My fitness transformation: “I’m very happy with what I’ve achieved together with the help of Genesis Gym so far. It is a gym that knows its stuff and multiplies every ounce of effort that you as a client put in at every session. And the best part is the multiplier effect my experience with Genesis Gym has given me and that is to inspire and empower more youths through my badminton coaching.”
(Joel Tan, Genesis Gym Eunos)
Hi, I’m Joel Tan. I’m a badminton coach and I’ve been training with Genesis Gym since March 2017.
I played badminton for 10 years and used to compete in my younger days.
But after starting work, I really wasn’t in a good shape at all. Most people would assume that sports coaches will be in good physical shape. But the truth is, most of us get too busy focusing on our athletes that we don’t really have time for ourselves.
And unfortunately, it was much worse for me since starting work in the social work industry 5 years ago. Because of not exercising regularly, my fitness levels dropped drastically. I was having a belly despite being only 28 years old and weighing only 65 kilos!
I tried running for a short period of time. It didn’t go well as it felt mundane. And I didn’t feel stronger, and did I get leaner.
I consider myself a jovial and confident person. But when my competition days ended, I really felt less driven and motivated and I became less confident in what I could achieve.
Not wanting to live the rest of my life this way, I set my mind on 2 main goals. One – to get leaner and lower my body fat level and
Two – get fitter for my sport of badminton.
I set my mind to finding a routine that would help me get the best results out of my best efforts. And after hearing many positive reviews of Genesis Gym from my fellow church mates, I decided to pop in for a consultation.
My first impression of Genesis Gym when I first stepped in was that the environment was clean, neat and safe.
The coaches were knowledgeable and patient. I initially worked with Jen, but subsequently, I had good experiences with the other coaches on the ground too. They were all patient in explaining reasons behind every action. And this is something which I appreciate as I am a sports coach myself.
To me, I feel like the coaches don’t look upon what they do merely as a job but that they truly care about every client’s well-being. They coach as a team and are very willing to impart technical expertise to all clients to equip us with the right knowledge where we can take charge of our own progress. To me, that is very motivating as I am not just following the exercises blindly but understanding the science behind them too.
One of the first things that the coaches asked me to do was to track my diet so that they can customise a nutrition programme for me. That is something that I had some difficulty to do in the beginning but Coach Jen simplified the plan to help build my confidence and momentum.
With that, I got leaner real quick and lost about 4kg in 4 weeks.
Genesis Gym has built up my confidence in a unique way, not by teaching me about self-confidence, but by letting me taste success through my physical efforts and sound technical knowledge.
My experience in Genesis Gym as a client has inspired me to be an even better badminton coach. Other than imparting technical skills, I want to help my athletes excel even further by incorporating life coaching as part of my training technique.
I also believe that because my students have seen my transformation so far, the impact that I have in motivating them will bemuch bigger and deeper. They can see that I mean what I say and I walk the talk.
I don’t want to be a fat coach that teaches his students about fitness. I don’t want to tell them to be disciplined when I am not. I don’t want to encourage them to chase excellence if I’m not doing that myself.
I’m very happy with what I’ve achieved together with the help of Genesis Gym so far. It is a gym that knows its stuff and multiplies every ounce of effort that you as a client put in at every session. And the best part is the multiplier effect my experience with Genesis Gym has given me and that is to inspire and empower more youths through my badminton coaching.
To find out more about the transformation journeys of Joel and others, visit: bit.ly/transformations2017.