GST – Redefining Fitness Training Singapore

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BodyTree GST has been in Singapore for a year and I get very interesting responses from people I meet when I tell them I practice gymnastic strength training – and the most oft question is why.

I have asked myself the question too.
GymnasticsBodies in its newsletter “Pursuit of Excellence”, describes the following characteristics someone pursuing excellence develops:

  • The urgency to do today’s tasks now instead of putting them off
  • A sense of unrest when an important task has been left undone
  • A philosophy of results over what’s comfortable or traditional.

It’s people with these characteristics who are attracted to GST in the first place, as they want to rise above the mediocrity of the masses and into the winner’s circle. GST is set to redefine fitness training Singapore.

This month’s showcase is Liang Wei, a member of BodyTree GST since June 2015.
He epitomizes the pursuit of excellence. He is the student every coach loves to have in class – great attitude, capable, fun and yes, keeps count and keeps everyone honest!

Let’s find what he does, outside of GST.

My comments are in italics.

1. What do you do as a profession?

I run a furniture business which makes and exports furniture. Before this, I was a lawyer, working in Hong Kong and Singapore.  (Mmm…from lawyer to running a business. Must come in handy!)

2. Do you have to travel? And to which cities?

I travel fairly frequently for week. On average, I’d say I travel once a week.

I fly most frequently to Penang and cities in the region. About once or twice a quarter, I travel to cities in the US, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. (And he still makes time for GST classes…)

3. Which is your favorite city?

This is a difficult question which I’m not sure I can answer. Singapore obviously is home, and will forever have a very special place in my heart. I am also very fond of Hong Kong, where I lived for a couple of years. I really enjoyed the vibrancy and energy of the city as well as some really nice beaches on the south side of Hong Kong island. Sydney is also amongst my favourites – great food, great weather and (by and large) very friendly people.

4. What do you like most about your job?

I very much enjoy the fact that I get to travel so much in this job. I am in charge of business development, which means that I have to travel often to meet clients from all over the world. I get exposed to different cities and cultures, all of which have broadened my view of the world and how we all fit together in this global community.

At the same time, I also like that I get to indulge my interest in design as I am involved in the development of new models and collections.  (Those looking to furnish their homes should at least talk to Liang Wei first…)

5. How long have you been doing it?

I joined the company about 2 years ago.

6. What are top 3 things you like living in Singapore?

Top three things: Family and friends, food,  and the continually evolving nature of the city. (can’t help it, but food is almost always in the top 3 for Singaporeans)

7. Which alternate country would you consider living in?

Perhaps Hong Kong, since I’ve lived there before? I’ve also always thought it would be nice to live in Sydney. But honestly, I doubt I could ever consider another city home.

8. What are your favourite books or authors?

My all time favourite book is Arundhati Roy’s “The God of Small Things”.

I am also very fond of Haruki Murakami, and I especially enjoyed his “Kafka on the Shore” and “South of the Border, West of the Sun”. (totally different from me…I’m into mystery and thrillers)

9. What do you do to chill out?

Go to Bodytree GST! Haha. That aside, because I travel so often, when I do have free time in Singapore, I meet up with friends, cook, and read. Sometimes all at the same time. (Well…me too. I go to BodyTree GST to get away from my admin work)

10. When did you start your fitness training? and what did you start with?

I started my fitness training in earnest about 10 years ago in university with swimming and yoga. After moving to Hong Kong in 2009 and as work became busier, I exercised a lot less regularly.

11. What is different with GST?

GST combines cardiovascular, mobility, endurance, and strength training all into one. It’s challenging enough that I never lose interest in the exercises I’m doing and it’s adaptable enough that I never feel daunted during class.

Also, the coaches are excellent at motivating the students, correcting our form, and conveying the correct principles behind the exercises we do.

12. What are your objectives in fitness training?

Improve cardiovascular fitness, range of motion, and strength.

In the long run, it’s really so that I can continue to be mobile and active even as I get older. (A long way still for Liang Wei…but I get it because it’s my goal too)

A video of Liang Wei practising GST

Know what you want, Clarity is Power from BodyTree GST on Vimeo.

 

13. Who inspires you the most?

My mother. She is one of the most selfless and hardworking people I know. (Yeah to mothers! For me, it is my father – he was the most hardworking person I know)

14. Is there one quote you like the most?

Not in particular, although a quote I read recently that was attributed to the Dalai Lama resonates with me – “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” (well said)

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