You're aware that all, if not most, gyms are focused on the body. But here's one that gives primary attention to the brain. As a muscle, it stands to reason that the brain needs exercise to optimise the brain's health and performance. Called Sparkd, the gym uses the latest in tech that's backed by scientific research that target areas of the brain while engaging in physical movements.
Sparkd is open to all. From children to the elderly, homemakers to salarymen, Sparkd's programmes can be tailored according to the participant to test his or her mental capacities. Even those with neurological conditions can exercise and train their brain to work stronger and more efficiently.
The classes that Sparkd offer 45-minute group classes or an hour of one-on-one sessions. The classes combine physical activity with cognitive exercises that include an amalgamation of HIIT, strength, flexibility, coordination, agility and cognitive activities. Examples of programmes include calculation of a math problem and racing to hit a button with the correct answer and playing an augmented reality game to measure and hone spatial awareness.
But these are just scratching the surface of your mind. The misconception many will have is that IQ scores is not a proper assessment of your brain. Your cognition is a complex machine, where one might be strong in areas of memory and weaker in problem solving. Different measurements are needed to truly understand one's cognitive abilities.
An assessment of your brain is taken before and after an activity. The information gathered allows for a more informed decisions in future activities.
Sparkd has coaches, who are brain health certified and there is a neuro rehab space on-site with a specialised therapist to provide dedicated services to anyone with cognitive conditions like cerebral palsy, Parkinson's or Alzheimer's.
During the rest of Phase Two Lite, Sparkd is still open for private one-on-one sessions, outdoor classes, online classes and intimate in-studio classes capped at five participants.
Sparkd is still open during the lockdown. Book your classes through MindBody online, the MindBody App and online. Contact them at +65 9151 8930 or on the website for further enquiries.