I'm really blessed to be able to do what I enjoy doing. This is again validated by the invitation by PSB Academy to conduct a grooming talk for the undergraduates and postgraduates today.

My first impression of the classroom which I was allocated for the 3 hour talk was excellent. In fact, the logistics support provided has now set the benchmark for all future workshops or talks. I especially like the small pen-sized microphone. Not only did it not hinder my movements, it also allowed me free rein to move around. And this I did to my full advantage today.

The biggest worry for any trainer is the lack of audience participation. It is truly monotonous if I have to hear my own voice for the next few hours. Thus, after the students were warmed up to my participatory style of sharing, I proceeded to up the energy of the room by moving around and eliciting responses from them. This helped liven up the general mood as it was done in a non-threatening way. By doing so, everyone in the room had a chance (it was definitely more than once when I asked them for an individual response) to share his or her view on a certain topic. 

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Walking around with the feather-light microphone eliciting responses

Of particular interest to the students were the image destroyers, grooming tips, personality types and my final 2 pet topics - healthy eating & exercising. Taking each topic seriously, I could feel the keen interest in each and every one. Happiness is an understatement when you know you have already made a difference in the life of others by simply being in a privileged position to share. When you share what you know, you make this world a better world.

If I can sum up the essence of the 3 hour talk into 3 important pointers, I'll put them succinctly as follows:-

Pointer 1: You are Your Best Friend - No one knows your body shape, facial shape & personality style better than you. So who should you trust? The answer is obvious!

Pointer 2: Eat More, Eat Less - Eating three square meals is old school thinking. Piling up your plate up to the max is worse. Give yourselves the gift of eating slowly and enjoying your food every 3 hours in small portions. Do you not want to feel energized the entire day? Then start cultivating this new habit! Simple yet powerful, right?

Pointer 3: Be Someone who Makes Things Happen - Whatever you have wanted to do, whether it is to take up a new sport or try a new look, go for it. Don't hem and haw and regret as time & tide waits for no man.

More importantly, I had the honour of sharing my knowledge with my fellow Asian friends as some of the students came from China, Vietnam, Myanmar, India & Indonesia!

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We are what we digest

From their initial shyness to gradual confidence, while having fun at the same time, I really enjoyed myself and as they always say, when you are doing the things you like, time passes exceptionally quickly. Even the additional four human massage state change which was impromptu was appreciated by the students. When I asked for one word adjectives as to how they felt, the only adjectives I heard were good ones, ranging from 'awesome', 'relaxed' to 'heavenly' and 'very good'.

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From initial shyness to gradual enjoyment...let's massage one other's shoulders

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I really envy my Vietnam friend in purple T-shirt. He's getting a four human massage from 4 beauties!

It takes only one-tenth of a second to leave a lasting impression. But once that impression has been impressed upon others, it will take a lifetime to erase it. So, ladies & gentlemen, why do some of us still not bother about how we project ourselves in the eyes of others?

Yet for the small cozy group of 15 students, I had nothing to worry as I'm very sure they have learnt a great deal. In fact, some students even took massive action & decided to sign up my 2 day grooming workshop which will be from 20 - 21 Mar 10. I really salute them as they are really keen to learn. As a trainer, the more enthusiastic the audience is, the more energy I will emit. Energy feeds on energy.

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Two thumbs up for the grooming talk 

My challenge to all my readers is this: why impress at only 55% when you can impress at 100%? Why stop learning when you know what you will be learning are life skills not taught at school?

Don't short-change yourself. You've already taken that first vital step out...the next course of action will be to follow through.

As participants already know from the talk, I have an upcoming 2 day grooming workshop scheduled from 20 - 21 Mar 2010. Some of the talk participants have signed up. I congratulate them on their decisiveness and trust in me. I know we will all be in for a great time as the learning will be fun. Plus they got the best deal in town.

As Chinese New Year is coming, I'm going to make everyone 2 ridiculous offers that sound TOO GOOD to be true. Simply sign up now for my 2 day grooming workshop and get $68 off the stated web price! Or refer a friend (who did not attend this talk or any previous talks) to sign up today and if it is a successful referral, I'll give you $68 cash! No questions asked.

Spread the word around. Don't miss out on this opportunity. Be someone who takes immediate action and be rewarded for it!

Only 5 vacancies available. Offer ends 21 Feb 2010.

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I'm glad we finally decided to roll out the first of our series of free fitness clinics today at the Botanic Gardens. It was an idea my team & I came up with late last year in our attempt to help spread the importance of living a healthy lifestyle through exercise.

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Lush greenery awaits visitors to the Singapore Botanic Gardens

Comprising 2 stations with each one manned by our trainers, the first free fitness clinic of the year saw our clients and friends turn up to support our efforts.

The first station saw participants do 2 simple yet effective bodyweight exercises, namely pushups and lunges. These exercises were selected as they worked 2 of the largest muscles groups of the body. More importantly, the aim was to show that exercise could be done anytime, anywhere...without the need for any gym nor equipment. Take a leaf from my own My Body Gym class and you will be inspired further!

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Pushups

An excellent form of training one's endurance, pushups have long been regarded as the main staple to assess a person's strength. In fact, this is more than true. A properly executed pushup works the main pectoral muscle and also works the synergist tricep muscles. 

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Stationary Lunges

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The more we lunge together, together...

While it is important to train the upper body, it is equally of paramount importance to train the lower body. As the main support of our weight, our leg muscles need to be strong so as to support our entire body frame. I don't think anyone loves chicken, stick-thin eggs which are truly an eyesore. One of the most effective lower body exercises is lunges. Click here for more simple body weight exercises you can do at your own leisure time.

The second station witnesses participants learning about the proper sprinting techniques. These included how one should propel the feet off the ground, the correct striding methods and the proper landing so as not to hurt the feet.

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If you run like this for your shuttle run or 2.4km, you will strike gold...guaranteed!

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The exhilaration after the sprint...smiles all around :)

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Me with the standee which I designed

For the others who wanted to come but could not make it either because it was deemed too early (0730hrs on a Sunday) or the timing clashed with their schedules, I say worry not as the free fitness clinic will become a monthly event. We are scheduling one at the end of each month. So if you can't catch us at Jan's event, catch us again in Feb or Mar. The most important thing is to record the date and simply turn up and have fun. 

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