If you’re above the age of 30, it’s certain that you have experienced or are currently experiencing lower back pain.

Martin had to travel extensively as part of running a successful patent law firm and spent at least 30 hours a month on planes. Back then, he flew business class not because he wanted to but because he had to – flying economy would cause him to suffer from excruciating pain for the next few days.

Sitting down hurts, standing up hurts, lying down hurts – pretty much any movement would hurt and he had to spend the next days on medication and moving around gingerly.

As the owner of the company, all expenses were basically out of his own pocket. Flying business meant spending 2-3x of an economy ticket, minimum.

However, the pain he had to endure during and after a 15-hour flight was enough to force him to pay the extra thousands of dollars for a bigger seat on business class.

On top of the extra thousands of dollars to fly business, he also wasted his most valuable asset – time. Time travelling to clinics and sitting in the waiting rooms to see doctors and physiotherapists for his back pain.

After Martin got his back stronger from barbell strength training, he can now fly economy without his back killing him.

He no longer has to waste his precious time sitting in waiting rooms of clinics.

If you’re getting frustrated of living with lower back pain, a stronger back could save you money, time and agony.

Watch the video and listen to Martin talk about his life before and after strength training and how he enjoys the camaraderie at Hygieia Strength & Conditioning.


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.