Muzammil Mansor has been a Fitness Trainer at SAFRA Punggol’s EnergyOne gym for 4 years, and has a special interest in strength training and rehabilitation exercise. He shares his picks of the top 3 current trends in fitness, and what you need to be mindful of.
HIIT Group Exercise
We live in a fast-paced society where most of us have very little time to exercise and pamper ourselves. As Singaporeans look for quick and productive workouts to fit into their busy schedules, group exercise classes such as High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) come to mind.
HIIT classes are held on Tuesdays at EnergyOne Gyms, incorporating functional movements over 45 minutes of high-intensity interval training. Benefits of HIIT classes are that they involve a total body workout while burning tons of calories. They are also excellent for building cardio and muscular endurance.
HIIT classes also include many participants who may motivate and push each other. This creates a healthy camaraderie and culture within the class.
A drawback of HIIT classes would be it may not appeal to everyone, especially seniors who may find it too fast moving. People who do high intensity training are more prone to injuries if they are not careful. Additionally, participants in the class may have different fitness levels. What is considered easy for an individual might be difficult for another. Some HIIT exercises such as kettlebell swings also require some familiarity and training before execution.
Before joining a HIIT group class, I advise readers to seek medical clearance first if needed. Be sure to ask the instructor for the class structure and how the training will be conducted. Join a class that matches your fitness level so that you would not feel intimidated or discouraged.