• Training Older Adults

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    Giving something that an individual desperately lacks of can make a huge difference to that individual’s life. A thousand dollars can be life changing for someone living on the poverty line while a billionaire would likely not bat an eyelid over it. It’s the same for strength - one does not appreciate the role that strength plays in a person’s life until they find themselves in a situation whereby they lack the strength to perform simple activities of daily living Read more →

    Steps On Managing Training Around External Stress

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    There are times when our training schedule and quality are disrupted. Life happens and will disrupt our training schedule and it’s quality. It can be anything! From baby to work to just some other external factors that can disrupt your regular training performance. Depending on the severity of the disruption, I can suggest a few tips and tweaks that you can consider in your training. Read more →

    Hygieia Strength & Conditioning’s 2019 Year End Review

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    First of all, we at Hygieia Strength & Conditioning would like to thank you, our clients. Thank you for the opportunity to work with you, thank you for your continued trust in us and thank you for allowing us to make a living doing what we love to do. Read more →

    Get Strong In The New Year

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    In about a month’s time, millions of people around the world will set out hoping to be better versions of themselves in the new year with a tradition that dates back thousands of years – the New Year resolution. Read more →

    Consistency is Key

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    Oh boy, what a boring title! The content of this article could potentially be boring, as with the message that I’m trying to send across. What is said here is not a secret or “that one weird trick” but merely a reminder that if you want to be good at anything, you have to be consistent and put in the work. Read more →

    Strength Training and Sports Performance

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    Do a quick search for “sports specific training” or “sports performance training” online and you’ll find a plethora of websites marketing programs that promises to improve your performance in your selected sport. From sports like football to golf – if it’s an activity that’s popular enough, you can be sure that there’ll be programs being marketed to help you perform better. Read more →

    Strength Training and Older Adults

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    According to Singapore’s Department of Statistics, 13.7% of the resident population in 2018 are aged 65 years and over (Wong, 2018, pp.14). Thanks to advancements in science and technology, life expectancy at birth have increased from 80.9 years in 2008 to 83.2 years in 2018 and life expectancy at age 65 has increased from 19.3 years in 2008 to 21.1 years in 2018 (Wong, 2019, pp. 20). Read more →

    Losing Weight and Strength Training

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    Every once in a while, we get people walking into the gym and asking if strength training can help them if their goal is weight loss. Almost all of the time, they’re under the impression that weight loss means doing loads of cardio. In fact, many people still think that fitness is synonymous with cardio and that one’s cardiovascular capabilities is THE metric of how fit someone is. Read more →

    Training and Travelling

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    You’ve finalised your flights, booked your hotel and ready to go on your well-deserved holiday. While researching the location for places to see and things to eat, it dawns on you that you’ll be missing training sessions. You’ve been making good progress in the gym and dread the thought of not making progress or even worse, regressing. Read more →

    The Gloves Don’t Work, They Just Make It Worse

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    If you’re new to lifting weights and deadlifts are part of your training (as it should be), you’ll probably notice calluses forming on your palm just below the junction of your palm and fingers a few weeks into deadlifting with incrementally heavier weights. Read more →

    Patience in Strength Training

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    Over the past few years that I’ve been a strength coach, I’ve worked with with dozens of lifters and brought most of them through to the end of their Novice Linear Progression. It is indeed a very satisfying experience to get someone through the process of getting stronger and witnessing firsthand the effects strength has on an individual. Read more →

    How to Start Squatting

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    If you’re able to squat to proper depth (hip crease below the top of your kneecap) with a barbell on your back, this article isn’t for you. If you’re able to do a bodyweight squat to depth, this article isn’t for you as well. However, if you’re unable to perform an unassisted bodyweight squat to depth, read on.   Read more →

    Bar Placement In The Squat

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    An increasing number of people are realising the benefits of strength training and as a result, more people than ever are getting under barbells and squatting. The squat is the most important lift in the Starting Strength method is arguably the most important barbell lift Read more →


My interest in fitness started when I was around 19 years old. Being overweight for most of my growing up years, I decided to do something about it. After months of not being able to achieve the desired results, I began poring through books and articles about training and nutrition. The more I read, the more interested I became in this field, and got better results when the the newly discovered knowledge was applied. After 1 year of persistence and hard work, I lost 24kg and felt fantastic. The sense of achievement motivated me to pursue a career in working with people to help them achieve their own fitness goals.

After achieving my weight loss goal, I tried a variety of training programs for a few years, looking for a new goal to train towards. After aimlessly moving around from program to program, I chanced upon a book called Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, written by renowned strength and conditioning expert, Mark Rippetoe. Little did I know that this book was about to change my life and coaching career.

At that point, I had experience training with barbells and was relatively familiar with it but never have I come across any material that gave such explicitly detailed explanations of how to perform the barbell lifts. I devoured the book and modified my lifting technique and program. In just a few months, I was pleasantly surprised by how much stronger he had become. I now had a new goal to work towards – getting strong.

With full confidence in the efficacy of the Starting Strength methodology, I began coaching my clients using this program and got them stronger than they ever thought was possible. The consistent success my clients achieved through the program cemented my confidence in Mark Rippetoe’s teachings. I then decided to pursue the credential of being a Starting Strength Coach and I’m currently the first and only certified coach in Singapore and South-East Asia

In my 9 years of experience, I have given talks and ran programs at numerous companies and worked with a diverse group clientele of all ages with a variety of goals. Today, I specialise in coaching people in their 40s, 50s and beyond because it brings me a great sense of satisfaction to be part of the process of improving this demographics’ health and quality of life by getting them stronger.


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