“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 ?
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So you’ve finally mastered the headstand and are now looking for a new challenge. Why not try a forearm stand? In this How To series, yogi Charlotte Johnson demonstrates five simple steps to get there.
Step 1: Begin in forearm plank. Ensure your elbows and palms are placed shoulder-width apart and parallel. Look forward between your hands.
Step 3: Raise one leg towards the ceiling whilst firmly pressing down on your elbows.
Step 4: Once you feel comfortable, bend the other leg and shift your weight slightly forward. With a gentle hop bring this leg up to meet the other.
1. Interval runs instead of a relaxed run
A marathon is an impressive feat! Try mixing it up, try a 20 minute interval run that alternates sprinting with walking recovery.
2. Inclines instead of a flat treadmill
Flat roads rarely exist. Mix up the intensity of a treadmill workout by adding some hills, feel that burn. Better yet, why not head on outside and go for a trail run!
3. Planking instead of crunches
Crunches are not the only secret to curating those six-pack abs. Give planks a shot, work that whole core. Goal number one – holding that plank for one minute straight.
4. Standing instead of sitting at a desk
Does your job see you sitting most of the day? How often do you feel the need to mix it up? We have a simple solution… stand! If this isn’t an easy option at work for you, make use of a pile of books to prop up your computer.
5. Exercise ball instead of an office chair
Maybe you don’t want to stand at your desk, we get that! So stay seated, but substitute your chair with a swiss ball. It will assists in the improvement of your balance and many other wonderful things.
6. Free weights instead of machines
Free weights are more versatile and allow for a full range of motion in the joints. Machines, not so much!
7. Pull-ups instead bicep curls
Isolation muscles is so five years ago. Pull-ups come with many benefits, firstly they are super impressive, but they work more than one muscle group.
8. Use an instructor instead of guessing games
We love trainers over here at GuavaPass. Just when we think we are going to break, trainers help push us through that third set and go that little bit harder. As well group classes, we have a few personal trainer options through GuavaPass – be sure to select this when scanning through your class options.
9. Foam rolling instead of static stretching
Tight? Sore? Need to recover and get those knots out? Try using a foam roller instead of your usual stretching routine.
10. Stairs instead of the escalator
I’m sure you have heard this one thousand times, well, consider this one thousand and one! If the option exists, kick it old school and climb those stairs to burn extra calories – all of that stair works adds up.
On Thursday the 28th of April we hosted our 4th monthly Community Night at Absolute You, Commons.
It was a great success with 29 members booked in to the Rhythm Cycle Class and 13 members booked in to the Pilates Reformer class. Each introductory class was 60 minutes. 15 minutes of foundations followed by a good taste of what to expect when booking one of these classes on GuavaPass. Afterwards we headed up to the rooftop for some delicious food, all supplied by Absolute FitFood. Members got a chance to chat and enjoy some delicious combinations like the Thai Green Curry Quinoa Risotto.
Look out for the next event coming up in June to get your #GuavaSweat on and meet some fellow Guavas!