Archive | September, 2012

Fitness Zone inspires Bruneian fitness trainers

19 Sep
Fitness Zone inspires Bruneian fitness trainers

Wu Chun (seated in yellow t-shirt) with Fitness Zone’s new trainers. Picture: Courtesy of Fitness Zone

WITH the Olympics having come to an end, more and more Bruneians are paying greater attention to sports and healthy activities.

The trend in developed countries such as USA, UK or even Singapore can be seen right now in Brunei. An increasing number of Bruneians are working out in the health clubs, enjoying the state-of-the art fitness facilities similar to what is available in the USA.

However, Fitness Education and Certification courses are lacking in Brunei. Fitness Zone, being the most active health club in Brunei, is taking a bigger approach to encourage and sponsor local fitness enthusiasts to go abroad for their fitness certification courses. One of the most famous fitness programmes, Les Mills is always looking for new recruits to join their team of 75,000 certified instructors working in 14,000 clubs across 80 countries.

According to Wu Chun, the founder of Fitness Zone, “Never underestimate what Bruneians can do… As long as you are passionate about what you are doing and you have a strong will to make it happen, it will materialise. Our coaches do their best to get people to dig deeper, go harder and reach higher. They motivate bodies, inspire minds and lead the way to positive change. Not many people are that committed but isn’t it great to be one of the few?”

One of their members, turned Les Mills Instructor and certified American Council of Exercise Emily Wong, said that, “the Les Mills programmes have really changed my life. I first started participating overseas and was happy to find out that our own local Fitness Zone also offers the programmes when I returned. The initial step was difficult but with perseverance and support, I learned that you can be successful when you look at exercise as a lifestyle change. Look at the bigger picture and think long-term goals. Never did I imagine that I would now be teaching Les Mills Body Attack and Body Pump for two years when during my initial class as a member, I could hardly keep up with the choreography or last more than 10 minutes! I only hope to help inspire and show that it’s never too late to make a change and that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Be physically and mentally fit.”

Majority of the local trainers have pursued their degree education in the UK and Australia and have been greatly influenced and inspired by the healthy lifestyle abroad.

According to one of the fitness coaches at Fitness Zone, Ajib, “people in UK are so health conscious and active in their daily activities. I am lucky to have the opportunity to undergone the fitness certification courses in London and thanks to Fitness Zone, I can work in a good health club that I can still share my knowledge and experience with so many Bruneians!”

Fitness Zone currently has 10 expat trainers and 15 local trainers who are internationally certified and they are expecting more to come! Wu Chun added, “right now, we have coaches that are internationally certified in ACE (American Council of Exercise), Cross Fit, Zumba, Les Mills, FIA (Fitness Institute of Australia), Spinning USA, Stotts Pilates, TACFIT, Gym Jones 300 Spartans and we even have Mr Brunei and Mr Borneo in the house! We really feel proud of our fitness coaches accomplishments. The demand is there right now and Fitness Zone will be inviting Master Trainers from all parts of the world to conduct Sports and Fitness Courses in Brunei.”

The Brunei Times

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Wu Chun honours late mother

5 Sep
Wu Chun honours late mother

Wu Chun taking a picture with one of the youngest patients.

WU CHUN recently made a $10, 000 donation to the Paediatric Haemato-Oncology ward in RIPAS on top of an invitiation to cancer patients at the ward for a Zumba session at Fitness Zone in Kiulap.

The charitable gesture was made in commemoration of his mother’s 10th year death anniversary which falls on this month.

“Since young, my mother has always been very eager to involve herself in charity and she always used me, my brother and my sisters names to donate to the poor and this has greatly influenced me since childhood to involve myself in reaching out to the less fortunate”, said Wu Chun.

“I always feel that only by every person, organization and government doing their part that the world will be able to improve fighting against such devastating disease. Together it is really possible”, he expressed.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), an estimated 12.7 million cancer cases are recorded around the world every year, and this number is expected to increase to 26 million by 2030.

However, different countries have very different cancer rates, states WHO. In the United Kingdom (UK), breast cancer rates are four times higher than in Eastern Africa.

This is partly because cancer risk is affected by lifestyle and scientists estimate that a third of the most common cancers in the UK could be prevented through diet, physical activity and weight.

For the last two months Wu Chun has been paying visits to the Paediatric Haemoto-Oncology ward in RIPAS to personally meet with the young patients.

His frequent trips there led him to the discovery of many hidden talents in the children who mostly have an interest in dancing and cooking.

“We know Wu chun is busy with his overseas schedule but we can feel that he really wanted to bring happiness to these children. We really appreciate him not only for his donation, but also his invitation to bring these kids for a dance workout and a healthy cooking session which the kids enjoy very much”, said the father of a patient.

“We can feel the love he had for his mother and how happy his mother would be if she knew what he did today.” added the patient’s father.

About a third of the most common cancers could be prevented through maintaining a healthy diet, being physically active and free from smoking.

Cancer mortality can also be reduced if cases are detected and treated early by going through early diagnosis and screening programmes.

“This month is her 10th year death anniversary. Sadly she lost her life to cancer however she was always very brave despite having to face the struggle and this has taught me the biggest lesson in life, which is to cherish what we still have. Last week, I just did my annual medical check up to make sure I am fit and healthy because I feel that it’s the most important responsibility, not only to myself but also to my loved ones”, added Wu Chun.

The Brunei Times