A healthy lifestyle for all as Fitness Zone celebrates 11th anniversary

31 Mar
His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam tours one of the Fitness Zone branches with Wu Chun (ABOVE), who also poses in a group photo with Fitness Zone members (BELOW). Fitness Zone celebrates its 11th anniversary

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam tours one of the Fitness Zone branches with Wu Chun (ABOVE), who also poses in a group photo with Fitness Zone members (BELOW). Fitness Zone celebrates its 11th anniversary

|    James Kon    |

FITNESS Zone recently celebrated its 11th anniversary and is easily considered one of the leading fitness centres in Brunei Darussalam, after achieving the milestone of recording more than 10,000 registered members.

Eleven years ago the founder of Fitness Zone, Wu Chun, faced a lot of initial skepticism when he put forward his idea of establishing a top-notch fitness centre

Wu Chun recalled and said during an interview with the Bulletin, “Many people said to me it will not work because Bruneians are not ready for such a huge range of fitness and gym facilities. Many said that I would be wasting money and time.

“For myself, if there is a passion to help people, it will work. From the beginning our vision was to change the life of our members to adopt a healthy lifestyle, which led to our slogan ‘changing life through fitness’.

In addition to promoting fitness in the gym, Wu Chun also stressed on the importance of instilling an active lifestyle in the younger generation.

Wu Chun promotes the 11th anniversary of Fitness Zone

Wu Chun promotes the 11th anniversary of Fitness Zone

 

A workout session in progress. Fitness Zone prides itself on bringing in a variety of foreign fitness regimes  -  PHOTOS: JAMES KON

A workout session in progress. Fitness Zone prides itself on bringing in a variety of foreign fitness regimes – PHOTOS: JAMES KON

Wu Chun attends a fitness convention

Wu Chun attends a fitness convention

He said, “We also go to schools to raise awareness on healthy and active lifestyles through clinics with students. Students don’t have to go to the gym to accomplish this, as long as they maintain an active lifestyle.

“My aspiration is that Brunei Darussalam will be a healthy nation. This will not only reduce the government’s medical expenses but also increase productivity,” he added.

He also pointed out that, “We want members to have fun while exercising and not to feel like they are suffering while exercising. This is the reason why Fitness Zone brought in a variety of foreign fitness programmes, which have become a success.”

Currently, an increasing number of corporate organisations in the country have also started to look to Fitness Zone in a bid to help their employees get fit and healthy. Local companies like DST and BIBD as well as others have signed up with Fitness Zone for corporate membership for their staff.

Commenting on this Wu Chun said, “Corporate membership is very popular overseas and now is picking up in the country.

“Starting this year, there have been many corporations approaching us to sign for corporate membership.”

Over the last 11 years, the fitness centre has been involved in numerous events such as tree planting, ‘No Plastic Bag Day’, beach and coastal clean-up campaigns, ‘Earth Hour’ as well as helping the underprivileged and raising funds for charity.

Wu Chun said, “At Fitness Zone, caring for the community is one of our core values. We also recognise that it is our duty to create a platform for our members to engage in more worthy causes. That is why we have been driven to work in partnership with local people and organisations to hold various events and campaigns aimed at enhancing public awareness of the importance of creating a sustainable environment for all.”

After 11 years of success, Wu Chun is looking to increase the capabilities and quality of its instructors, trainers and advisers for the benefit of Brunei’s citizens.

Meanwhile, Wu Chun disclosed that in the future, “Our Serusop branch will be expanding while there is also a possibility of opening a new branch in Kuala Belait. The Kiulap branch will see the introduction of functional training.”

 Source: Borneo Bulletin
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