Want to start living a healthy lifestyle but don’t know where to start? Fret not, Part One of A Comprehensive guide to Gyms in Singapore will come in handy! Here with part two, you will finally have a complete guide to gyms in Singapore.
While browsing through lists of gyms available in Singapore, the following provide as a checklist that you should consider apart from pricing as heavily emphasized in Part One.
How to pick the right gym?
While budget may take the top priority in the which-gym-should-I-pick debate, distance and location of the gym is often neglected. If it takes you an hour, for example, to travel to your gym despite a low price, the incentive to workout may diminish. Perhaps, a closer gym but slightly more pricey gym will be a wiser choice – since you will now be more motivated to exhaust the worth of your membership. Also, a gym membership made used off is better than a cheap but unused alternative.
Some even suggest to pick a gym that is on the way home, since it is longer “out of sight, out of mind”, you’ll then be guilt-tripped into hitting the gym more often. However, if you need that kind of negative motivation to shame you into keeping fit, then maybe you should rethink your purpose in working out in the first place. Working out should be fun and healthy and not dreadful, that way endorphins will only take you to higher heights each time!
Nonetheless, rational decisions and sorting out what works best for your and crafting your needs accordingly will increase your drive to work out. Search by locations on Wellnessly to find the most suitably located gym for you.
2. The intimidation factor – Always check the crowds
A gym shouldn’t be over-crowded neither should it be empty, these two extremes will affect your gym workout. Overcrowding deprives you of space and equipment resulting in a compromise of your gym experience. A quiet and empty gym can make you feel overly comfortable and you don’t want that. That way, you can coast through workouts and slack off instead of actually gymming.
When you enter a gym, you should feel a lot of positive energy and a little bit of anxiety—that’s the mindset you need for focused, intense workouts.
3. Quality trainers and good equipment
Do a walk-about (careful not to obstruct anyone) and check out the kinds of equipment the gym offers – if you prefer to use free weights, check if there are sufficient dumbbells on the racks. Or if you prefer machine weights, evaluate if the range of machine available will be useful to you.
Trainers should be professional. Certified ones can provide you with the most efficient and effective workout. If you feel more comfortable with personalized training, remember to check if that is available too.
All in all, there is no better way to find out if a gym will actually suit you than to trying it out physically. Check if gyms offer a 1-day free trial (places like Fitness First & Pure Fitness do). Otherwise, ask if your friend’s gym allows them to bring in guests and tag along. One’s company, two’s a party and three’s a crowd, both of you can be new gym khakis too!
What should you do in gyms?
First and foremost, should always be kept at the back of your minds while working out. No abnormal pain (like strains, sharp pains, and persistent tightness) should be felt during or after the workout. You should always sound out to your trainer if you feel even the slightest discomfort. Apart from muscle aches of course, though a little whining is fine.
As general rule of thumb, if you’re new to something – a new exercise or machine in the gym – it is always safer to consult your trainer or someone more experienced. Consulting ensures that you do not get hurt, it also maximizes your effort, making sure that you are working the targeted muscles.
Second, . Proper footwear provides your ankles with adequate support too and also protects your toes if any weights slip from your fingers. (Leave lifting with sock or barefoot to the highly experienced gym-goers and professionals).
Ladies, especially, do not wear too loose fitting or baggy shirts or pants that may get caught in machines. Trainers may misjudge your posture with loose garments. Loose pants and shoe laces may cause embarrassing trips, with so many heavy equipment around a fall should be avoided at all cost.
Always and return them to where they originally belong. Not only is this being considerate for the next user, it also minimizes the risk of an accident and its severity should any happen at all.
while lifting to avoid any injuries. Staying injury free, encompasses protecting yourself and protecting others. If you are doing a heavy weight, especially while lifting, squatting or benching, make sure you have a spotter supporting you. The collapse of weights may hurt not only you, but also other around you.
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Alternatives to hitting the gym
“All I do is run on the treadmill!” “I don’t even lift! It’s so heavy!” Sounds familiar? Certainly, dumbbells and free weights exude far lesser appeal to women than it does for men. Alternatives to a conventional gym workout can be a lot more engaging and interesting and yet also letting you stay fit and toned! Here are some alternatives to consider apart from hitting the gym:
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Spinning in Singapore is steadily gaining a larger following. Spinning refers to indoor cycling on a stationary bike while following instructions from an instructor. More on spinning here.
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Ditch the workout and join the party! Zumba is a fun-filled and creative way of working out by dancing to upbeat music. Find out all about the perks of Zumba here.
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Yoga has been around for a long while now and many women are picking it up. In our urban fast paced lives, yoga teaches you how to focus on our breathing and keeps your muscles toned with various yoga poses and exercises. There are also different types of yoga like hot yoga offered by Bych. Check out places to sign up for Yoga here.
Kickboxing & Crossfit
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Recently, workouts such as HIIT (High Intensity Interval Trainings) and Crossfit (Lookout for an upcoming article on Wellnessly: A beginner’s guide to crossfit!) is extremely popular among the #fitfam. Some gyms do offer such workouts if you want to give it a shot! Kickboxing and mixed martial arts is yet another alternative for you to keep fit while enjoying yourself!
There’s a first step to everything so overcome your fear of gyms and start working out towards a healthier you!
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