• 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 →

Bio

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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