With the recent launch of the HPB’s Travel Free Scheme, more Singaporeans are taking advantage of the free travel fares to come in early to the gyms to exercise. With a morning fitness regime, it is easier for an individual to stay consistent and committed to the workouts. This is because social appointments or fatigue from a long day often lead to skipped evening workouts, which can now be avoided. Morning exercises reduce the risk of something cropping up in the day that will replace exercise out of your schedule; assuring exercise does not have a chance of taking a backseat when schedules get hectic.
Health is a primary concern for individuals, and it is also the basis for many business opportunities. Vying for a slice of the local health market is Britian's flamboyant businessman, Richard Branson, who has announced that Singapore will be his fitness centre's first stop in Asia. Last year, an Indonesian gym franchise had also entered the Singapore market with two outlets at one go. With the increased competition from global players, many of the local gyms are making inroads into the heartland. How many more gyms can the local market take before it becomes saturated? Can consumers expect cheaper fees with the increased competition?
Target your anterior thigh muscles with the seated leg extension.
Well-conditioned quadriceps act as shock absorbers that protect your knees, according to researchers at the University of Delaware in the US. The best exercise for beefing up this useful group of muscles is the seated leg extension. “This is because it trains the four muscles that make up your quadriceps.” says Wendy Cho, True Fitness master trainer.
Who has the time or inclination to exercise for hours each day? True Fitness’ all-in-one Synrgy360’s robust training frame anchors multi-tasking apparatus such as the TRX, the rebounder, battling ropes and monkey bars, and boasts seven exercise areas, four customised training spaces and three suspension zones. Each station within the 30-minute circuit works two major muscle groups, elevates your heart rate and energises the metabolism. You’ll soon realise improved stamina, muscular endurance, flexibility, power and coordination.
Use lactic acid training to amp up your growth hormones, metabolise fat and build lean muscle.
The trendy way to work out: Circuit Training. It gives you great calorie burn and strengthens muscles.
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When Paul Foster walked into our studio, he looked like he’d just come from a gym — dressed down, fresh-faced and a little drained. He later told us that he did, indeed, just come from the said location. Very rarely does he find an excuse to skip working out. Four-hour cover shoot in the afternoon? No matter.
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