When I started working out with Shaun, I hadn’t exercised in many years and I was terribly unfit. Over the course of our sessions, Shaun built my confidence by introducing weights and different circuits to develop my strength and stamina. He was patient and attentive, and adjusted activities to suit my needs as I went through each session. I loved that he taught me how to use my body for my own benefit through primordial movements, as opposed to relying on machines. Soon, I was able to lift weights that I had never thought I could, and was able to do exercises that would have been next to impossible for me earlier. Not only did Shaun advise me on exercise, but he gave lots of tips on diet and healthy lifestyle practices which I could incorporate. He recommended complimenting activities that I could do on the days I don’t train with him, which only enhanced my performance while I was at the gym. Shaun is personable and made me feel comfortable from the very beginning. He is not hesitant to share his knowledge, and it is through him that I know better how my body works and moves. With his encouragement, I found that I enjoy working out, and I have kept training even after leaving Singapore. Thank you for helping me with lasting lifestyle changes!

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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