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My Sunday’s are pretty ordinary. I have fairly active Saturdays, UFIT Bootcamp early then most of the afternoon playing and refereeing Touch Football (whilst the season is on which is half the year).

So Sunday is a day I can lie in, get up about 8am and go and get some breakfast and read the paper. And man, do I read some rubbish about my business in the Sunday paper! The guy who writes a fitness column a guy called Frankie, always structures his work on what people tell him. This could also be described as heresay….

Ok so if he was writing about a traffic accident, say a taxi does a U-Turn on a busy street and doesn’t look before doing it (I’m trying to make this as real-life as possible) and another taxi slams into it and a bunch of people see it, Frankie could turn up and get eye-witness accounts and pretty much get the story straight. Well lets say he gets it 50-50…..

But if Frankie is writing about fitness and he asks a bunch of people about a component of fitness and what they think to be the facts, he has to apply some fraction of journalistic expertise. He must find a reputable resource for a starting point and state a standpoint and then offer “professional” opinions from those he interviews. If Frankie has some kind of professional qualification in fitness that would also be a bonus.

Instead what Frankie does is tell a whole lot of rubbish described to him by a whole lot of people who clearly don’t know much about the given topic. And usually if they do, they are are peddling an agenda which Frankie either doesn’t bother editing or is too ignorant to realise.

It’s so sad it becomes comical. So Sunday breakfast can be entertaining reading about fitness but also tinged with a little sadness with how bad things are in our industry in Singapore with so few true pro’s working on the scene here.

BUT!! Sunday’s get a whole lot better after that, why? Cos Sunday is FUN Training Day! And it’s movie day, I watched Kick Ass today and it Kick’s Ass!!

Fun Training Day means I go out and do something different. Some days I ride, some days I run, some days I gym but I always try and do something different. It gives me fresh ideas for UFIT Bootcamps, it shakes things up for my own training and mentally it’s refreshing.

Training can be dull sometimes. It can be a grind and sometimes it has to be. I mean life can be a grind but we always have things going on that give us some respite from that grind. Training’s the same! Ruts are not good so bust out of that rut with something different! Getting into different stuff with your training can mean a big refresher for life in general. If you need some ideas on different training come talk to UFIT! We are full of them whether in the gym doing PT or out in the park doing UFIT.

Plus we also help out with lifestyle coaching, helping you guys and girls to look at your patterns (daily/weekly/monthly/yearly) and how to vary the things you DO have control over for ultimately enhancing your lives in general.It really is amazing when someone sits down and addresses your lifestyle in a macro perspective how many interesting things eventuate. I’ve done this several times now with different folks and outcomes are very interesting and valuable for individuals!

Maybe give it a go?! And certainly don’t believe everything you read in the newspaper, fitness or otherwise! We here at UFIT are different. We seriously don’t want to be regarded as just everyday Trainers due to the basic fact that we aren’t. We are EXTRAordinary and revel in that. Come revel with us!!




Race Time!

As a upcoming contestant in the Mens Health Urbanathlon I have been given 6 months free subscription to the magazine. Wow! I have to say it’s very nicely presented. It has some interesting stories so the articles that tell readers about people from different walks of life and what they do are very good. There was a story recently about a fellow New Zealander that is a world hill-running champion. He races up hills for 15-20 kilometres, man, what a legend! I was in the Margaret River at Christmas and I ran up a hill for a couple of  k’s, that was enough!

The magazine however also has articles that aren’t so good. In a recent article a (apparently well known) runner suggests that an individual should be doing squats at 20 reps or more at this stage of his training for the Urbanathlon. I would love to know the reasoning behind that statement? Anecdotally I guess if you’re doing a ot of km’s running an inexperienced trainer may believe you can train “endurance” in the muscles by doing a heap of squats. Unfortunately this is quite incorrect.

Think of it as this. When you’re competing in a running race do you do it with an Olympic Bar on your shoulders? With weight on that bar? Er, no. So why train like that? There are 2 things going on here in your program. 1, your doing running training and 2, you can be doing resistance training. In the week before a race, you’re in your taper so no need for weights, really. Afterall, a periodised training program is designed to offer specificity to the athlete for his/her event. So doing high rep-range weights is really not specific…..leave the weights alone. And in your training program NEVER do high rep-range lifting. Refer to  https://ufitsingapore.wordpress.com/2010/01/ (Weightloss – The SECRET!)

In fact as I have said before, high rep-range weights for ANY purpose except rehab/corrective exercise programs is a complete waste of time. Challenge me. I know there are people out there who don’t believe it so tell me why?

In conclusion I like the Mens Health magazine. But be selective in what you believe. Challenge them, write in and ask for explanations. I do bu they never get published, I wonder why!!

Fitness Resolution 2010

Ok everyone it’s 2010 and you’ve decided to sort yourself out! Get fit, lose the extra weight, bust the thighs, move the mass, trim the tummy…….So, GREAT decision!

What’s the next step?

You don’t want to leave anything to chance, you want all the hard work to be valuable and worthwhile and work that brings about RESULTS! Here at UFIT we truly understand that RESULTS is the name of the game. Don’t take chances with your hard-earned cash, come work with us and see the difference!

Personal Training – It starts with the Personal Assessment (medical history, goals, functional assessment). And continues with Functional Training by qualified Trainers. Our philosophy is simple – “Train smart, Train productively, Train with a plan, Train regularly, Train your eating habits”

 Train Smart – This is common-sense training. We make no excuses, we use science-based training techniques, every session, period. We don’t want to waste your time or your money. We want to build trust and we want to build a relationship. Our Trainer’s are resources, tap into our knowledge and be a fitter, stronger and leaner person for it!

Train Productively – We take every step of the training principles we live by seriously. The warm-up is crucial. Fully activating mind and muscle so that every fibre, every sinew of tissue is ready and communicating with the brain via the central nervous system is absolutely critical for a workout that is both maximising muscle/core/joint recruitment AND ensuring a safe workout!

Train with a Plan! – Every Trainer has a plan for their client right? Well yes they usually do but is it YOUR plan, or THEIR plan? Did the Trainer explain what the plan was and how you would undertake the plan together? I have blogged previously about Trainer’s that tell clients they have a personalised plan and don’t undertake a Personal Assessment https://ufitsingapore.wordpress.com/2009/12/ Ensuring you keep your Trainer accountable is very important for the Trainer AND you! Having a personalised plan ensures a program that meets all your goals, the ones you have identified and the ones your Trainer has identified! The ones you agree upon!

Train Regularly– This doesn’t mean spend your bonus and more on PT sessions! You can of course! but it makes more sense to work some with your Trainer and keeping to your plan train some on your own or with a training partner! Getting into good habits regularly, forcing change on your body, feeling the great vibes an excellent training session provides and watching yourself as you morph into the best shape of your life are all symptoms of a regular training program. So go ask your Trainer how to best work a schedule that gives you the best of both worlds!

Train your eating Habits – I have to tell you that this is easily the hardest thing people find doing. I also have to tell you these days I find it the easiest! How? Well there are some secrets that we share with members and clients at UFIT but the reality is this. As human beings we eat too many calories, we eat the wrong calories and we drink way too much alternatives to what we should be drinking most of (yep, water). I gotta say again, this is easy stuff for us, let us show you how!!

UFIT Outdoor Bootcamp – This is the training program that a lot of people have been talking about. Our group is growing out of control and we are adding 3/4 more sessions in 2010 as a result! It’s awesome and we’re loving it and we know everyone that joins is as well. Our Bootcamp IS different, seriously! We use flexbands for strength work, we skip, run stairs, jump up onto walls, do balance work, always work the core! It IS tough but we have 3 levels so newbies don’t despair, we want you to join and have a great experience and then grow into the next level (blue!) We want you guys and girls to be safe and get a maximal experience at UFIT so we encourage rolling prior to UFIT sessions (rolling is aka self myofascial release and is a component of a functional warmup along with static stretching, joint mobilisation, core and muscle activation). Every Saturday morning prior to our 8am session we roll for 30 mins, come check out what it’s all about! So really UFIT is a truly functional training experience that meets the needs of many including sports-people, people wanting weight-loss, wanting tone, wanting more strength and greater core stability. It actually makes a lot of sense because functionality provides the working body with a lot of the challenges required by humans to meet a lot of goals. An overweight individual wishing to play sport comes to UFIT and begins to lose weight, starts to tone and get stronger, the core is being training all the time (functionality) and so once we get into the speed/power work at UFIT, sports conditioning becomes a no-brainer (this is because sports-conditioning is really quite straight-forward if you understand energy systems and energy development which of course we do here at UFIT). I am not suggesting that a standard UFIT session will meet the conditioning requirements of every sport but I am saying by doing UFIT you will start to realise what you need to be doing to meet the demands of your sport. And we are here to offer assistance as you go.

So there you have it. UFIT Personal Training and UFIT Outdoor Bootcamp sessions provide affordable, goal-orientated, functional training for a wide variety of needs. Talk to us and find out how we can get you on target in 2010 to meet your goals!