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Gymless Training: The Way To TOTAL Fitness!

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Hi folks, Rick here again - your friendly fitness blogger and fitness pro from Singapore.

For this particular blog post, I like to look at the concept of TOTALFITNESS - a notion that has often been mis-understood, mis-represented and even totally abused by some segments of the fitness populace (and to my knowledge, even some members from the professional fitness fraternity!)

To clarify once and for all, , FITNESS - in its totality, refers to NOT just 1, 2 or some of the components of fitness, but rather to ALL, and EACH and EVERY component of fitness, from: cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, speed, agility, balance, power, coordination to even body composition.

Thus, if somebody were to say he/she is 'FIT" - then it should be taken to mean that he/she has achieved mastery or excellence ineach and every of the above-mentioned categories, since fitness encompasses all that and more!


However, in truth, we know that when most people talk …

Outdoor Locations For Body-Weight Resistance Training

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Call me bias - but when it comes to gym-free fitness training here in Singapore - I'm all for an OUTDOORS approach !!!

Why?

Well, firstly, Singapore has a pleasant all-year-round tropical climate that supports not only outdoor fitness training, but also all other outdoor physical and recreational activities.

And also, with the slew of outdoor public parks, playgrounds and fitness corners scattered all over the island, I feel that it's an absolute waste not to utilize these facilities to the max.

And finally, I personally feel that nothing comes quite close to the feeling of sheer joy and freedom of working-out in the Great Outdoors while basking in the bright sunshine and breathing in the crisp, fresh air!

Frankly, over the years, though I've trained clients in almost any imaginable place: from home gyms to living-rooms, from garages to basements, and even attics and store closets (seriously!!!), NOTHING ever comes close to that feeling of pure exhilaration that comes fro…

Gym-Free Training And Fitness Progress

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Hi, Rick Wong here again, blogging to you from the Island Republic of Singapore.

As a Fitness Pro and strong advocate of gym-free fitness, I've always been asked this question:

" How do you help your clients make progress in their training or fitness without access to a gym ???"


Ahh......interesting question, isn't it?

Well, first and foremost, the people who ask this question usually make a very basic assumption:

That progress in all training is largely dependent on INCREASING resistance ( i.e. in the form of poundage or weight ). That's why they assume that we need a GYM - where there is constant access to resistance in the form of selectorized weights, plates or dumbbells.
Well, they're only HALF-RIGHT - no doubt fitness progress can be achieved by adding resistance to a training program - but that's only ONE out of the many, many components or variables that can be manipulated to bring about fitness progress!

From an exercise science point of view, th…