WORKOUT FITSPO

Hi everyone,

I found the best cure to sleepless nights and junk food; when my body was in need of detox, fighting the need to go into hibernation mode, nothing energised me more than a good sweaty workout.

So hey, besides rehearsing for a dance performance, this is what else (fitness-wise) that I’ve been up to!

7 Aug: Hatha Yoga @ Yoga In Sync

▷ This was my Pre-Golden Jubilee workout in preparation of everything that would go down (late nights, parties, booze) during the long weekend. Booked this with my KFit pass. Jen from Yoga In Sync was my Yogi for the hour-long Hatha session. Incidentally the class happened to be underbooked and so she became my private yoga tutor!

I suppose this ought to be mid-beginner level. As per usual, we did sun salutations, poses and deep stretches; the studio overlooks this bustling bistro/bar so I people-watched and zoned out during certain long moments where I had to hold the pose. At the end, Jen added problem-specific stretches by showing me how to cure neck-aches and stiff shoulders, which I really appreciated since she went way beyond the class hour!
KFIT Yoga In Sync

7 Aug: Pilates @ Gym N Tonic

▷ “Pilates is a body conditioning routine that helps build flexibility, muscle strength and endurance primarily in the abdominals, hips and back.  It places a strong emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment and is great for improving your core strength, flexibility, posture and balance. ”

Booked this class with my GuavaPass. Right after my session at Hatha Yoga, I travelled to the East for Pilates. I found this multi-level exercise really helpful with spinal re-alignment – if you don’t have a great posture to begin with, this could be your first major step to changing it. We did a lot of grounded floorwork with our own body weight as resistance. I was a little scared – the instructor was kinda loud and driven to push us to our limits. But that’s how all instructors oughta be. Since it’s an 8pm class, residents of the East would be more inclined to take this up.

GuavaPass Pilates

13 Aug: Swing Yoga @ MotionWerkz

▷ After hearing SO MUCH about MotionWerkz, I had to try this out myself! Booked this class with my GuavaPass. After an insane shift at work, this hour-long non-intensive workout seemed really appealing to get my blood pumping (before heading anywhere else). The aerial ropes shown in the photograph below served as really good support – even beginners who’ve never hung off a rope in mid-air would have no difficulty in inversions, hand-stands and head-stands! Which was exactly what we did. The blood rushing to my head felt good for a change after sitting for hours at my desk. The instructor was also really encouraging, and she walks around to make sure your feet are flexed in the right ways, and that nobody hurts themselves. Would definitely go back for more since it’s actually therapeutic in many ways.

GuavaPass Swing Yoga

12 Aug: Ganban-Yoku Therapy @ Anti-Oxidant Wellness

▷ I’m a regular now, and every single time I’d fall asleep in the therapy room for a whole hour. It’s that comfortable despite the heat. Waking up drenched in (non-sticky) perspiration never felt so good to me.

KFIT Ganbanyoku and Hatha Yoga

14 Aug: Hatha Yoga @ Avante – The Octagon

▷ With instructor’s thick Thai accent, the class seemed to have teleported me miles away from where I was – back in Bangkok, one of my favourite countries to be. The back bends and half-inversions stretched my back and pelvis to the point I heard my muscles screaming, but still I enjoyed it so much! This class was packed with lunch-crunch yoga-fanatics from neighbouring offices, and the energy was insane. Loved it.

17 Aug: Les Mills Sh’Bam @ VivaFit

▷ A quick half an hour warm-up, I would say. Easy routine, no stress from anybody. A very chill and simple Sh’Bam sesh.

17 Aug: Cardio Hip Hop @ Rhythmic Fitness

▷ This is when I knew my body’s ain’t so fit anywhere – when I attempt to go for multiple dance classes. Nonetheless still proud of myself for making it.

KFIT Hip Hop and Sh'Bam

Update soon.

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

KFIT! & WORKOUT THURSDAY

Ever since signing up for Guava Pass, I’ve attended a whopping 13 fitness classes (check out my previous posts here and here). It’s been an amazing fitness journey. I can feel my strength regaining  – lost from 2 years of unhealthy sleep cycles working as an air stewardess.

I’m happy to announce that KFIT Singapore has offered me a trial account! I’m super psyched and can’t wait to reboot my fitness journey. Looking at KFIT’s classes and gym schedules, pass users do get exposed to a wider range of inspiring fitness courses – I spotted hip hop dance classes with Danz People and Flowrider Access at Wavehouse Sentosa!

This week I’ve been attending some pretty inspiring classes:

Day 8: Ballet Shaping (1hr) + Belly Fit (1hr) @ Desert Rose Belly Dancing
▷ So my contact with ballet had been few and far between. From age 3 to 11, I trained at SHHACKT (Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Arts And Cultural Troupe) – then a chinese-dance academy – at least once a week, during which we picked up ballet as part of our syllabus. You never entirely forget how to dance – that much I’m certain. The body remembers where it’s supposed to go, like in swimming or cycling where even after losing touch for years, your muscle memory just needs a kick to restart that system.

My first thought when I saw Desert Rose school was: this is a dance academy? Build on the top-most floor above a restaurant in Chinatown, it’s the last place I’d expect to be learning dance at. The average age of the students was at least 35, and I’m clearly the youngest. Instructor COCO at Desert Rose Belly Dancing introduced basic ballet moves in Ballet Shaping to lengthen your spine and limbs for that graceful ballerina figure. It wasn’t tiring at all – loads of stretching with rhythm, ballet positions and plié.

The next hour (I decided to just stay on for the next class) was a basic belly dancing class, also taught by Coco. Gosh what a first time experience! Dancing amongst older ladies was one thing, but gyrating my hips at 50-shakes-per-minute – I LOVED IT. Everyone gets a belly dance sash laced with tiny bells that makes seductive tinkling sounds when you shake that booty right. Belly dance just melts your fats away (especially the hips!) because essentially you don’t stop shaking your ass.

All in all this was a good environment for first-timers. You need not feel shy. The teachers and students alike were so welcoming and nice.

Desert Rose Belly Dancing

 

Day 9: KPOP X Fitness @ Physical Abuse

▷I used to love KPOP before all their songs started sounding one and the same. In fact I used to teach Kpop dance classes. KPOPxFitness is essentially aerobics with KPOP songs. Attending aerobics classes in Australia was an amazing experience, and thankfully Instructor Stephanie’s class was not a letdown! She radiates so much energy in her class that everyone else is inspired to push harder. We danced non-stop for 14 KPOP songs!! She might have revived my love for KPOP…a bit. All I can say is I’m going to look forward to attending her classes!

My first class at Physical Abuse was Bollywood Fitness, and so far I’m loving this gym full of fitness addicts.

KPOPxFitness Physical Abuse

 

Day 10: Iyengar 1 @ COMO Shambhala Urban Escape

▷ It must be a given for Yogis to have incredibly soothing voices. Under Instructor Samantha‘s guidance, the class went into tricky inversions with the help of ropes, mats, bricks, belts and props. Sounds kinky somehow, but it was incredibly fun. The poses we did helped with spinal re-alignment and back straightening. I’m always in front of a desktop these days, so holding those poses was a tad difficult at times. A one-hour class passed by incredibly fast. I felt as though we did a tonne of stuff, but I left the class without perspiring. This is definitely a beginner-level yoga class but good for people who’re looking to revise their fundamentals.

Como SHambhala Urban Escape

 

 

I hope I made the classes sound interesting, because if they weren’t, I would sincerely not be writing about them.

There are so many incredible yoga academies in Singapore that I’ve yet to come across! I’m somebody who’s constantly searching for excitement, so I’m incredibly hyped over the possible new fitness classes I can now attend!

Join me on my fitness journey ❤

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

WORKOUT MONDAY!

It’s WORKOUT MONDAY. The journey continues from Days 1 to 4 (last week), working towards less sedation and more working it~

Day 5: Zumba @ Bolly Dancing

▷ Bolly’s power-packed instructor could rival the extremely bouncy & hyper Zumba teachers whose classes I attended in Melbourne/Sydney!! Despite the small studio size and an average student age in the 50s, the combined energy I felt from the teacher and students was explosive. The 12pm class was packed fyi since I arrived late I had to stand at the sides. All in all, this makes me miss Zumba classes in Aussie!

Where: 261 Waterloo Street, 01-12 Waterloo Centre

Fitness Singapore girls

Day 6: Pole Class @ Ecole de Pole

▷ Crashed the last class of a Beginner-Pole course and had soooo much fun! Couple of bruises didn’t really matter. Had the 6 week routine thrown at me on my first class with Ecole de Pole, and sadly I failed to execute the routine properly. Definitely going for more pole classes and aiming to gain upper arm strength to tackle those spins!

Day 6: Bollywood Fitness @ Physical Abuse

▷ Instructor Sandeep is amazing. I think I might love Bollywood dance as much as hip hop, since essentially the moves engages your core the way it is required in most hip hop techniques. The song choice was fun, and the moves were apt. All of his students are regulars and I know why! Again, I crashed a regular class who had learnt a large part of the choreography. Loved this place! The showers and lockers are so clean and neat.

Fitness Dance Anahata Yoga

 

Day 7: Yin Yang 75 @ Anahata Yoga

▷Yogi James led us into extremely deep stretches and paced breathing which I felt was exactly what I needed at 10am on a rainy Monday morning. I love that he aims to push himself and his students to the limit, which really inspired me to keep going each time I felt like my arms/legs were giving way. Situated in a really lovely shophouse in a backalley at Arab St, this is one hideout you would definitely miss unless you’re looking for it. Its enigma is a major bonus. Also a plus point: hot showers, clean toilet and decent lockers.

 

Loving this routine so far.

xoxo,

Viktoria Jean

WORKOUT WEDNESDAY! WITH GUAVAPASS

Guava Pass Workout Singapore

GUAVAPASS has been nothing short of amazing.

4 days in, I’ve been to 4 completely different workout sessions and have planned my schedule around a few more fitness classes – most of which are located real close to CBD and town. Work’s been keeping me too busy to workout as much, but with GuavaPass I’ve been extra motivated to get movin’. Psst…Ping me for a referral 😉

So… here’s a breakdown of my classes:

Guava Pass Singapore Fitness

Guava Pass Singapore Fitness Classes

Day 1: Power Yoga @ Space and Light Studios,
▷ Instructor Yen was incredibly patient, personable yet assertive in pushing us to our limits. She walked around a lot to make sure we were getting it right and not hurting ourselves. At the end of the session we spread-eagled on the floor, were handed some essential oils to soothe our senses and calm our minds. Felt amazing after class. Would go back for more Power Yoga sessions!

Where: @ R-evolution
1 Harbourfront Walk
#03-09 Vivocity
Singapore 098585

Day 2: Intro to Twerk @ Pole Dance Academy
▷ Instructor Salmah has insane twerk skills. I will never see butt-isolation in the same way again. Basically woke up the next day with an intense butt-ache, but so worth the pain. Started with warmups, leg conditioning and pelvic isolations. The song we danced to during the twerk-reography was Beyonce’s Yonce. Loads of floor-work so long-pants are a good idea. Also, tonnes of hair flips and floor-humping. Loved it.

Where: 5A/6A Craig Road, Singapore 089665

Day 3: Ganban-Yoku @ Anti-Oxidant Wellness
▷ Basically I fell asleep on the anti-oxidant beds and woke up 45mins later in full-body sweat. The sauna conditions at >40 degrees wasn’t uncomfortable at all. Armed with a towel, bottled anti-oxidant water, and a set of yukata to relax in, I had a really good power nap, being all alone in a sauna room with 6 beds and dimmed lights. Supposedly, the beds are fitted with special ceramic tiles consisting Far Infrared Rays (FIR) and Negative Ions to help our bodies perspire and detoxify. Interestingly it’s unlike a usual workout where your sweat would be sticky or stinky! After cooling down, I was given 2 enzyme shots to power up my system again. Amazing experience.

Where: No.1 Thomson Ridge S(574633)

Day 4: Adult Yoga @ Wings To Wings
▷ Found myself being the only student at a 1pm Wednesday hatha yoga class, so naturally the teacher went slow. Requested to learn the crow pose and kept it for the longest time I’ve ever done. But class ended in 45 minutes? I guess she didn’t have much of a mood to sustain the class for the whole hour when I was the only one. Upside: the yoga instructor (didn’t catch her name) has a nice soothing voice well-suited for a yogi.

Where: 10 North Canal Road, Singapore (048823)

 

Indeed nothing beats a sweaty guava workout. I’m excited to embark on a new fitness journey.

Anyone out there a KFit/GuavaPass user?

I’ve actually been keen to test out K-Fit and GuavaPass for the longest time. Perhaps after this month I’ll switch to KFit and see which suits my schedule best.

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean