I started putting on weight after giving birth to my daughter. Busy running my own business and raising a daughter, my health took a back seat. I ate whatever I wanted and barely exercised, if at all. Slowly but surely, my weight kept going up and up. I tried a variety of exercise programs and diets in a bid to lose weight but none of them was very effective or sustainable. You name it, I’ve probably tried it.

I then thought to myself, maybe I should engage a professional to help me on this. I engaged the help of a trainer (not Shaun). Results were slow, if at all. A few weeks into training, my family and I went for a short holiday and to take a break from training. On that trip, I had reverted to my old eating habits and found out that I’ve gained a few kilos when I got back. On our next training session, the trainer opened the door, noticed that I had gained weight and started laughing at me, right in my face! Never have I felt so hurt and embarrassed. Needless to say, I stopped using his services. This bad experience left a bitter taste in my mouth I gave up on trying to lose weight altogether.

A few months passed by and I realized that my that my 40th birthday was coming up. I thought to myself “My 40th birthday is coming up and I’m sick and tired of being overweight. I want to stay healthy so that I’m able to watch my daughter grow up. This time I’m going to succeed!”

I decided to that if I were to succeed, the help from a professional would be helpful. However, with the bad experience that I had from before, I was very careful in seeking out a trainer. After much research, I settled on Shaun and contacted him. Upon meeting him, I could immediately tell a difference between him and the previous trainer. He was knowledgeable, professional and very motivational. As he used to be overweight himself, he could empathize the feelings I was experiencing and kept encouraging me throughout the entire process. Another thing I noticed about Shaun is that he genuinely cares for his clients and all he wants is what’s best for me. He doesn’t try to push me to buy supplements or try to get me to train more than I need to so that I’ll have to purchase more sessions.

Trainings and eating healthy were tough but he was always there to motivate me to stick to the program. Even when I slip up over my eating habits, he’ll encourage me to get me back on track. Over the span of a year training with Shaun, I lost 24kg and have never felt better. In the process, I did not only lose weight but also gained my health and self-confidence. Thank you Shaun for all that you did for me!

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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