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Today's the second installment of my health and fitness workshop at Jurong Junior College (JJC) for the JC1 Girls' Camp. Returning for the second time is always memorable as feedback from yesterday's session showed the students wanting more bodyweight exercises.

Sporting a more energetic look in my sporty red & black themed gym gear, the stage was set for an energising 1.5hr session ahead.

Looking at the girls decked in their PT attire reminded me of my own school days. With the floodgate of junior college memories wide open, I started the workshop by getting the girls to do a self-assessment of their own measurements. First up was BMI, followed by BMR, EER and finally the Waist-Hip Ratio.

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When I took out my measuring tape and casually asked if anyone would like to measure her waist and hip, the girls immediately volunteered one name. And the 'lucky' girl gamely stood up and had an assistant to help her glean the readings off the measuring tape. This was also a demonstration for the girls to know what to do later. As a matter of fact, I found it interesting that most did not know where the hips were. But worry not as Mr Trainer taught them to correctly identify the location of their hips by swaying them from side to side.

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Immediately following that, I shared with them the fundamental difference between digesting and eating by way of incorporating the various food clusters in our daily diet. From my experience, I know most ladies would avoid eating carbohydrates as they are afraid of putting on weight. Yet carbohydrates are essential to the human body as they provide us with energy to carry out our daily activities.

Deciding to up the ante on this last workshop day, I taught the girls four simple, yet effective bodyweight exercises which they could do anytime, anywhere. Selected to target the different parts of the body where most ladies accumulate their fats, I certainly enjoyed watching the girls sweat it out...all in the name of having fun while exercising.

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The stationary leg lift must rank among one of my favourite abs exercises as it really targets the core muscles and trains one's stamina to hold it there for 30 seconds.

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After working the abs, it's time to lunge. The group today experienced a different type of lunges compared to the group yesterday. For today's group, I made the girls do walking lunges. As they were already divided into four teams, I queued them up according to teams and had them lunge across the hall. While one team lunged, the other three teams cheered. Had you been there, you would have sensed the strong JJC team spirit in the air!

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After the walking lunges, it was done to our final exercise - pushups. Mind you, I was really impressed when I caught sight of two girls doing the male version of the standard pushups (in similar fashion to Gwen Stefanie!). They were an inspiration to the rest of the girls who did their 15 pushups on bent knees.

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As they say, all good things must come to an end. Challenging the girls to be active proponents of a healthy lifestyle, I ended the workshop on an uplifting note by inviting them to take a group picture with me for keepsake as I really loved the energy of this group today.

This is for all the beautiful angels who touched my life both yesterday and today. Thank you JJC!
 
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Today's an exciting day for me as I'm due to conduct two workshops back to back - first, a grooming workshop, then followed by a health and fitness workshop. Throw in a junior college population of about 223 girls and be prepared to be blown again!
 
It's been a while since I last entered a junior college after I graduated. Fast forward to today and I'm at Jurong Junior College (JJC) to conduct a three-hour grooming workshop for the JC1 girls. After their promotional exams, my workshop is one of the series of activities lined up by the teachers to help them destress and at the same time, pick up new life skills.

Faced with so many pairs of eyes and three cameras shooting me from all angles, I soon learnt to take all the attention in my own stride and carry on doing what I do best - sharing tips on looking good effortlessly by first understanding oneself.

Pacing left to right, up and down, side to side the LT, it soon became my signature style to walk around to help bring myself closer to the girls. Stopping behind some of the lucky chosen ones, I got some girls to participate by passing them the portable microphone to them to share their views with the rest of the girls.

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Covering a wide array of topics in this three-hour grooming workshop, there was not meant to be any bored moment. Instead, the girls were encouraged to participate actively in all the discussions and activities.

Judging from personal experience, my workshops are planned in such a way that the more you participate, the more value you extract from it. Most importantly, the skills learnt are 100% transferable which means when the girls teach their family or friends post-workshop, they are in fact recapping what they have just learnt.

Judging from the laughter and happy faces, I am again filled with a great sense of gratitude as I have touched 223 lives today :)

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