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“You don’t get what you wish for, you get what you work for”. I can’t find who wrote this, but it’s true in many aspects of our lives. It’s hard work when it comes to fitness training. It’s made harder with the many temptations, distractions and conveniences of today’s digital lifestyle.

Someone came up with the latest pyramid of human basic needs. LOL!

pyramid of needs

I have met many clients over the years – some struggle to find time to train, some don’t see the reason to train and others, like Chris Low, who has been in fitness training for many years and continues to commit to it.

I have been in fitness training for many years, and there are times, when I am distracted by my business and want to skip training.  So how do people like Chris Low stay committed? So being curious  (Singaporeans say ‘kaypoh’ – literally busybody), I asked Chris to share insights about him.

Those in italics are my comments and observations.

Here’s Chris’ story.

1. What is your occupation?

IT Manager for an SME in the insurance sector.

2. How long have you been doing it? 

11 years at my current company.

3. What are your biggest challenges in your job? 

When systems go down, my stress levels rise. I worry about things like business continuity,  air conditioning failures, sprinkler discharge.

Mmm…we forget these things are important until our air con is broke. Or my biggest fear is internet is down!

4. What do you like most about your job? 

Location, colleagues, flexible dress code.

Chris adopts the capsule wardrobe. Heard of that? Read this article – 8 reasons successful people are choosing the same thing everyday.  It lists famous people like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, President Obama amongst those who adopt the capsule wardrobe. I am not exactly there – maybe my top is – almost always red. It’s my lucky color.

5. Notice you are very active, how long and what type of exercises have you been doing?

I started in 2004, doing primarily bodypump and bodycombat classes at California Fitness. I got hooked into yoga in 2006 due to the more active style of one of the instructors there,  it was there that I got introduced into handstands, dropbacks and other “interesting” poses.

Currently, besides Bodytree GST, I still do bodypump at California and yoga at Pure.

6. What prompts you to exercise?

I like what I am doing and the coaches/teachers for the type of classes I attend, so it’s also a form of recreation/relaxation/play.

Also, I’d like not to get fatter and to stave off the infirmities of old age.

7. What are your goals when it comes to exercise?

Get strong, get better, don’t break anything.

8. After doing GST, what are the differences with the other exercise you have been doing?

I notice gaining pull strength/endurance and active mobility. It’s noticeable when I do yoga, overcoming previous plateaus. There are all kinds of movements/actions/muscles to use that are not engaged elsewhere.

GST builds integrated strength and mobility. It’s designed to improve the body to work as one unit. GST is beyond general fitness – it’s helping fitness enthusiasts build skills based on techniques used to train Olympic level gymnasts. It’s changing fitness training Singapore – GST makes gymnastic skills available to the average adults.

9. You lost 5Kg since including GST. What did you do differently?

My previous weekly routine was 3hrs of bodypump, 7.5hrs of yoga. My current weekly routine is 2hrs of bodypump, 4.5hrs of yoga and 9hrs of GST.

I come to the daily lunch hour GST and I believe that bumps up my metabolic rate for the rest of the day.

Chris included GST 2 months ago and so he now works out 2+ hours every day. Impressive on his discipline and determination. Last weekend alone, he clocked up 7 hours of GST! – It included a 3-hour GST workshop – phew! It’s not every weekend – but Chris is strong.

In terms of diet, I now takeaway salad for lunch and try to cut down on simple carbs (i.e. give up potatoes, rice, noodles and white bread).

Chris is now shopping for new clothes. His jeans are hanging too loose.

10. How would you describe yourself?  

I’d like to think that I’m easy to get along with, I’m pretty much introverted by nature.  Slightly OCD about things like germs, and organized messiness.

Chris is fun. I enjoy being in the same class as him. He has no egos – although he is much better in GST than most of us. See his video practice.

11. What are your favorite activities or vacation spot?

I choose a vacation spot for the food, and new experiences that you can’t explore via google earth. I don’t have a single favorite place, I like Thailand, Taiwan and Japan. (cos food!)

12. Who inspires you? And why?

I find that everyone has something that another can be inspired by, so it’s impossible to choose 1.My MD for his humbleness and his adage that we should be a blessing to others.

Fellow GST students, and coaches, my yoga instructors and fellow students for their skill, flexibility, knowledge and strength. (also Dylan Werner ,Andrii Bondarenko, Laruga Glaser are pretty amazing)

People who want to bring good to the world (eg: Elon Musk, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Bill Gates, Richard Saul Wurman).

13. What is your favorite quote?

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda

14. For reading, which book(s) would you recommend? Or what is the latest book you are reading?

I seldom read books lately due to new media content from blogs, Facebook, reddit, online news aggregation, Netflix and American tv in general.

My last 2 non fiction books read (in 2008) are “Ashtanga Yoga As It IS by Matthew Sweeney” and “Light on Yoga: Yoga Dipika by BKS Iyengar”

15. Anything else to share – that most people are not aware of?

I’ve always been into computer games, and just finished Witcher 3, and currently still playing Diablo 3.When I was younger, I was into RPGs like dungeons&dragons, white wolf. I’ve kept Corydoras fishes and planted tanks and was in DSLR photography for a while.

I currently have a 2 ft ornamental shrimp tank and 2 munchkin cats (Oatmeal and Baileys)

I love John Oliver and Stephen Colbert.

Sometimes I wish I could join the circus.

Ha-ha… a dream for some of us too, especially after watching cirque de soleil. Totem is currently playing in Singapore. With GST practice, we appreciate so much more the awe-inspiring skills and movements of the cast members. GST is not circque du soleil, but it allows us to create our own community, play on our own stage and dominate our peers in terms of physical prowess.

Chris’ two cats: Baileys (top) and Oatmeal – if you have pets, how and why you chose the names?



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