Boutique gyms are seeing an increase in the number of children signing up for personal training packages, egged on by their parents who see children spending too much time on electronic devices and battling with obesity.
Parents like these are among a growing group of people concerned about their children’s health, behavior and posture issues in an environment saturated with smart devices.
One boutique gym, Ezfit, sees 15 children a month, age ranging fro 7 all the way to boys about to enter national service. Physique 360, another gym that accepts younger clients, has around 8 young children attend classes monthly. Their sessions typically cost around $100 per session, which lasts 45 minutes to an hour.
Gym owners say that the added privacy and customization to a child’s needs is what attracts parents and their children to their classes. The children who attend the classes often lack interest in sports because they feel they are not fit enough.
Obesity figures in Singapore have been creeping up in recent years, with statistics showing an increase from 10% in 2000 to 12% in 2014. If a child is overweight at age 7, says a study by the Heath Promotion board, he has a 70% chance of growing up into an overweight or obese adult.