Trying to lose weight but wondering if you should go the gym class-route, running outdoors, or working out at the gym? Sure, you could spend hours doing cardio in the gym – but you’re better off doing short bursts of intense, fat-burning work. It’s called interval training, and it’s the fastest way to jump-start your metabolism and save time. Best of all, you’re not losing muscle, which could happen during long bouts of cardio!
What you’re looking for gym class-wise are those combining endurance focused aerobic intervals and active recovery with high repetition, lighter weight sets of strength-endurance training. That’s why we went and checked out Triplefit’s Athlean class, which promises to “keep your heart rate elevated and your body blasting through the calories in every session.”
Here’s what our session was like below.
If you’re looking for more classes to help lose weight fast, check these gyms out as well. You can also head down to Triplefit for their Athlean class here: #02-63 Millenia Walk (6255-5064)
This Australian gym concept focuses on functional training movements such as lifting, squatting, pulling and pushing to sculpt lean muscles. Each class takes 45 minutes, and combines interval, cardio and strength training to leave you sore and breathless. The exercise plans are never repeated, so each workout is a surprise. Besides the instructor, video demonstrations of the exercises are shown on screen to help you along. The high energy and positive vibes will make you forget how hard you’re working. Visit www.f45training.sg.
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True to its name, its equipment is orange, and so are the lights. Orange light has been found to boost alertness and brain function, so you’ll be especially awake in this gym despite the dimness. As the workouts here are heart rate-based, you’ll need to wear a heart rate monitor around your chest throughout. In 60 minutes, you’ll do a mix of exercises that focus on endurance, strength and power to activate different muscle groups. The aim is to send your heart rate into the “orange zone” (84 to 91 per cent of your maximum heart rate) for up to 20 minutes to trigger the afterburn effect. This gym offers treadmills, rowing machines, suspension training systems, free weights and benches that cater to up to 24 people at one go, and exercise demos are shown to guide newcomers. Visit www.orangetheoryfitness.com.
#02-01 Robertson Quay (6266-1715) and #01-58 Icon Village (6224-4288)
If HIIT classes are stressful, you’ll find a good balance in this one. Still 30/30 comprises 30 minutes of HIIT, followed by 30 minutes of gentle yoga to let you cool down and stretch out sore muscles. The HIIT exercises involve various equipment, like kettlebells, TRX, battle ropes and ViPR, to keep you engaged. On weekday lunchtimes, the class is shortened to 50 minutes. Visit www.still-group.com.
#B1-04/05/06 OUE Downtown Gallery (6800-5355)
Many time-strapped office workers rely on this high-intensity interval training class to stay in shape. The workouts are done in 20 minutes, and held every half-hourly. The class size is capped at 10, which means you get plenty of attention from the instructor who goes around checking your form. Don’t worry about not being able to keep up. The exercises come with four progression levels – there’s bound to be one that suits your needs. We love that workout tops and bottoms are provided, and the class is done barefoot on a shock-absorbent floor (no shoes!), so all you need to bring is your sports bra. There’s also a fuel bar selling post-workout smoothies if you need a quick replenishment. Visit www.ritualgym.com.
#03-01 Raffles Place (6536-7291), 17b Lorong Liput, #02-01 (6463-4690), and 140 Robinson Road, #03-01 (6584-9469)
By Kelvin Tan, Editor for Men’s Health Singapore