Happy 10 Year Anniversary to Optimum Performance Studio! Master Trainer Emily Tan shows us her moves, and talks to GuavaPass about this new exercise facility to hit town!
Can you explain the concept behind Pavigym and what it is exactly? Where did it originate from?
PAVIGYM™ is the only flooring brand specialized in the Health Club Industry. They offer a complete range of solutions, from basic flooring to the most advanced technological systems and solutions using raw materials that meet the REACH regulations.
OPS has proudly installed one of their products called PRAMA – a fully functional purpose-built set up featuring Performance and Functional Training library, LED enriched stations. Pressure sensitive floors and walls and “Day and Night” lighting options. The Small Group Training program we run at OPS often uses the PRAMA system, as well as TRX, ViPR, battling ropes, bulgarian bags and Trigger Point Grids.
Is this a new relatively new trend to hit Hong Kong?
Optimum Performance Studio is the only center in Hong Kong (and one of the first in Asia) to install the full PRAMA system. Our training philosophy has always been “Train the Way You Play” which merges nicely with the realism of game playing when using the Pavigym PRAMA system. So yes, re-introducing the element of fun while exercising might sound like something “new” and we hope to renew people’s enthusiasms towards training.
What are all the different markings on the floor, walls?
The numbered panels are the pressure sensitive panels that are linked to the digital training portal displayed through our tablets. The digital portal allows Pavigym trainers to choose from a variety of lighting sequence to encourage different sets of movement patterns. The lit panels not only serve as a guide for start to end point for each exercise but also serves as a stimulant for reactive training. To give you a better idea on the importance of reactive training, Formula 1 drivers use a more dense version of pressure sensitive panels as part of their training.
The other non-pressure sensitive markings on the floor is the Functional Zone, hosting stations such as the clock, the dots, the ladder etc.
Please briefly explain the exercises you would typically do for the clock, the square, etc.
Exercises chosen for each station are to encourage different sets of movement patterns and visual guides. For example, we would typically use the clock for multi-planar step lunges or rotating planks, while we would use the square for landing guides when doing double leg jumps. My favourite part about the markings is that it helps everyone understand their own training space, without the worry of bumping into your training mates when you are “in the zone” with training.
Is this mainly adopted in circuit training?
We primarily use the Pavigym PRAMA system for our circuit-based classes, like Cardio Boost, Pavigym Circuit and Train Like An Athlete. For the other classes, like the TRX Burn and OPS Mobility, we would sometimes use the Functional Zone for variety and spacing.
This really reminds me of playing DDR (Dance Dance Revolution) back in the day in the arcades! What other uses can you have for Pavigym?
GAMES! Everybody loves a bit of friendly competition so we actually have a competition ladder set up for one of the exercises called “Fast Feet” which is how many reps can you achieve in 30 seconds. We also use the system for team building as well as sports specific conditioning, like tennis and basketball. I personally use it sometimes in the morning for a brain boost, it’s a beautiful feeling going in for a quick sweat session and not have to coach yourself through it (story of a trainer!).
Sounds fun! Any crazy personal best records achieved?
Yes! For the Fast Feet exercise, Rex Tso (a well known boxer) recorded 376 reps in 30 seconds. This is still the highest score to date at OPS.
Do you host any competitions?
Yes we do plan on hosting challenges very soon! It is our 10 year anniversary this month so lots of exciting news to come – especially on our Open Day on 28 November!
What’s your favourite workout and why?
My favourite workout using the Pavigym PRAMA system is the Train Like An Athlete session which goes through all training in movement patterns! There is a different sports theme each month and this month it is basketball. Exercises are inspired by agility in footwork, quickness in changing direction, moving with resistance, endurance, reactive drills, partner games and strength conditioning of a basketball athlete.
Intensity is, of course, scaled down as we are not all trying to be a NBA superstar. Ultimately, it is training the way you play, so you wouldn’t be so caught up on THINKING training, but PLAYING!
In celebration of OPS’ 10 Year Anniversary, come celebrate with the team at their Open Day tomorrow (Saturday 28th November) from 9.30am to 3.30pm. Book yourself into one of their many free trial classes below, or simply head on down for some light refreshments. See you there!