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Train High-intensity at Home with These On-demand Fitness Apps

by Voices Wellness 10 May 2021
Photo: Les Mills

Despite the tightened COVID-19 measures in Singapore, these comprehensive apps allow you to continue your high-intensity workouts at home. By SAMANTHA FRANCIS.

Currently, only low-intensity physical activities are allowed to continue at indoor gyms and fitness studios as a result of tightened COVID-19 measures in Singapore. While this comes as bad news for those who prefer high-intensity workouts such as HIIT (high-intensity interval training), indoor cycling, and boxing, there are plenty of apps that allow you to continue exercising the way you do in the comfort of home.

The ongoing pandemic has seen the emergence of many on-demand fitness apps that encourage people to upkeep their workout regimes while maintaining social distancing. Launched by established gyms and fitness companies in Singapore and beyond, these apps not only dole out well-instructed videos whether live or pre-recorded, but also hold users accountable by tracking their progress.

Here’s what we’re using:

Photo: Les Mills

Les Mills On Demand

If you’re a member of gyms like Fitness First and Core Collective, chances are, you’ve encountered Les Mills classes. The New Zealand company which provides licensed workout routines to fitness centres now has a full-fledged app that offers online workouts across categories like strength, yoga, cardio, HIIT, dance, and more. Developed to scientifically improve fitness results from home, these workouts are offered in variations of three to 12-week plans. Led by world-class instructors from around the globe, the classes include both live sessions and pre-recorded ones.

More information here.

Photo: Alo Moves

Alo Moves

While one might argue that yoga is a relatively low-intensity form of workout, Vinyasa-style flows and hot yoga can certainly work up a sweat. On Alo Moves, users can enjoy unlimited access to thousands of video classes taught by renowned instructors such as Dylan Werner, Briohny Smyth, and Jacy Cunningham for US$20 a month or US$199 a year. Classes include yoga styles like Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, and Yin, alongside Barre, Meditation, and HIIT, all scaled to your level of practice.

More information here.

Photo: Ritual

Ritual Anywhere 

Loved for their signature 30-minute workouts, Ritual specialises in HIIT-style workouts using free weights and bodyweight movements. As one of the first gyms to push out an app during Singapore’s circuit breaker last year, they offer personalised HIIT workout sessions from home, with options to customise exercises to suit any location and any type of equipment—even if you have none at all. Users can input details like their goals, fitness abilities, and mood, so as to generate a fully guided workout that’s tailored for them.

More information here.

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No Sweat

Inspired by Tyen Rasif’s sculpted physique? Give her training app a try. The personal trainer and effervescent host of Clicknetwork’s fitness show “No Sweat” launched the app as a solution to overwhelming requests for her personal training sessions. The app offers customised fitness programmes spanning four-week, 12-week, and one-year plans for users to cater to their short and long-term fitness goals. Without the need for a gym space or equipment, the workouts are bodyweight-based and easy-to-follow. User progress is also easily tracked, with interactive feedback from Tyen herself.

More information here.

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