerial yoga studios that we previously did to find out more!

For Jal Yoga, class packages start from S$16 per class while unlimited class packages start from just S$3.20 a day. For Hale Yoga, a starter pack that comes with six sessions cost S$90, while a class package of 10 sessions cost S$190.

Click here to book your class with Jal Yoga, and here if you’re interested in signing up for Hale Yoga instead.

9. Drumstick workout

Before you think a drumstick workout is one where you can eat drumsticks and still burn calories, it’s, unfortunately, not. 

A drumstick workout, otherwise also known as POUND, involves you holding a pair of lightly weighted drumsticks and drumming to the beat of the music that is blasting in the studio. This is an infectiously energising full-body workout that is guaranteed to have you sweating profusely at the end of it.

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This workout is amazing for your heart, helps strengthen and sculpt your muscles, as well as improve your range of motion and flexibility. You’re going to be able to jam to your favourite tunes and you would probably not even feel like it’s an actual workout until you feel sore all over the next day. That’s how fun this workout is.

Fitness First offers such classes and you can take a look at them here.

10. Pole dancing

Pole dancing may be frowned upon by the more conservative ones, but it’s actually a really great workout that trains your strength and flexibility. Of course, it is also a form of art that can be very beautiful when practised. This will no doubt boost your self-confidence and make you feel good when you’ve given it a try.

Studios like SLAP Dance Studio and The Brass Barre offer classes that are suitable for people of all body types, ages, and ability levels.

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Satisfy your curiosity by going for a trial class with any of the studios offering such sessions. SLAP Dance Studio and The Brass Barre have trial classes for just S$15 each. If you intend to go for more classes after your first trial,  both studios have eight-week courses that you can sign up for.

For more details on SLAP Dance Studio, click here. Alternatively, click here for more information on The Brass Barre.

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