This surfing class lets you catch some waves without getting wet.
Welcome to part two of Fitness for slobs!
Since the new year has just begun, I decided to try out several quirky fitness classes in hopes of improving my fitness. If I can survive these classes, anyone can.
This time, I put on my workout clothes to attend a SURFSET Fitness balance class.
Located just a few blocks away from 112 Katong, SURFSET Fitness is the only studio in Singapore that lets you get a workout on a surf board.
Originating from the US, SURFSET Fitness is a 45-minute full-body workout that mimics actual surfing. It helps you to improve body control, burn body fat and gain leaner muscles.
Personally, I have never experienced getting close to a surfboard in my life. I was stoked because SURFSET was the closest thing I could get to catching some waves…in Singapore.
I WAS SO IN THE ZONE WHEN RIDING THOSE IMAGINARY WAVES!
At first glance, the studio seemed rather small. However, the class, located on the second level of a shophouse, can fit up to 10 people per class. We had sufficient space to do all the different poses on the surf board without kicking someone in the face.
Being a total newbie, I was rather overzealous. I decided to jump right onto the surf board, which I later learnt was a bad idea.
I fell over the untethered surf board, elevated at a knee-high height by two medicine balls, which left me with a bruise on my upper thigh before the class even started.
As this was my first class, I had to take the mandatory balance class for beginners, which involves yoga poses. My biggest challenge, however, was not the core strengthening exercises or challenging poses.
Throughout the class, I probably spent more time trying to keep my balance.
For the first five minutes, I could not execute all the stretching exercises properly because I was struggling to keep myself afloat. It is not so easy when the board keeps rocking non-stop from left to right.
To make matters worse, the older folks in the class were as solid like a rock.
AFTER 15 MINUTES, I FINALLY MANAGED TO BALANCE
ON THE BOARD WITHOUT FALLING OVER.
I felt lucky to have an extremely patient instructor, who took the effort to teach me how to keep my balance. The trick is to keep looking forward, because our body's natural centre of balance shifts depending on the direction we face.
After getting the hang of it, we moved on to some core exercises, such as the bow pose and crunches, which helps to tone your muscles and enhance your body control.
25 minutes into the class, my joints and ligaments were getting sore from having to bend and balance at the same time.
We also had to complete challenging leg workouts, such as lunges and wave runners, which stretched and pushed my glutes and thigh muscles to the maximum.
This was probably the best part of the class, as my butt was still aching and my legs felt like JELL-O for at least two days after the workout.
The SURFSET class offered a refreshing spin on workout classes, especially if you're tired of the usual yoga and core training classes.
The pace of the class was quite manageable too, thanks to the clear directions given by the instructors. You don't have to overexert yourself as you can take your own time to execute the poses or exercises during each 30-second set.
However, that does not mean you can slack off during the class. Be prepared to get called out by the instructors if they see you slowing down. (It happened to me.)
If you're planning to move on to SURFSET Fitness' advanced classes, such as core and sweat, you will have to nail this beginner class because balance is an integral aspect you will eventually need.
For the great quality workout and the one-of-a-kind experience, SURFSET Fitness is 100 per cent noob approved!
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TEASER PHOTO CREDIT: SURFSET FITNESS SINGAPORE'S INSTAGRAM PAGE
BANNER PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTH.SG/ANISAH AZMI