Fitness: Box without bruises & still get in shape with aqua boxing

Punching water-filled bags while engaging in high-intensity interval training catches on fast

Aqua boxing is a newfangled workout where participants use water-filled punching bags in a neon-lit room, to the beat of club music. See what it's like at boutique gym Ground Zero.
Participants throwing punches during an aqua-bag boxing class at Ground Zero. It is a newfangled boxing workout concept that has been gaining popularity in Singapore. It is suitable for beginners with no boxing experience but they should still be rel
Participants throwing punches during an aqua-bag boxing class at Ground Zero. It is a newfangled boxing workout concept that has been gaining popularity in Singapore. It is suitable for beginners with no boxing experience but they should still be relatively fit as the classes are physically challenging.PHOTO: DON WONG FOR THE SUNDAY TIMES

Leona Hui has spent most of her life hitting punching bags filled with sand. But lately the 31-year-old national boxer has been throwing jabs and hooks at a tear drop-shaped bag in a room illuminated by neon lights and hit songs.

In between rounds of punches, she drops down to burpees and mountain climbers and cajoles the 18 participants in the room to follow suit.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 11, 2018, with the headline 'Box without bruises & still get in shape'. Subscribe