Fitness instructions in Singapore share alternative exercises to replace their least favourite ones

Fitness instructions in Singapore share alternative exercises to replace their least favourite ones

Cause my trainer said so

Text: Janice Sim

Endorphins aside, there's no question that any workout or intensive session in the gym calls for endurance and, at times pain. Given that none of us are in fact abnormally proficient at every single exercise in a HIIT class, we probably have already discovered our likes and our dislikes in the gym, albeit from learning it the hard way. Some of us abhor burpees, while others would do a hundred of those over mountain climbers.

The good news is, our fitness instructors have that going for them as well. Yes, it's assuring to find that underneath their perfectly sculpted bodies, they are human, after all. So we prodded a few of them on their personal kryptonite, and the next best substitutes one can do in order to achieve the same results. Side note: you can sneakily swap these in if you're ever attending one of their sessions. As long as it gets us there at the end of the day, right?

Tyen Rasif, personal trainer and founder of No Sweat

"My least favourite exercise is actually crunches. I find abs such a chore at the end of my workout and I find myself wanting to skip it. And at the end of the day, leg raises and planks make for better results as compared to doing 100 crunches. In my opinion, 3-4 sets of 10-15 reps of leg raises and planks are way more effective for a dynamic ab workout to get that tighter core."

Tyen Rasif

Bryan Tay, co-founder of boOm Singapore

"I'm not a big fan of the clap push-up because of the high impact on the wrist upon landing. I would rather be doing negative push-ups where you go down slow, increasing the time under tension, then pushing up fast to work on the fast twitch muscles."

Bryan Tay

Victoria Martin-Tay, co-founder of boOm Singapore

"My least favorite exercise would be a tuck jump. Some alternatives to this would be a broad jump or box/bench jump or even a squat jump. The goal is to use the explosive power in the legs to move the entire body. A lower impact exercise that similarly drives from the quads would be a step-up (on a bench, a big step etc)."


Barbara Latimer, instructor at Uppercut Boxing

"Running. Year after year, I've tried but it has never stuck. But it's also so good for getting a good sweat in and building stamina without actually having to go through HIIT. The alternative? Skipping. It's been a routine activity before a boxing session to warm the body up, but little do people realise how effective it actually is. It's been shown to burn up to 30% more calories than running; there's less impact on the joints — let's be honest, the older we get, the more injury prone we get."

Barbara Latimer

Jeremy Tan, founder of Pulse Lab

"My least favourite movement is box jumps because I have a phobia of hitting my shin on it. The best alternative would be box step ups. Step-ups are a useful exercise to add and rotate into your leg day workout as they can be done relatively easily, and you can modify the difficulty with the addition of weights. It's a beginner-friendly exercise that can serve as a great stepping stone to more advanced box jump alternatives."

Jeremy Tan

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