Put true fitness to the test at the red-x games

Above: The speed station at the Red-X Games includes a 2x20m shuttle run, a 2.4km run and a 20m sprint. Below: At the endurance station, participants will do sit-ups, push-ups and squats for two minutes per exercise.
At the endurance station, participants will do sit-ups, push-ups and squats for two minutes per exercise.PHOTOS: SINGAPORE SPORTS HUB
Above: The speed station at the Red-X Games includes a 2x20m shuttle run, a 2.4km run and a 20m sprint. Below: At the endurance station, participants will do sit-ups, push-ups and squats for two minutes per exercise.
The speed station at the Red-X Games includes a 2x20m shuttle run, a 2.4km run and a 20m sprint.PHOTOS: SINGAPORE SPORTS HUB

Free 30-minute circuit session with 5 stations to be held next Sunday at National Stadium

Being able to lift heavy weights at the gym does not necessarily make you a fit person. Nor is long-distance running a holistic workout on its own.

Those keen to put their overall physical fitness to the test can register for the Red-X Games, a 30-minute circuit training session with five stations, to be held at the National Stadium next Sunday from 9am to 1pm.

Organised by local fitness community Superfit, it is one of many free activities at the National Stadium Open House from March 24-28.

At the endurance station, participants aged 13 and above will do sit-ups, push-ups and squats for two minutes per exercise.

The agility station has a T-test, where they will sprint, back-pedal and shuffle from cone to cone to measure how quickly they can change direction.

A 2x20m shuttle run and a 2.4km run will assess their anaerobic and aerobic capacity respectively, followed by a 20m sprint at the speed station.

ALL AROUND

We should aim to be fit across all aspects. You wouldn't want (to be) someone who is strong but cannot run or someone who can run but can't do push-ups.

STEFFAN FUNG, Superfit managing director, on how fitness encompasses endurance, power and agility.


INCOMPLETE

I guess it's because I don't really use gym equipment. I do more bodyweight exercises like squats and I also swim regularly.

ADRIAN TAN, market research consultant, realising that he lacked upper-body strength after he tried the various stations at the Red-X Games.

Their scores at each station will be recorded to determine their overall fitness level.

There are many aspects to fitness, such as endurance, power and agility, said Steffan Fung, managing director of Superfit.

"We should aim to be fit across all aspects. You wouldn't want (to be) someone who is strong but cannot run or someone who can run but can't do push-ups," added the 38-year-old, who is also a trainer.

"It's a fun way for people to track their progress and see what they can improve on."

Market research consultant Adrian Tan realised he lacked upper-body strength after trying the various stations.

"I guess it's because I don't really use gym equipment," said the 42-year-old. "I do more bodyweight exercises like squats and I also swim regularly."

Free gifts are available for the first 200 registrations.

The Athletics Team Challenge next Sunday is another highlight at the open house, where kids aged five to 12 can compete at mini athletics stations offering sprints, hurdles, kids' javelin, medicine ball throw and modified high jump.

Running enthusiasts can also form teams of four and clock a combined 88.8km within three hours at the Asics Community Ultra Ekiden on March 24 and 25 at the 100Plus Promenade.

Zumba, yoga and cardio blast are also some of the fitness classes available. These activities will run from 5pm to 9pm on weekdays and 8.30am to 9pm on weekends.

Admission is free. Patrons can enter via National Stadium Gate 3 and will require proper sports attire and running shoes to get onto the track.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 18, 2018, with the headline 'Put true fitness to the test at the red-x games'. Print Edition | Subscribe