I started training with Hygieia with the intention of getting big and strong. Back then, I had minimal experience with the barbell. Not only was I weak on squats, deadlifts, and presses, I had no idea how to perform the movements efficiently and safely. Fast forward to now, I have added 40kg to my max(1RM) squat, 30kg to my 1RM benchpress, and 50kg to my 1RM deadlift. I also put on a significant amount of muscle mass while staying injury-free and relatively lean. I attribute the results to Shaun’s well-rounded and thoughtful programming. I also unlocked a new milestone at my last strengthlifting meet, overhead-pressing 92kg (202 lbs), and again I credit this to my coach!

I highly recommend this gym to all aspiring lifters who desire the most straightforward, efficient and safe path to getting strong under the barbell. In particular, I strongly encourage middle-aged and elderly people to join, seeing as how Hygieia has helped my older lifting mates get strong (much stronger than most younger folks!) and vastly improve their overall quality of life. Starting Strength Coaches Shaun and Marvin are incredibly knowledgeable, meticulous, and encouraging. Although training can get challenging at times, especially when compounded by the inevitable stressors of everyday life, the coaches are always supportive and will have a constant hand in regulating the training intensity and volume to ensure the optimal dose of training stress for each lifter. Moreover, the sense of community within the gym is unparalleled. I’ve built friendships with the coaches and fellow lifters which I deeply treasure. Thank you Hygieia!


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.