It’s not al­ways about the sweat

Shape (Singapore) - - From The Editor’s Desk - LOVE, Estelle

Ihave many girl­friends who equate a good work­out with lots of sweat. It’s per­fectly le­git to think that way. I too, tend to feel “cheated” when I go for an ex­er­cise class that leaves me as dry as when I first got to the gym. Of course, the full-on air-con­di­tion­ing is to blame, too.

But guess what, just be­cause you aren’t drip­ping sweat doesn’t mean that your work­out has been for noth­ing. To use sweat as an in­di­ca­tor for ex­er­cise ef­fi­cacy would only be fair for car­dio-based ses­sions, where heart rate is para­mount. When it comes to strength train­ing (which is re­ally im­por­tant for women, by the way), I’ve been proven time and again that the most tell­tale sign of an ef­fec­tive work­out is the sore­ness of my mus­cles the next day.

When I feel so achy that I have dif­fi­culty push­ing a glass door open, or when I walk down the stairs look­ing like I’ve got a wad of tis­sue stuck in my butt, that’s how I know I should sign up for the work­out again. And again.

Af­ter years of work­ing with fit­ness train­ers, I’ve learnt that when it comes to ex­er­cise, the weaker you are in some­thing, the more you need to be do­ing it. If, like me, you’re look­ing to get stronger in your arms/core/legs/any other body part, you’ll love the list of strength-train­ing (read: body-ton­ing) classes we’ve put to­gether in this is­sue on pg 42. The Shape team went around the is­land to try them, and took notes about what we re­ally like at each class. We hope you’ll en­joy the work­outs as much as we do.

If you aren’t a fan of vis­it­ing the gym or stu­dio, we’ve got two amaz­ing work­outs to try at home. On pg 20, our cover girl Roxanne Gan (the win­ner of Shape Fit Girl 2018) demon­strates a kick-ass me­tab­o­lism-boost­ing rou­tine de­signed by Amore Fit­ness. And on pg 60, learn to dial up the in­ten­sity dur­ing yoga, so you score big on both the mind and body ben­e­fits.

What­ever you choose, it’s time to shake up your rou­tine and get more out of your fit sesh. Re­mem­ber, sweat is not ev­ery­thing. Have fun!

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