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One of my clients suggested training at Bishan Clubfitt Gym this morning. As it was a new training location for both of us, I readily agreed. Summing up my first impressions of the gym and my experience an hour later, I give it two thumbs up! 

Conveniently located within the Bishan Sports Hub which is a brisk 5 minute walk from Bishan MRT station is the Bishan ClubFITT Gym. Walk past the sports stadium & head down a step of stairs and the gym beckons. If you drive, it is really a breeze getting to the gym as it is literally stationed next to the underground carpark. Come rain or shine, you need not worry. Just get your gym gear & shoes ready and enjoy your workout!

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Bishan ClubFITT Gym

Unlike its other counterparts, Bishan ClubFITT Gym welcomes you with its cheery hues of pale red & cyan. I love the combination as the former symbolises the energy and excitement of a good workout, wihtout being too jarring on the eyes...while the latter provides a relaxing, balm-like effect which suggests this is a hidden sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Another plus point is the high ceiling of the gym. This helps to give it the illusion of a a bigger space, helps brighten up the whole place and most importantly, allows for good ventilation.

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Exercise area of Bishan ClubFITT Gym

Even if this is your first visit to Bishan ClubFITT gym, worry not as I found the layout of the different fitness equipment very easy to navigate. More importantly, one will not get intimidated or overwhelmed as one can train according to his/her fitness level in comfort in the clarly demarcated areas.

Turn left and you will be greeted by 3 rows of machine weights. Having trained my clients at other ClubFITT gyms previously, I realised that the machine weights at Bishan ClubFITT Gym are more than sufficient. In fact, I'm pleased by the wide range of machines available as it is comparable to any of the private gyms in town. 


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Machine Weights

Check this machine out. Hmm...this one intrigues me as this is the first time I'm seeing it . The 10degree chest machine (as it is called) works the chest muscles. Instead of getting into the usual sitting position, one can in this instance lie down comfortably while working out. The range of motion is reimniscent to a dumbbell chest flye. 

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Machine Chest Flye 

For the more experienced gym-goers, you can immediately turn right & take on the free weights. Besides two Smith machines, there is also a rack of dumbbells for you to pump iron.

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Free Weights area

Any gym will be incomplete without the cardio machines. It is interesting that most Singaporeans prefer running over cycling or the elliptical trainer. Perhaps running helps to burn the most calories in the shortest possible time.

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The cardio area with treadmills, bicycles, elliptical trainers & row machines

The only thing I find lacking at Bishan ClubFITT Gym is a sofa at the waiting area. Compared to its other counterparts, I found myself having to contend with a wooden box-like structure that doubled up as a seat while waiting for my client. But then again, with so many good points, who's complaining about the lack of a sofa?

My final verdict - Bishan ClubFITT Gym is highly recommended for anyone who lives in central Singapore. If you do see me there, remember to say hi :)

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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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