Now that Singapore is in phase two of reopening, gyms and fitness studios have reopened. However, going for in-person workout classes is no longer the same as before. To reduce physical contact and ensure safety, your gym and fitness studio might be taking these precautions:
- Everyone is required to wear a mask at all times when the class is not in session
- Limited class size as per safe-distancing rules from the government
- Members are limited to one class per day
- Trial classes are on pause
- Earlier cancellation policy
- Fewer classes per day to allow them to clean the gym/studio
- Members have to be early for class to do a SafeEntry check-in and temperature taking
- No towels or extra equipment provided
- Limited use of facilities such as the shower area, lockers and water cooler
- Members are required to bring your own yoga mat to lay over the studio mats
While some of us are excited to rush back for classes, others might be inconvenienced due to the new guidelines. Given the relentlessness of Covid-19, some may also prefer not to leave our homes unless absolutely necessary.
If you’re one of those who has settled into a comfortable home workout routine after staying at home for the last couple of months, kudos to you. The beauty of exercising at home lies in being able to choose your preferred workout type and duration, and do it anytime of the day.
While gyms and fitness studios have reopened, some are offering on-demand workout classes to cater to those who prefer working out at home at their own time. On-demand classes may not work for everybody, but there are some clear advantages.
What’s the difference between on-demand workout classes and free online videos?
Firstly, on-demand workout classes are usually the exact same classes that are conducted in the fitness studio, which means you can find and follow your favourite exercises or teachers. Free classes that are found online may not be as intense or in-depth as they’re designed to appeal to a mass audience with a more basic activity level.
Secondly, on-demand workout classes give you access to a library of workouts so you can pick and choose your WOD, and do it at your preferred time. Live workouts require you to attend at a set timing, and you are unable to pause the video if you’re unsure or rewind if you missed an exercise.
Thirdly, on-demand workout classes can be edited with captions and clear instructions since they aren’t live videos. The videos are also of higher quality than live workout videos found on social media streams since they can be filmed with better equipment like a camera instead of a mobile phone.
Should you sign up for on-demand workout classes?
While an on-demand workout video library gives you more control over your workout schedule and lets you access high-quality videos of classes you are interested in, it’s not for everyone.
If you’ve recently started your fitness journey or are new to the particular type of workout you’re trying, it is risky (we repeat: risky) to attempt the moves you see onscreen, without the supervision of a qualified fitness trainer. Exercise newbies are better off with personal coaching or joining physical workout classes in the presence of an instructor who is able to monitor your exercise form as well as offer tips and alternatives based on your fitness level.
Another sign that on-demand workouts may not be for you: If you’re the sort who relies on a workout buddy or a class cancellation penalty to stay accountable. Much as we love the flexibility of on-demand workout classes, it also means that you will need a good deal of discipline to stick to your workout plan.
Ready to give on-demand workouts a shot? We’ve shortlisted seven gyms and yoga studios in Singapore that offer a variety of workout libraries – plus an app – worth signing up for.