It has been a long while since I last joined a training session doing local hikes. It was not unexpected to see surprised faces and receiving comments like “I bet you have more stamps on your passport than your footprints on local trails, Simon”.
For the record, I do my workout at the MacRitchie Tree Top walk at least once a week, ok?
In preparation for next April’s Trek For Hope: The Himalayan Panoramas, me and a few of the participants joined FitnessKakis last weekend at Mount Faber, Singapore’s 2nd tallest hill standing at 105 metres. Don’t laugh! We also have void deck weddings and funerals, so for the foreigners who may be reading this, we aren’t envious of your tall mountains!
The meetup note read: this session is quite challenging and some level of fitness is required. It is designed for participants planning for their overseas trekking trips.
The Training Plan:
Warm Up: Briskwalk from meeting point to base of Mount Faber Loop.
Set 1: Walk up slope from Mount Faber Loop – Mount Faber Point – Mount Faber Peak – Marang Trail. This set we will not rush to allow participants to have more time to warm up, have group photo taking sessions, and become familiar with the route.
Set 2 & above: Repeat as per Set 1, but at a faster speed. Participants can choose to briskwalk, jog, or run. Second set will be personal time and target. For fast walkers/joggers/runners, Set 3 can be repeated.
The second set will start from Marang Trail, which is the end point of Set 1.
Sunset at Mount Faber: You can stay on to view the sunset at Mount Faber. Around 6.45pm – 7.10pm.
Distance: Approx 5km per loop
Target: 2-3 loops (based on your fitness level, progress gradually)
End Point: HarbourFront MRT
Keep to the side of the road and head westward along Henderson Road until you come to a small slip road called Morse Road. Turn right. You would have walked approximately 500m from your starting point at HarbourFront MRT.
There will be tourist buses driving up and down at this stretch of the road. You can see in this pic that there isn’t a proper walkway for pedestrians. So please walk with care.
Keep walking and follow the sign that points to Faber Peak. Total distance covered at this point: 2km.
Lots of photo opportunities here.
After taking your time at the summit, take the garden trail that leads you towards the Mount Faber cable car station.
Total distance covered at this point: approximately 3 km.
Continue your walk along the Marang Trail that leads to the flight of 180 odd steps. Do as many up-down routines as you wish.
At the end (or beginning, depending of where you start) of the Marang trail, follow the route that leads you to Mount Faber Walk. It will lead you nicely back to the HarbourFront MRT. This is considered one loop. You can choose to end your training here or go for another loop.
Workout Details for one loop (including 2 routines on the Marang Trail steps)
Distance covered: 4.3km
Duration: 1 hour 18 minutes
Elevation Gained: 85metres
Calories burnt: 620
This workout session was led by Jenny Loo, who set up FitnessKakis (FK). FK is a group of like-minded kakis who meet up regularly to exercise together. Their trainers are certified fitness professionals, who volunteer their valuable time to conduct free classes to encourage members to pursue an active lifestyle. To join their activities, join them in their Meetup group: http://meetu.ps/c/2HTG8/nh3Nl/a
FitnessKakis is also one of the training partner for Adventures Unlimited’s organised hiking events. Join us at our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/theadventurevillage/ where Singapore’s outdoor hiking community meets.