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