I got to know Shaun while serving National Service and everyone in the camp knew him as being the ‘fit’ and ‘buff’ guy among the group. Like him, I too had battled weight problems for most of my life, weighing in at a startling 110 kilos when I was at my ‘peak’. I took my stint at NS as an opportunity for me to shed some weight and started exercising religiously 3 times a week, going to the gym instead of the canteen during lunch breaks.

I did lose some weight doing this, however after a few months, my weight loss stagnated and any exercise I did mysteriously did not have any effect. That’s when Shaun came into the picture. Knowing of my desire to lose weight and be fit, he invited me to join him in his training regime. I was apprehensive at first, as it seemed like a daunting task to train with someone who was miles ahead of you in terms of fitness level.

On the contrary, the first few sessions with him, though demanding, were actually manageable. This spurred me on to continue training with him, and half a year later I’ve lost 28 kilos and in the best physical shape I’ve been in my entire life. Better yet, through the whole process I’ve made a great friend and to this day we support each other in our physical training.

The thing is, Shaun knows exactly how it feels like to just start off training to reach a certain goal in fitness and physique. He’s been through that road himself. He knows what your limitations are, but more importantly he shows what you are capable of and designs his programs to suit individual needs. He has a lot of passion in what he does, I can attest to this personally as I have heard him speak proudly of his clients when they progress and reach certain milestones in their fitness goals.

At the end of the day, I place my trust on Shaun when it comes to being fit and healthy. I can say this because he’s been there supporting and teaching me through the entire journey. With his wealth of knowledge and ever-encouraging attitude, there’s no one else I look to other than him when it comes to leading a better and healthier life.


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.