Digital Exercise

Leveraging technology to make workouts better.

By Kelvin Low      5 June 2020

Depending on your level of fitness, or how far you are in your fitness journey, not being able to workout without access to a personal trainer, gym, or other sports facilities might be daunting. Have a look at some digital options that can help you, even if you are new to the fitness scene, or just being displaced by the gym closures.

Good Ole’ Social Media

SAFRA’s EnergyOne trainers have produced a series of #StrongerThanYesterday exercise videos to demonstrate the various exercises you can do to keep fit at home.

On various social media platforms, you’ll also find a plethora of pages and channels that feature full length exercise videos. Do be mindful of your fitness level as such instructional videos can lean on the tough side.

PopSugar Fitness

New workouts being added monthly makes it easy for anyone to mix up their fitness routine with a variety of toning, dance cardio, yoga workouts and more. They have a sheer variety of videos available based on the latest celebrity fitness trends.


FitnessBlender is a husband-and-wife run channel with exercises from quick to full-length. Daniel and Kelli have put together over 600 workouts, for every fitness level. They even offer a free customisable online workout calendar at

Exercise Apps

Workout apps are a dime a dozen, ranging from those expansive exercise libraries, to those that focus on specific activities, such as yoga and high-intensity interval training HIIT.

One benefit of using exercise apps is that you can easily track your progress, as well as customise an exercise routine. Most apps available today offer many exercises for free, with paid premium membership unlocking more goodies such as nutrition planning, and even personal trainer coaching (via the app).

If you are a user of Apple Health and Google Fit – many apps today are able to integrate with the two eco systems to share your fitness data. Don’t just work out hard, work out smart!

Paid streaming video exercises

At first glance, streaming video exercises are similar to those you can find on social media platforms. The biggest difference is that these are usually conducted live. Depending on the platform, you can interact with others inside and outside of classes while you workout at home, helping to ensure you never lose motivation.

You may also view pre-recorded live sessions if you’re unable to join at stipulated times. While most classes won’t require equipment apart from a gym mat and some weights, there are those that require gear like the Peloton Bike or the Mirror.

Premium classes have an edge over free streaming videos as the trainer will switch workouts for every session. You will never have the same routine, and therefore never get bored.


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Haus Athletics

A blend of HIIT inspired athletic based workouts, driven by music that is specifically curated for the workouts. Sticking to the group training format, group classes are held on Zoom. Four styles of workouts are available for different fitness goals.


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Featuring 45-minute classes that balance cardio and strength exercises, their exercises also incorporate high intensity intervals with functional movements. Three types of workouts are spread across the week, with two classes a day, on the Zoom platform.

Despite all advances, streaming fitness subscriptions are likely to not be the new norm, as personal trainers still have their place.

Personal Trainer “tele-xercising”

Personal trainers have too adapted to the Circuit Breaker period. One being Mr. William Ong, who conducts his Physical Toning and Zumba Dance sessions using the Zoom platform.

Before commencing the workout, he chats with his clients for about two minutes to know more about their health and fitness levels. With the majority of his clients being regulars, they are more accustomed to the way that his classes are conducted.

“Conducting classes online has its own share of problems”, William shares with eNSman. “The difficult part of conducting online classes are mostly from the video lag, as well as audio quality which affects the music and his instructions.”

As a matter of fact, he is eagerly waiting for regular sessions to be allowed to resume after the Circuit Breaker period. “I can’t wait to conduct face-to-face lessons with my participants.”

“I like to be perfect. It’s hard to correct my participants’ mistakes with online workouts, especially with physical toning lessons. With close contact, I am able to correct their postures and moves during the workout.”

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