Get fit at the clubs

Prepare to get sweaty at Zouk and Millian club at St James Power Station next Saturday - not in your party frocks but yoga pants and running shoes.

The two clubs are holding a fun run and fitness festival respectively in the day time.

Millian, a nightclub which opened in February, will host St James Fitness Festival, a full-day affair of workouts, including zumba, calisthenics and yoga. Prices for a class start at $20.

Each hour-long class will be led by a specialised fitness instructor, including Jessamyn Stanley, a plus- sized American yoga instructor well-known for challenging the stereotype that yoga is for skinny people. The Instagram star will also be giving a talk on body positivity.

Meanwhile, Zouk is kick-starting its closing campaign before its big move to Clarke Quay with The Zouk Run, a 3km fun run around its current home in Jiak Kim Street. The party institution is scheduled to relocate at the end of this year or early next year.


American yoga instructor Jessamyn Stanley will hold a class and give a talk at the St James Fitness Festival at Millian. PHOTO: COURTESY OF JESSAMYN STANLEY

Open to all ages, the run is a way for the club to reach out to past and present patrons, says Ms Sofie Chandra, Zouk Consulting's head of marketing and events.

"Zouk has been the second home to many dance music lovers for the past 25 years and has amassed a generation of revellers. With the move, we thought why not hold something that can bring together generations of dance music lovers to commemorate the Jiak Kim warehouse."

The run is co-organised with events agency Pink Apple, which is responsible for holding many fun runs including the Garfield Run and Hello Kitty Run Singapore.

The Zouk Run will flag off from Jiak Kim Street and pass through the Alexandra Park Connector before returning to the club. Three resident Zouk DJs will be spinning the decks at two checkpoints along the route.

Participants can choose from four themes - Mambo King, Podium Queen, The Shuffler and The Musichead - each with a different T-shirt and party prop. Runners also get a finisher's medal and free entry to all Zouk outlets - subject to age limits - that night.

This is the first time Zouk is organising a fitness activity, but Millian has tried out hosting exercise sessions on its premises. In an evening in August, it held two exercise classes - zumba and U-Jam Fitness, a high- energy urban dance workout.

  • BOOK IT /ST JAMES FITNESS FESTIVAL

  • WHERE: Millian, St James Power Station,3 Sentosa Gateway

    WHEN: Nov 5, 11am to 10pm

    ADMISSION: From $20 to $35 for a class (aged 13 and above). The yoga and body positivity talk by Jessamyn Stanley is $5

    INFO: www.themammothco.com


    THE ZOUK RUN

    WHERE: Zouk, 17 Jiak Kim Street

    WHEN: Nov 5, from 5pm

    ADMISSION: $42, registration closes tomorrow

    INFO: www.thezoukrun.com

The St James Fitness Festival is organised by The Mammoth Collaborative, a production and promotions company. Exploring ways to make good use of the club after hours, the company wanted to offer an alternative experience that benefited non-clubbers too.

"The festival promotes a healthy lifestyle through fitness in a venue that typically comes alive only during the night for entertainment and merrymaking," says the company's director Jonathan Zhang.

The company is considering plans to grow the festival to other venues at St James. So far, more than 70 per cent of tickets have been sold.

Operations manager Sylvia Tan, 26, attended the zumba class in August and plans to sign up for the talk and session by Stanley as she is a fan of the yogi.

"I never thought about working out in a club before," she says. "But it was fun and I work nearby, so it was convenient too."

Zouk regular Danil Palma, 22, has signed up for the club's inaugural run in the afternoon and might go clubbing after that.

"I didn't expect them to organise a fun run. But then again, Zouk does a lot of unexpected things," the marketing executive says.

"I could never imagine running before a party, but let's see how sweaty I get."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 29, 2016, with the headline 'Get fit at the clubs'. Print Edition | Subscribe