Jean Danker, 40, DJ, Class 95FM
Glenn Ong, 48, DJ, FM 91.3
Staying fit together is already hard- try doing it while having diametrically opposed work schedules!
That’s what One FM’s Glenn Ong and Class 95’s Jean Danker have to deal with- while Glenn toiling away early in the morning for his morning show from 6am to 10am, and Jean working on Cartunes from 5-8pm.
Thankfully, they’ve got a commonality that helps them stay fit- their dog Biscuit! “Our workout together is walking Biscuit at Fort Canning Park”, reveals Glenn, as Jean adds: “He loves to run up the stairs, and we sprint up, walk down, and sprint up again five times!”
Of course, with differing workhours, individual fitness schedules is a must, so Glenn does Brazillian jujitsu and boxing, while Jean is a big fan of the treadmills- half an hour doing a brisk pace while watching old episodes of the sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S is her thing.
“In fact, Steve Jobs was a big fan of long walks”, she shares, adding her other fitness favs include pilates, yoga and… shopping. Whatever works, folks, that’s the mantra!
Glenn and Jean’s Workout
(10 minutes each)
One of their favourite fitness machines, it feels natural as you can use your own body’s resistance, compared to an electric treadmill. Using the powerhandles you can replicate sledge pushes, straight-arm pushes, bent-arm pushes and high-resistance side pushes, all the while using your own velocity to power the belt.
This is something any couple can do at home, in your flat or outdoors, and as a great cardio workout. For beginners, it’s best to move the rope slowly, so that you have enough time to take a small hop in between each jump over the rope. Maintain a straight back and keep your gaze set straight ahead as you fall into the correct rhythm. If you watch your feet as you jump, you’ll be more likely to get off balance. As your skill increases, you can swing the rope more quickly and eliminate the middle hop. As you improve your skills, you can count how long you can go without messing up!
The perfect workout for audiophiles like Jean and Glenn, the tempo pushes you to higher cardio intensities, which results in greater fat burn. You and your partner will do intervals, climbs and descents to deliver a full-body workout, targeting glutes, quads, hamstrings and, of course, the heart, for an intense cardio and fat burning workout. Just try not to fight over playlist rights.
Text by Kelvin Tan, Editor for Mens Health Singapore. Natalie and Joshua are both wearing Every Second Counts gear and Underarmour shoes. Check the collection out here.
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