Are Fitness Boot Camps For You: A Singapore Perspective

April 9, 2012

Fitness boot camps are HOT here in Singapore, no doubt about it.Image of fitness boot camps

Whether it is the Singapore Botanic Gardens or the East Coast Park or even the Marina Bayfront, wherever you look nowadays, you are bound to see these fitness boot camps being held there usually in the early mornings or in the late evenings.

So – what makes these fitness boot camps tick?

Well, from the strong sense of camaraderie among boot-campers (as they are known) to the fun-filled atmosphere to the great outdoor scenery, fitness boot camps are indeed a great way for one to get a good workout and at the same time, mingle with like-minded participants in the arms of Nature.

However, fitness boot camps may NOT be for everyone, as we – at Singapore Fitness Professionals Network –  will discuss in a moment.

So, before you decide to ditch your personal trainer for good, there are a couple of things you will need to consider before going all-out and enrolling yourself in a group-exercise style boot camp program.

The following are  some objective pointers for you to think about:

1) Fitness Boot Camps Do NOT Provide Personalised Instruction

Obviously, due to the group nature of the program, a fitness boot camp will always lack the personal touch and individualized guidance that some people crave for in a fitness program. With groups numbering between 10 to 15, or even 20, or more, at any one time, there is absolutely no way your boot camp instructor is going to just focus on you during the workout session. So, if you are someone with special needs, with specific conditions, or simply one who learns and functions better in a one-to-one setting, then boot camps are definitely NOT for you!

2) Fitness Boot Camps Are NOT Designed With Just You In Mind

To take into consideration the broad variations in fitness levels among boot-campers, a fitness boot camp has no choice but to be designed to cater to the MASSES or to the Entire Group. Hence, if your fitness level falls somewhere at either end of the fitness spectrum (ie. either you are very FIT or very UNFIT), you may feel left-out after a while as most boot camps would not be able to cater specifically to your needs. Also, bear in mind that you will have absolutely NO say over the kind of exercises, training, or equipment to be used in the program; as all these will be prescribed to the group by the fitness boot camp instructor – regardless whether you like it or not. Your job is basically to Listen, Follow and Do.

3) Fitness Boot Camps May NOT Fit Your Schedule

Most fitness boot camps run on a fixed time schedule that caters to the larger interest of the group. And this usually means that the boot camps are either conducted VERY early in the mornings (between 5am to 7am ) or VERY late in the evenings (between 6pm to 8pm). Hence, if your work/training schedule does not fit into the above times, you will soon find yourself in a fix, and without a group to join pretty soon.

4) Fitness Boot Camps Are NOT For Introverts

Are you by nature a shy, reticent or private person? Then fitness boot camps will NOT suit you at all.

With its high-octane, high-energy atmosphere where team cheers, group hugs, high-fives, back-slapping and other forms of bodily contact amongst participants the NORM, fitness boot camps may very well turn out to be a fitness program from HELL for the introvert.

Also, due to the very social and dynamic nature of fitness boot camps, the type of personalities attracted to this format of exercise are usually those who are the direct OPPOSITE of introverts: the LoudColourful, Assertive, In-Your-Face types – whom introverts may simply find it hard to click with!

In a nutshell, fitness boot camps – though a highly popular and effective form of fitness program here in Singapore – is simply NOT for everybody.

It may be more suitable for some, but not so for others…..

Whatever it is, always consider your own personality, your own needs and the whole range of factors mentioned above – before committing yourself to any fitness program.

For more information on Singapore Fitness Boot Camps or Singapore Personal Training Services, please feel free to contact us today!

Why More Singaporeans Should Exercise Outdoors Rather Than Indoors.

September 6, 2010

Man exercising outdoors.Singaporeans – like many other citizens of developed nations – are generally seen as being sedentary, “soft” and indoor-loving compared to their more rugged neighbours in other less developed countries.

Even the most active of Singapore residents tend to select indoor-kind activities for their physical pursuits, while eschewing most outdoor exercise activities.

Just take a look at the rising popularity of the following physical activities among Singaporeans: weight-training workouts in INDOOR fitness centres, cardiovascular workouts, including running and spinning on INDOOR machines in health centres, and group exercise sessions like Yoga and Pilates in INDOOR studios etc – it is not difficult to reach the conclusion that many here in Singapore generally DO prefer working-out indoors rather than outdoors.

A quick check with many Singapore fitness professionals – such as fitness coaches, personal trainers, and other exercise instructors – also reveal that these professionals generally face a hard time in convincing many of their clients to shift their workouts or exercise sessions to an outdoor location – even for the occasional sake of variety.

It’s quite a shame really – as Singapore – being located right on the Equator – is blessed with such a nice tropical climate that supports most outdoor fitness pursuits year round.

Hopefully, the following “revelations” will convince and convert people – once and for all – that outdoor workouts do carry with them certain benefits that indoor training CANNOT duplicate.

According to a 2008 British Study, which compared the effects of two groups of respondents – one which exercised mainly indoors, and the other which exercised mainly outdoors – it was found that individuals who spent most of their time exercising outdoors experience BETTER overall heath and LONGER lifespans than those who exercised only indoors!

Moreover, a research team at the University Of Rochester also found that people who exercise outdoors for at least 20 min each day reported a BOOST in their overall vitality for the rest of that day!

With such compelling data backing the claim for outdoor training, isn’t it time you put aside your reservations and get involved in Outdoor Fitness today?

Start by looking around for a good Outdoor Fitness Boot Camp in Singapore to join, or find an experienced Singapore Outdoor Fitness Coach to show you the ropes on how to make the most of your outdoor fitness pursuits.

As the saying goes: “Nature may be the best kind of Nurture” – Go Outdoors today – and experience the wonderful benefits yourself.