Do you have what it takes to be a warrior? Warrior Academy offers a unique range of classes in its 7,000 square foot gym to bring out your inner warrior. Stressing the importance of proper training, nutrition and recovery, Tricia Yap, co-owner of Warrior Academy, gives us some insights on the studio’s holistic approach towards health and fitness.
What inspired you to open Warrior Academy?
We saw that there was a gap in the Hong Kong fitness industry. Many coaches would miss out on fundamentals such as informing their clients of the importance of proper nutrition and recovery.
I like to think of fitness as a triangle with three major points: training, nutrition and recovery. This is essential for achieving maximum performance and results. Here at Warrior Academy our team mentors you on every aspect of fitness.
What differentiates Warrior Academy’s training programs from others studios in Hong Kong?
We offer a variety of unique classes to cater our clients: Muay Thai, WarFIT, Olympic Lifting, Beastmode and the Lean Machine. We also want to make sure our clients have fun while working out. Doing the same workouts day in and out can get boring, and also becomes less effective, so we try to create more variety to suit all fitness enthusiasts.
What are some things to watch out for when it comes to training?
Technique is essential in all aspects of sport and fitness. When we are with our clients we want to know what their goals are so we can help pursue them with realistic expectations. When our clients are pushing for a heavy lift, we will always place emphasis on correct form to prevent injury.
Do you have any tips on staying fit and healthy?
Maintaining a healthy diet can be challenging due to stress and other pressures from city life. The key is to aim for consistency and balance. The dietary changes you make need to be sustainable – if it doesn’t work for you now, it won’t in the long run, so make sure to set yourself realistic, long-term goals.
How does Warrior Academy help members with their nutrition?
Here at Warrior Academy we offer workshops that educate our clients on nutrition, and we also offer nutritional plans where we work closely with them to achieve the best possible results.
What is your advice for those recovering from sports injuries?
From a mental perspective – be patient. Do what you can but don’t force yourself to get back too quickly. From a physical perspective, make sure you find a good surgeon, and do your remedial work before you attempt to do anything more than that. It is incredibly important to test yourselves but also make sure that you listen to your body. Your body can only take so much stress. It is definitely important to trust yourself and be patient with your body.
Can you share any personal experiences of injury recovery?
Physiotherapy really helped me when I tore a few ligaments in my knee, allowing me to lift weights and look into competing again. I was still able to do strength training before my surgery, but I always made sure that I worked within my own limits, and never pushed myself into the pain threshold.
Finally, what advice do you have for those just starting off on their fitness journey?
Have a goal – realise what you want to achieve and work hard to pursue it! Everyone has their own goals, and it’s important to set goals that are realistic, otherwise it will be hard to stay consistent.
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