Fit.Right.In – Challenge in Progress

WANTED: The man in the picture below has been charged with physical abuse infliced on the owner of this blog. Warning: Do not approach him for personal training unless you are committed to improve yourself – to become fitter and healthier; look better with more confidence.

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Pardon me for the lack of blog posts recently as I have been busy getting my fat ass kicked by my personal trainer, Jensen Arabejo from Physical ABuse Fitness Center. Into my third week of training, we did a quick check on my weight and I’m happy with the results although my abs are still not showing.

About my trainer: Jensen is trained to be nurse but his love for fitness and sports led him to become certified physical trainer. As an athlete, he enjoys challenges and extreme sports. His passion in sports and fitness is the reason why he is able to motivate and push his clients for the benefits of reaching their own goals. Prior to working in Singapore, he was based in Macau as a fitness trainer and his expertise includes weight loss & toning, strengthening, weight gain and sports conditioning especially for basketball and swimming.

My training began as once a week, one hour per session work out with Jensen. Each session starts with warm-up exercise follows by two sets of repetitive circuit training. During the week, I also attended the various group classes with Tiffany, because the best way to lose weight is to combine cardiovascular exercises with weights training.

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Tiffany and I went for Drums Alive, the latest calorie-burning workout using drum sticks and Swiss balls. The well-coordinated rhythmic class lets us fulfill our rock star fantasy while burning fats at the same time. Besides this unique group exercise, we also attended two classes of Zumba together. The first was conducted by Jasmine who incorporated K-pop songs and dance moves to the work out. For me, the moves were more of an advance level and my two left feet were trying hard to keep up. Thank goodness the Saturday Zumba classes conducted by Ridhuan consists of much simple moves but are of high impact, causing me to perspire more.

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What I really love about Physical Abuse Fitness Center are the friendly personal trainers and crowd. Most people who go to Physical Abuse know their personal fitness goal, and the spirit of camaraderie towards health and fitness is very motivating. Even though this boutique gym is not as big as the major fitness chain, it has all the equipments we need and we seldom need to wait in order to use the facilities unlike when I was working out in CF or FF.

Losing weight is a balance between our input and output, simply working out once or twice a week is not sufficient. Diet control is another key area we need to note. During this period of challenge, I cut down on carbohydrates and feed on fish soup or Yong Tau Foo for dinner after work out.

Although every hour of physical training with Jensen feels like eternity, but time does fly by quickly. It’s nearing the end of this Fit Right In challenge. So, who do you think will win this challenge? Check out Tiffany’s blog post here and watch out for the release of result soon!

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Details

Address: 2 Havelock Road, #01-28/29, Singapore 059763

Contact number: +65 6536 5580

Website: www.physicalabuse.com.sg

Facebook: www.facebook.com/physicalabusefitnesscenter

Instagram: @PhysicalAbuse

Fit.Right.In – Challenge Accepted

4 weeks, 4 personal trainings, 2 bloggers but only 1 winner. Who will be the ultimate winner of Physical ABuse fitness center’s Fit Right In Challenge? In this part 1 of 3 series, Malcolm shares his reasons why he embarks on this physical challenge and his confident on winning this get fit assignment.

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Turning three zero next year, I make a personal promise to get fit and look fab before age catches up and my body metabolism rate slows down. My resolution for this year is to get back in shape, but being occupied with studies and blogging at the first half of the year, and now with professional work and writing as my main excuses for not exercising.

It was a wake up call when I received the invitation from Physical ABuse to challenge Tiffany Yong to shape up.

I have not been a stranger to weight loss, in fact during my Basic Military Training (BMT) course I was able to tone up and look fit. Few years ago, through a life coaching project, I was able to lose 7 kg in 7 weeks. Although right now, procrastination and laziness are my biggest hurdles to get rid of my love handles.

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The benefits of workout include staying healthy, looking good and feeling confident; as popular meme says, “I don’t workout to be healthy, I do it to look good naked”. Though it may sound NSFW (not safe for work) but it’s still a form of motivation.

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Physical intimacy aside, physical training is hard work! When I did the physical assessment and found out that I only need to lose 4.5 kg of fats, I was over-confident.  And during the fitness assessment, I almost fainted after 10 minutes on the step machine.

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The other concern is that I’m recovering from my left wrist injury. Right now, I’m unable to bend my wrist hence exercises that require pushing motion, like push up, are not recommended.  This gives my personal trainer,  Jenson additional challenge to create a workout that is suitable for me.

Even with these internal and external factors standing in my path, I am determined to win this fat burning challenge. Follow my live tweets from @MalcolmSunny or #FRIChallenge for real time updates about this challenge. Also check out Tiffany’s updates via @tiffanyyongwt and her blog post here.

Join Me – Be Fit and Feel Fab 

Voted Best Gym for the commitment probe, Physical ABuse is currently offering the Fit Right In package which includes 4 personal trainings with unlimited gym access and group workout classes at only $819 $240. Simply quote “Malcolm Sunny #FRIChallenge” to enjoy the promotion price, call 6536 5580 to book an appointment with Physical ABuse now.

About Physical ABuse

Physical ABuse is a brand new fitness center located in central Singapore, Havelock Road. A winner of CLEO Body Awards 2013 and SHAPE Awards 2013, it’s the fitness centre where keeping fit, feeling right and being in are goals for everyone. You will find exciting array of exercises from personal training to aerobics and dance, boot camps to yoga and Pilates.

It is the first to launch Drums Alive – the latest calorie-burning workout with rhythmic fun; and to incorporate Dirty Dancing and KpopDan-Z into its trendy group workout classes. Physical ABuse is a state-of-the-art gym with the latest functional training equipments, a kickboxing corner, and even vibration training that doubles the speed to fat-loss!

Address: 2 Havelock Road, #01-28/29, Singapore 059763

Contact number: +65 6536 5580

Website: www.physicalabuse.com.sg

Facebook: www.facebook.com/physicalabusefitnesscenter

Instagram: @PhysicalAbuse

Yoga in the Sky at Mind-Body-Spirit Festival 2013

Last Sunday 12 May 2013, I attended the Mind-Body-Spirit Festival organised by Singapore Flyer in conjunction with Mother’s Day celebration. With the day-pass ticket, there are various classes to choose from and at different venues to provide unique experience for all.

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Yoga, pilates, fitness marathon and  mass workout are some of the selection available. Eventually I decided to train my abs and headed for the yoga class held at Bayview Room at level 2.

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The YogaDivas CORE workshop was presented by yoga instructor, Sarah Powell from YogaDivas. Yoga is not just about gentle stretching, during the one-hour session, we learned to discover our inner strength and also had fun with arm balances. If you think yoga is just for girls, don’t be misled by the YogaDivas name, there were a couple other guys attending the class with me.

Sarah started the class with relaxation breathing exercise before proceeding to stretching and balancing on our core muscles and arms. Most of the poses were manageable except for a few which were rather challenging. Sarah also demonstrated varied versions of the pose to achieve the desired result without hurting ourselves. After the one hour, I could really feel my abs again!

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As I was recovering from my previous yoga class, I met up with the organisers who gladly informed me that they had specially arranged for a workout in the sky for me. Although I was feeling slightly tired but the idea of doing yoga in the sky excited me (click here to read my previous experience with doing yoga inside the capsule).

The special class of Hatha Yoga was presented by Master Ankan Kumar Sarkar from Sky Fitness. Hatha Yoga is the most ancient, complete and popular system of yoga for mental and physical health. It is a science of breathing, purification and synchronization on the physical and mental dimensions. During the two rotations of one hour, we learned the ancient techniques of esanas (postures) and pranayama – good health, peace prosperity, longevity and self-realization.

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Doing yoga inside the capsule is an amazing experience. Imagine seeing the Marina Bay district 165 metres above the ground in an upside-down position. The beautiful scenery makes enduring the more challenging postures so much more enjoyable. It is an experience that is not offered everyday.

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I would like to thank Singapore Flyer for the lovely invitation and I really hope that can make the Mind-Body-Spirit Festival a yearly event or have more classes of yoga, pilates or fitness workout in the sky so many others can enjoy the unique experience.

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[Glowing with glee and a touch of wellness after two sessions of yoga in one day.]

Check out Singapore Flyer’s website at www.singaporeflyer.com for their next exciting event and upcoming promotions.

Sarah conducts regular outdoor yoga classes. Find out more about YogaDivas at http://www.yogadivas.biz/

Sky Fitness offers a variety of fitness classes at their venue in HarbourFront and Serangoon Gardens. Visit www.skyfitness.com.sg for more information.