Growing up, Victoria Martin-Tay was very inactive, she confides. Meanwhile, Bryan Tay competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics – the only male swimmer from SG to qualify that year.
That’s why, when the married couple decided to open boOm Singapore in 2017, they wanted the space and workouts offered to be accessible to anyone, of all fitness levels. Before that, the then-part-time fitness instructors and Ivy League grads were holding down day jobs. “We found that teaching and being a part of someone else’s development was more rewarding than anything we had experienced in our corporate careers,” they share.
With multi-level group classes – ranging from cardio and resistance to circuit training and boot camps – the all-are-welcome studio caters to people who have never worked out before as well as seasoned athletes. As a result, their empowering instruction style quite often turns first-time clients into loyal advocates for boOm Singapore.
The duo admits it’s difficult to allocate quality time outside their day-to-day business operations, but they try to hike, jog, cook and bake together. To simplify their self-care routines, they go with local brand Sigi Skin for its vegan skincare products. And, while they enjoy unwinding after work with a simple meal at home over conversations that have nothing to do with work (if possible!), Bar Cicheti tops their list of favourite eateries in Singapore for its delectable pastas and organic wines.
By Sara Lyle Bow, Muneerah Bee, Melodi Ghui + Christopher Ong Ujine, The Finder Issue 300, September 2019