GoTrainer: Getting Started with Strength Training

Written by: Leslie Peacock

Sports has always been a huge part of my life. From track & field to any team sports, and now learning Muay Thai, the burst of energy you get after a hard session (oh the endorphins), is so addictive. However a full time job does make it hard to commit to training regularly, especially now that I work in retail. I don’t work a Monday to Friday 8-5 job. My schedule changes every week, some days I start in the morning, others I start in the afternoon. Don’t get weekends or public holidays off. So I don’t get to train as much as I would like to. Before this, I was travelling for the job, living out of a suitcase, going from city to city (sounds ideal doesn’t it, not gonna lie it was!). Gyms were my go-to places for getting my mind off work. But it did get boring. I didn’t know what I was doing half the time, running on the treadmill was a huge bore, I was bored. Being based back in Singapore allows me to explore more options. Running with my best mate when I can, trying to get to a Muay Thai class. But not going to lie, I get lazy. Being on my feet 8 hours a day does take its toll (but truth be told, I was getting lazy). I started skipping Muay Thai, running was the last thing on my mind, my excuse was, well I’ve been running up and down stairs for 8 hours a day that’s enough exercise for today. I was even teased by someone asking me if I had become allergic to running. 1 session became 2, 2 became a whole week, a week became a month.

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A few weeks after moving back to Singapore, a mate of mine Gavin asked if I was still training. I couldn’t lie hahaha I mean my legs were flabby, don’t get me started on my arms (not born with the skinny gene). Being half Scottish, we love our sticky toffee puddings, cheeses and being half Asian I can’t say no to a good bowl of mee pok or anything fried for that matter. He suggested I head down to his gym to try out a session. Gym! argh! But boy he did not go easy on me. But after that session, I felt that high that I’ve missed. That aching feeling in my legs and arms, my way of knowing I’ve worked those hidden hidden, very hidden muscles! That motivated me. Gavin suggested different programs I could do. Pilates, kick boxing, yoga… Yoga?!!! I can’t even touch my toes!!! but hey, new year, new challenges.. Bring it on!!

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Am pretty nervous of what he has planed BUT I can’t wait to see what he throws at me (literally), and how I can get back to being my fit self (hopefully feel comfortable in my body again).

Check out Gavin’s profile here.

Leslie