A lot of people have taken to the idea of exercising at home in recent years, especially during the Covid-19 circuit breaker period when Gyms are temporarily closed.
However, one adventurous fitness trainer took it a step further by using the bare deck under his HDB block to conduct training classes.
However, he was forced to put an end to it after residents complained that his actions were a public nuisance.
Going to TikTok on August 27, username Stannersssss posted a video of a notice shared by Choa Chu Kang City Council regarding his use of the void deck at Block 457 at Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4.
The notice, dated February 19, reads, “The City Council has received feedback from residents using the empty deck as a temporary gym.
“Such activities [are] It is strictly prohibited as it obstructs the empty surface and causes noise disturbance to other residents.”
Stannersssss previously shared the same notice on August 7, while Accusing the municipal council of committing “murder” [his] gains”.
Speaking to AsiaOne on Tuesday (August 30), the man, who only wanted to be named as Stanley, expressed bewilderment at the complaints about his makeshift gym.
Describing how he has had “only positive experiences” with residents there, the 36-year-old said: “The police also called me at times when my clients and I weren’t making noise.
“I don’t see the problem here, because I’m not the only one who does.”
He said police also inquired about the identities of his clients earlier in February after a resident complained about them being a public nuisance, but Stanley added that he holds no grudges toward men in blue because it’s part of their job.
While Stanley had seven years of experience as a personal trainer, he moved his base of operations closer to home during the Covid-19 circuit breaker two years ago.
After being kicked out of the empty deck, Stanley told AsiaOne that he now trains his clients along the common lane outside his unit where he charges about $100 per session, adding that he has received no complaints from neighbors.
Stanley noted that the used gym equipment will be dismantled and kept in his apartment after these sessions.
In the comments, many netizens speculated about why the city council had banned Stanley from building a makeshift gym on the empty rooftop.
“I think they scared people from throwing weights and breaking tiles,” one netizen said, while Stanley responded that a resident told him that people skating there caused more damage and problems.
AsiaOne has contacted Chua Chu Kang City Council and the police for more information.
population It is allowed to carry out business from home without consent Provided it does not harm neighbors and the living environment, according to the Urban Redevelopment Authority on its website.
On whether Stanley’s use of the common lane would violate fire safety guidelines, the Singapore Civil Defense Force (SCDF) stated on its website that No obstruction allowed when descending stairs.
However, HDB residents are allowed to place items along the driveway if they can be easily folded or removed in times of emergency, SCDF added.
In another similar incident about the construction of gyms in HDB apartments, a resident He turned the elevator foyer at Block 621 Woodlands Drive 52 into his own gym In October 2020.
A neighbor described his frustration at crowding the elevator lobby with gym equipment, adding that it was frustrating and inconsiderate.
Later, the resident was ordered to take the equipment out of the elevator lobby, according to a then-Sembawang City Council spokesperson.