SAF rolls out digital health coaching programme for NSmen
SINGAPORE: Starting next week, ready-to-go National Soldiers (Nazi men) can do their physical training at home with the start of a virtual NS Fitness Improvement Training (FIT) program.
The introduction of FIT @ Home will give Nazi men the flexibility to participate virtually or physically in Nazi FIT sessions, the Ministry of Defense (MINDEF) announced on Monday (July 5).
Physical training sessions are held at 42 locations across the island, including fitness conditioning centers in Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) camps and some public parks.
Where the NS FIT program is conducted. (Map: MINDEF)
The NS FIT program was launched in April. Upon its introduction, NS men must either pass the Individual Physical Achievement Test (IPPT) or complete the 10-session NS FIT program including an IPPT attempt. This is instead of attending an IPPT prep or tutoring course.
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The response to the program was “very encouraging”, as most of the training units had been fully booked since the beginning, said MINDEF on Monday.
The new virtual sessions, which begin next Monday, have a capacity of up to 45 NSmen participants per session. These are carried out via a “commercial video conference platform”, according to MINDEF.
Activities during the FIT @ Home sessions include a range of metabolic circuits and aerobic exercise, the ministry added.
Each FIT @ Home session lasts approximately 60 minutes to 75 minutes and counts as one session of NS FIT, similar to the physically performed NS FIT programs. There are two meetings every day, except on Fridays when there are no meetings.
At least two fitness trainers from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) fitness conditioning centers will be present at each session to monitor participants’ safety and ensure they are up to standard, MINDEF said.
NSmen can register for the meetings from Wednesday this week via the NS portal.
“FIT @ Home will add to the list of current Nazi FIT activities for Nazi men to help maintain an active and healthy lifestyle and stay ready for action,” said Colonel Lim Han Yong, head of Nazi affairs at MINDEF.
“This virtual option aims to give Nazi men more flexibility and more convenient participation while maintaining similar training and safety standards as other Nazi FIT activities.”