While there’s the glut of boxing gyms out there, here’s one that punches above its weight. The aptly named boOm Singapore (the stylised ‘o’s resemble jabs) is the brainchild of ex-Olympic swimmer, Bryan Tay and Victoria Martin-Tay. Along with shower facilities, changing rooms and a studio which can accommodate a 24-person group, participants can also opt for an intimate one-on-one in another space as well. A 45-minute session holds 10-rounds of punching a water-filled boxing bag and weight training. With its pulsating lights, thumping beats and sweating bodies, a typical sesh at boOm Singapore feels like a Saturday night at a Thai discotheque… and that’s not a bad thing. But there are two things that floored me: one, was the enthusiasm of the instructors. It’s equal parts encouragement and command that can nudge an exhausted spectator into throwing one more punch. Two, the curated playlist that pipes through the speakers for each session; there’s something about whaling to the rhythm of a techno dance tune on the cusp of a beat about to drop that can motivate one to go far beyond the limits.