Wednesday, August 31, 2016

EPN Special - How Motivation and Humility Can Help You In The Long Run

Hey everyone! I am happy and utmost grateful this August for several reasons. As we are moving through the third quarter of the year, I am blessed with some many great things like spending time with my family, having a little more time to gym with my team mates, and at the same time having the opportunity to learn new things from my existing hobby - blogging!

This month too I am honoured to be able to spend some time (although short) to pick a renowned para-athlete's brain and find out more about motivation and attitude toward a healthier  and fitter lifestyle!


Mr Kalai Vanen, who is currently a sponsored athlete of EPN (Elite Pro Nutrition) needs no introduction in the arena of para-athlete. Having had his leg having had in 1987, Mr Kalai has inspired many like myself and hopefully you too!

EPN Singapore has always been and will always be supportive to all of you, even if you are striving hard to be strong and great! The wide range of products ultimately helps you with nutrition support!

Have you ever wondered why is that today you have a high drive to carry the heaviest weight, do the hardest exercises or challenge yourself better than the day before only to realize you are dead beat, with muscle soreness, and suddenly have zero motivation to continue and call it quits?

Here is what Mr Kalai shared with me over lunch, which I honestly feel is very instrumental, and imperative to any aspiring athletes or anyone who feels that they lost all interest just because things get a little bit too hard.

In fact, whatever that you are going to read and immerse yourself in today does not only apply to just working out or sports. Although I still advocate a healthier lifestyle, it can be applicable in our dreams and goals in school or even corporate world.

See, Mr Kalai's condition today is no secret. In 1987, he had to have his leg amputated due to cancer, or rather a tumor in his left knee that found him having to move on with life as that was the only cure. Standing strong, he even made a joke as his car was at the workshop that day! He said 'No leg, never mind. No car, problem.' I could not help but to laugh at seemingly self-depreciating joke, but a clear sign of confidence that losing a limb does not halt his life. Life has to go on! He was active even back in the days when he was working as a military regular, being active in sports and has been lifting since he was a school boy.

He entered the para-sporting arena in power lifting which involves a one lift bench press and represented Singapore in the ASEAN Games among others. With a team of about seven people now, he said he feels more belonging in the sport, which is the main reason why people actually join a sport. The social support and all simply not only gives you a sense of belonging but also a catalyst to work harder.

I find him interesting because it is rare to find a para-athlete in Singapore. It is easy to find any that plays the sympathy card so I just had to ask how people can get motivated or how can we even motivate each other.

I could not agree more when he said it is hard to motivate someone. Even for him as a trainer, there is so much one can do to motivate others. You cannot make somebody do something they do not want to! It is only when they want then you can help them like helping them to focus, cutting distractions and what not. Eventually, if they do not want to make changes, there is no way you can force somebody into it.

No matter, he did say as a trainer, he would know a person's limit in training and see if they could or could not go further. Ultimately, it is best to have someone to call you out in times of struggle and last stretch but you should respond with the same motivation on why do you even want to start. As the saying goes, it takes two to tango!

Of course, you do not have to shout and yell as a form of hard approach! Importantly, we must always bear in mind that the person we are motivating and ourselves would want to feel good finishing our sets.

Training for para-games itself requires immense amount of motivation and majorly comes from self. For Mr Kalai, he trains three times a week, approximately two hours per day with the aid of quality supplements from EPN Singapore. He said EPN supplements are helpful and significant in helping him to achieve strength, power and resistance in building up his body.

Having been using EPN products for more than eight months, he consumes protein powder, creatine, and BCAA! He drinks about 60 grams of NutriWhey protein three times a day in the morning, before and after training for muscle tissue recovery. Additionally, he takes the Betancourt BCAA Plus Series that helps him boost his endurance in heavy weight training and is loving the Tropical Punch flavour! Lastly, he takes in Betancourt's Creatine Plus that helps him build lean muscle. Regularly, he also consumes fish oil to reduce joint inflammation and all of these products are available at EPN Singapore! Omegafort 4X Omega by Nutriforce Sports contains of 300mg total Omega-3s in just easy to swallow soft gel that helps to reduce joint inflammation, support heart health, and improve skin quality!

While we were talking about getting the right mindset and attitude before beginning any sport, we also chatted about humility which was one of a concern among superstar athletes. Staying true to his humble self, Mr Kalai said there is no need for us to be arrogant or egoistic in what we do. We were never strong in the first place. We learn to be strong surely from someone and along the way, the person you are guiding or teaching could be better than us one day. As such, we should consistently find ways to not only beat our opponents or equals but rather, challenge ourselves to do better. Inevitably doing your best! This for sure creates a healthy competition among team mates, which I thought is so relevant in my sport.

Especially in a team sport, it is important to share what we know, we should always trial and error  new ways to improve rather than castigating others. As Mr Kalai put it, whatever we know now once came from someone too!

So if any of you sees me in the gym and would like to share some new exercises or what, I would be more than happy to hear! Hey, to teach is to learn twice over and that is how our pioneer find his motivation amongst his new team mates!

Sometimes, you have the motivation and simply do not know if you would enjoy what you are doing. Do we really like soccer? Do we really like power lifting? Do we really like rock wall climbing? By the time we have decided it would probably be too late to begin! If you are unsure and are new to the sport all the more reason you should try and ask! Leading a healthier lifestyle does not only revolve around routine physical exercise. It trains mental resilience too. Hence, if you are sick of your weekly running routine, join something that allows you to enjoy the sweat!

Personally, I am not the strongest in my team, but I am not the least enthusiastic too. You know, if I had been enthusiastic about the sport I am doing, I would not have wasted my time in the gym or commute to the gym because personally, I am not much of a person who goes to the gym simply for aesthetics. For me, I want to see a purpose in my physical strength and EPN products have been great sports supplement. From pre-workout to advance nutrition, it is definitely a go-to for aspiring athletes, sports enthusiasts, and anyone seeking a healthier lifestyle.

For those who are lost in finding what they like to do to improve themselves mentally, physically and socially, just pick any sport that you think you might like. You will never know where you will end up! Like for Mr Kalai, he was just trying power lifting before even representing and clinching a medal for team Singapore!

Never see yourself as inadequate as he told me. Even with lost limb, he sees himself no different than others so there is no reason for us not to make a change just because of our perceived limit.

For those who are 'up there', humility goes a long way in gaining respect, and of course in getting yourself better than before.

Ultimately, while you positively prepare your mind, your body needs proper nutrition for what you are willing to push. Change to a healthier diet with supplements from EPN Singapore! Their range of products vary from pre-workout, intra, and post workout, as well as advance nutrition like joint support and improved metabolism. Use code ZY 10 for 10% off your purchases! Terms apply.

To find out more, log on to www.epn.com.sg. Have a wonderful week fitfam!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Gilette's Secret Party: Unveiling Its All-New Gilette Fusion ProShield

Hi everyone! Shaving has been in existence since the dawn of time and there were many ways on how hair removal was done back then like using shells or copper razors. Today, with the advance use of technology and research, the leader in the shaving industry Gillette, has a groundbreaking product to make shaving better each day. It is the all new Gillette Fusion ProShield!


Here is a question you should ask yourself before shaving. Do you shave before, during or after shower?

While it is a matter of choice, shaving after shower gives you the best shave.

The problem with shaving for men is this: Our shaven facial hair is as strong as copper wire and our skin is simply like jelly. It is tough to cut the copper wire without spoiling that jelly-like skin. As a result, with ordinary shaving kit, you could shave effectively but definitely bound to razor burns after many strokes just to ensure you get a clean and close shave, not missing any spot on the face!

Experiencing razor burn is not fun at all. It gets worst when you skin gets dry especially in air-conditioned places. Your upper lip would just crack and it will affect your confidence with obviously chapped and dry skin.

How Gillette latest Fusion ProShield helps?

At the party, while Gillette launched its newest product, revealed in it study that most men take about 170 strokes while shaving. However, many men shave on auto-pilot and can re-stroke up to 120 times during the shave, after the initial 50 strokes wipe away most of the shave gel, unintentionally causing irritation.

Gillette revealed the secret behind great skin with a surprisingly simple and hassle-free solution. The new Gillette ProShield features a new Lubrication Bar before the blades, in addition to the Lubrastrip after the blades, to shield from irritation! It makes shaving as smooth silk.

With lubrication before and after the blades, Gillette’s Fusion ProShield razor continuously and constantly primes the skin that helps big time to avoid irritation from re-strokes.

The new ProShield Lubrication Bar is activated by water and designed to deliver additional lubrication before the blades without compromising blade geometry and shave closeness. Great skin starts with a comfortable shave and this combination of Gillette’s best handle with its breakthrough ProShield cartridge provides the most advanced and closest shave experience yet!


The secret launch party was fun and leisurely with mandatory shaving demonstration and Whisper Challenge game. What is a shaver launch event without a shaving demonstration?

Enjoy a premium shaving experience with Gillette’s newest razor this weekend! As part of Gillette's celebration of men's new best friend, Gillette, in collaboration with the barbers from Truefitt & Hill will be offering Hot Towel Shave this weekend, 26 to 28 August to shoppers at Guardian (VivoCity) and Watsons (Ngee Ann City) from 6 – 9pm on Friday and 12 – 9pm on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Truefitt & Hill is recognised as the finest traditional gentlemen’s barber and perfumer in London. To get The Best a Man Can Get shaving experience, simply purchase S$30/- worth of Gillette products including the new ProShield razor and receive a luxurious Hot Towel Shave experience complimentary from the barbers at Truefitt & Hill!

If you are a fan of Mediacorp Artiste Elvin Ng, he will be there on 27 August, at Guardian (VivoCity) from 2 – 3pm and Watsons (Ngee Ann City) from 4 – 5pm!

Suggested Retail Price*:
Gillette Fusion ProShield Razor: S$24.90/-
Gillette Fusion ProShield Chill Razor: S$24.90/-
Gillette Fusion ProShield Cartridge Refill 4S: S$31.00/-
Gillette Fusion ProShield Chill Cartridge Refill 4S: S$31.00/-
Gillette Fusion ProShield Cartridge Refill 8S: S$56.00/-
Gillette Fusion ProShield Chill Cartridge Refill 8S: S$56.00/-
*All decisions on pricing, promotion, distribution, assortment and shelving are at the sole discretion of the retailer. Comes in yellow (standard) and blue (Chill™ with Cooling Technology).

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Podium Lounge 2016 - Grandest Party of The F1 Season

Hello everyone! I am very much excited for the upcoming 2016 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix which will be happening from Friday to Sunday, 16-18 September 2016!

Why?

The GP Management presents The Podium Lounge 2016, the grandest grand prix after-parties over the three nights!


In its 8th consecutive year at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, this sell-out, celebrity packed event is returning to The Grand Ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, which undergoes a dramatic transformation into a glamorous ultra lounge featuring a dizzying overhead catwalk and VIP balconies offering a magical party experience with the racing community. The Podium Lounge Singapore follows successful stints around the globe including Monaco, Melbourne and Abu Dhabi!

Recognised as the most glamorous celebration of Singapore's iconic night race, situated within the track and directly across from The Paddock Club, The Podium Lounge hosts Formula 1® drivers, teams, royalties, celebrities, ambassadors, supermodels and Asia’s jet-setting party elites.

The three-day adrenaline-fuelled weekend kicks off on Friday, 16 September with award-winning British Pop Goddess Sophie Ellis-Bextor and closes with ‘American Boy’ songstress and Grammy Winner Estelle!

There will not be short of entertainment and music that weekend as the high-octane event will be seeing The Spectacular Opening Party on Friday, 16 September. The opening party welcomes British Superstars Me & Mrs Jones, with pop sensation Sophie Ellis-Bextor on vocals and Richard Jones supporting on the decks. Her chart topping singles include dancefloor favourites Murder On The Dancefloor, Groovjet (If This Ain't Love) and Take Me Home and will be accompanied by her husband Richard; the bass guitarist of British rock band The Feeling.

Back by popular demand, Mark Doyle (the creator of HED KANDI) and the Fierce Angel Collective will return to deliver another rousing performance on Saturday, 17 September with live entertainment including ‘Fierce Diva’ Soraya Vivian (vocals), London’s most sought-after celebrity saxophonist Emma Frampton and Cuban percussionist Pablo Calzado on the drums.

On Race Night, Sunday 20 September, Grammy Award winning singer Estelle will be turbo-boosting the high-octane party celebrations. The British hip-hop/soul sensation’s mega hit 'American Boy' with Kanye West hit #1 in the UK Charts and she's had enormous success collaborating with David Guetta on 'One Love' as well as with John Legend, Robin Thicke, Rick Ross, Chris Brown and will.i.am. More reason to be psyched for the party!


The Podium Lounge 2016 will be more than just music! The nightly Fashion Circuit by ZENCHI will take place with international models across an iconic skywalk, which is being custom built in collaboration with Grey Goose and will hover over Singapore’s longest pop-up island bar. From the pit lane to the catwalk the excitement continues as the critically acclaimed Singapore label takes to the runway.

A name that needs to introduction, ZENCHI is a critically acclaimed Singapore label famed for dressing supermodel Naomi Campbell, global celebrities such as Fann Wong and Singapore entertainment and style icons Zoe Tay and Kit Chan.



It is going to be a champagne popping ruckus with The MUMM Party Squad, with daring showcases brought to you by G.H. MUMM! Recreating the experience of the ‘Tron Legacy’ film with a fusion of technology and stilt walkers, a Tron man shooting laser lights and creating surreal visual effects alongside an astronaut firing off his CO2 gun into the crowd. Guests can also look forward to The Podium Lounge's Grid Girl performers and an aerial acrobatic display with silks and hoops plus roving entertainment up close and personal by the VIP Tables.



The Podium Lounge will also be revealing this ultra exclusive private island; The Bawah Island for the first time! Bawah Private Island, an ultra exclusive private island, just two hours from Singapore by private seaplane will be revealed in Singapore ahead of their opening in March 2017. Guests of the Podium Lounge will get to experience a unique taste of Bawah Private Island at The Bawah Island VIP Lounge within The Podium Lounge and right beside Formula 1's VIP Gate 10 will be the place to spot and mingle with the drivers and stars of four the racing community each night!

What is party without a cause? Charity is now deeply entrenched in The Podium Lounge weekend and this year will see a series of live auctions of authenticated and exceptionally rare F1® memorabilia with all proceeds going to charity. Some outstanding items include: a signed replica racing F1® helmet signed by three-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, a full size Red Bull Racing Suit signed by Sebastian Vettel, multiple time Formula 1 World Champion, a Michael Schumacher signed F1® racing glove framed with a custom matboard of the most successful driver in Formula 1 history, a signed copy of famed Italian racecar driver, Enzo Ferrari’s eponymous book, a cap signed by the legendary Niki Lauda framed on a custom matboard and much more! It is a party that does not forget the world.

Nestled within the race-tracks and situated within walking distance of the F1 Pit Building, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore is a party-haven for celebrities that is or sure! The Podium Lounge attracts celebrities such as Gordon Ramsey, Kim Kardashian, Princess Charlene of Monaco, Michel Adam (Founder of Fashion TV), Bobby Chinn, Sky Blu (LMFAO), Rudimental, Stephane Pompougnac, Nadia Ali, Dimitri from Paris, Joey Negro, Sander Kleinenberg, Andreas Villas Boas, Brian Kelleher, Diego Maradona and several Miss Universes attending alongside F1® Racing Legends including Sir Jackie Stewart, Jacques Villeneuve, Eddie Jordan, David Coulthard, Damon Hill, Martin Brundle, Johnny Herbert, Rubens Barrichello, Alex Yoong, Nico Rosberg, Sebastien Buemi, Daniel Ricciardo, Romain Grosjean, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel!

Join me in The Podium Lounge 2016 this coming only night race! Looking forward to see you guys there and rock those party anthems! Ticketing details below:

Price (nett per person, per night):
Early Bird / On The Door
• S$188 / $218 General Admission
• S$340 / $370 General Admission + a bottle of G.H. Mumm Champagne
VIP Tables (nett per table, per night)
• S$1,488 for 4 + 1 magnum (1.5L) of G.H. Mumm Champagne and a bottle of Grey Goose
• S$3,088 for 8 + 2 magnums (1.5L) of G.H. Mumm Champagne and 2 bottles of Grey Goose
• S$5,088 for 12 + 4 magnums (1.5L) of G.H. Mumm Champagne and 3 bottles of Grey Goose
• S$28,888 for 25 + 4 jeroboams (3L) of G.H. Mumm Champagne and 2 rehoboams (4.5L) of Grey
Goose and a ‘Meet & Greet’ with Guest Artists & Celebrity Hosts

For tickets and VIP tables, please contact Robbie Hoyes-Cock, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of The Podium Lounge at +65 9459 5211 or e-mail robbie@podiumlounge.com.

Tickets are exclusively available via: www.podiumlounge.com/sg

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

How Have EPN Supplements Helped Me?

Hello everyone!

It has been almost half a year since Elite Pro Nutrition's (EPN) help with my supplementation and I am here to share an update on how it has been working for me!


I enjoy outdoor activities although I may many a time whine and complain about the sun and heat. While that may be just for fun and laughter, sometimes the heat would take a toll on me. Even so, I have never let myself be so badly affected by such things. When I talk to my friends about how we have been actually aging and how our activities and diet have changed, it is hard to not talk about supplementation in our rat race lives.

I remember when I was twelve, my friend and I were always out at the playground, we did not even care if it was fasting month. We fasted, we played, we sweat, and we even went for our night prayers, and woke up the next morning for prayers again and eat before dawn. We would catch some sleep and the cycle continues.

Then in secondary school, I remembered how active I was running around school events taking photographs because I was in the Photography Club. Woke up as early as 6.45am for school, and be home as late as 7am after my Higher Mother Tongue lessons. My time committed to school was beyond office hours that was for sure!

Moving on in the next phase in life, I tried canoeing because I like it but I was not able to commit the training hours. I was busy working part time. Although my school schedule was not a stretch, I remember staying up till late to catch up with Japanese shows (back then it was a hit).

Now, I could not even last beyond midnight. Even for late night events, I would just want to go home before 11pm. Am I really that old? I like being on my feet, going places, running around but as life gets busier and working hours get longer than of factory workers, fuelling myself up becomes a bit of a hassle if not a problem. Back then, freshly cooked food was accessible because I had my late grandmother who cooked every single day, and in my poly days there were abundant of food to choose from six food courts in the campus.

Although at this age money is not much of a problem personally (thank God for that), the time to search around for healthy food or even waiting for long for food is not really an option. If I have only twenty minutes to my next appointment, scouting for food is not really a prudent thing to do.

So my supplements are great to compensate such losses from a subpar diet.

I join dragon boat for many reasons and one of them is to keep myself moving. I know sometimes I do look dog tired, or (maybe not) but each time has a point of satisfaction knowing that I am not idling still at home like a potato couch slothing away. On the upside although not the main intention, I get to make new friends.

So do I need that many supplements like a pre-workout, intra-workout and a post-workout? While motivation plays a part in wanting to get stronger to be competent in the team, having loaded with the great supplements complements it.

To keep up with my diet, I am utterly grateful for the existence of EPN supplements in my life. I enjoy the intense training although I am relatively weak, but the frequency of the training sometimes does not allow my muscles to recuperate as fast especially when the Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) sets in!

With NutriForce's NutriWhey protein powder, it serves like a wall plaster that patches the torn muscles from working out. That is how I see it! The body mechanics of how protein powder is digested in your body is complicated to a certain extend as it is not something that you see physically. To me, it is like a wall with cracks, and then being plastered over. Over time, the wall will be bigger and thicker with more plaster added on. Muscles get stronger with better plaster of course!


While recovery is essential to avoid muscle aches which is commonly mistaken as injury, getting energy boost from the pre-workout is as essential. There are days I am not motivated to even do anything, let alone go to the gym or even the nearby park to run but we are certain that stamina and physique improvement can only be achieved through consistency and discipline. On days I do not feel like going to the workout, the pre-workout is a saviour as it compensates for the energy I have lost through the day. On days I that I have the drive to push a little bit more, it significantly enhances my workout. So much so on some days, hours spent in the gym feels short!


I guess we humans are kids at heart. We like to play, and we too like sweet and flavourful drinks. On a day to day basis, I take BCAA (amino acid) which theoretically helps to promote muscle growth through the synthesis of protein blocks in your body. In simple words, it is the cement that holds the brick that builds your muscles together, preventing muscle loss while you shed off your fats! It is a favourite product amongst athletes and myself!

My lifestyle has evolved into a condition where it requires proper diet to keep myself energized from early morning till night. With such busy schedule, supplements like protein, amino acid and even hydration powder is greatly helpful to compensate for my misses in my diet, and fortify my muscles.



Speaking of hydration powder, commonly known as isotonic drink, I am more than happy to share how this small bottle has indeed helped me with keeping myself hydrated! On the days that I made it for training during fasting month, hydration wore me out for the day. My energy was depleted, and all I did was rest to conserve energy. Usually drinking several glasses of water during break fast will not suffice to last me throughout my night prayers. Instead, it causes me to feel bloated yet dehydrated With NutriForce's Balance Hydration, one small scoop gives me the comfort of not getting cramps or feeling water bloated as the ingredients allows for fast water absorption into the body, especially in intense activities where you sweat a lot!

I am grateful with Elite Pro Nutrition's line of product that caters to my needs and requirements be it muscle supplementation, weight loss, and even products for joints support! It is definitely a great supplement portal for the elite athletes. As they say, to be one, you have got to play the part!

Log on to www.epn.com.sg and use discount code ZY 10 for 10% off on your purchases. Below are my recommendations based on your concerns! Give them a try and let me know!

Muscle Gain and Recovery:
NutriWhey by NutriForce Sports (23 servings)
S$50.00/- before discount

NutriWhey by NutriForce Sports (46 servings)
S$95.00/- before discount

Pre-Workout:
B-Nox Androrush by Betancourt Nutrition (35 servings)
S$55.00/- before discount

Weight Loss:
Carnitine Plus Series by Betancourt Nutrition (60 servings)
S$55/- before discount

Hydration:
Balanced Hydration by NutriForce Sports (35 servings)
S$25.00/- before discount

BCAA:
Natural Amino by NutriForce Sports (30 servings)
S$50.00 before discount

Complimentary delivery for orders above S$40.00/-. Support my journey with EPN and hopefully you will benefit and achieve your wellness goals with EPN products too!

Prices are correct as at 3 August 2016.