UFIT Amoy Street

What I've achieved from my Personal Training

Read the full  Expat Living   feature  here

Read the full Expat Living feature here

Last month, UFIT Personal Training and Bootcamps client Charlotte Freeman spoke to Expat Living magazine about her Personal Training experience with Lachlan Hay at UFIT Amoy

Charlotte does personal training with Lachy three to four times each week, along with Sunday UFIT beach bootcamps with her husband at Tanjong Beach Club.

Her daughter attends the UFIT Kids Holiday Camps and she's also participated in the UFIT Clean & Lean Challenge.   

 

 

Why she started doing PT

"I needed to lose weight and I wanted to get fit.  After trying to do this on my own I realised I just wasn't seeing the results I wanted. So, I decided I needed to do something different and make an investment in my health and fitness".

"A friend of mine who was looking great recommended her trainer, Lachlan Hay at UFIT on Amoy Street. The next day I had a trial session and never looked back".

Why she loves it

"What I love most about our workouts, hands down, is the variety. I never know what I'm going to be doing when I walk into the gym. We cover a variety of exercises from weightlifting and HIIT to Strongman training and Muay Thai, there's always something different. I also like the fact that having a trainer pushes me to do more than I ever would on my own. I really enjoy working out with Lachlan, even at 6am. He puts a lot of thought and time into designing sessions that he knows will challenge me and are fun to do".

The results

"Where do I start? In the last 14 months, I've lost 25kg, run three half marathons and lifted weights that I never imagined were possible. I feel fit, strong, and most importantly, healthy. I've achieved my original goals and way more. Also, I've learnt two things: firstly, we're able to achieve anything if we want it enough and, secondly, we're capable of way more than we think we are".

What does Lachlan have to say about Charlotte?

"Charlotte is the epitome of Work Ethic. What sets her apart from most is that she does not let her actions contradict her goals. Week after week she strives for better and better, and puts the work in to achieve that. A stellar client whose results are well deserved".

Read the full Expat Living article here.

If you want to go further with your fitness goals or are seeking motivation and guidance from a Personal Trainer, UFIT offers a free trial for clients trying it the first time, from its five locations around Singapore.

Read more about UFIT's qualified, experienced team of Personal Trainers here.

 

 

 

 

Mud, mud, glorious mud - UFIT take on Tough Mudder Bali by storm!

The UFIT team represented the little red dot in force at the start of October. We wore our red tees in style and as a team of over 35 we flew to Jimbaran to take on what Tough Mudder describes themselves as the 'toughest event on the planet! 

Photo credit: Thomas J Cheney

Photo credit: Thomas J Cheney

This was Asia's first experience of Tough Mudder and UFIT was proudly representing Singapore as an official training partner of the team event. We spent a few months preparing with our especially designed obstacle sessions every Sunday as well as UFIT Bootcamp sessions including HIITFIT, RUNFIT, Fit Max and Fit Elite to help get us prepared and build our team spirit. We used our awesome facilities in the jungle at CrossFit Bukit Timah which has all the important equipment to work on our skills, strength and endurance. 

Time flew by and before we knew it we were off to take on the event itself! Pre race nerves were kicking in that we actually had to complete 21km. Much to some of our team’s relief we were only doing 13km as a result of the extreme heat at 8am. Others wanted to complete the 21km and hopefully next year we’ll be able to come back bigger and stronger to complete the full course. 

We were instantly faced with mud and expected nothing less. Plunging into mud pits sliding around, to climbing walls, crawling, and then lying backwards in a cage with a small gap for our faces to poke out to breathe. The obstacles are certainly testing for those with fears. The beauty of this event is that you have your team mates by your side every step of the way to help give that important leg up and keep the team spirit buzzing, laughing and encouraging all of the way. 

One of our most favourite obstacles was the 'Ice Breaker.' Given the heat this plunge into ice water was extremely welcome. Well not entirely true. To conquer the obstacle you slide into a skip full to the brim of ice and water. Full credit to Tough Mudder on this as it quite literally took our breath away. Not only do you plunge into the water but you have to dip your head under a barrier again to reach extremely cold temperatures where you find yourself at the edge of the skip to pull yourself out as quickly as possible. We managed to get these moments captured...

It was that cold - great shot of Wendy Riddell in action.

It was that cold - great shot of Wendy Riddell in action.

We can't wait to take part in more of these team events in the future going head strong and showing what we can achieve as a team. Here's what some of the team had to say...

Alison and I were both excited and nervous ahead of the inaugural Tough Mudder in Bali, Indonesia. UFIT was an awesome partner in this event, providing specific weekly training leading up to the race, organising accommodation, not to forget the post race dinner and drinks.

Event itself was well run, perhaps a little disappointing that the course and obstacles were reduced with no notice. The camaraderie from the whole of the UFIT Team during the race was superb. Everyone played their part in helping each other conquer obstacles (Nathan & Declan perhaps more than others) sticking as a group when running in between them and given moral support when needed.

Can’t wait to do it all again in 2017!!

Highlight of weekend…..Nathan Williams, Rob Davies & Tim Moylan busting shapes in Favella!
— Alison & Stuart Hau

 

Bring on the next challenges we face and let's smash them together. At UFIT, together we're fitter, leaner, stronger. 

Not only are running events in Singapore extremely popular in recent years, but we've seen a significant increase in obstacle events take to our shores. UFIT has created specific training sessions to help teams prepare not only for the endurance and strength elements of these races but also the technical parts including rope climbs, monkey bars, crawls, tyre flips and drags to sandbag carrying. Held at our awesome outdoor location at CrossFit Bukit Timah we run these every Sunday at 8:15am to beat the heat and get race ready. Challenge yourself and get prepared with UFIT. Find out more information here.

Here's a collection of our awesome Team UFIT weekend away!

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Photo credit: Thomas J Cheney

Author: Lizzie Wright

UFIT Movement of The Month: Lateral Lunge and Cable Row.

By Tom Clifford

This is a great exercise that works your whole body – focusing mainly on the quadriceps, glutes, core, traps and rhomboids. I use this exercise towards the end of a session as a method to increase heart rate and get the upper and lower body working together in different planes of motion.

The benefits of this exercise include:

  • Increase HR
  • A very good mobility drill that aims to increase the flexibility and range of motion of hip adduction and ankle dorsiflexion.
  • A regression of the single leg squat, which will be useful for those whose goal is to complete a pistol squat.
  • Upper body pull movement to strength the upper back and promote good posture and retraction of the shoulders
  • An anti-rotation core exercise that provides stability through the trunk and lower body as you perform the cable row.

To perform this exercise you need to perform a lateral lunge correctly before completing the cable row. Lateral lunge involves stepping (lunge) to one side with the leg/foot that steps bending at the knee as you plant the foot and the stationary leg/foot remains straight. Once you are in this position you pull the handles on the cable until your elbows are in line with your ribcage and bending at the elbow. Then return to the start position.

One word of warning is do not overload this exercise and try to lift too heavy weight. You will not be able row as much as you would during a seated cable row because you are in a less stable position during the lateral lunge compared to seated.

To progress this exercise try a single arm cable row or reverse lunge instead of lateral.

7 questions in 7 seconds with Bootcamp Coach; Tom Clifford.

You have lived in the UK and Australia, what brings you to Singapore?

My visa expired for Australia and was looking for a new challenge that was a little bit closer to home. My mother moved to Singapore in the late 60’s and early 70’s with my grandparents and her siblings and she loved the 5 or 6 years spent here. So I thought it would be a great opportunity to come and see where they grew up and also to travel around Asia.

What is your favourite Bootcamp exercise?

I have 2 – Squats and Pushups.

What can people expect from you and your Bootcamp sessions? 

I like to focus on exercises that work different planes of motion, not just moving forwards and backwards but also side to side, twisting and different styles of crawling and jumping.

 

We know you have a keen interest in strength and conditioning training.  Will we see this reflected in your sessions?

Yes you definitely will. Strength and Conditioning isn’t just for high level elite athletes. We had a saying with our clients where I was Personal Training in Sydney that none of them were high level elite athletes but they were all high level corporate athletes. So no matter what your job is we can apply Strength and Conditioning principles into your training to make you healthier, fitter for your job and have a better lifestyle.

What would we find in your Bootcamp/workout bag?

Water

Food – generally leftover dinner from the night before

Spare gym clothes

Deodorant

Headphones (if I haven’t lost them)

Your number 1 tip for anyone that wants to try a Bootcamp but hasn’t taken the first step yet?

Don’t let fear stop you from trying. A lot of people, when they see a bootcamp, are afraid because they see all of these fit people running around and doing burpees. But once you take that first step and join in you realise that it is a community and everyone is there supporting each other, provide guidance and help when needed (and more often than not socialize together).

Share with us a fun fact that we don’t know about you

I was a lifeguard on the beaches back home and Australia for the past 6 years – I grew up watching Baywatch!!

Client Testimonial: Trevor Williams.

Trevor Williams lost an incredible 17.9kg during our mid year UFIT Clean & Lean Challenge. He then went on to win the UFIT Clean & Lean challenge 7, with a body fat loss of 4.63%  and weight Loss of 9.5kg

Trevor says the key to his success was:

  • The UFIT Clean & Lean overall program
  • Anne’s Saturday nutrition seminars
  • My wife’s support. Tim Baldwin’s (fellow UFIT Clean and Leaner) support.
  • The Facebook Clean & Lean support group
  • Around 98% compliance to diet.
  • An overall reduction in quantity of (allowed) food intake.
  • Walking for hours (and hours).
  • More focus.