Had tried many gym and coaches for strength training for my core due to my chronic backache (which I later realised was a disc degeneration problem)..but always end up have more problem and more pain on the back. Was on daily dosage Arcoxia for almost a year until I chanced upon meeting Shaun.

After a few discussions and email on the detail of his training method….I started this barbell training with Shaun; with a lot of reservation..but I was desperate to find a solution to my chronic back problem ( desperate enough to even try acupuncture on my tongue).At the start, I was still quite sceptical on this training as I was constantly told that I “better take care of my back and don’t carry too heavy load”.

After 1st few sessions .. I thought to myself “what a waste of time.. asking me to carry such a light load… I am sure I could carry much heavier stuff..but Shaun advice against it giving me some explanation which I don’t care nor remember…..but I AM SO GLAD I LISTENED

As time goes by, the load gets heavier and we adjusted the training and load according to my back “situations’…And yes.. there was pain…and I almost gave up…(till Shaun msg me to go back)hahahahah.

2 yrs passed… and I am glad that I am able to go back to my running and biking and swimming without the chronic pain and I no longer need the pain killers to sustain my training.

Result speaks for itself… I am a convert.


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.