Friday, June 26, 2015

Fitness Diary :: Personal Training @ Genesis Gym, Singapore

Ok, time for some serious fitness training reboot.

There's been some major changes in our schedules and life recently that has kind of bumped me off my regular fitness commitment. These really shouldn't be my excuses but I got distracted and haven't been focusing as much as I should have on keeping a healthy lifestyle. Yes, I go for swims with Lil Pumpkin sometimes, I go for runs sometimes, I try to avoid unhealthy food sometimes... but I really want these "sometimes" to be more "everytime".

To me, staying healthy isn't just about losing weight because the journey doesn't end once I reach my end goal weight. It's about staying fitter, stronger, more energetic to keep up with our busy lifestyle and with Lil Pumpkin, who is only going to get bigger and faster too.

With a little push from the boy, who has always been so supportive and my inspiration in keeping a healthy lifestyle {I'll definitely be in a worst shape if not for him!}, I signed up for a personal training package at Genesis Gym. The boy even helped me to look for this gym and research more into the price, packages, location etc. Thank you! 

I wanted to try personal training because I know that I need that extra push and professional help in making exercise, and more nutrional meal-planning, a regular thing in my life. I've never been a fan of lose-weight-fast fads like diet pills, "special" massages, body wraps or even surgeries {although sometimes these things are needed, but more on that later}. Yes, relying just on these might help you to lose fat {or perhaps just water weight} fast, but they will never help you to keep them off. Why? Because your lifestyle and way of thinking hasn't changed. You still eat the same food, you still live the same sedentary way so once you stop these pills / massages / programs / medical procedures, the fat will just pile back on.

With my personal training program, I hope to gain more knowledge to strategise, track and progress towards my goals, and form better fitness habits so that even if I stop the program, I will still use these knowledge and habits for life. I'm not sure that this personal training program will definitely work, but at least I will try. If it does, fantastic! If not, well, then I'll just keep looking for something better. The only constant in life is change. If an exercise or workout isn't suiting your needs, just change.  The important thing is to not give up.

For now, at least I know that I will definitely be working out at least twice a week for 12 weeks. And that is already a win for me.

Sometimes I start out strong and furious, but then half-way through I burn-out or get distracted and lose my way in exercising. With a personal trainer to push and supervise my workouts customized to my goals, needs, genetics and current fitness level, I'm quite sure that I'll be able to get the maximum results in the most time-efficient manner.

Of course, the world's best gym, program, trainer, food, equipment will do naught if I'm not committed to it myself. Right now in our lives, our schedules have somewhat settled and I'm absolutely sick of not reaching my fitness goals, that flub around my waist {often hidden by my clothes!} and feeling so lethargic most days, so yes, I feel like I'm committed and ready for this. 

We went down on Monday this week for a consultation and to have a look at the gym. Overall vibes is good, location is kinda convenient, price is relatively decent, so I signed up to go down 2x/week for 12 weeks. They will also tailor a program for me to work out on those days I can't make it to the gym, as well as a nutrition program to make better eating choices.

Right now I've also downloaded the My Fitness Pal app {free calorie counter and workout plan app} to monitor my food intake so that the trainers can see what I usually eat, and make changes from there. I've never counted calories before but now with the app, I'm more "aware" of the food I take. Like gosh, does my fave Mushroom Minced Pork Noodles really have 511 calories?? To give you some sense of reference, active women who want to lose weight should aim for about 1,200 - 1,400 calories per day. Eating one bowl of that means almost half my calorie intake for the day is gone.

I'm planning to update my Fitness Diary weekly with my journey in this personal training program too. Firstly, to remember what I did each week and to monitor my progress. Secondly, as a personal experience review for anyone that's planning to take up personal training {be it at Genesis Gym or not}. And lastly, as a means of being more accountable and motivated.

If you read that I haven't gone for a workout, or eaten more chocolate than I should, please call me out! I want you too! I'd need your help and support to stay on track as well so ya, give me that extra push. I will try to write as candidly as I can in this journey and not sugar-coat stuff to make me look good #keepingitreal (⌒▽⌒)☆

Here's to a healthier, happier lifestyle for all of us! ♥

P.S. Still need more motivation to exercise? Read my 5 Quick Tips to Make Time for Exercise!!

Genesis Gym
#02-01, 115 Eunos Ave 3
Tel: 63461978
Cost: S$1,860 {Personal Training Program, 2x/week for 12 weeks}
Website: http://
*Also located at Raffles Place & Alexandra Road

Have you tried gym personal training before?
How did you find it?

One-on-On Personal Training Updates:

Genesis Gym Personal Training Updates:
The Beginning - Signing Up for Personal Training
Week 10 - Workout Max Out
Week 11 - Rolling in the Deep
Week 12 - Program End Report
Week 13 - Start of Cycle 2
Weeks 14 to 16 - Slow & Steady
Weeks 17 to 20 - Milos Giant Sets
Weeks 21 to 24 - Cycle 2 Program End Report
Weeks 25 to 28 - German Volume Training & MetCon Workouts
Weeks 29 to 32 - What Doesn't Kill You
Weeks 33 to 36 -  Cycle 3 Program End Report
Personal Training - Results 1 Year Later 


♥.Trish.♥ Drumboys said...

I just started a few PT training sessions sharing with a friend, two different Trainers Monday & Thursday.
They whip our butts but it is fun.
I love that image.

Unknown said...

I like their tag line! Some motivation needed? Like it's prob the most impt part, haha!

An Apel a Day said...

I did only when we started going to the Y. She helped us learn how to use the equipment. It was pretty helpful! I saw so many people around me not using the equipment right.

Susan said...

Good on you for taking that first step. Slimmer or not, we all need a healthier lifestyle with our sedentary lifestyles. I need to get more active and healthy too. Let's keep each other motivated! Jia you to us :)

Ai Sakura said...

Trish: I hope I find it as fun as you do :P

Lyn: Yes it is hahaha

Alissa: It's very important to use gym equipment the right way. One can get hurt very badly otherwise. And also if you don't it won't be the most effective too.

Susan: Yes go us! :)

Masshole Mommy said...

Good luck on your journey! I can't wait to hear how you do.

Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me said...

Go you Ai - it's a though to find the time I bet but your body will love you for it! x

Grace said...

I agree that having a PT can help you with motivation. I love mine - I'm even going to her baby shower. I don't know what I'm going to do when she leaves, though. Waaaah!
Can't wait to hear your updates over the next 12 weeks! x

Ai Sakura said...

Masshole Mommy: thank you!

Emily: yes I hope so too :)

Grace: oh so you're getting a new one? Thank dear! Hope to have some great progress over the next few weeks!

Indah Nuria Savitri said...

I really stick to yoga :) helps me improve my health with running out of breath...well, not that much, at least :)

hello said...


I am interested in getting Personal Training @ Genesis Gym. May i check with you, how much does it cost?