Singapore fitness trainer on how he unwinds through various sporting activities

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013
Mind Your Body, The Straits Times
By Joyce Teo

SINGAPORE - Most fitness buffs work out to relax or for a sense of achievement. But for fitness trainer Kelvin Tan, exercise really was all work.

For years, he said, the workouts he did were those that he led for clients, previously at Fitness First Singapore and now at Pilates Inc.

"It was pure work. I worked out so much that I just wanted to rest when I could," he said.

It got to the point that his workouts were mainly on the exercise bike when he conducted spin classes.

Early last year, however, the 35-year-old decided to make a change - for his own sake.

"I wanted to add variety and colour to my life," he said.

As he likes martial arts, he picked up muay thai and now takes a class in muay thai weekly and spars with a friend weekly as well.

He has also taken to road riding with a friend at 5am on Sundays, when his wife and two daughters are in bed and it is cool outside. He stands 1.78m tall and weighs 70kg.

He said the key to regular exercise is to make it a part of one's lifestyle.

"Finding the right group of people to do the exercise with helps," he said.

It is important to find an activity that suits one's age and fitness level, he said.

"Don't try to do somersaults if you can't," he said.

Find something that you feel you can improve on in about half a year's time, he advised.

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