In this seventh instalment of #WorkoutParty! Trainer, we talk to WorkoutParty!Trainer Xin about her journey in fitness and what makes her tick.
‘You are your biggest competitor’
A skilled Crossfit trainer, Xin’s mantra that fitness can be catered to everyone stems deeply from her own experiences. There was a time when she wasn’t fit - but she turned it around and believes everyone else can do so too!
How did your journey into fitness begin?
My journey in fitness began, ironically, with not having any! I was overweight and unfit in my teenage years and at some point, I decided I had enough. I wanted to transform the way I looked and felt and thus began my tryst with crossfit. Over time not only did I whip myself into shape, fitness became a way of life and eventually, a profession. The satisfaction you receive when you know you’ve pushed your body to its limits is a unique feeling. After you get hooked onto it, there is no turning back.
And there was no turning back for me either.
What has been the most memorable experience in your journey of fitness so far?
As funny as this may sound, I think the normality of it all appeals greatly to me. Fitness isn’t for a select few, but for everyone. The fact that I have coached people ranging anywhere from 12 years old to 60 years old, in the same class, is a unique experience. I enjoy catering to the individual needs of each of my clients. They have varied fitness levels and it is my job to make sure that I chart out an effective plan of action for each of them and help them follow up on it to ensure they meet their fitness goals.
What is the most important consideration for a fitness instructor?
Being consistent is fundamental for a fitness instructor. Fitness is not attainable in an overnight, flip-the-switch kind of way. People have to keep chipping away at it over a period of time. As a fitness instructor, I need to act in a way that would inspire them to do so. That means that I have to be as consistent as I want them to be. I need to let my actions represent the fact that I believe you need to embrace the grind on a regular basis in order to attain your fitness goals. Additionally, even from a general health perspective and not just when you have a specific fitness goal to work towards, being consistent in what you eat and how much physical activity you manage is quite important.
How are you adapting to the Covid-19 lockdown and how do you think the situation will change once restrictions are lifted?
I’m adapting quite well, all things considered. The face to face time I spend daily with my clients may have tapered off due to the lockdown but the focus on my personal fitness has been unwavering. As much as possible, I try to convey that to my clients as well, in trying to keep them motivated to stay fit in this downtime at home. When this tides over, I want my clients to feel that I have taken the trouble to maintain my fitness levels despite being restricted to my home. I would like it if that inspires them to knock off the excuses and pursue fitness more seriously.
A word of advice for our readers?
Be consistent. That’s the only way you can attain your fitness goals. Also, never compare yourself with anyone else. Everyone has their own battles to fight. You should just focus on fighting yours.
Xin is one of the WorkoutParty! Trainers conducting free fitness workout sessions on the Rovo App. Do visit WorkoutParty! to reserve a place in his session. Also, read about our other featured WorkoutParty trainers here.