The city's newest settler, an ex-Royal Marines commando physical training instructor, wants to whip the population into shape
First published on 15 Oct 2010. Updated on 16 Oct 2010.
I’m looking at your picture and you must have the hottest body this side of Orchard. How tough are you on your body?
My interest in physical training started when I was training for the entrance tests for the Royal Marines. Ever since then exercise has been a part of my life, I can’t live without it!
And how tough are you on your clients?
You could say that I’m very tough on my clients but it all depends on what people’s goals are. Ultimately people want to train to change their bodies and very few people achieve this training by themselves. If the training program is progressive and the prescribed exercises are correct and relevant, the human body will adapt to anything.
You have a certificate in Swedish massage. When was the last time you gave someone a massage?
I also have a certificate in sports massage so for some of my friends that work for Pure Fitness and regularly compete in boxing, rugby and Strong Man competition, if I’m free I’ve helped them out with some pre- and post-event massage.
One of your claims to fame is training Gordon Ramsay who is known for his fiery temperament as much for his talent. How was that like? Did you have to whip him into shape?
Gordon Ramsay is just as much of a character off screen as he is on screen. He was very determined whilst training and gave 100%. His fiery temperament didn’t expose itself that much, after all he was within the vicinity of the Commando Training Centre. Having said that though, he did need some aggression to scrape himself through one of the commando fitness tests I put him through so one could say I did whip him into shape.
Do you eat chicken rice?
I certainly do and I love it. My favourite one is in the basement food court in Takashimaya. I was introduced to it by one of our PTs called Yasir ‘the power house’ and I’m there at least once a day. It’s all about the chilli for me, they taste a lot different in every place but this one is the best!
What sinful foods you allow yourself to have?
I knew this question was coming (laughs). Well, I’m afraid to say I have to be honest on this one and admit to my addiction of chocolate, cakes, and pretty much anything that involves some kind of chocolate in it. All consumed in moderation of course! For those that know me, keep yours locked away in a secure container.
What’s your greatest Singapore success story?
I’ve only been living here for 11 weeks so my greatest success story so far would be being a part of setting up the greatest gym to ever hit Singapore. I’m going to keep anticipation levels high, so not going to give too much away but for those that love or hate the gym environment come take a look at this place, it’s top class!