Antonia Chua, gym instructor at Clementi SRC
26 August 2013
Tell us about your career and the activities or classes that you conduct.
From a deskbound job I switched to working in the fitness industry since 1996. I joined Singapore Sports Council (SSC) in June 2000 as a full time Fitness Instructor at Clementi Sports & Recreation Centre and left In July 2011.I rejoined SSC as a part-time Fitness Instructor and Learn-to- Play instructor in April 2012. I also conduct Aqua aerobic and Fitball exercise classes at the SSC regional centre and privately.
Why did you decide to be a Gym Instructor / Personal Trainer?
I decided to become a Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer in 1996 as I wanted to find more time to train in the gym. I was a competitive bodybuilder from 1989 to 2007, and during that time, I would constantly train twice a day in order to be at a competitive level and to be able to achieve my goal and target. I spent a lot of time, 12-14 hrs a day, in the gym . The gym is like my first home.
I have some questions for you in relation to your role as a gym instructor at ClubFitt Gym
What group courses have you taught?
I have taught gym -based exercises in small groups at several ClubFITT gyms in the SRC when I was serving SSC as a full time gym instructor.
What type(s) of evaluation would new clients who want to begin a fitness regimen have to undergo?
I usually perform a comprehensive fitness evaluation so that I can design a program specific to their needs.
- Health questionnaire
- Client's specific needs and goals (eg. Weight loss, toning, strength building, etc.) and time frame.
- Body Measurements
- Body Mass Index (BMI)
What kind of training regimen would you offer a client who wants to just lose weight?
A good weight loss program requires both exercise and a safe diet that includes daily allowance (RDAs) for vitamins, minerals and protein. Regular training 3 to 4 times a week would be recommended to achieve a reasonable weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds each week.To lose weight, this mainly means burning fat or burning excess adipose tissue. And aerobics is considered the best way to burn fat and also provide a number of other benefits, like expanding the capillary beds and increasing the high-density lipoproteins (HDL's) in the blood. Aerobics also lower blood pressure and the resting heart rate.However, new research now proves that weight training is the most efficient way to burn off fat and increase lean body mass.So just eat right, weight train, and do some aerobics. With this three-pronged attack you're sure to lose weight"¦
How do you keep an aerobics group motivated throughout the session?
To keep an aerobics group motivated throughout the exercise session, we need to provide a wide range of exercises and broaden the intensity range from very low levels to higher than their level of comfort in order to challenge them physically.
Last words for the women out there that want to join the gym or any activity at the Sports Hall?
Invest your health in a sporting lifestyle.