“If it doesn’t challenge you, it will never change you. I always push myself to the limit and when I find my limit, I still keep pushing myself further.” Kenneth, Senior Barre instructor at Physique 57, Bangkok
GP: Why barre? How did you get into this?
KENNETH: I used to be a dancer (and I still try to dance) but there are not a lot of dancing jobs in Thailand. I first found out about Barre method from Physique 57 in New York then they opened for an audition as they were planning to open another branch in Bangkok. They required the candidates to send the audition tape and they will pick the qualified ones. As soon as I heard the news, I did my best and sent my audition tape to them. After that, the judge sees more of which one they want to get on board, which has to be dancers. The reason they wanted dancers is the barre method works on the muscles that dancers use when they dance. So when I sent the audition tape, I didn’t expect anything because I know nothing about barre method back then. And yeah! They picked me and told me that I need to go to New York for the training. I was so excited! I spent time in New York for the whole month doing the training, 6 hours a day every day. So yeah, that’s when I got in, it was amazing and still is!
GP: What do you do to stay fit?
KENNETH: Besides pulsing and working out here at Physique 57, I also do functional training, CrossFit, and yoga. As I believe that working out with only one style or one thing, it’s not going to work or improve your body effectively. It has to be variety.
GP: What keep you motivated/inspired to stay fit?
KENNETH: I used to be overweight! I used to weigh 80kg++ for a small guy like me, which is a lot. So I’ll try to stay around 60 to 65, that’s kind of healthy range for me. I used to weigh that much because I worked in the office before. Office job gave me a lot of health issues such as knee problem, mental disorders like stress, causing me to eat a lot, [and] not getting enough sleep. Then, I started to dance just because I wanted/needed to exercise but I didn’t want to go to the gym as I found it boring. I prefer to move with the music and when I joined the dancing, it’s just more than exercise to me. I started thinking that yay this is it! Finally, I quit my office job and pursued my dancing career and pursued my dream to dance. I start taking classes and then I started to come down in weight. Dancing just changed my life. And that’s why I enjoy working here at Physique 57 because it keeps me fit and I get to choreograph the music with the movement too. Similar to dancing.
GP: Which part of your class is your favorite?
KENNETH: I like to teach thigh work, take seat work, glute muscles, booty muscles…that’s my area.
GP: What advice would you like to give to people who are trying get fitter and healthier?
KENNETH: This is a good question because what we are trying to do at Physique 57 is to change people’s mind setting. Most of our female clients come and start to lift up just small weights as they don’t want to bulk up their shoulders and their arms. In my class, I try to educate all the ladies that 3-pound weight is actually lighter than your handbag, think about this! Also, the thing is if you want small and lean muscles in your arms and your shoulders you have to lift challenging weights, you have to feel that muscles work! If you lift the whole range of motion or you hold all repetition that we are giving you and you still don’t feel anything, it means that your muscles are not working and it won’t get any smaller. What makes your arms big is that fat cell around your arms, right? So when you create muscles, the muscle eats those fat cells and fat cells disappear, and the muscles appear. Stretching is also important to make the muscle less bulky and leaner long eventually. And that lean long muscles are the key to cardiovascular the key to burning your calories.
GP: Sounds so scientific!
KENNETH: I know right, that’s why I love it. We really want to make sure people know that. And when you come to class at any studio, doesn’t have to be at Physique 57, any gyms you go, don’t be afraid to lift a big weight because your muscle is building. You feel your muscles, doesn’t mean it’s going to be big or bulky. It’s just your mind-setting.
GP: What’s your personal quote to your life in general?
KENNETH: “If it doesn’t challenge you, it will never change you.” I always push myself to the limit that I feel comfortable with my body and when I find my limit, I just keep pushing further until you wanna give up. Working out is like you’re dancing with the devil, I said this in the class today! That devil is you, yourself, no one else. The devil can be that burning in your legs, tiring in your muscles. People want to have a good body but at the same time they want to quit, so it’s like dancing with a devil in a sense, that’s the dilemma. So, dancing with yourself as a devil, confront that demon until it’s no longer trouble you 🙂
GP: Do you use GuavaPass ?
KENNETH: Yes! I love it.
GP: Yay! Where do you usually go ?