Marvin is a great coach! As a qualified Starting Strength Coach, he is not only adept at applying the simple, yet effective Starting Strength model, he is also highly effective at communicating the appropriate form and technique for the different lifts. Marvin is enthusiastic at answering questions regarding all aspects of barbell training and the technique and knowledge I have learnt from him are very valuable to me. He is also highly personable. He works effectively with lifters of all demographics, from the young to the old, male and female, athletic or not.

The gym facilities are ideal as well. The quality of gym equipment at Hygieia is high: Rogue R3 racks, Ohio Power Bars, BnR 2.0 bars, two sets of IPF calibrated Rogue plates, bumper plates, plywood and rubber platforms. In addition, they have many other equipments that difficult to find at commercial gyms such as microplates, safety squat bars, lighter bars and lifting belts. You will surely be able to find appropriate equipment on your strength journey.

The culture of the gym is welcoming and nurturing. The gym has a wide demographic and genuinely celebrates each others PRs. Shaun, the owner of the gym, organizes events such as StrengthLifting meets and BBQs for clients to spend time together. I would especially recommend Hygieia for people who dislike the commercial gym environment.

I would recommend anyone – especially non-traditional demographics like females and those past their physical peak – who is interested in getting stronger to check out the gym. If you are interested in the Starting Strength Model, the coaches here will definitely be able to employ it to great results.


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.