Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Fitness With Nicholas

Hello everyone! I am pretty much on lull today because I am on recovery! No, I am not sick and am really grateful for that. I also had not been to the gym for more than a month and I definitely neglected my diet. For what purpose?

Aspirations.

Each day in our life we think about the possessions that we would like to have and in our day to day war to achieve our dream of having a roof on our head, having a fancy car and eye catching accessories, we tend to neglect fitness. Yours truly is a living example!

Most of us can agree that it is not that easy to achieve our dreams. Even if we have, the sentiment does not last longer than our yearn to achieve it. We are humans, ever insatiable. To achieve our dreams, it is imperative for us to take care of our health that we have taken for granted for so long.

We know it's already there until it's lost. As long as you have your health, you can run as far as you like into chasing your dreams.

My trainer has definitely helped me with my fitness and last night when I decided to go to the gym, I realize I was not as strong as I thought I was. Maybe that's due to the prolonged absence from the gym or even run at the park for that matter. So much for living so close to the beach! So credits due to him for helping me gain my stamina once again!

Here's my ultimate problem -

Whenever I go to the gym, it is either I spend too much time talking to my gym buddy as though it's a clubhouse, or workout for an hour and lounge for another two. That's not the worst. Sometimes, erhem, most of the time, I drive to the gym just to run on the treadmill. Which is bad! So I thought why not engage a personal trainer because they tend to be dedicated to your fitness?

Solution: Nicholas Chua - fitness trainer hero. Hah!

I think we can fit my arm in his!

At this juncture some might argue personal trainers are there for your money and that we can train ourselves. All of which I cannot choose to disagree because it happens. Same goes with that few personal tutors that some of you might have had in your school days!

Why did I engage a personal trainer?

I enjoy reading, watching YouTube videos on fitness, talk to people and even try them out for myself. Trouble is, I do not know if I am doing the right thing, or if I start to wear out a little bit, I don't know if I should do this or do that because it is not as simple as it seems.

It is a little bit like our studies. Back then when we were weak in our subjects, we told ourselves we can study on our own. Sure we can, but it will take a whole lot of time just to understand one concept. With a personal tutor, it expedites everything. Same goes with having a personal trainer.

My personal trainer, Nicholas has been dedicated, attentive and proactive to my workout needs. I told him I wanted to look like Captain America! He is a perfect example of how I want to evolve. Nicholas helped me this time by giving me an intense workout that started of with this knee-to-elbow push up which was easy at first, and some other reps which include my new favourite called Saturn's ring, which I misheard it as satan's ring. However you hear it, it was satanically intense for me!

That knee-to-elbow push up.

Which is another reason why personal trainer is so, so convenient. I don't have to remember the types of workout I want to do that day. Different workout set by my trainer each day adds flavour to my gym routine. All lessons planned out!

The workouts that he taught me were very thorough (I secretly know some but he didn't know that I know). Then on I realize I made a lot of mistakes during my workout. I thought I had it! That explains why some of the exercises that I do on my own are not effective. With Nicholas, I don't have to carry a ten and yet feel the strain on my muscles.

Important to keep your back straight!

Breaks are mandatory and as you know, if you have not worked out for a very long time, it has to be progressive - so if you are not feeling well, you really need to sound off. Personal trainer is indeed personally meant for you. Which is why you have to tell your trainer what do you want to achieve as your workout goal. Trainers are there to help you, so you gotta tell them what you want. Make that clear. They are not mind readers!

My trainer, Nicholas has definitely outdone himself for me because I told him that I must sleep well that night and my body has to ache from all the workout. Both happened. Slept so well and my muscles are sore now. It's a progress!


Half way; almost flat.

This morning, I told him that he is definitely a need in my workout routine. Why not? He is conscious of my mistakes. It is easy for trainers to neglect trainee's mistake if they are not professional because everyone has a different built. My trainer was really dedicated - he kept on motivating me whenever I show signs of giving up - which is key to keep your trainee going, and he is not the type that checks his phone now and then. Oh, and the best part...

Post workout stretching!

I actually enjoy stretching back in my army days because only at that point of time I can get some quiet and get to enjoy the breeze to cool down because we're literally grilled under the sun and sauteed in sweat. Better yet, you get to relieve those sore muscles. Today, I found out that personal trainers can literally help you stretch without you lifting a finger. Amazing!

All Nicholas did was to instruct me to lie down on my chest and relax because he will help with the stretching. Not quite sure what he really meant at first but then he started off with pulling my hands and shoulders to the backwards to stretch my chest. It felt so good because your muscles were stretched while you were really relaxed!

Of course, if you are uncomfortable with personal trainers touching you especially the opposite sex, you will have to let them know.

He even noted that my gluteal muscles were stiff, and with his help, my legs can now bend for like what, 90 degrees? Looks like my butt is more tense than myself.

Ask me if I would recommend him to any of you. I'll put my money where my mouth is (okay, literally no money involved actually)! My hips may be tight, but they don't lie!

All of you friends are entitled for one free trial with Nicholas Chua. All you have to do is to contact him and quote my web address - MuhdZulfadli.com. Sending print screen by messaging is fine too.

Nicholas will be more than happy to help you out. I have known him for years and it would be a sin if I do not share this with you guys! If you think all he does is teach workout, there's more to that. Which is why he's my favourite.

You can log on to http://www.fitnesswithnicholas.com for more details. Otherwise, it is always more convenient to talk or message him directly at +65 9456 9511 or e-mail him at nicholas.chua@hotmail.sg.

This is what I have for you guys, to encourage you to put on your pumps, best training outfit, and try it out for yourself -  you'll never know if you don't try! Good for skeptics.

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