Jamie Goh used to struggle with the lack of motivation to exercise. Today, the 40-year-old marketing services manager is a self-professed gym rat who starts her weekdays with a 6am workout – thanks to personal training at Pure Fitness. Here, she shares her story.
Exercise used to be my nemesis. I found it hard to motivate myself to run, and doing HIIT or bodyweight exercises on my own just didn’t appeal because of how monotonous and boring it got. While I found joy in practising yoga, I lacked upper body strength for many postures that I wanted to do, which really hindered my progress.
I craved a consistent and efficient workout routine, but I knew I needed some assistance to help make fitness a part of my lifestyle – someone to encourage me and keep me going back for more. That’s when I decided to take up personal training at Pure Fitness. When I first started, my typical week comprised two days of strength-training exercises using bodyweight, free weights and exercise equipment in the gym, as well as three days of boxing, which was a great complement to my yoga practice. Boxing helped to build strength in my arms and core, while yoga improved my focus and breathing techniques for the combat sport.
Now, I do solely boxing during my personal training sessions with my trainer, Sutheaven Sukumaran (coach Theaven for short), a former national boxer in Singapore. We would usually start with simple stretches before moving on to defensive shadow and pad work. On some days, we shake things up with routines on the bag, and on others, coach Theaven has me working on my resistance while I am hooked up to a weights machine and practising footwork simultaneously. The combinations he plans for me vary every day, and I love that. It not only challenges me to learn new techniques, but also keeps me looking forward to the next session.
However, my fitness journey has not been without obstacles. My old knee injury from netball kept flaring up, which was so frustrating as my kneecap would move out of alignment and hinder my personal training. I was close to giving up and if I had been working out on my own, I probably would have. Thanks to coach Theaven’s support, I bounced back from that ordeal and even improved the overall strength and stability of my knee.
On top of his ceaseless words of encouragement, he puts his care and concern towards clients like me into functional form – in my case, a fitness plan to avoid aggravating my injured knee. He taught me that the way to recovery isn’t to stop training altogether. Instead, we focused on leg and core strengthening exercises and worked on punching techniques until my knee was well enough to incorporate footwork again.
As we both share a passion for boxing, we have become good friends over time. That camaraderie pushes me to put in extra effort during personal training sessions, especially when I see his genuine intention to help me improve on both my strong and weak points.
Five years on, I’m proud to say that I have managed to stick to a workout routine and formed the habit of going to the gym every weekday at 6am, even when I don’t have personal training sessions scheduled. My morning workouts refresh and energise me for the day ahead. Compared to my past unmotivated self, I now have newfound mental and physical strength. And for that, I have coach Theaven and my personal training experience to be grateful for.
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