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About Me

Husband. Father. Son. Singaporean. And of course, Fitness Professional. The 5 most apt descriptions of myself.

Career-wise, I have been in the fitness industry for over 20 years now, multi-tasking as a Coach, Trainer, Consultant, Mentor and Writer.

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My specialties are: 1) working with the mid-life, seniors and older adult population here in Singapore, helping them to achieve their health and fitness goals, and managing their chronic medical conditions via proper exercise prescription, dietary recommendations and lifestyle changes, and 2) working with postpartum women to resolve their common postnatal fitness needs such as: weight loss, core re-building and general physical recovery.

My other professional engagements include: business mentorship services for fitness professionals, consultancy services for fitness start-ups, and provision of fitness content and write-ups for health/fitness businesses.

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On the personal side, I have been happily married for over 20 years now to my university sweetheart, and we are blessed with an older girl and a younger boy - both blossoming faster than we can ever imagine into fine young adults!

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During my free time, I enjoy dining-out with my family, exploring places of attraction within and without Singapore, catching-up on my readings, enjoying bouts of solitude and silence in the great outdoors, and of course, working on my very own fitness!

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