Archive | April, 2013

Fitness Zone Anniversary celebration

24 Apr
boxing ring

Boxing ring at Fitness Zone Kiulap

In realising the importance of continuous health care with a healthy lifestyle, various government and private sector agencies in the country are holding various recreational activities or programmes.

In this regard, 14 April afternoon, one of the private health clubs in the country celebrated the 10th anniversary of its establishment.

The event ran concurrently with the official opening of a boxing arena at the club, by the Minister of Health, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Adanan.

It continued with the launching of a video on the health centre. In the morning, a blood donation campaign was held and open to the public, also in conjunction with the club’s anniversary celebration.
The event took place at the Fitness Zone, Kiulap.

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Stardom Quest finalists work out with Wu Chun

22 Apr
Stardom Quest 2 contestants in a group photo with Fitness Zone MD Wu Chun (5th R) during the fitness session at the health club.Picture:BT/Zatty Joanda

Stardom Quest 2 contestants in a group photo with Fitness Zone MD Wu Chun (5th R) during the fitness session at the health club.Picture:BT/Zatty Joanda

STARDOM Quest 2 contestants were invited to Fitness Zone once again, this time to attend a free fitness session with Fitness Zone’s Fitness Manager David Geo Sasis to further enhance their image and stage presence. During the fitness session, Sasis said that it is important for the contestants to focus on their health and fitness level. He advised the contestants on their exercise regime, as their fitness will help maintain a high level of endurance and stamina when they are on stage. The contestants started with a 10-minute warm-up session in Fitness Zone’s gym, and were then put through a series of exercises that tested their physical capabilities and mental strength. Fitness Zone Managing Director Wu Chun also dropped by to give a few words of encouragement to the contestants and take a group photo. Stardom Quest 2 is a local singing competition organised by DreamZ CT Sdn Bhd. Its final 12 contestants have been put through weeks of vocal training, image improvement workshops and elimination rounds to battle it out on stage on April 27 at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre. Stardom Quest 2 2013 is brought to you by DreamZ CT, MediaHub Event Management and Marketing Solutions, Kingston Pepsi, Fitness Zone, IA Salon, Deseo, Jen Studio, Aewon, Imagine Music Singapore, The Face Shop, O3, Aiking Trading, C.Tech Sdn Bhd, FYFE Borneo Sdn Bhd, Energy Heavy Equipment and Hui Huang Enterprise and You C1000. Tickets for the final show are available for purchase at DreamZ CT Sdn Bhd priced at $10, $20 or $30. For more information on the event call DreamZ CT at 2457108, 8962085, 8187522 or 8160020. The Brunei Times

Fitness Zone celebrates 10-year anniversary

17 Apr
Guest of honour Minister of Health YB Pehin Dato Hj Adanan (R) and Managing Director of Fitness Zone Wu Chun (L) speaking to members of the media during a press conference during Fitness Zone's 10th anniversary celebration. Pictures: BT/Zatty Joanda

Guest of honour Minister of Health YB Pehin Dato Hj Adanan (R) and Managing Director of Fitness Zone Wu Chun (L) speaking to members of the media during a press conference during Fitness Zone’s 10th anniversary celebration. Pictures: BT/Zatty Joanda

TEN years is a milestone that was marked by Fitness Zone, Brunei’s number one health club, yesterday with the opening of a new wing in its main branch in Kiulap.

Supporters of the health club made their way to Fitness Zone’s biggest branch in Kiulap to celebrate the happy occasion. Present at the event as the guest of honour was Minister of Health, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Adanan Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Hj Mohd Yusof. Also present at the event were Yang Berhormat Pehin Kapitan Lela Diraja Dato Paduka Goh King Chin; ambassadors and high commissioners to Brunei; senior officers from the Ministry of Health; and members, family and friends of Fitness Zone.

A buzz of excitement filled the air as the event began with drums and Wu Shu performances by students from Chung Hwa Middle School, BSB.

This was followed by a speech from Fitness Zone Managing Director, Wu Chun, popularly known as Chun, where he said, “Working in the fitness industry for such a long time isn’t easy… In the past 10 years, I am confident to say that Fitness Zone has brought a major change to the fitness industry in Brunei.”

He added that that being in the fitness industry, one of the challenges has been creating fun in the traditional exercise regime. “Nowadays, the equipment is better and we see innovations that make exercise more interesting and inspiring. Instead of being a chore, Fitness Zone introduced new ways of training and has become something that Bruneians love and then it becomes a part of their lives,” added Chun.

Following his speech, Chun also presented the guest of honour with a token of appreciation which was a life time membership at Fitness Zone. This was then continued with a tour of the new wing where the guest of honour was guided around the new facilities at the health club.

On the first floor of the new wing, members can find two new group exercise studios, a comfortable lounge area for members to relax and unwind, boxing and martial arts training zone and more state-of-the-art cardio and fitness equipment. Chun acknowledged that apart from the normal exercise, people were also looking for other fun ways to keep fit, such as mixed martial arts, yoga and many more.

During the press conference, Minister of Health YB Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Adanan Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Haji Mohd Yusof congratulated Fitness Zone for its 10th anniversary. The Health Minister also said that the ministry has supported and will continue to support Fitness Zone in its efforts to create Brunei into a healthier nation. “Fitness Zone has systematic and professional instructors. We are looking forward to working with them more in the future,” said the minister.

Fitness Zone started back in 2003 at The Mall in Gadong and since then it has a household name in Brunei. It currently has two branches located in Kiulap and in Serusop. The Brunei Times

ASEF Green Action initiative on dangers of plastic bags

17 Apr
ASEF Green Action initiative on dangers of plastic bags

ASEF Green Action initiative on dangers of plastic bags

THE Asia-Europe Foundation is embarking on an initiative to create awareness on the dangers posed by single-use plastic bags, and also promote the use of reusable bags in Brunei.

Under the ASEF Green Action initiative, a reusable bag will be given for every four plastic bags. It will be launched today at the Inspiring Hall of the Student Centre, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).

The ASEF Green Action was an idea generated at 18th ASEF University. The bag exchanges along with other activities was planned for Brunei, Thailand, Philippines, China, Poland, Spain and the Netherlands.

“This is the first time it is going to be held at Brunei,” Rob Van Leeuwen, a project officer of ASEF said during a press conference with the organising committee held at Fitness Zone Kiulap yesterday.

“We want to create awareness on the impact and effects of plastic on the environment. By exchanging bags, it is hope that the community would develop a habit to bringing reusable bags to shop.”

The project is being coordinated by Nursalwa Baharuddin, a UBD student who had participated in the 18th ASEF University in Estonia.

The ASEF University offers opportunities for promising students and young professionals from 49 Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) countries to explore current issues in various fields through a two-week programme.

Nursalwa shared that aside from today’s event, they would conduct another ASEF Green Action in May at local supermarkets; that will be conducted on weekdays.

“We plan to conduct it on weekdays with the aims that the community can nurture the habit of bringing reusable bags not just on weekends but also on weekdays,” said Goh Kiat Chun (Wu Chun), a Brunei-born superstar and also the Managing Director of Fitness Zone.

Fitness Zone as the one of the sponsors for this event will participate by giving out reusable bags signed by Wu Chun during the launch of the ASEF Green Action.

Other participating agencies include Green Brunei, Creative Academy of Narrative & Dramatic Arts and Sciences (CANDAS) and UBD Volunteering and Charity Club.

“A joint collaboration from the local institute and NGOs would mean that there will be various contributions of experience and expertise in spreading awareness on the initiative,” said Van Leeuwen. “I hope to expect a snowball effect after this project to attract more agencies.”

“From the bag exchange, we want to make a Giant Earth ball made out of plastic collected,” Nursalwa added. “We would showcase it at the UBD Convocation this August.” The Brunei Times

Stardom Quest 2 contestants shine at Fitness Zone’s anniversary

17 Apr
Stardom Quest 2 contestants shine at Fitness Zone's anniversary

Stardom Quest 2 contestants shine at Fitness Zone’s anniversary

CONTESTANTS for the Stardom Quest 2 competition shone once again during the 10th anniversary of Fitness Zone recently.

After weeks of vocal training, image improvement workshops and elimination days, the top 12 contestants were invited to perform in front of guests and members of Fitness Zone during the event.

Fitness Zone is one of the partner sponsors for Stardom Quest 2 and the health club had also trained the contestants to improve their image and confidence.

The final round of the competition will be held in Jerudong Amphitheatre on April 27 and tickets are on sale at $10, $20, $30 and are available for purchase at DreamZ CT Sdn Bhd.

Stardom Quest has made another step forward with the act of charity as proceeds of the ticket sales for the final round will go to Yayasan Kanak Kanak Kanser (YASKA) and the Special Olympic Brunei Darussalam (SOBD). Students will get 50 per cent off the ticket sales.

Stardom Quest 2 2013 is brought to you by DreamZ CT Sdn Bhd, MediaHub Event Management and Marketing Solutions, Kingston Pepsi, Fitness Zone, IA Salon, Deseo, Jen Studio, Aewon, Imagine Music Singapore, The Face Shop, O3, Aiking Trading, C.Tech Sdn Bhd, FYFE Borneo Sdn Bhd, Energy Heavy Equipment and Hui Huang Enterprise and You C1000.

For more information on the event call DreamZ CT Sdn Bhd at 2457108, 8962085, 8187522 or 8160020.

The Brunei Times

Private, public partnership to battle obesity epidemic

16 Apr

IN A battle against the bulge, the Ministry of Health will be working with Fitness Zone to come up with an initiative similar to the successful show “Biggest Loser” to encourage Bruneians to lose excess weight and lead a healthy lifestyle.

Details of the initiative have yet to be worked out by the Ministry of Health which will be working with Fitness Zone to kick start the project. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) is expected to be signed this year between both parties.

The newest initiative – a private and public partnership – in the fight against obesity was revealed by Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Hj Adanan bin Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Awang Hj Md Yusof, the Minister of Health, and Wu Chun, Director of Fitness Zone, at the opening of Fitness Zone’s new wing, an extension to the current Kiulap Branch.

Minister of Health, Wu Chun and Pehin Kapitan Laila Diraja Dato Paduka Awg Goh King Chin cutting the ribbon to launch the new extension

Minister of Health, Wu Chun and Pehin Kapitan Laila Diraja Dato Paduka Awg Goh King Chin cutting the ribbon to launch the new extension

Minister of Health, Wu Chun and Pehin Kapitan Laila Diraja Dato Paduka Awg Goh King Chin cutting the ribbon to launch the new extension

Minister of Health, Wu Chun and Pehin Kapitan Laila Diraja Dato Paduka Awg Goh King Chin cutting the ribbon to launch the new extension

Minister of Health trying out one of the fitness machines from Italy

Minister of Health trying out one of the fitness machines from Italy

A boxing ring and some of the new fitness equipment from Italy

A boxing ring and some of the new fitness equipment from Italy

The new wing of Fitness Zone in Kiulap

The new wing of Fitness Zone in Kiulap

Wu Shu performance. – PHOTOS: JAMES KON

Wu Shu performance. – PHOTOS: JAMES KON

The ceremony was officiated by the Minister of Health with Wu Chun and Pehin Kapitan Laila Diraja Dato Paduka Awg Goh King Chin. Present to witness the event were Wu Chun’s fans from overseas.

The new extension covers an area of 6,000 sq feet and is equipped with state-of-the-art fitness equipment from Italy, the official equipment for the 2012 Olympic Games. The new area also has a boxing ring for sparring.

The Minister of Health welcomed the new initiative of Fitness Zone. “The new extension is in support of the Ministry of Health’s vision towards a healthy nation. Members of the public can benefit from the systematic training and professional instructors available in Fitness Zone.”

The Minister of Health, who is himself a Fitness Zone member, became a lifetime member after Wu Chun presented the minister with the lifetime membership as a token of appreciation.

Currently, there are more than 4,000 active members in Fitness Zone and the new wing will serve to accommodate even more members.

However, Wu Chun expressed his disappointment as according to past accumulated records, there were more than 9,000 people who had signed up with Fitness Zone over 10 years, but many gave up after two or three months. Therefore to further attract more interest in working out, Wu Chun revealed that Fitness Zone plans to come out with fun fitness so that the participants will not feel any pain.

The Minister of Health shared a similar sentiment with Wu Chun and added, “It is important to stay dedicated and committed in order to stay healthy.”

Wu Chun during his speech before the official launch said, “It’s still unbelievable that FZ has been around for 10 years! I have mixed emotions inside me right now.”

He recalled, “I started Fitness Zone in 2003 with a simple vision – to inspire all Bruneians to the world of fitness, both for themselves and for their loved ones.

“Working in the fitness industry for such a long time is not easy at all, especially in Brunei. It takes sacrifice, it takes time, it requires dedication, it requires very strong willpower. But when we gain the strength and courage to endure a difficult 10 years, it’s worth it,” he added.

Les Mills relaunched at Fitness Zone Kiulap

15 Apr

FITNESS Zone, a popular health club in Brunei, relaunched its Les Mills fitness classes on April 11, showcasing fresh routines, programmes and services by new instructors.

Organised in conjunction with the fitness centre’s 10-year anniversary, “Les Mills Relaunch” is a week-long event that is ongoing until April 16 at Fitness Zone in Kiulap. With the theme, “Sweat for a Cause”, participants pay a $3 entrance fee, which will then be donated to several charities in the Sultanate.

Fitness Zone instructors and members demonstrating the various workouts during 'Les Mills Relaunch' at Fitness Zone in Kiulap. Picture: BT/Ikhwan Salleh

Fitness Zone instructors and members demonstrating the various workouts during ‘Les Mills Relaunch’ at Fitness Zone in Kiulap. Picture: BT/Ikhwan Salleh

Fitness Manager David Gener T Sasis VI said, “We are doing this out of a passion to change Bruneians’ lifestyles into a healthy one, for a better future.”

Sasis also said that alongside promoting new programmes, Fitness Zone has been actively looking for new instructors to recruit.

At 2pm today, Fitness Zone will have an opening ceremony for its new building in Kiulap, along with the relaunch of spinning classes (RPM) at 3.30pm and 4.30pm.

Sasis said that in the past, during peak hours, Fitness Zone could only accommodate up to 350 people. However, with the new extension, the building can now hold up to 600 and 700 individuals.

For those interested in joining RPM, body pump or CX worx sessions, it is recommended to purchase vouchers in advance at the service counter of the Fitness Zone branch in Kiulap. For more information, visit their website at http://www.fitnesszone.com.bn/ or call them at 2233338 or 2232338. The Brunei Times

Fitness Zone 10th Anniversary

14 Apr
Fitness Zone 10th Anniversary!

Fitness Zone 10th Anniversary!

We are here now for the open house! Come down to Fitness Zone Kiulap now and join us for the 10th Anniversary celebration at 2pm today!

Wu Chun: Never too late to start getting healthy

14 Apr

BRUNEI-BORN international star, Wu Chun, has been involved in the entertainment industry for more than seven years. Although busy filming and attending celebrity events, Wu Chun has never forgotten about his favourite passion – health and fitness.

Fitness Zone (FZ), one of the most prominent fitness centres in Brunei Darussalam, is managed and owned by Wu Chun himself.

On April 14 (tomorrow), FZ will be celebrating 10 years of illustrious achievements by opening a new wing at Fitness Zone Kiulap.

Wu Chun showing his love for the environment

Wu Chun showing his love for the environment

FZ made its debut at The Mall in Gadong in 2003 with the aim of promoting a healthy lifestyle among Bruneians. Spreading its healthy drive, FZ opened its second branch in Kiulap four years later in 2007.

FZ then opened another branch in Serusop before closing its Gadong branch.

In conjunction with Fitness Zone’s 10th Anniversary, Wu Chun recently sat down with the media for an interview.

Wu Chun with the Minister of Health, Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Adanan bin Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Mohd Yusof

Wu Chun with the Minister of Health, Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Adanan bin Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Mohd Yusof

 

Q: How long have you been interested in health and fitness? Were you an avid sportsman in school?

Wu Chun: I love sports but I only started fitness training at the age of 15. I recall my brother-in-law saying that I was a bull because I trained like a bull and would always push myself to the limit. When I want to do something, I got a way to motivate myself. In addition, I also did a lot of research to help achieve my goal. I read a lot of self-enrichment books which really help me know what I really want in life and how to achieve my goals!

I don’t like wasting time doing nothing because I have too much to accomplish in my life. This kind of thinking started when I was still in school. I never want to fail in my studies too because I really think it’s a waste of time to repeat the same subject for one more year and I never want to let each day pass by without improving my skill as a basketball player so my basketball training is a well-planned one as well.Basketball also let me understand that there is no shortcut in life and learning the basic principle of everything is the key to long term success!

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Wu Chun showing his love for the environment

 

Q: How has your interest in physical activities shaped your life?

Wu Chun: It gives me strong willpower to handle my daily life. It broadens my knowledge on how to stay healthy. It teaches me how to motivate people. It gives me strength to do my daily tasks.

It let me understand that I have to take care of my own health if I really love my loved ones.

It also helps a lot especially as an artiste where physical look is one of the important criteria and it also speeds up my learning in action movies. I love cooking as this healthy journey also teaches me how to cook healthy but still maintain the good taste and the best thing is you will realise that diet is for people who don’t exercise and for me, I never go on diet at all because my muscle will help me burn a lot more calories than those who don’t have that!

Wu Chun bleeds for a good cause. – PHOTOS COURTESY OF FITNESS ZONE

Wu Chun bleeds for a good cause. – PHOTOS COURTESY OF FITNESS ZONE

Q: What sparked your interest in opening a gym?

Wu Chun: Doing something meaningful and different in Brunei. I love challenges and taking risk and I believe once I put effort into my work, anything good can happen. Just need patience, consistency, strong will power and staying positive everyday! What my idol, Michael Jordan, taught me was – ‘The key to success is failure’. And what Steve Jobs taught me was ‘Stay foolish, stay hungry’.

I believe one day, Bruneians will start to realise and think like many population from other more advanced countries that joining a health club is meant to be a part of everyone’s life. Look at countries like Singapore, Australia, US and UK. Even early morning and lunch time, the health club is fully packed with people! I just have to never give up.

Furthermore, I am lucky that the Ministry of Health appreciates what we are doing and the ministry has been giving us much support to encourage more Bruneians to be more active. Prevention is better than cure and I want to help my members live a better quality of life. I always tell them that it’s never too late to start because if you don’t, you will never know what will happen in 10 or 20 years’ time. I believe my members will thank FZ when they get old because they are able to be strong and enjoy life until they are old!

Passion, love, caring and trust. These are our core values at FZ. They form our culture and are integrated into the services inside our health clubs. Our people exist to serve our members and to transform them to become stronger, healthier, and happier human beings.

Our staff members, hired with our core values in mind, have the important mission of motivating, inspiring, coaching and bringing out the best in our members. We truly believe that in a period of time, the fitness industry in Brunei will become as much a daily part of people’s lives as grocery shopping.

It’s never too late and ‘Prevention Is Always Better Than Cure’ so let us lead you through the journey of good health. Let us prove to you the priceless benefits of what good quality of life can bring to you and your loved ones. Be inspired!

Q: How did you go about opening the business? When you began what problems did you face?

Wu Chun: Lots of negativity because my closed ones are saying I spent too much money on this business and Bruneians won’t appreciate what I do for them.

Actually, it’s a dream rather than a business to me and I want to build a world class fitness club in Brunei. I remember what Rocky Balboa said in the movie ROCKY, “It ain’t about how hard you get hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”

I know the journey is going to be a hard one but hard does not mean impossible! I know nothing worth having comes easy so I have the patience to wait for Bruneians to start appreciating what I do and I can slowly see that now. I know if FZ closes down tomorrow, a lot of people will not get used to it. It’s like something is missing in their life!

But one thing that surprise me is many Bruneians are able to accept it… not only expats but what is important is for us to deliver our promises to our members. We get to be consistent and we get to improve day after day and that’s a challenge I really like.

Every day, I am doing research online and reading magazines and books about what is going on in the fitness industry. I fly to USA and Australia to join the biggest fitness conventions and join seminars hearing from the leaders in the fitness industry and I learn a lot and it inspires me when I see all these fitness gurus and meet all these people who join the conventions.

I am so grateful I am part of it and I always encourage others to be part of it.

Q: Has your busy schedule of travelling and filming changed the way you work out and maintain your fitness?

Wu Chun: Staying healthy has already formed a strong culture inside me.

I might not have the time or convenience of joining a health club overseas but my work is able to let me maintain my muscle and improve on my flexibility because I have lots of training on dancing as a singer and I practise a lot of martial art being an action actor. Getting fit can be painful in the first three months. But once you pass that period, you will be addicted to it because it gives you many benefits which you can feel it straight away!

Q: What are your favourite ways of keeping fit? What is your current workout?

Wu Chun: Nowadays, I have a very busy schedule so I spend only 30 to 45 minutes working out three times per week. And I find out that it’s the same as working out in the gym for two hours because I increase my intensity and I don’t have much rest in between sets. This encourages the muscles to work harder so I can maintain my muscles while burning fats at a faster rate! Once you start to learn more about fitness, you will have a way to get what you want.

Q: Charity is a big part of FZ. Why?

Wu Chun: Since young, I was influenced by my mother as she always used her children’s names to donate to the poor. She taught us to show our love and care as lots of people are less fortunate than us and we should do our part to change people’s lives in every little way that we can. I recall my mother telling me to learn to stay positive all the time because if we waste our breath complaining about life, someone out there is actually breathing their last so we should appreciate what we still have and help others if we can.

That’s why I love the fitness industry so much because I believe we change people’s live and on top of that, I realised that the power of many is way stronger than myself alone so I always take the opportunity to encourage my members to be part of our charity events and I am so grateful that my members are all very kind hearted and show their supports.

Corporate Social Responsibility is definitely part of our culture and I am not only doing this because it’s a responsibility but it is something that I love to do and I find great satisfaction while doing it. That’s also one big thing I love being an artiste because I am able to influence a lot of my supporters to support charity work and I want the younger generation to know that involving themselves in charity is a ‘cool’ way of life!

Q: I heard that you are the one who did all the architecture and interior design of FZ. Is this true?

Wu Chun: Yes, my love for the fitness industry also extends to the art of designing my health club. Every single thing from the structure of the building, every single materials used in every corner of the club, the flow and design layout, the colour, the equipments, etc. I am the one coming out with all the drawings and communication with all the contractors because I know this business better than anyone and I also ask for suggestions as well and I design this club not based on what I want but based on what my members will love being here. I try to design a health club which I hope my members will feel comfortable in and today,

I am so happy that I got lots of members who tell me Fitness Zone is like their 2nd home! I love quotes since young and if you can notice, there are a lot of powerful quotes by famous people inside the club.

It’s also one way to motivate my members and keep them focus during their workout!

Sometimes, my friends will asked if it’s worth it to spend so much on the renovation and I will tell them my dream is to build a good club and making a profit or not is not my concern right now but of course I hope my members will appreciate what I did for them and bring in more business for me!

Q: Do you have tips for readers in keeping a healthy lifestyle and staying fit?

Wu Chun: I always believe for us to achieve more, we need to learn how to get out of our comfort zone. The journey to a healthy lifestyle starts with an attitude. I always tell myself that it’s cool to achieve something that others can’t and I want to be different. I don’t want my loved ones to worry about my health conditions and I don’t want my children to worry about my health when I am 60 years old.

Once you realised the benefits, it will spark your motivation and you start going to the gym and enjoy every bit of it!

A quote to share by Bruce Lee, “Don’t pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one”.

Over the last 10 years, I have seen Bruneians getting more concerned about their health but one thing that is lacking is the willpower to practise consistent healthy lifestyle! That’s why FZ is introducing many fun and effective programmes to keep our members motivated and achieved their goals more easily!

I always tell my close friends that it’s never too late to start because the difference between exercising and not in your next 20 years will make a huge difference to their quality of life! It’s truly worth it!

Q: Is there anything you would like to say to the readers?

Wu Chun: Live a life with no regrets. It’s never too late to start getting healthy!

 

Source: Borneo Bulletin

 

 

A decade later, Fitness Zone stays strong

14 Apr
Wu Chun speaks to The Brunei Times about the expansion project of Fitness Zone. Picture: BT/Goh De No

Wu Chun speaks to The Brunei Times about the expansion project of Fitness Zone. Picture: BT/Goh De No

“I STARTED Fitness Zone as a dream of mine, not as a business or means of earning money,” Fitness Zone Managing Director quipped.

With a vision of wanting to bring a gym with international standards, well-trained staff and state-of-the-art equipment, one Bruneian embarked on this journey 10 years ago.

He always maintained that dollars and cents is not the core value in the business, but passion is.

He will also be the first to admit that, as a business, it is probably a recipe for disaster, but now, Fitness Zone is celebrating its 10th year anniversary, with the opening of a new wing with many new facilities, more space and a new member’s lounge area.

Wu Chun, in an interview with The Brunei Times at Fitness Zone Kiulap’s new wing, said that the past 10 years has been an eye-opener for him.

“I now have a better understanding of the Bruneian market. Over time, I’ve learned what my members need and want, and with that knowledge, I can better cater the gym to serve their needs,” he said, sat in a lounge chair with a his signature cap pulled low and to the side along with a custom-made shirt with the number 10 on it, to celebrate the gym’s milestone.

Popularly known as “Chun”, he has gained celebrity status over the years with numerous movie and television roles, along a short-stint in music, but if you had encounter him on the streets seven, eight or nine years ago, you will know that his goal has not changed.

From the first Fitness Zone in The Mall, Gadong, Chun has always made clear his passion to run a properly equipped gym with the best facilities, equivalent to international specifications.

In my past interviews with Chun over the years, he had always maintained that Fitness Zone is a “dream” to him, and now, he is still chasing that dream, building it bigger.

“It’s not a means of business or earning money, I wanted to build a gym which matches international standards, one that is a complete fitness centre,” he said.

With the new wing, Chun said that members can expect a lot of different equipment to go along with a newly installed boxing ring.

“Muay Thai, Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), these are all very popular now. Personally, I enjoy boxing a lot as well,” he said.

The new wing also includes a new studio for group exercise classes, and a women’s only area.

The last floor of the old wing, which was previously the women’s area, has now been converted into a free weights area.

Chun also took the time to design a lounge area on the highest floor so that members can rest, relax, watch TV, read magazines and chat with friends after workouts.

When Chun mentioned that he had thought up the interior himself, I was surprised that he had time to come up with ideas for the decor, such as gym-weights hanging off handles of staircases, or the many quote stained glass panels, and a few antique-looking wooden panels hanging on the walls, which were also filled with quotes.

The main inspiration, of course, is Michael Jordan, Chun’s idol and his love for basketball.

“In terms of the interior design, I follow my instincts. I like design a lot, and when I travel, I always take pictures of nice designs. So a lot of these are inspirations that came from my observations when I’m abroad,” he said.

The new wing is plastered with motivational quotes, all over the walls and glass, which Chun said is supposed to be empowering.

“The quotes are there to drive people, to give them strength,” he said.

He added: “I look at these quotes everyday to motivate myself and they are indeed very powerful.”

Chun’s drive to establish Fitness Zone as premier health club is not the only thing that has maintained over the years.

Since starting the gym, he has also started paying close attention to the people around him. Since more than five years ago, Chun always mentioned to me the need to have staff that are happy, and how he would invest in them.

“With good facilities without a good team, its difficult. With a good team to help you achieve your goals and move together towards your dream or mission, it makes things a lot easier,” he said.

When asked about his plans for the next five years, Chun immediately pointed out that he will hire more staff and some with specific qualifications.

“If I take care of my staff, then my staff will take care of the members. I am always envious of business owners with strong leadership skills and leads their team fearlessly. So I think it’s important to have good staff and I always send them for training to improve,” he said.

Chun is aware that he is not at the gym all the time and his staff are his eyes and ears.

“My staff are here day to night so they understand very well the members needs,” he shared.

Over the past three years, although Fitness Zone did not see an increase in membership sign-ups, that number hasn’t decreased as well.

“I’m not greedy,” Chun said, in regards to getting more members.

“I don’t want Fitness Zone to have too many members to the point where we cant take care of them. So I’ve set a target, and when we hit that target, we want to maintain it at that,” he said.

He has also noticed that Bruneians have incorporated a health consciousness as part of their culture of the past 10 years, but many still lack the willpower to commit.

“They give up easily and I think its a pity. The first few months may be very tough, but once you pass that it’s easy,” he said.

Chun said that space constraints is already an issue now, which has led to the gyms expansion.

“So there is still room to grow, and I know there is a need to expand and add more facilities to attract more people to join us,” he said.

The gym’s 10th anniversary is officially March 1, but due to Chun’s promotion of his latest movie, “Saving General Yang”, the gym will celebrate its milestone tomorrow, April 14, 2013.

Source: The Brunei Times