Bouldering @ Kinetics Climbing

Bouldering

Bouldering is rock climbing stripped down to its raw essentials, leaving behind ropes and harnesses. Climbs are usually less than 6 metres, high enough to challenge yourself, but not so high that it intimidates you. It is a physically and mentally demanding sport, one that often tests your strength, endurance, agility, and balance along with your mental control. The physical and mental benefits from bouldering makes it an extremely productive way for you to train for the Spartan Race, which requires a combination of these skills.

At Kinetics Climbing, our walls range in difficulty from beginner to advance.  Every segment of each wall has different vertical angles and various difficulty levels to ensure a constant flow of new challenges. Every climb, or “problem”, has its own solution, and to successfully climb it you need to work it out. At our gym, you often get several people working on boulder problems together, exchanging tips and tricks at the same time, making bouldering a friendly and social sport.

Beginner Bouldering Class

For starters, we offer the Beginner Bouldering Course. This session (1.5 hrs) introduces you to the basics of bouldering and works on your physical and mental strengths required for the Spartan Race. You will learn some basic climbing techniques to help you “solve the problems” at our gym, and conquer obstacles such as the Traverse Wall and Wall Climb with ease, work on your upper body strength required for the Rope Climb and Hercules Hoist for the Spartan Race. Sign up with your friends now and begin your bouldering journey with us today!

Check out our website (www.kineticsclimbing.com.sg/courses) for our course dates and register online now!

 

 

 


Pronation

Everyone will pronate as we are running, this is normal for everyone.

What is pronation exactly?

Pronation is the inward movement of the foot as it rolls to distribute the force of impact when we are running and every time our foot hit the ground. Basically, the foot “rolls” inward slightly and makes contact with the ground. It helps to support your body weight without any problem. Pronation is necessary for proper shock absorption as it helps you push off evenly from the front of the foot while running. Although pronation is a natural movement of the foot, the size of the runner’s arch can affect its ability to roll. This can cause either supination (underpronation) or over pronation. If a runner who has a normal arch, he or she will best suit in a stability shoe which offers moderate pronation control. Runners with flat feet usually over pronate will need a motion-control shoe that controls pronation. High-arched runners who underpronate will require a neutral-cushioned shoe that encourages a more natural foot motion.

Shirlyn is trained in the biomechanics and gait cycle of the foot, and is a certified Master Fit Technician USA. She is also certified by Aetrex USA in ‘Shoes & Orthotics Fitting’ and ‘Conservative Footcare Management’. She currently runs Powerup Express Pte.Ltd. in Kallang Wave Mall which offers a variety of sports equipment and booking of physiotherapy


Aerial Yoga

Aerial yoga—Why its good to hang upside down

My aerial journey started purely by accident and generally out of curiosity. One could even say I stumbled upon it. It was likely a result of a perceived mid-life crisis that I was on the hunt for doing something completely different.While in that mode, I happened to walk by an aerial studio in my neighbourhood mall.

“What is this all about?” I asked naively, captivated by the glossy images of graceful women hanging upside down with great poise in hammocks, trapezes, silks and hoops. “Just try!”, they said. Try I did, and hooked I quickly became. Could it be that all along, I was harboring an innate desire to run away and join Cirque du Soleil? The challenge – and satisfaction – of executing a dance routine while suspended in mid-air is nothing short of exhilarating. Over time, I also found that the regular aerial sessions gradually improved my strength and overall core, which meant that I kept getting stronger for the Spartan races!

Aerial yoga is gentler, slightly less dramatic, but no less challenging as compared to aerial arts. Executing traditional yoga moves while using the hammock as support, or as a tool to enhance the difficulty level, is an extremely effective way of stretching towards greater flexibility and heightened core strength. Adding the hammock to your yoga routine forces you to focus more as your body is learning to do something quite different. The yoga moves can be done while standing, sitting or even while suspended upside down in the hammock. Personally, I love being upside down as the rush of blood to my head can be quite thrilling. It’s also a great back stretch! The best part of each aerial yoga class is of course at the end when you get to cocoon yourself in the hammock and just r-e-l-a-x.

Many of us are spending more time behind a desk, or attached to a mobile device. The fixed posture that we subject our bodies to tends to result in a lot of tightness in our necks, backs, hip flexors, hamstrings, everywhere. We owe it to ourselves and our personal well-being to loosen everything up. Mobility is something we should not take for granted and we should absolutely ensure we maintain it while we still can. That is why I am a huge fan of stretching every single day and aerial arts / yoga is a critical component of that regimen.

Just try….

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Spartan Race Asia

Since its founding in 2010, Spartan has grown from a small race in Vermont to a way of life that empowers people around the globe.Most recently, Spartan has made its way to Asia thanks to the efforts of an incredible team. To get a glimpse of what’s happening on the other side of the world, we called up two key players in the spread of the Spartan movement in Asia: Steffan Fung and Jack Lian.

INTRODUCING: STEFFAN FUNG

SR: Who are you, and what do you do?

SF: “I’m Steffan Fung, Director of Endurance and Training (for Asia Pacific). My role is to plan, manage, and execute the Endurance events (Hurricane Heat, Agoge), and also Training (Spartan SGX) over here. I also help with the Race Directing/Quality Management of Spartan Races in Asia Pacific. “You can look at me like Tony Matesi, John Gauch, Joe Di, and Denise all rolled into one, in Asia-Pacific. I’m the extension of Spartan Race, Inc. in Asia.”

SR: That’s a lot of people to be all at once. Is there anything else you do that’s amazing?

SF: “I’m the first and only person in Asia that is fully trained in all branches of Spartan, being SGX/SOS-trained, gone through race director training, conducted Hurricane Heat, been through Agoge both as a participant and as a Krypteia.”

SR: You’re an endurance guy. What’s your favorite workout?

SF: “I love multisport (swim, runs) because it takes the boredom out of training. I also love Dragonboat, CrossFit training, [and] OCR. I [have been] ex-military in Commandos/Special Forces for 16 years [and have] done a multitude of sports and endurance events.”

SR: Let’s talk about Spartan as a movement. How is it catching on in Singapore, or Asia more generally?

SF: “Slowly but surely, we are seeing OCR-type events gaining traction. From traditional pure running events, we now have themed runs, and now we have OCR. We have a footprint in Singapore, Malaysia, Korea and Australia, and slowly we are seeing more people jumping [in]. I’m excited to spread this to more countries in Asia.”

SR: What do you think is the biggest difference between Spartan Asia and Spartan in the Western world? What’s the same?

SF: “The main difference is [the culture]. There is a need to localise content to suit Asian needs, as we [Asians] are just starting on the Spartan Journey. However, the culture of excellence remains the same, the desire to stay gritty and sporty is no different in the Western World and Asia.”

SR: Have you seen individual lives changed?

SF: “Yes, I had a personal friend who used to be a couch potato. He started doing CrossFit after watching CrossFit games on TV, but he wasn’t able to make it to regionals as he was not that fit yet. However, Spartan Race was able to give him the challenge he needed, and he is now in a better shape than ever before.

INTRODUCING: SGX COACH JACK LIAN

SR: Where did you grow up?

JL: “I grew up in Singapore, so I have pretty much been living in the urban jungle for all my life.”

SR: What’s your athletic background?

JL: “I was part of the track and field team in my Primary school. When I went on to secondary school and subsequently junior college, I was exposed to cross country and from there, running became part of my life. “After years of running, I went on to [the] National Service [which] exposed me to the importance of having well-rounded fitness. I started to delve into calisthenics and the sport of kettlebell. Soon, I found out that balancing these [two] sports with running not only makes me stronger but less prone to injuries as well. Ever since then, I became a huge advocate of developing all-round fitness.”

SR: How did you find Spartan?

JL: “I was surfing Youtube one day [and saw] people going through mud, carrying sandbags, [Atlas stones], and monkey bars while running through a course, [and it] looked really fun. I finally got a chance to race my first Spartan Race at Temecula together with Steffan this year. We did the Super on Saturday [and the] Sprint on… Sunday and really had a blast.”

SR: You also completed the Agoge 001. What on earth compelled you to transition straight from the races to such a grueling event?

JL: “Being an ultrarunner who craves… challenges, I decided to ramp up the challenge by trying out…the inaugural [Winter] Agoge held [in] Pittsfield, Vermont. It was -20 [degrees Fahrenheit] and below…[my] first experience with snow. And although I was freezing like hell (I [come] from a tropical climate), I pushed through it because I really wanted to finish an event [that was] such a rare opportunity to take part in. The Agoge really taught me ways to overcome adversities and keep working towards [my] True North.”

SR: And what do you think is your True North?

JL: “My True North is to inspire and help people not only to just achieve their fitness goals, but to dare to pursue their passion and achieve the life goals that they set for themselves.”

SR: For those Spartans on this side of the world who don’t know what you do, what is your involvement in Spartan Asia?

JL: “I am an SGX-certified coach and will be helping Steffan out with the Spartan events in Asia and definitely be participating in the Spartan events here in Asia. During the Malaysia Super held in March this year, I helped conduct the Hurricane Heat as a Krypteia. There also is the Singapore Spartan Super coming up this May, and I am definitely looking forward to it.”


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