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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.

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